Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sports

Panthers staying quirky leading up to Super Bowl

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cam Newton wearing $850 Versace gold and zebra-print pants on a cross-country flight. Josh Norman sporting a Mexican wrestling mask with a Panthers logo and calling himself "El Bandolero" on opening night. Teammates photobombing each other at news conferences and teaching Miss Universe how to "dab."

Have no fear, Ron Rivera, your team has kept its personality during Super Bowl week just as you preached it should before setting foot on California soil.

The Panthers have starkly different personalities but have bonded to form a winning team.

"Everyone has their quirks about them, but it all works together," DE Jared Allen said.

Broncos safety caught in prostitution sting: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he was disappointed he had to send home practice squad player Ryan Murphy after the safety was caught in a prostitution sting in San Jose, a few miles from the team hotel in Santa Clara.

Murphy, 23, and his brother were intercepted by law enforcement while interacting with a prostitute Monday night, the Charlotte Observer said. Murphy's brother was charged. Murphy was detained, questioned and released Tuesday after investigators determined he was not involved in any criminal activities, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen said.

The Broncos sent Murphy back to Denver because it would be best for them to prepare for the Super Bowl without him, the team said. "Yeah, there's disappointment, but it's been dealt with, and we've moved on," Kubiak said Wednesday.

Father of Broncos lineman dies: Denver DE Antonio Smith planned to play in the Super Bowl despite learning of his father's death Wednesday. Smith, 34, told the Denver Post he learned of it in a phone call from his mother. Marty Christopher Williams, 55, who had been incarcerated for more than 20 years, had recently had heart surgery, Smith told the newspaper.

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Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
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Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
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Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
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Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
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Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
Updated: 7 hours ago

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
Updated: 8 hours ago