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NFL officials, from left, umpire Barry Anderson, side judge Anthony Jeffries, down judge Julian Mapp, referee Jerome Boger, back judge Greg Steed, field judge Dale Shaw (104), line judge Carl Johnson (101) pose for a photo before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The game is the first in NFL history to feature an all African-American officiating crew. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

NFL makes history with all-Black officiating crew for MNF

Nov. 23, 2020 7:50 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson,...

Bucs' OL Marpet misses 3rd straight game due to concussion

Nov. 23, 2020 7:08 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are without offensive lineman Ali Marpet against the Los Angeles Rams due to a concussion that’s sidelined the left guard for three games. Marpet was a full participant in practice last Thursday, sat out Friday and then worked on a limited basis Saturday...

Sheriff: Florida rapper made music, then fatally shot 2 men

Nov. 22, 2020 12:17 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida rapper spent an evening recording music in a makeshift studio and then fatally shot two men who were with him, authorities say. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release that Billy Bennett Adams III, 23, was arrested Saturday on two counts of...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for a 98-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Ronald Jones proving his worth to surging Buccaneers offense

Nov. 22, 2020 11:41 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ronald Jones may be the least heralded component of the success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' star-filled offense, but the third-year running back is also emerging as one of the most important. While Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski garner far more attention as...

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, left, shares a light moment with defensive tackle Greg Gaines during an NFL football camp practice Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Donald loves seeing Rams defense dominate on weekly basis

Nov. 20, 2020 8:23 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald recognizes this iteration of the Los Angeles Rams defense is special. “It ain’t just one, two, three guys. It’s all 11, so having a group like this, a tight group that can feed off each other, that’s playing good with each other,...

Tampa Bay Rays' Hunter Renfroe hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning in Game 4 of the baseball World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

AL champion Rays designate Hunter Renfroe for assignment

Nov. 20, 2020 7:21 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated outfielder Hunter Renfroe for assignment, helping clear room on the 40-man roster for three young prospects who were not part of the team’s run to the World Series. Renfroe, 28, appeared in 42 games with 34 starts during the...

FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, fans sing the Canadian national anthem before Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. The Canadian government has denied a request by the NBA and the Raptors to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. An official familiar with the federal government’s decision told The Associated Press on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, there is too much COVID-19 circulating in the United States to allow for cross-border travel that is not essential. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

Nov. 20, 2020 4:56 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors will start the NBA season next month in Tampa, Florida, because of travel restrictions by the Canadian government stemming from the pandemic. The Raptors had been looking at other sites for several weeks, including Sunrise, Florida, the home of the NHL's Florida...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Buccaneers looking to solve prime-time woes against Rams

Nov. 19, 2020 6:58 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians doesn’t mince words or offer excuses when he talks about Tampa Bay’s struggles in prime-time games this season. “It’s just bad football,” the 68-year-old coach said. “Bad football and not being ready to play.” The Buccaneers...

Unbeaten Steelers, lowly Jaguars meet with streaks at stake

Nov. 19, 2020 11:01 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (9-0) at JACKSONVILLE (1-8) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS OPENING LINE – Steelers by 10 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Steelers 7-2; Jaguars 4-5 SERIES RECORD – Jaguars lead 14-12 LAST MEETING – Steelers beat Jaguars 20-16 on Nov. 18, 2018 LAST WEEK – Steelers beat Bengals 36-10;...

Brady-led Buccaneers aim to end prime-time woes against Rams

Nov. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EST

LA RAMS (6-3) at TAMPA BAY (7-3) Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3½ RECORD VS. SPREAD - Rams 5-4; Buccaneers 5-5 SERIES RECORD - Rams lead 16-9 LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Rams 55-40, Sept. 29, 2019 in Los Angeles LAST WEEK - Rams beat Seahawks 23-16; Buccaneers beat Panthers 46-23...