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  • Tampa TE Brate works way up chart

    TAMPA — Cameron Brate describes his unlikely journey from undrafted college free agent to starting NFL tight end as “pretty crazy.” Now, the former Harvard standout is hoping to prove the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a smart choice.

  • Eagles score quickly, hold off Bucs in opener

    PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia needed 97 seconds to score its only touchdowns Thursday night in beating sloppy Tampa Bay 17-9 in the preseason opener for both teams.

    The Eagles covered a mere 27 yards on their two drives to the end zone, with each series lasting three plays after Buccaneers fumbles. Ryan Mathews had a 5-yard TD run to make it 7-0 after Tampa Bay fumbled the opening kickoff. Chase Daniel scooted 3 yards for the second score after Jameis Winston had the ball stripped.

  • Florida’s Antonio Riles out for season

    GAINESVILLE — A person familiar with the program tells The Associated Press that Florida will be without guard Antonio Riles for the season because of a knee injury.

    Riles tore a knee ligament in practice Monday. Tests revealed the extent of damage, according to the person who spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because only coach Jim McElwain is authorized to discuss Florida’s injuries. McElwain’s next media availability is Friday.

  • USA fends off Australia

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The blowouts are over. The Olympics are underway.

    After nothing but pushovers this summer, the U.S. men’s basketball team faced someone who pushed back.

    “This is the real world now and that’s good for us,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

    Finally tested, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving had the answers.

  • Smyly pitches Rays past Jays

    TORONTO — Drew Smyly pitched six innings to win his second straight decision, Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 on Tuesday night.

    Evan Longoria reached base four times, scored twice and drove in three runs for the Rays. Forsythe had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice as the Rays roughed up Toronto's bullpen, scoring six runs off two relievers.

  • Is it a two team race in ACC?

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson’s Deshaun Watson still thinks about carrying an unbeaten record into the final game of the season before losing to Alabama with a national championship on the line.

    The Tigers and their star quarterback are the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and be positioned to return to the College Football Playoff, but there’s another team — Florida State — that enters the season with a playoff shot within reach.

  • Travis has 4 hits, Blue Jays beat Rays 7-5

    TORONTO — Devon Travis had a career-high four hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Monday night.

    Edwin Encarnacion hit his 299th career home run as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak against the Rays.

    Encarnacion and Jose Bautista both had three RBIs as Toronto scored more than four runs for the first time since a 9-1 win over Baltimore on July 30.

  • Alabama, SEC trying to remain in college football’s penthouse

    A postseason rampage put both Alabama and the Southeastern Conference back on top in college football last season.

    Now, the trick will be staying there with three new coaches in the East and quarterback uncertainty across much of the league, including at ’Bama.

  • True freshman set to start for Hurricanes

    CORAL GABLES — Miami Hurricanes freshman linebacker Shaquille Quarterman sat down at a media day luncheon Monday with a plate of hot food and was greeted by inquisitive strangers.

    “Can you talk and eat at the same time?” someone asked.

    “Absolutely,” he said brightly.

    Twenty minutes later, Quarterman was still talking and had yet to touch his lunch, thanks to several waves of media.

  • Sano homers twice, Twins beat Rays 6-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Miguel Sano hit the highest pop-fly ever at Tropicana Field before sending two other balls deep into the left-field seats.

    Sano homered twice and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins took two of three in a series between the teams with the AL's worst records by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Sunday.