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NFL Player Wakes Up to Find Himself Trapped in Museum

'This was really just a series of small unfortunate circumstances'

(Newser) - An NFL player woke up Saturday morning trapped inside a Florida museum, and suddenly we have an idea for another Night at the Museum sequel. The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy was attending the wedding of fellow NFL player Deonte Thompson last Friday night at the... More »

Giants Fan Tried to Torch Massive Bucs Flag

He was arrested; flag failed to burn

(Newser) - A Florida man identified by the Tampa Tribune as a New York Giants fan got more than a little carried away after his team's 32-18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and tried to torch a giant Bucs flag outside team headquarters, police say. Daniel Raboni, 32,... More »

Bucs Make Controversial QB Winston No. 1 Pick

Florida State star will play for Tampa Bay

(Newser) - Heisman winner Jameis Winston, no stranger to controversy , is the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the former Florida State quarterback tonight, making him the face of a franchise that missed the playoffs the past seven seasons and hasn't won a postseason game... More »

3rd NFL Player in Tampa Gets MRSA Infection

Players' union says the league needs to ramp up protection

(Newser) - Game called on account of staph infection? The Buccaneers and Eagles are playing tomorrow as scheduled, but the NFL players' union considered telling members to skip it after a third Tampa player was diagnosed this week with a nasty MRSA infection, reports Bleacher Report . Rookie Johnthan Banks is the unlucky... More »

Raiders' Ex-Coach: I Didn't Throw Super Bowl

Callahan 'hated the Raiders,' Tim Brown claims

(Newser) - Former Oakland coach Bill Callahan has angrily rejected accusations that he sabotaged the team before its Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay in 2003. Former Raiders receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice recently claimed that Callahan threw the game by changing the game plan at the last minute, the AP... More »

NFL's Buccaneers Sign Paralyzed College Player

Eric LeGrand of Rutgers gets symbolic contract

(Newser) - Normally, when a football team signs a player to its off-season roster in May, it doesn't make headlines. It's different when the player is Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down during a Rutgers game in 2010. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave LeGrand a symbolic contract... More »

Colts Make Andrew Luck No. 1 Pick

Stanford quarterback will head to Peyton Manning's old team

(Newser) - The Indianapolis Colts stuck to the plan tonight in the NFL draft and made Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck this year's No. 1 pick, reports the Indianapolis Star . ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that he will get a four-year deal for $22 million. That's relatively modest by NFL standards,... More »

NFL Lockout Over, London's Calling

Tampa, Chicago will play league's fifth regular-season game at Wembley

(Newser) - With the lockout over, the NFL will return to London for a fifth straight year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 23 in the fifth regular-season game in the British capital. The game had been under threat because of negotiations over a... More »

Warren Sapp Charged With Domestic Battery

Former NFL great loses Super Bowl announcing gig after arrest

(Newser) - Warren Sapp has made bail but won't be analyzing the Super Bowl for the NFL Network after being arrested and charged with domestic battery in the alleged choking of his girlfriend in a Miami Beach hotel. Sapp, a defensive lineman who starred at the University of Miami before playing 13... More »

Bears DE Gaines Adams Dead at 26

No. 4 pick in 2007 NFL draft suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died early this morning in South Carolina. He was 26. Adams, the Buccaneers' first-round draft pick in 2007, suffered cardiac arrest resulting from an enlarged heart, the local coroner said. The condition had not been diagnosed, and he had no known medical issues. The... More »

Patriots Rule Brittania, Bucs

New England cruises past winless Tampa Bay, 35-7

(Newser) - Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and had more than 300 yards as the Patriots (5-2) beat the winless (0-7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-7, today at Wembley Stadium in the NFL's third regular-season game at the iconic London venue. The game drew a sellout crowd of 84,254. NFL commissioner... More »

Pirates Set Mark With 17th Straight Losing Year

Pittsburgh's futility streak longest in North American sports history

(Newser) - Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates set a new North American standard for consecutive losing seasons by a major sports franchise, the Post-Gazette reports, with today’s loss to the Chicago Cubs guaranteeing the team finishes with more losses than wins for the 17th year in a row. The Pirates had shared... More »

Kornheiser Out, Gruden In at Monday Night Football

ESPN host resigns over fear of flying

(Newser) - Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden will replace Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night Football booth, USA Today reports. Kornheiser, after 3 seasons, says the upcoming schedule would force him to give up the bus as his preferred travel method, and “my fear of planes is legendary.”... More »

$100M for Haynesworth Opens NFL Free Agency

(Newser) - The NFL free agency period began at midnight, and the Redskins quickly got down to business, agreeing to a 7-year, $100 million deal with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, the Washington Post reports. The former Tennessee Titan's contract includes an NFL-record $41 million in guaranteed money, the AP adds. He joins... More »

Another Autopsy Links NFL Hits to Brain Damage

(Newser) - A sixth former NFL player has been diagnosed posthumously with a rare brain disease, lending credence to claims that concussions sustained playing football can have a cumulative, even deadly, effect, the Tampa Tribune reports. Tom McHale, who played for the Buccaneers, died from an overdose of painkillers and cocaine in... More »

Titans Clinch; Jets Fall Short

Tennessee upsets the Steelers' shot at top playoff berth

(Newser) - In NFL games today, New York Jets likely blew their playoff chances in a snowy loss to Seattle, while Tennessee clinched home-field advantage, AP reports:
  • Seattle coach Mike Holmgren topped his former star player Brett Favre as the Jets missed several scoring chances and lost their bid to stay atop
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Disputed TD Wins Division for Steelers

Tennessee loses steam as playoffs approach

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched another AFC North title with a controversial touchdown in the final minute today, USA Today reports:
  • Santonio Holmes snagged the 4-yard pass with 43 seconds left, securing Pittsburgh's 13-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens. A review showed that Holmes had possession of the ball with both
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Jets Punch Hole in Titans' Perfect Season

Tennessee loses for the first time this season

(Newser) - In NFL action, it was an exciting day for the AFC East’s No. 1 and 2, the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, the AP reports:
  • Brett Favre threw two TDs and the Jets took down the Tennessee Titans 34-13, breaking their 13-game winning streak. The Jets
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Grieving Dad Scores Big Win for Tampa Bay

Bucs' kicker Matt Bryant boots 3 field goals day after burying infant son

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers yesterday with crucial support from a player who had just buried his infant son the day before, reports USA Today. Kicker Matt Bryant’s 3-month-old son died last week of causes that are still unknown, but Bryant connected on three field... More »

Favre Solid in 20-14 Win Over Dolphins

Patriots' Brady limps off field; Brees gives Big Easy a smile

(Newser) - Brett Favre debuted in style with the New York Jets today and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave storm-weary fans something to celebrate—but New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady hobbled off the field in pain:
  • The recently unretired Favre led the Jets to a 20-14 win over the
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