TAMPA — MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) and S Dashon Goldson (ankle) remain question marks as the Bucs prepare for a prolific Saints offense.
Foster, who has missed the last two games after dislocating his shoulder in the Rams loss, said he has seen much improvement in the shoulder but isn't sure yet what he'll be able to do in practice or whether a return Sunday is in play. Dane Fletcher has filled in for Foster....
09/29/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Matt Moore had a unique vantage point for the Rays' season.
The 2013 All-Star was around the team much of the year while he did his rehab work after April's Tommy John elbow surgery. But Moore wasn't able to contribute, so he watched more like a scout or a coach than a teammate.
Moore said he saw a team that struggled early and never fully recovered....
Matt Baker's picks
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Eagles at 49ers | 4:25, Ch. 13, 49ers by 5, 501/2
Philadelphia is one of three unbeaten teams and will get a challenge from a San Francisco team still looking to click. The 49ers' run defense is sixth in the league, so it doesn't look like this will be the week Eagles RB LeSean McCoy gets back on track. But Philly hasn't needed him to dominate with Nick Foles leading the league in passing (978 yards). Don't be surprised if he lights up a mediocre San Francisco pass defense that gave up 244 yards and two touchdowns (with no interceptions) to Arizona backup Drew Stanton last week. The 49ers have enough firepower on offense to make it a shootout, but that shouldn't keep the Eagles from their seventh 4-0 start in club history. Matt's pick: Eagles, 35-28...
This is how well things are going for the 2-1 Falcons after destroying the Bucs: One focus of defensive backs meetings is toning down celebrations. "I just was told not to dive in the end zone," safety Kemal Ishmael told ESPN about the interception he returned 23 yards for a touchdown against the Bucs. "I watched it a million times. It was my first (interception). I was just happy for it. I was trying to do a little Madden thing, but it didn't work out. When you score on Madden, you can dive into the end zone and get all crazy high in the air."...
San Francisco receiver Stevie Johnson (@StevieJohnson13) tweeted he was drafting regular citizens for his "fantasy work team, so make sure to grab me some points today at your workplace." Among the clever responses:
@AndrewKam: "I just messed up on a TPS report. My bad, man. -3 work points."
@Pat_Egan: "went down with a nasty paper cut & my return to the office is doubtful"...
QB Jake Locker, Titans: Locker is dealing with an injured wrist on his right (throwing) hand and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday while being limited Friday. His status is uncertain, and backup Charlie Whitehurst hasn't started a game since 2011.
WR Eric Decker, Jets: After injuring his right hamstring in Monday's loss to Chicago, Decker improved throughout the week and is expected to play....
Here's a timeline of what has happened since news broke in November that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston was a suspect in a sexual assault. Information compiled through police accounts, statements from attorneys, the State Attorney's Office and media reports from the Associated Press, ESPN and the Tallahassee Democrat:
DEC. 7, 2012
A woman is offered a shot of alcohol by an unknown person at a Tallahassee bar before leaving in a cab, according to the Tallahassee Police Department. She claims to have been assaulted at an apartment between 1:30 and 2 a.m. FSU police get a call and refer the off-campus incident case to Tallahassee police, who arrive at 4:10 a.m. The woman is interviewed, and evidence is collected using a rape kit. The police begin investigating and ask an assistant state attorney to help obtain phone records....
After weeks of relative silence, the saga surrounding sexual assault allegations against Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston exploded Wednesday with incendiary remarks, a scathing 13-page letter and a dispute over a potential seven-figure settlement with his accuser.
The latest step in the months-long ordeal began when Winston's adviser, David Cornwell, told FSU in a letter that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner would cooperate with the school's Title IX investigation. Cornwell wrote that Winston answered questions from the school Jan. 24 and will meet with the school again as it determines whether he broke FSU's code of conduct in an off-campus sexual encounter in December 2012....
TAMPA — Bucs starting QB Josh McCown is expected to miss Sunday's game at Pittsburgh and could be out longer if surgery is required to repair a ligament in his right thumb.
McCown was examined by a hand specialist Monday and will be re-evaluated in a week or two to determine if surgery is needed. While McCown, 35, could play if surgery is avoided, it could still be several weeks before he returns to the playing field....
TALLAHASSEE — After rolling through the 2013 regular season with a dozen double-digit victories, No. 1 Florida State wanted to face some challenges in its quest to repeat as national champion.
"That's one of the things we worked on and wanted to do was face adversity and overcome it," defensive tackle Eddie Goldman said.
The Seminoles faced plenty — some self-inflicted, some not — during Saturday's 23-17 overtime win over Clemson....
TALLAHASSEE — After relying on star quarterback Jameis Winston for most of an 18-game win streak, No. 1 Florida State showed Saturday night it can survive without him, too.
With the suspended Winston watching from the sideline, quarterback Sean Maguire and the Seminoles made up for early struggles with big plays late.
They rallied from their first deficit in almost a year to force overtime, where Karlos' Williams 12-yard touchdown run gave them a 23-17 victory over No. 22 Clemson at Doak Campbell Stadium....
TALLAHASSEE — Even when suspended, Jameis Winston couldn't escape the spotlight of the college football world Saturday night.
The pregame story centered on the Florida State quarterback, starting with the signs at ESPN's College GameDay and extending to his full-uniform entrance for pregame warmups.
On Wednesday, FSU benched the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who led it to the national title last season, for the first half of Saturday's prime-time game for what administrators deemed "offensive and vulgar" remarks he made on campus regarding a sexually explicit meme. ...
If history is any judge, New Orleans' 0-2 start isn't a good sign. It has missed the playoffs the past six times it began that poorly. New Orleans doesn't have to deal with Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, but it's without its top rusher, Mark Ingram (broken hand). Some of Ingram's carries will go to Khiry Robinson, a second-year back out of Division II West Texas A&M who has 283 yards and two touchdowns for his career. "He's a physical runner with really good balance," coach Sean Payton told nola.com of the undrafted free agent. "He'll be fired up for the opportunity, and he has already been a really big part of our plan."...