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Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes.

Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.

"It's tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor," Hester said. "I'm kind of emotional right now."

Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) - Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) - Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) - 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) --Offensive guard Carl Nicks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012 with the team but has been dealing with ailments that have allowed him to play in only nine games the last two seasons.

"I'd like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field," Nicks said in a statement. "However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The 29-year-old Nicks has played in six NFL seasons, including four with New Orleans where he won a Super Bowl.                                         

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Buccaneers Owner Malcolm Glazer Dies at 85

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer passed away on Wednesday. He was 85.

Glazer bought the Bucs in 1995 for a then-record price of $192 million. During his tenure as owner, Tampa Bay won its first and only Super Bowl championship in 2002.

“Malcolm Glazer was the guiding force behind the building of a Super Bowl-champion organization. His dedication to the community was evident in all he did, including his leadership in bringing Super Bowls to Tampa Bay,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Malcolm’s commitment to the Bucs, the NFL and the people of the Tampa Bay region are the hallmarks of his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Linda, their six children and the entire Glazer family.”

Glazer also owned soccer's Manchester United of the U.K.'s Premier League.

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Draft Round 1:

1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

4. Buffalo Bills traded with Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Browns traded with Vikings - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

9. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

11. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

12. New York Giants - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

13. St. Louis Rams - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14. Chicago Bears - Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

16. Dallas Cowboys - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

18. New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

19. Miami Dolphins - Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

20. New Orleans Saints traded with Cardinals - Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State

21. Green Bay Packers - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

22. Cleveland Browns traded with Eagles - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State

25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26. Philadelphia Eagles - Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville

27. Arizona Cardinals - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

28. Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

29. New England Patriots - Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

30. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmie Ward, DB, North Illinois

31. Denver Broncos - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

32. Minnesota Vikings traded with Seahawks - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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Buccaneers Trade Wide Receiver Mike Williams to the Bills

J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A change of scenery just might be what's best for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Williams and he's getting just that as he's been traded to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round pick.

Various off-the-field incidents resulted in Williams falling out of favor with the Bucs. The latest occurred in March when he was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh by his brother, Eric Baylor.

Despite the incidents, Williams is still just 26-years-old and should be a big contributor to the Bills offense.

He will also be reunited with his former college coach at Syracuse, Doug Marrone, who recently completed his first season as the Bills head coach.

"Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group," Marrone said in a release.

Due to injuries, Williams played in just six games in 2013 and was limited to jst 22 catches for 216 yards.

In 2012, Williams caught 63 passes for 996 yards while also catching nine touchdowns.

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Buccaneers Sign Offensive Tackle Anthony Collins

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed offensive tackle Anthony Collins Thursday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, it's a five-year, $30 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed.

The 6-foot-6, 308 pound tackle had played his entire six year NFL career for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Collins finally got playing time last season when veteran left tackle Andre Whitworth missed a few games with a knee injury. Collins did well in place of Whitworth and ended up playing in 15 games without allowing a sack.

Collins becomes the sixth unrestricted free agent to join the Bucs since Tuesday.

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Buccaneers Release CB Darrelle Revis

Don Juan Moore/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday.

The Bucs acquired Revis from the New York Jets before last year’s NFL draft, in which they sent their 2013 first-round selection and their 2014 fourth-rounder selection. In 16 games, he recorded 50 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack.

“We would like to thank Darrelle for his time and effort with our organization last year,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Darrelle showed a lot of heart last year as he worked extremely hard to get himself back on the field following his knee injury sustained the previous season. We have specific ideas regarding the best way to build this defense and, while you never like to lose a good player, we believe this is in the best interests of our team moving forward. Darrelle was a true professional here in Tampa Bay and we wish him continued success in his career.”

After acquiring Revis, Tampa Bay gave him a six-year, $96 million contract. He was set to earn $16 million this season.

Late Wednesday night, ESPN reported Revis and the New England Patriots agreed to a one-year contract, worth $12 million. The deal is pending a physical.

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DE Michael Bennett Re-signs with Seahawks 

Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport (NEW YORK) -- On the eve of NFL free agency, the Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multiyear contract extension.

According to ESPN, Bennett signed a four-year, $28.5 million deal, with $16 million guaranteed. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.

Bennett will make $10 million in the first year, $6 million in the second year, $5 million in the third year and $7.5 million in the final year.

The Seahawks signed Bennett to a one-year, $4.8 million deal in 2013 after he spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had 8.5 sacks in the regular season along with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

His stellar play continued in the postseason as Bennett helped Seattle capture its first Super Bowl championship.

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Buccaneers Welcome Lovie Smith To Tampa Bay

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduced Lovie Smith as their new head coach on Monday.

The 55-year-old Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who was fired last week after compiling a record of 11-21 over the past two seasons. He inherits a team that began the 2013 campaign with eight straight losses before finishing the year 4-12.

This will be Smith’s second stint with the Bucs. He previously served as their linebackers coach under Tony Dungy from 1996 through 2000.

“There’s a certain brand of football that you expected from us,” Smith said during his news conference. “You knew we’d be relentless, we would play hard, physical, but there was a brand of football that you did get from us each week. At Raymond James Stadium, it was hard for opponents to come in and win. We have gotten away from that a little bit, and it is time, as we go to the future, for us to become a relevant team again.

From 2004 through 2012, Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears, where he went 81-63, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

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