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Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Amelia" ready to roll in Talladega — TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in his little juke joint. OK, it's a little bigger than that. Talladega is a 2.5-mile-long monster, the largest track on the NASCAR circuit. Junior doesn't own it, but you can say he is leasing to buy.

Tim Tebow time in Denver? Just Say No — Like a puppy dog yapping along tugging on somebody's pants leg, Denver Bronco fans can't let go of Tim Tebow. Fans have started an started an online petition on to bring Tebow back. As of early Friday morning, 8,695 supporters have hopped on the Tebow Train.

Jags and Bucs go big-time or bust with Florida's own in draft — The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Bucs will build for the future with Gators and Seminoles. Jags: Jalen Ramsey from Florida State. Dante Fowler from the Florida Gators. Bucs: Vernon Hargreaves III from the Gators. I like this. A lot. Both teams need defensive playmakers.

Kyle Petty honors son Adam on poignant ride across America — Kyle Petty will start traveling 2,150 miles in a few days, a journey that stretches from Phoenix to Biloxi, Miss., and includes an unlimited supply of Advil and Tylenol to get everyone through the grind. But there's a lingering pain that never quite goes away. Kyle is honoring a lost son.

Phil and Kay Rawlins want to save souls while pitching soccer — The corporate stereotype of giving back to a community is the big cardboard check and the photo op. Phil and Kay Rawlins can easily do that, too, but they want to get their hands dirty. They envision community gardens in Parramore and other communities. They see fruits and vegetables sprouting up from the ground.

Tony Stewart to return to NASCAR racing at Richmond — Tony Stewart will return to NASCAR racing at Richmond. His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, announced on Thursday that Stewart has been cleared by his doctors and NASCAR starting this weekend, when he drive the No. 14 Chevy throughout this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway.

Jerry Greene loved fantasy football, bears not so much — "Do you know what August is?" my great pal Jerry Greene wrote last year. "And don't you dare say, "The eighth month of the year." We're trying to make a metaphor here. "August is the big climbing part of the scariest, most exhilarating roller-coaster ride you were ever on.

Orlando bidding to host NFL's Pro Bowl next season — The NFL's Pro Bowl all-star game could be bound for Orlando as early as next year. Florida Citrus Sports officials confirmed Tuesday that they have submitted a proposal that would bring the game to Central Florida not just in 2017 but for the next three years.

Matt Kenseth struggles don't point to early exit strategy — A few months back during the NASCAR Media Tour in January, I asked Matt Kenseth whether he has an internal clock regarding his exit strategy. "I haven't really thought about the time I would allot myself," he said. "I love what I'm doing. I feel like I'm as competitive as I've ever been.

Jameis Winston answers character questions as leader of Tampa Bay Bucs — Jameis Winston continues his NFL journey under constant scrutiny. A rape allegation from his college days at Florida State dangles on his résumé, a damning Scarlet Letter of shame in some people's eyes. But those judgmental eyes are only part of the audience handing out reviews.
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Apr 29, 2016

#Bucs just one-upped #Dolphins on character issues by drafting Noah Spence #NFLDraft2016

Apr 29, 2016

RT @chrisperk: Tannenbaum said Laremy Tunsil had allergic reaction this afternoon and is with team medical staff right now.

Apr 29, 2016

Jags and Bucs go big-time or bust with Florida's own in #NFLDraft2016

Apr 28, 2016

Dolphins announce new offensive line coach and assistant following pick of Larry Tunsil in #NFLDraft2016

Apr 28, 2016

@onyxblacknoir my bad I'll delete it. thought I heard that on ESPN thx

Apr 28, 2016

@mckaywrigley my bad I'll delete it. thought I heard that on ESPN thx

Apr 28, 2016

Bucs takes Vernon Hargraves III with 1tth pick in #NFLDraft2016

Apr 28, 2016

Tampa Bay Bucs trade down with Bears. Now at No. 11 #NFLDraft

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