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ATLANTA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must be licking their chops for the chance to go against the Atlanta defense. Then again, the Falcons’ offense is surely just as pumped to get on the field against the Bucs. By Paul Newberry.
TAMPA — While most of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their bye week to get away from work and relax, Jameis Winston stayed closer to home and continued to prepare for his first start in nearly 10 months. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft missed the first three games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. By Fred Goodall.
ARLINGTON, Texas — With Blake Bortles piling up passing numbers like never before in his career, Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone wants to get the Jaguars back to running. Dak Prescott, Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys have the opposite issue heading into a Sunday matchup with familiar faces on both sidelines. By Schuyler Dixon.
FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott took plenty of time away from the cameras trying to explain why he thinks the Dallas offense is close to breaking through the struggles most responsible for the Cowboys’ losing record. The quarterback at one point looked for help in his description from Cole Beasley, the receiver who sounded off recently about the frustration his group feels in a sound bite that was perceived as a shot at Prescott. By Schuyler Dixon.
JACKSONVILLE — Jalen Ramsey says New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s criticism is “lame, corny,” adding “but it’s him, though.” In a radio interview Wednesday, Gilmore took a shot at the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back by saying “a lot of people can talk, but you’ve got to back it up, which he does. Sometimes.” By Mark Long.
MIAMI — Last week the Miami Dolphins resorted to eight-man pass protection, so desperate were they to slow an onslaught against quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And now they have to block Khalil Mack. By Steven Wine.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is planning to fight a pair of lawsuits filed against him stemming from an incident at a Florida apartment complex last spring. Ophir Sternberg is seeking damages against Brown, claiming that objects thrown by Brown from the 14th floor of an apartment building came close to striking Sternberg’s father and Sternberg’s 22-month-old son in April. The lawsuit claims Sternberg’s son was “extremely traumatized” by the event.
First-year Nebraska coach Scott Frost said Thursday the transfers of three of his former players to Oregon State raised his suspicions, though he stopped short of leveling a tampering charge against the Beavers. Linebacker Avery Roberts, quarterback Tristan Gebbia and receiver Tyjon Lindsey all transferred from Nebraska to Oregon State in the last two months. It was part of the reason Frost listed Oregon State as one of the schools Greg Bell couldn’t transfer to as a condition of granting the running back’s scholarship release last week. By Eric Olson.
Tulsa will face one of the nation’s most productive running backs in South Florida’s Jordan Cronkrite on Friday night. Cronkrite ranks third nationally in rushing with 151.5 yards per game for the 23rd-ranked Bulls (5-0, 1-0 American). He ran for 302 yards in a 58-42 win at UMass last week, setting American Conference and school records. By Cliff Brunt.
ACC THIS WEEK
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 7: GAME OF THE WEEK By The Associated Press.
SEC THIS WEEK
Here are a few things to watch in Week 7 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK By The Associated Press.
EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW
The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again. Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it. By Brian Mahoney.
TAMPA — U.S. captain Michael Bradley returned to the U.S. lineup for the first time in a year and a day since the loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. The 31-year-old midfielder made his 141st international appearance in Thursday night’s exhibition against Colombia, tying Clint Dempsey for third on the American list behind Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157).
Ryan Lochte is undergoing counseling for alcohol use, but the 12-time Olympic medalist is not in a treatment facility and is training in his bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Games, the swimmer’s lawyer said Thursday. The decision to pursue counseling has nothing to do with incidents in California and Florida last week, attorney Jeff Ostrow told The Associated Press. Asked if Lochte plans to give up alcohol, he said, “Ryan will make that decision.” By Beth Harris.
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