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Published Feb. 24, 2017

NFL

Bucs release CB Verner

TAMPA — The Bucs released veteran CB Alterraun Verner on Thursday. Verner, 28, was due to make $6.5 million this season but had fallen into a backup role behind Brent Grimes and Vernon Har­greaves. A Pro Bowl selection in 2013 with the Titans, Verner came to the Bucs in 2014 and started 14 games but was limited to six starts in 2015 and three last season. The Bucs take no salary cap hit for releasing him.

DOLPHINS: QB Ryan Tannehill, sidelined late last season with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, will not need offseason surgery, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

GOLF

Fowler two back at Honda Classic

PGA Tour rookies Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan share the Honda Classic lead with 6-under 64 in the opening round at Palm Beach Gardens. Martin Kaymer and Anirban Lahiri were one shot back at 65. Rickie Fowler was part of a large group at 66.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn and Amy Yang each shot 6-under 66 to share a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Thailand in Pattaya.

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SOCCER: Claudio Ranieri was fired by Leicester City, nine months after the 65-year-old Italian manager guided the club to the English Premier League title at odds of 5,000-1. Leicester is one point above relegation with 13 matches left.

MLB: Commissioner Rob Manfred said his office will give the players union the required one-year notice for changing the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the pitcher's mound in 2018. Union boss Tony Clark did not foresee players agreeing to changes for 2017.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Times wires

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