Lovie says he's OK with Winston as Bucs' pick

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:15
Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said, based on what he knows at the moment, he wouldn't hesitate to select Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.
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Sources: Fitzgerald, Cards close to new deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:22
Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals are closing in on a multiyear deal that will enable the veteran wide receiver to finish his career in Arizona, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josh Weinfuss.
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Clarke to captain Europe in 2016 Ryder Cup

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:44
Darren Clarke was selected Wednesday as the captain of the European team for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine after receiving overwhelming support from key players such as Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.
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Beagle claims best in show at Westminster

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 23:11
A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.
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Minnesota's Zahui B. records 39-29 line in upset

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 23:11
Amanda Zahui B. scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed a conference-record 29 rebounds as Minnesota upset No. 13 Iowa 93-80 on Tuesday night.
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Dodgers' Jansen (foot surgery) out 8-12 weeks

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 22:27
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his left foot and is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks, the team announced Tuesday.
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Sources: Suns, Dragic headed for parting

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 22:21
The Phoenix Suns will try to move star guard Goran Dragic before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to to league sources.
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Mariota to throw at combine, sources say

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 21:56
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has informed teams he will throw Saturday at the National Scouting Combine when his position group takes the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
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Pats staffer gave unapproved ball to official

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 21:17
A locker-room attendant for the Patriots tried to introduce an unapproved special teams football into last month's AFC Championship Game, four sources familiar with the investigation told Outside The Lines.
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No. 1 Kentucky (26-0) extends best start

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 20:43
No. 1 Kentucky stays unbeaten, tops Tennessee 66-48
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Ex-Atlanta mayor: Keep Ferry as Hawks GM

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 18:18
Civil rights leader and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young on Tuesday told an Atlanta television station that Danny Ferry should be allowed to rejoin the organization in his capacity as general manager.
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Sources: Pistons interested in Nets' Johnson

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 18:12
The Detroit Pistons have reached out to the Brooklyn Nets to inquire about the availability of former All-Star swingman Joe Johnson, according to league sources.
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Looking for Competition? Go Fish!

NASC - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:16

Events tend to be most successful when they 1) have a strong local following and 2) use the area’s resources effectively. If you’re fishing in Florida and have an affinity for tarpon, then the place to be is the gulf area of Boca Grande, where they stage the not-so-humbly titled “World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament.”

First, a little information about the tarpon: Tarpons might be the big-game prey of the fishing world. They are big, growing between four and eight feet, and when they’re hooked, they jump like a seven-foot forward in the NBA finals, which makes the fishing even more exciting. The Boca Grande/Punta Gorda/Fort Myers area of Florida’s Gulf Coast is the home to some of the best tarpon fishing around, hence the tarpon tournament, which will be held this year on June 4-6.

Organized now by the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce, the “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament was originally called the Boca Grande Club Invitational when it was started in 1983 and was sponsored and run by the private Boca Grande Club located on the north end of Gasparilla Island.

In 1991, the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce took it over renaming it the “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament and opening entries to the general public. Its mission is conservation and it’s a catch-and-release tournament.

At its height, the total purse of the “World’s Richest” exceeded $175,000 and anglers from all over the world traveled to Boca Grande to enter for a chance to win it. The “World’s Richest” perpetual trophy is on display at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce office and features the names of the winning team leaders for each year the tournament has been in existence.

The Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association took over the tournament and renamed it the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association Tarpon Tournament which ran until 2011 until the Chamber took it over again.

And, of course, like most events, it’s grown to include music, kids’ events and more. In fact, it’s a central park of the big fishing business in southwest Florida, a business that it’s estimated to bring in more than $100 million annually from amateur anglers.

For an area that depends on the transient nature of tourism for its livelihood, the “World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament” is a way for the greater Boca Grande area to show off its resources while engaging the community in an event whose resources uniquely fit southwest Florida.

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Former UFC champ Silva fails 2nd drug test

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:14
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has failed a second drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
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Cowboys leaning toward franchising Bryant

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 14:18
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the club is leaning toward using the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant, but is not in a hurry to do so.
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Penny pitchers: Team weathers $.04 sale

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 14:14
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.
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Seton Hall suspends Gibbs 2 games for hit

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 13:01
Seton Hall suspended junior guard Sterling Gibbs for two games on Tuesday, after he was ejected Monday night in the Pirates' 80-54 loss to Villanova in Philadelphia.
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Sources: Magic to keep Borrego for season

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:57
The Orlando Magic have decided they want interim coach James Borrego to coach the team for the rest of the season, according to league sources.
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A-Rod apologizes for 'mistakes' in statement

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:18
Alex Rodriguez extended his apology tour to include the fans Tuesday, releasing a hand-written letter in which says he is sorry for the mistakes he made that led to his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use.
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Hernandez lawyers allege sloppy police work

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:59
Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are going after officers in the murder investigation, focusing on what they say is sloppy police work.
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