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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM

PRO FOOTBALL

Cadillac hopes to remain with Bucs

Bucs running back Cadillac Williams does not know what his future holds, but he hopes he can remain with Tampa Bay.

Williams, 29, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent once the NFL lockout ends.

"Tampa is a very special place for me," Williams said. "This is the team that drafted me. It's a team that has been through the good times and bad times with me. At the lowest point of my career, the organization was definitely behind me.

"The fan base in and out of the community, dealing with different people, it's a very special place to me. I've grown accustomed to the area and living here. Tampa is a great city, great place and most of all, a really great place to play. It's definitely a place I would love to play and finish out my career, but only time will tell."

Williams was a first-round selection by the Bucs in 2005. He rushed for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.

Despite two career-threatening knee injuries in 2007 and 2008, Williams rebounded in 2009 and played in all 16 games the past two seasons. He has 3,677 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in his career.

Last week, Pro Football Weekly reported the St. Louis Rams are interested in pursuing Williams to back up Steven Jackson, a rumor Williams did not specifically address.

Giants' Hall of Famer Robustelli dead at 85

Football Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli, who played for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams during a 14-year NFL career, died. He was 85.

It wasn't immediately clear where and when Robustelli died.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound defensive end played for the Rams from 1951-55 and the Giants from 1956-64. New York won the 1956 NFL championship in Robustelli's first season. They won five more conference championships during his tenure, in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963. Robustelli played on a winning team in 13 of his 14 pro seasons and played in eight NFL title games.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Lesnar has surgery for digestive disorder

Former UFC heavyweight champion and University of Minnesota wrestler Brock Lesnar has undergone surgery to address a digestive disorder.

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White told reporters in Las Vegas on Saturday night after the UFC 130 event that Lesnar's surgery was successful and that doctors removed part of his colon. White said he hopes to have Lesnar back in action around the beginning of 2012.

SOCCER

Blatter concedes scandals have shaken FIFA

Sepp Blatter acknowledged that corruption scandals have left FIFA "shaking on its foundations" on the eve of a presidential election that should give him another four-year term and a chance to restore order to soccer's reeling governing body.

It was a stunning turnaround for Blatter, who a day earlier denied that the bribery case that led to the suspension of his only challenger had caused even a hint of crisis within FIFA.

England launched a lone quest to postpone the election but found little interest beyond Scotland — nowhere near the groundswell of more than 150 delegations needed to push through a motion.

From staff and wire reports

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