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Broncos officially sign Bortles, place Sutton on IR

Sep. 24, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos officially added quarterback Blake Bortles to their roster Thursday and the seventh-year veteran joined them at practice. With Drew Lock (shoulder) sidelined, Jeff Driskel will start Sunday when the Broncos (0-2) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1). Brett Rypien...

Bucs QB Tom Brady returns to Denver to face nemesis Broncos

Sep. 24, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

TAMPA BAY (1-1) at DENVER (0-2) Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3½ RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buccaneers 1-1; Broncos 2-0 SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 7-2 LAST MEETING - Broncos beat Buccaneers 27-7, Oct. 2, 2016, at Tampa LAST WEEK - Buccaneers beat Panthers 31-17; Broncos lost to Steelers...

Tampa Bay Rays' Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, right, of Japan, celebrates with teammates after a baseball game against the New York Mets Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in New York. The Rays won 8-5. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years

Sep. 24, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Confetti instead of champagne. Silly string instead of beer. The Tampa Bay Rays, long accustomed to doing more with less, figured out a way to maximize the division-clinching celebration they were allowed to enjoy during a 2020 season shortened by the coronavirus. Randy Arozarena homered...

FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. The family of Don Lewis, a Florida man who disappeared in 1997 and who appeared on the hit TV series “Tiger King,” has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case. Attorney John Phillips held a news conference Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 and announced the investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance.  (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King' fame sued for defamation

Sep. 23, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carole Baskin, who became a pop culture sensation due to Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King,” is being sued for defamation by a former assistant. As part of the lawsuit, the daughters of Baskin's former husband are seeking more information about what happened to...

Florida man sentenced for smuggling lizards from Philippines

Sep. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days of home detention and 288 hours of community service for his part in a trafficking scheme in which live water monitor lizards were stuffed into socks and concealed inside electronics to be smuggled from the Philippines to the United States....

AP Source: Broncos bringing in free agent QB Blake Bortles

Sep. 22, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as their backup quarterback, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Broncos haven’t announced...

Investigators looking for man who set pews on fire at church

Sep. 22, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Florida are looking for a man who was caught on security cameras breaking into a church and setting some pews on fire. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials said the man broke into Incarnation Catholic Church near Tampa in Friday night and poured flammable...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs off the field with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after Fournette ran 46-yards for a score against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Fournette gradually carving role with Brady-led Buccaneers

Sep. 21, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It didn’t take Leonard Fournette long to show the Tampa Bay Buccaneers what he can mean to their offense moving forward. The fourth-year pro released in a surprise move by the Jacksonville Jaguars rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns in his second game with his new team despite...

Florida governor seeks new penalties for violent protesters

Sep. 21, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is going to get tough on people who engage in violence during protests, Florida's Republican governor said Monday in announcing new legislation. Gov. Ron DeSantis said his proposed legislation will impose felony-level penalties on anyone who damages property,...

San Diego Padres shortstop Eric Hosmer, center, celebrates after the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in San Diego. The Padres clinched a spot in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

LEADING OFF: 9 of 16 playoff spots open going into last week

Sep. 20, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Monday: FINAL WEEK Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres are headed to the playoffs, so are DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees. But going into this last week, a lot of postseason spots are still wide open. San Diego and the Yankees clinched berths in the expanded 16-team field...