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Buccaneers select LB Joe Tryon with last pick of first round

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington linebacker Joe Tryon Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft, No. 32 overall. With no glaring needs after keeping the core of the roster together in free agency, the Super Bowl ...

When Spoelstra and Popovich face off, the respect is clear

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The postgame routine between San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra is almost always the same. A handshake or embrace near midcourt at the final buzzer. They exchange a few words. They laugh. And then the coaches head off ...

AP Source: WR Antonio Brown returning to Bucs on 1-year deal

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Receiver Antonio Brown has agreed to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract that could be worth up to $6.5 million, including incentives, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on ...

Judge nixes plea deal for 2 accused of Super Bowl field run

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge rejected a proposed plea deal Tuesday for two men accused of running onto the field during the final quarter of Super Bowl LV in February. Luis Cartaya, an attorney for Yuri Andrade and Douglas Schaffer, told a Hillsborough County circuit judge during a ...

Florida clinches a playoff berth, and starts thinking bigger

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — It's almost been a rite of spring for Jonathan Huberdeau. Another season for the Florida Panthers ends without a playoff berth, and the talk immediately turns to how next year will be different. Next year, finally, might be here. For just the ...

Super Bowl champs exercise fifth-year option on DT Vita Vea

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract defensive tackle Vita Vea signed as the 12th overall pick in the 2018 draft. The 6-foot-4, 347-pound tackle has started 29 of 34 regular-season games he's played with the Bucs, compiling 7 1/2 ...

Geno Hayes, former NFL, Florida State linebacker, dies at 33

By The Associated Press Geno Hayes, a former NFL linebacker who starred at Florida State, has died. He was 33. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday confirmed his death. He had liver disease and had been in hospice care. Hayes spent four seasons with the Bucs, who drafted him in the sixth ...

Magic’s Cannady has surgery to repair dislocated right ankle

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Devin Cannady of the Orlando Magic underwent surgery on Monday to clean out his dislocated right ankle, though tests showed he did not fracture it as originally feared. A series of exams including X-rays, a CT scan and MRI showed that Cannadyís bones and cartilage ...

Jacksonville’s Urban renewal begins with QB Trevor Lawrence

By The Associated Press 1, 25. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-15) LAST SEASON: Jacksonville dropped its final 15 games, a franchise-record skid that got general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone fired. The losing streak also allowed the Jaguars to land the No. 1 pick for the first time in ...

With 6th draft pick, Dolphins seek a target for Tagovailoa

By The Associated Press 6. MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-6) LAST SEASON: In Year 2 under coach Brian Flores, the Dolphins doubled their win total to 10 and improved their point differential by 254 points. But they missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, and became the first 10-win team ...