Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linked to ex-North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop

The Bucs on Wednesday were linked to a third candidate for their vacant offensive coordinator post when former North Carolina assistant John Shoop was reported to be under consideration.

Shoop, 42, was the Tar Heels offensive coordinator from 2007 until last month. He was not retained when Larry Fedora took over as coach.

The news was reported by Foxsports.com, which earlier this week reported Ron Turner and Bill Lazor also were candidates.

Shoop was Bucs quarterbacks coach in 2004 under coach Jon Gruden. He moved on to the Raiders as quarterbacks coach under Art Shell in 2005 and became offensive coordinator for them in 2006. He also was offensive coordinator for the Bears under Lovie Smith from 2001-03.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear if the Bucs have made progress in filling their defensive coordinator post. Florida coordinator Dan Quinn was offered the job but on Monday declined.

Holmes guarantee kicks in: It appears Santonio Holmes will stay with the Jets. By remaining on the roster through Tuesday, the second day of the league's waiver period, the receiver was guaranteed $7.5 million for 2013 per a clause in his contract. His $7.75 million salary for 2012 already was guaranteed, his $15.25 million over two seasons making it unlikely a team would trade for him. Holmes helped New York reach the AFC title game in 2010. But this season, he criticized the Jets offensive line for not giving quarterback Mark Sanchez time. ESPN.com reported he and Sanchez argued during a late-season team meeting. And he was benched during the final regular-season game with the Jets down 19-17 and needing to win to make the playoffs. Neither Holmes nor the Jets were available for comment.

Cardinals: John McNulty was moved from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach. The Cardinals denied the Bucs permission to interview him for offensive coordinator. Ex-Bills quarterback Frank Reich was hired as receivers coach. He previously held the same title with the Colts.

Packers: Ben McAdoo was moved from tight ends coach to quarterbacks coach. The Packers denied the Bucs permission to interview him for offensive coordinator.

Raiders: Al Saunders, offensive coordinator last season under the since-fired Hue Jackson, will be a senior offensive assistant under Dennis Allen. The Raiders hired Greg Knapp as offensive coordinator.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Comments
Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen finally got the message. It took a scoreless game and long chats with coach Mike White and two teammates to sink in.Allen bounced back from his worst game in more than three years with 24 points, including a 60-foot...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Sunday’s viewing schedule

Winter Olympics: Sunday’s viewing schedule

TV Sunday5 a.m.–7 p.m. NBCSNHockey (M) — Gold-medal game, athletes from Russia vs. Germany (replay)1968 — A 90-minute documentary, narrated by four-time gold medalist and 23-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Serena Willia...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Chad Reed sets Supercross mark; Eli Tomac wins 450SX main event

Chad Reed sets Supercross mark; Eli Tomac wins 450SX main event

By JIM TOMLINTimes CorrespondentTAMPA — Chad Reed is having a down season by his standards. At Saturday's Monster Energy Supercross event at Raymond James Stadium, his home track, he needed a second chance just to make the main event.But the Da...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ondrej Palat skating, likely mid-March return

Ondrej Palat skating, likely mid-March return

MONTREAL — It is an encouraging sign for the Lightning that wing Ondrej Palat (right) is back on the ice, even if he is doing just light skating.Palat is arguably the team's best two-way forward, someone who plays in all situations, so Tampa Ba...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning tops Canadiens in shootout, looks ahead to trade deadline

Lightning tops Canadiens in shootout, looks ahead to trade deadline

MONTREAL — There's no guarantee general manager Steve Yzerman will be able to pull off a big move by Monday's trade deadline, though indications are the Lightning and Senators are working hard on a potential Erik Karlsson blockbuster.And the Li...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Tulane avenges USF’s only conference win

TAMPA — Samir Sehic had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Melvin Frazier added 16 points and five assists to lead Tulane over USF 79-68 on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak.Caleb Daniels added 13 points and Jordan Cornish 1...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Winter Olympics: Norway sets Winter Games medal mark

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Surpassing its own lofty expectations, Norway has delivered the greatest performance in the history of the Winter Games, winning a total of 38 medals, 13 of them gold. A nation of only 5 million people has crushed all comer...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: Folds of Honor QuickTrip 5001 p.m.Fox;102.5-FMNHRA: Arizona Nationals (taped)6 p.m.FS1Baseball, spring trainingRays at Twins1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMYankees at Phillies1 p.m.MLBBowlingPBA: Players Championship1:30 p.m.ESPNCo...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Inside the Rays’ plan to prove the tanking truthers wrong

Inside the Rays’ plan to prove the tanking truthers wrong

PORT CHARLOTTE – The Rays know tanking."We tanked in 2006 and '07, if you want to call it that," principal owner Stuart Sternberg said. "We were the original tankers. Or tankees. It seems to be all the fad now."In losing 101 and 96 games in the...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka first woman to win two golds in different sports at one Games

Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka first woman to win two golds in different sports at one Games

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Don’t ask Ester Ledecka if she is the best athlete at the Olympics. She’ll stare through her polarized goggles and recoil at what she considers a preposterous notion."Uh, what?" she responded Saturday.No, seriously."I don’t ...
Updated: 5 hours ago