"Johnny Football" is headed to Tampa Bay. Those words might thrill Bucs fans if this were after next month's NFL draft. But for now, the team must be content with a visit by former Texas A&M QBJohnny Manziel to its facility today. Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith praised Manziel's pro day workout, which he attended. The Bucs own the No. 7 overall pick but QB might not be their biggest need after signing Josh McCown in the offseason.
Bucs preseason: Tampa Bay will open the preseason at the Jaguars, then host the Dolphins, play at the Bills with former Bucs WR Mike Williams, and wrap up at home against coach Jay Gruden and the Redskins. Dates and times will be announced with the full 2014 regular-season schedule this month. As with all Week 4 games, Bucs-Redskins will be Thursday, Aug. 28. The other games will be played Friday or Saturday nights.
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Another first for openly gay athletes
UMass sophomore guard Derrick Gordon, saying he was tired of "living life in shame," became the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball Wednesday. Now he hopes to inspire others. "It's crazy that I'm the first," he said. "I didn't know that it would be this long, but if I'm the first, then I'll start it off." Previous announcements by NBA player Jason Collins and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam made his decision easier, he said. Collins, who had spoken with Gordon, and Sam tweeted that they were proud of him.
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COOL MOVE OF THE DAY
Might anyone want Masters passes?
Kevin Streelman, playing in the Master this week, had two extra passes for Wednesday when his parents weren't feeling well. The 2013 Tampa Bay Championship winner tweeted that he wanted to give them to a junior golfer who had never been to Augusta, received a response "I've never been! I'm 17 and my mom could take me!!!'' and gave the passes to Harrison Stafford of Savannah, Ga.
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DROPPING THE HAMMER
Aaron: Ruth chase racism still exists
Hank Aaron, honored Tuesday by the Braves on the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run, said he still has bigoted letters and death threats he received while pursuing Babe Ruth's record. Aaron, 80, said he keeps them so he won't forget that racism still exists: "The biggest difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."