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Tony Stewart trying to hang on at Dover for title run — Tony Stewart's prospects of winning another Cup title in his last run are just about, well, Up in Smoke. This will come as bittersweet news in the NASCAR Nation. Stewart is as polarizing as it gets on the circuit: loved or loathed, with few in-betweens. Fans adore his feistiness and snarky demeanor.

Dee Gordon makes magic honoring José Fernández — Thank you Dee Gordon. Thank you for honoring José Fernández. Thank you for honoring your fallen brother. Thank you for making us cry, in a good way. Your epic moment -- the first-inning home run Monday night -- won't bring back Fernández , a young, gifted man who died way too soon.

Bucs can't weather woes against Rams - and it will get worse — TAMPA - The thunder and lightning provided the appropriate backdrop for the Tampa Bay Bucs Sunday afternoon. They need an umbrella. A big one. It's pouring, baby. The Bucs are now perfect. Four consecutive home-opening losses.

Bob Opsahl crossed a line, changed lives forever — As journalists, we are taught to be objective. Our instincts tell us not to cross that line between our professional and personal lives. Fair and balanced, without all the conflicted connotations that now brings. Bob Opsahl failed miserably at that. He tried to keep his emotions tucked away, all in one tidy box.

FSU can't keep winning on shaky ground — TAMPA - By definition, an illusion is something "that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses." Illusion: The University of South Florida's fast-track offense would ambush the Florida State Seminoles Saturday afternoon. Illusion: FSU's defense shook off some quick-sucker punches and is now ready to compete with the best teams in the land.

Bucs, Jags, Dolphins already feeling the burn — The Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars are winless. The Tampa Bay Bucs got hammered on the road last weekend. Everybody grab an umbrella because the sky is falling! I feel for fans of our three in-state football teams. Every season begins with renewed faith and optimism.

Donald Trump finds his African-American in Don King — So Donald Trump and Don King are now a "thing." Two peas in a pod. The man who defined the Art of Deal with the guy who defined the Con of the Deal. Or is it the other way around? Only in America, baby! Donnie T.

Jimmie Johnson finding groove despite recent hiccups — Everybody loves a fresh start, a do-over to make things right. Isn't that right, Jimmie Johnson? Mr. Six-Time faded into Mr. Irrelevant as the NASCAR Sprint Cup season rolled along. Despite early-season victories in Atlanta and Fontana, Johnson has chugged along. But lately, there's been a little bit of life, if not mojo.

Serial rapist becomes Hall of Fame nominee in NFL tone-deaf universe — Let's meet one of the 94 distinguished nominees for the NFL's 2017 Hall of Fame class. Darren Sharper is a five-time Pro Bowl safety who played in the league 14 seasons for Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans. He's wearing other colors now.

Joe Paterno ceremony stirs up complicated legacy of saint and sinner — Joe Paterno was a great coach who should be honored for all the young men he nurtured and inspired. He was a heavenly father figure. Joe Paterno was a despicable human being who valued his legacy more than protecting innocent children from a pedophile in his midst. He should burn in hell.
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Sep 27, 2016

If Donnie is going to degrade women by calling them fat, I'm just going to put it out there and say he has small hands #debatenight

Sep 27, 2016

@JohnMcDonald_MC @bendirs1 Film is not based on the book. Just quirky timing with release dates

Sep 27, 2016

@bendirs1 Roberto is raw and unfiltered. From Day One. Look forward to reading your book as well. Much success my friend,

Sep 27, 2016

@bendirs1 thanks so much for that! Or as @robertoduranbox would say "chuleta!"

Sep 26, 2016

I'm disappointed Little Marco didn't offer Donnie a water bottle to help with the sniffles #Debates2016

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