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Rick and Tom podcast: Who says you need a franchise QB in the playoffs?

Rick and Tom podcast: Who says you need a franchise QB in the playoffs?

The NFL’s final four teams are set, and the starting quarterbacks are Tom Brady, Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles. In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down this past weekend’s games, including the Vikings’ miraculous fin...
Published: 01/15/18
Options aplenty for the NFL team that lands Minkah Fitzpatrick

Options aplenty for the NFL team that lands Minkah Fitzpatrick

Derrick Ansley does not know what exact position Minkah Fitzpatrick will play in the NFL.That depends on the specific needs of the Bucs or whatever other team uses a high first-round pick to draft the former Alabama defensive back in April.Fitzpatric...
Published: 01/15/18
Vikings stun Saints with 61-yard touchdown on last play

Vikings stun Saints with 61-yard touchdown on last play

MINNEAPOLIS — This doesn’t happen, not in the NFL, not in the playoffs, not when what is on the line are such things as legacies and franchise curses and — oh, my. All of it.The Vikings were dead, just as they have always been in the playoffs. Their ...
Published: 01/14/18

Showdowns set: Jags-Patriots in AFC, Vikings-Eagles in NFC

NEW YORK — Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville. Get ready, Philly. The Vikings are sailing into town. Tom Brady and the big game-tested Patriots square off against the sack-happy Jaguars (12-6) next Sunday in the AFC Championship Game in ...
Published: 01/14/18
USF women rout UCF, capture second place in AAC

USF women rout UCF, capture second place in AAC

TAMPA — The USF women, widely projected to be the American Athletic Conference’s second-best team, earned undisputed ownership of that distinction with Sunday’s 62-45 rout of rival UCF.The victory, avenging a four-point home loss to the Knights last ...
Published: 01/14/18
Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best comebackExcuse Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for getting so carried away that he dropped the queen bee of curse words on live television Sun...
Published: 01/14/18
Jaguars upset Steelers, advance to AFC Championship Game

Jaguars upset Steelers, advance to AFC Championship Game

PITTSBURGH — It was inevitable, it had seemed, that the AFC’s spot in the Super Bowl would be determined by a rematch next weekend between the Steelers and Patriots. They met in last season’s AFC title game. When they played last month in Pittsburgh,...
Published: 01/14/18
Lightning’s five-day break comes at particularly good time

Lightning’s five-day break comes at particularly good time

By ROGER MOONEYTAMPA — Before the last game on the Lightning’s last road trip, coach Jon Cooper asked his team if anyone was tired.It was an obvious question, given the Lightning was playing the second game of a back-to-back set, had lost 6-3 at Otta...
Published: 01/14/18

AFCDIVISION ROUND• No. 1 Patriots 35, No. 5 Titans 14• No. 3 Jags 45, No. 2 Steelers 42CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP• Jaguars at Patriots, 3 p.m. Sunday, CBSNFCDivision Round• No. 1 Eagles 15, No. 6 Falcons 10• No. 2 Vikings 29, No. 4 Saints 24CONFERENCE C...
Published: 01/14/18
Lightning’s J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Ducks

Lightning’s J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Ducks

Wing J.T. Brown is headed from the Lightning to the Ducks.Anaheim claimed Brown off waivers by Sunday’s noon deadline. He was placed on waivers Saturday to create roster flexibility for calling up players from AHL Syracuse, general manager Steve Yzer...
Published: 01/14/18