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    There was a time when teams with defensive woes similar to those of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could count on the Cleveland Browns for relief. Not anymore. A little over a month into the NFL season, the Browns (2-3-1) have already surpassed their win total for the past two years combined, heightening expectations for what they might be capable of accomplishing with Baker Mayfield at quarterback. The reeling Bucs (2-3), who've lost three straight and are allowing a league-high 34.6 points per game, certainly aren't in position to assume anything other than they could have their hands full when they face the No. 1 overall draft pick on Sunday. 'The work that he's put on film — you can see why he was picked where he was picked,' coach Dirk Koetter said. 'This guy's going to be a really good quarterback in this league,' Koetter added. 'He can spin it. He can move around. He makes good decisions. He gets the ball out on time. He's tough. He makes plays outside of the pocket, both as a thrower and as a runner. He's impressive so far.' That's not encouraging news for a Tampa Bay defense that's 31st in yards allowed (439.8) and dead last in passing (355.6). The Bucs, who fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith and replaced him with linebackers coach Mark Duffner on the heels of consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta, have allowed 30 or more points in four of five games. Opponents have scored 40-plus twice. Duffner isn't promising a quick fix. Improving an inconsistent pass rush will be a challenge against Cleveland if Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy and end Vinny Curry can't play because of injuries that kept them from practicing this week. 'I believe our approach has always been we play defense as aggressively as we possibly can. That doesn't mean necessarily all blitz or pressure,' Duffner said, not shedding much light on his philosophy. 'That means that you play hard, that you play physical, you play smart — all those words kind of go into that word, 'aggressive,'' Duffner added. 'You can play aggressive coverage and be in zone defense. You can play aggressive run defense and not be in a pressure situation.' For their part, the Browns are preparing for Tampa Bay's scheme. While Hue Jackson suspects Duffner will make adjustments and try to 'put his personality on play calls,' the Cleveland coach firmly believes 'the scheme, and who they are, is not going to change too much.' Mayfield is keeping an open mind. 'Teams have thrown the ball. We will see what we can do,' said Mayfield, coming off a poor performance in a 24-point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. 'We will need to still be able to run the ball and establish that, but it is never about what they are doing,' the rookie added. 'If they stick with what they have been doing or if they change it up, we just have to be able to do our job and adjust on the fly.' Some things to know about the Browns and Bucs: BOUNCE BACK Mayfield was hard on himself following last week's 38-14 loss, which he described as 'the worst' of his career. The top overall draft pick completed 22 of 46 passes for 238 yards in his third NFL start and was sacked five times by the Chargers, who were successful in keeping the rookie contained in the pocket. He struggled to find receivers, held onto the ball too long and didn't check down to shorter routes. Jackson expected a roller-coaster ride with his rookie and he's getting it. 'I said this a long time ago, quarterbacks might as well start on their knees because they are going to be brought to their knees in this league,' he said. 'He has to bounce back and you bounce back in a good way, you lead this team to victory this week — it is what you do. Everything we are doing and everything that we are trying to accomplish is leading to that. That is the goal.' SHARING BLAME Pressure had been mounting on Koetter to replace Smith ever since the Bucs gave up six touchdown passes to second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky in Tampa Bay's 48-10 loss at Chicago on Sept. 30. Linebacker Lavonte David stressed, however, that the players are just as responsible for what's transpired as the coaches. 'At the end of the day, it all falls on our shoulders,' David said. 'This is a team game,' Koetter agreed, 'so whether it's success or failure, everybody has to share in it — all the coaches, all the players.' CORNERED MARKET The Browns are down two starting cornerbacks with E.J. Gaines out Sunday because of a concussion. Gaines was placed in league protocol on Thursday, leaving the Browns little time to adjust as they get ready to face the pass-heavy Bucs, who have the second-most TD passes in the league with 16. Gaines had started the previous two games for starter Terrance Mitchell, who was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury. T.J. Carrie will take over for Gaines, with rookie Denzel Ward on the other corner, and the Browns will try to slow Tampa's terrific trio of receivers: Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin. 'They're good,' Jackson said. 'One's averaging 23 yards a reception, another guy with 14 yards a reception and another guy with 13 or 12. They're all making plays and scoring touchdowns. They have some weapons. It's a big challenge for us.' ___ AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Teaira McCowan and Mississippi State women's hoops team are hoping to take that one final step. The Bulldogs are the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference again but the biggest, most exasperatingly elusive goal remains to win a national title. McCowan leads a team that has made the past two national championship games only to fall short of a title. 'That's definitely in the back of our minds,' McCowan said Thursday at SEC media day. 'But first we have to learn how to do the things in order to get back to that point.' Coach Vic Schaefer must replace four starters from a team that won its first 32 games and went 37-2, including first-team AP All-American Victoria Vivians. The Bulldogs are still regarded as the front-runners. 'Now, you've got to go wear it,' Schaeffer said. 'You'd better stay humble and hungry in this league or this league will humble you in a hurry.' The national championship game left a bitter memory even after winning the program's first SEC regular season title. Notre Dame won 61-58 on a last-second 3-pointer after Mississippi State let a 15-point third-quarter lead slip away. 'We've been on the cusp for two years in a row,' Schaefer said. 'But you know, at the end of the day, it's on my shoulders to get them prepared to get through that last three seconds that were there last year.' McCowan was an AP All-American after setting league records with 544 rebounds and 29 double-doubles. She averaged 20.8 points and 18.2 rebounds in NCAA Tournament games. Schaefer also added graduate transfer Anriel Howard, Texas A&M's top career rebounder. Howard ranked seventh nationally with an average of 12.2 rebounds per game last season. Tennessee and 2017 national champion South Carolina — which beat the Bulldogs in the title game — appear to be Mississippi State's most likely challengers. 'This is kind of a new era for us,' Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said. 'A'ja Wilson's gone. Mercedes Russell and Jaime Nared are gone from our team. Mississippi State, four of their starters are gone, so it's a little bit wide open. 'But you're going to see the same quality of opponent that you've seen in the past.' The Gamecocks' Dawn Staley must replace consensus national player of the year and No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick A'ja Wilson . 'A'ja Wilson was something to see in this league,' Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. 'I've been around the league 20 years and she's one of the best I've ever seen come through. So certainly some adjustment has to be made there, but I'm sure they'll be an outstanding team.' Alexis Jennings is a preseason first-team All-SEC pick for the Gamecocks while Top 10 recruit Destanni Henderson joins the roster. Jennings isn't trying to be the next Wilson. 'I don't think those are shoes I can fill,' she said. Staley didn't mind too much being picked second, though she might have understated her team's standing. 'We're going to fly under that radar a little bit and figure out an identity and hopefully be at the top at the end of the season,' she said. Staley also knows that the Gamecocks' recent track record makes voters hesitant to put them further down in the predictions. But, she said with a smile, 'Nobody remembers second.' Tennessee returns three starters, led by guard/forward Rennia Davis, and landed a Top 5 recruiting class. The Lady Vols have 10 6-footers and half of them are at least 6-3. 'Our wingspan is huge,' said Warlick, who received a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. 'We're extremely tall. We are lengthy. Very athletic. It's going to help us play the way we want to play and that's fast and getting up and down the floor.' The SEC set an attendance record for any conference last season, drawing more than 1.1 million fans and sending seven teams to the NCAA Tournament. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • It was New Year's Day 2006 when Frank Gore first became a 100-yard rusher. And he still is one, which could spell trouble Sunday for the Detroit Lions. The ageless 35-year-old Gore had his most productive day of the season last week when he ran for 101 yards to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears in overtime. Now the Lions must tackle the challenge of facing the NFL's leading active rusher. Detroit has a leaky run defense, and Miami will again be without quarterback Ryan Tannehill , which could mean another busy day for Gore. 'He's definitely a guy they can kind of rally behind,' Lions coach Matt Patricia said. 'Frank has done an unbelievable job of taking care of his body and executing at a high level for a long time. He has an edge about him that has been able to carry him all the way through his career. He's always proving everybody wrong.' While the Dolphins (4-2) will try to beat an NFC North team for the second week in a row, the Lions (2-3) are coming off a bye and three games into a stretch of 10 consecutive games against opponents now at .500 or better. Here are things to know about teams meeting for only the 12th time: THIRTEEN SEASONS LATER Gore was a 22-year-old rookie when he first ran for 100 yards for San Francisco in the final game of the 2005 season, and last week he did it for the 46th time. That made him the fifth player since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to have a 100-yard rushing game past age 34, joining Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, John Riggins and MacArthur Lane. 'I told him I wish I could have played with him 10 years ago,' teammate Ja'Wuan James said, 'just to see how that would have been.' By one measure Gore is actually better now. Sharing carries with Kenyan Drake, he has an average of 4.9 yards per carry this season, his best since 2009. 'You can't think about age,' Gore said. 'You've got to continue like you're a young man out there.' He might be able to do that against the Lions, who gave up 152 yards rushing to Ezekiel Elliott, 138 to Matt Breida, and 102 to Isaiah Crowell. Patricia's defense ranks third worst in yards rushing allowed per carry and per game. While Gore battered the Bears, Brock Osweiler threw for a career-high 380 yards subbing for Tannehill, sidelined with a throwing shoulder injury. Handing off to Gore was a kick, Osweiler said. 'That's something I'll never forget,' he said. 'Watching a future Hall of Famer from the field level is pretty special.' NO SWEAT? While the Lions are 0-2 on the road, the Dolphins have won their first three home games for first time since 2002. Last week, Miami rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 16 minutes of regulation against the Bears, who tired in 89-degree sunshine. 'We like playing at home, I know that,' Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. 'We like it hot. The other team wears down eventually, and we just keep fighting.' The forecast for Sunday is 87 in Miami, compared with 47 in Detroit. Of course, the Lions play indoors at home. 'We're not going down there to play the weather,' Lions safety Glover Quin said. 'We're playing the Dolphins.' BALL HAWKS The Dolphins have never led the NFL in interceptions, not even in the days of Jake Scott and Dick Anderson. But they rank first this week with 11, two more than they had all of last season. 'We're just hungry for the ball,' safety Reshad Jones said. The secondary will be tested by one of the NFL's best trios of wideouts, and by Matt Stafford, who threw four interceptions in opener but has only one since. INCONSISTENT The Lions recovered from an awful start with wins over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers . If they play to the level of their competition, that would be good, because their next seven opponents are 22-11-1. 'We can play with and beat anybody,' Quin said. 'But we can also be beaten by anybody.' REAL ESTATE Michigan native Gase and his wife lived in Dearborn when he was a Lions assistant in 2003-07. They sold their house there just in the past couple of years, although Gase is fuzzy on details of the transaction. 'I just remember my wife rented it out, and then that was the last thing I heard about it, and then all of a sudden she was like, 'Hey, I sold the house,'' Gase said. 'I'm kind of not real good with the economic aspect of anything, so that's on her.' ___ AP Sports Writer Larry Lage contributed to this report. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine.
  • A man from DeLand is accused of stealing and selling airplane parts that he was hired to repair, then charged customers for repairs that were never completed. DeLand police said Joseph Lippo, who owns and operates J.L. Aircraft Services, was arrested Wednesday on various theft charges.  Download the free WFTV News & Weather apps Investigators said Lippo was removing functional parts from planes then selling the parts and charging the owners for replacements. Some of the stolen parts are valued at more than $50,000. Detectives also said Lippo may have charged clients for services and repairs that were never completed. Lippo is also accused of stealing more than 2,000 gallons of fuel from Edd Conn, the owner of ConAir Jet Sales, who said Lippo didn’t stop there. Read: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball “Someone stole the engine. Someone stole the APU [auxiliary power unit]. The interior had been taken out of some of the windows,” Conn said. “The plane is completely destroyed.” Police said they located two victims but believe there could be more. According to the Better Business Bureau, Lippo has been in business for two years. Lippo has already posted bond and has been released from the Volusia County Jail, police said. Read more Volusia County news
  • The Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa said more than 30 people in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties have sought care for caterpillar stings since August. Those who have a stinging caterpillar land on them are advised to use a piece of paper to remove the insect instead of brushing it away. Photos: Stinging caterpillars Although the sting may be painful, it isn't deadly. Some might need to visit an emergency room to be treated for the pain. The caterpillars, which tend to live in oak trees, are fuzzy, but they have a spine that can burrow into skin. Those who are stung by a caterpillar may contact FPIC at 800-222-1222 to receive first aid tips and to learn how to remove the venomous spine without having to visit a doctor. Read: Florida woman warns others after ‘excruciating' burn from venomous caterpillar Click here to see the eight stinging caterpillar species found in Florida. Click here to read more about stinging caterpillars. Read: Experts warn against touching furry, venomous asp caterpillar
  • Walt Disney World says it's going to build a new nature-themed resort. The Florida-based theme park resort said Thursday that the as-yet-unnamed resort will open in 2022. It will have 900 hotel rooms as well as villas for Disney's timeshare program. The new project joins three other resort construction projects underway at Disney World. The 27,000-acre tourist destination already has 36 resorts on its property, as well as four theme parks.
  • You know the feeling: When you’re driving around, relying on your GPS, and suddenly you realize your map app has led you astray. In a region where lanes shift, new ramps open, and interchanges change constantly, your GPS could actually take as many as two months for navigation systems to reflect new routes.  That doesn’t just translate to frustration. Drivers for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft say their trips are taking longer and costing riders more because of new construction on local roads with which GPS just can’t keep up. If you have a navigation system built into the dashboard of your car, you have to download updates to keep up with road changes.  Traffic Tracker: See live traffic maps  It’s no guarantee that app on your phone will reflect the changes either. Eyewitness News tested this out on Thursday with the new eastbound I-4 exit for Princeton Street, which was recently moved two miles up the road. The road sign tells you where to exit, but the GPS didn’t talk about exiting until a mile later. By then, it was time to find a place to turn around. “There’s a little frustration when you have clients that are coming in for conventions and things of that nature and it takes a little longer because you made a couple of U-Turns,” driver Ken Evans said. Get breaking traffic alerts with the WFTV News app Leaders with the I-4 Ultimate project said they notify GPS companies when they make major changes to roads, but it can still take four to eight weeks for those companies to update their maps. I-4 Ultimate said you can get notifications about changes by clicking or tapping here .
  • The NFL's loudest trash talker has little to say after consecutive lopsided losses. Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey delivered a repeat performance Thursday from his postgame news conference that followed a 40-7 loss to Dallas four days earlier. Ramsey drew sharp criticism for offering short answers in the locker room after the 33-point drubbing, mostly because he's been so vocal — and critical — of fellow NFL players this year. He was equally succinct during his weekly media session in advance of Sunday's game against Houston. Q: Where is the confidence level this week on defense? Still have confidence you guys can bounce back? A: We'll see. Q: What are your thoughts about going up against Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins? A: Same as usual. Q: What's that? A: Same as it's always been. My past two years, y'all have asked me the same question. Well, last year y'all asked me. Next question. Q: Is Hopkins one of the guys you like going up against? A: Yeah. Q: Why? A: Uh, just a good matchup. Q: You guys have always had confidence and now it's, 'We'll see'. Why such a change? A: We've still got confidence, but we're going to see how the game goes. Q: What did you see from quarterback Deshaun Watson in the opener last year and on tape this year? A: Really good. Ramsey spoke for a little more than a minute Thursday. His media session after the loss to the Cowboys was a few seconds longer. Neither compared to the verbose jabs Ramsey has taken against Kansas City 'return specialist' Tyreek Hill and New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore in recent weeks. The third-year player and fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft also ripped several NFL quarterbacks in an interview with GQ magazine this summer. Ramsey called Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen 'trash' and said Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 'overrated.' Baltimore's Joe Flacco, Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and Eli Manning of the New York Giants also got less-than-stellar reviews. Ramsey called Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger 'decent at best.' Ramsey also praised several QBs, including Watson. A few weeks later, Ramsey upset a number of hockey players and their fans by saying he could play in the NHL despite having never skated. The Tennessee native has 21 tackles and two pass breakups this season, part of a defense that allowed 802 yards, 63 points and 49 first downs in consecutive road losses to Kansas City and Dallas. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • 1. Red tide has made its way to Brevard County. 2. Karenia brevis is the algae species that causes red tide. 3. High concentrations of Karenia brevis have been detected at Satellite Beach's Pelican Beach Park and in medium concentrations near Melbourne Beach. 4. So far, the algae hasn't yet made its way to Cocoa Beach or Volusia and Flagler counties. 5. At high concentrations, red tide can discolor water, causing it to appear red or brown. Other algae blooms can make the water appear green or purple. 6. Some could experience skin irritation or burning eyes from the algae bloom. 7. Those with respiratory illnesses might experience a flare-up and some irritation. 8. Beachgoers are advised to avoid swimming in areas where fish kills have been reported, because the dead fish can generate harmful bacteria. 9. Red tides can last from several weeks to more than a year. Watch: Millions spent on removing dead marine life, tourism marketing after red tide outbreak Another look at the locations along #Brevard County Coast where samples showed #RedTide #KBrevis concentrations. Note, red tide may likely be present between samples as well, that's why we need many samples...taken frequently. #WFTV #Florida pic.twitter.com/BK4dMJcSfZ — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) October 18, 2018