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ESPN: Lovie Smith Reaches Agreement to Coach Buccaneers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lovie Smith has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their new head coach, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports the deal is for four years, with a fifth-year team option, and is expected to pay Smith in excess of $5 million a year.

Smith was a linebackers coach in Tampa Bay for five seasons under Tony Dungy.

"Congratulations to the Bucs,'' Dungy tweeted. "I think they made a very good choice in hiring Lovie Smith. Now I'm excited about watching the Bucs next year!''

Smith coached the Chicago Bears from 2004-12, compiling an 81-63 record. He won NFL Coach of the Year in 2005 and also led the Bears to three NFC North titles  and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl.

Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who went 11-21 in two seasons as the Buccaneers' head coach.

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Buccaneers Fire Head Coach Greg Schiano, GM Mark Dominik

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After two seasons, Greg Schiano's time in the pros could be coming to an end as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday that they've let their head coach go, as well as general manager Mark Dominik.

Before coming to the NFL, Schiano had spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers University. He failed to find the same success at the NFL level that he had on the college ranks.

In two seasons in Tampa, Schiano went 11-21. After initial success in his first season, the team has steadily declined. Since Week 12 of last season, the Buccaneers have gone 5-17, which is tied for the worst record in the NFL during that time.

Meanwhile, Dominik had been the Buccaneers general manager since 2009.

Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer released a statement about letting Dominik go, saying, "The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction. Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here."

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Saints Won't Be Scoreboard Watching on Sunday

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La) -- The New Orleans Saints (10-5) are looking to secures their fourth playoff berth in five seasons on Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11).

If the Saints win and the Carolina Panthers lose against the Falcons, they would clinch the NFC South and lock-up a No. 2 seed in the NFC.

"The challenge this week is trying guard against" thinking about those various scenarios, Payton said.

"We control one thing. We know if we're able to go out and play well and win, we're guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. ... I don't want to spend those two hours prior to the game with the television sets going and all the other potential distractions that can take place with a game," he continued

The Saints started the season 5-0, but have since went 5-5 their last ten games.

"We had really good opportunities the last two weeks and we didn't take advantage of those," receiver Lance Moore said. "Now it's a win-or-go-home-type scenario for us."

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49ers Crush Buccaneers, 33-14

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers (10-4) to their fourth straight win after a 33-14 win over the Buccaneers (4-10) on Sunday.

Kaepernick tossed two touchdown passes and threw for 203 yards and Frank Gore rushed for rushed for 86 yards in the win.

"Kaepernick really put on his cape. A couple of those conversions ... there's not a lot of people that can make those kind of plays that he was making with his feet, his arm and with his head," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Who's able to do that that's playing in this league? Very few guys."

Gore now has rushed for over 1,000 yards for the seventh time in his career.

"It's a blessing. Ninth year in the league. Every year I hear the doubters, you know, `Can you still do it?" Gore said. "I take it one year at a time. My coaches still believe in me. This organization still believes in me."

With the win, the Seahawks were unable to clinch the NFC West and the 49ers will host the Falcons on Monday night.

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Buccaneers Hold Off Lions, 24-21

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times in their 24-21 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Tampa Bay (3-8) forced five turnovers and won their third straight game in the process.

"As disappointing as this was, it doesn't eliminate us from anything," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "It just raises the urgency level for the next five games."

Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon tossed two touchdowns for 247 yards and did not throw an interception.

"One of the more gutsy performances I've seen," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of his team's defensive effort.

Detroit (6-5) has now lost two straight games for the first time this season and will play host the Packers on Thanksgiving.

"I can't make bad decisions, and I had a couple of those and a couple bad breaks," Stafford said.

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Buccaneers Dashon Goldson Suspended One Game

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson one game without pay Monday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White last Sunday.

Goldson is suspended for next Sunday's game versus Detroit which will cost him a $264,705 game check.

This is the third time this season Goldson has been disciplined for an illegal hit. Goldson was fined $30,000 for a Week 1 hit to the head on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. The very next week, Goldson received a one-game suspension for a hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, but Goldson appealed that suspension and won, having it reduced to a $100,000 fine.
The 29-year-old Goldson signed with the Buccaneers this offseason after spending his first six seasons with San Francisco. He has 50 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/17/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Buffalo Bills 37 (4-7) - New York Jets 14 (5-5)

Arizona Cardinals 27 (6-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (1-9)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 (2-8) - Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-8)

Philadelphia Eagles 24 (6-5) - Washington Redskins 16 (3-7)

Cincinnati Bengals 41 (7-4) - Cleveland Browns 20 (4-6)

Pittsburgh Steelers 37 (4-6) - Detroit Lions 27 (6-4)

Oakland Raiders 28 (4-6) - Houston Texans 23 (2-8)

Chicago Bears 23 (6-4) - Baltimore Ravens 20 (4-6) - Overtime

New York Giants 27 (4-6) - Green Bay Packers 13 (5-5)

Miami Dolphins 20 (5-5) - San Diego Chargers 16 (4-6)

Seattle Seahawks 41 (10-1) - Minnesota Vikings 20 (2-8)

New Orleans Saints 23 (8-2) - San Francisco 49ers 20 (6-4)

Denver Broncos 27 (9-1) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (9-1)

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers 118 (8-2) - Toronto Raptors 110 (4-7)

Memphis Grizzlies 97 (5-5) - Sacramento Kings 86 (2-7)

Los Angeles Lakers 114 (5-7) - Detroit Pistons 99 (3-6)

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (7-10-3, 17 pts) - Ottawa Senators 1 (8-8-4, 20pts)

Washington Capitals 4 (12-8-1, 25 pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (13-3-3, 29pts)

Los Angeles Kings 1 (14-6-1, 29pts) - New York Rangers 0 (10-10-0, 20pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (14-3-4, 32pts) - San Jose Sharks 1 (13-3-5, 31pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (13-4-4, 30pts) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (9-10-2, 20pts)

Dallas Stars 2 (11-7-2, 24pts) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (11-8-3, 25pts)

NCAAB: (1) Kentucky 87 (3-1) - Robert Morris 49 (2-2)

Iowa State 77 (3-0) - (7) Michigan 70 (2-1)

Belmont 83 (3-1) - (12) North Carolina 80 (2-1)

(15) Gonzaga 82 (3-0) - Oakland 67 (0-4)

(19) Connecticut 77 (4-0) - Boston University 60 (2-1)

Indiana State 83 (2-1) - (21) Notre Dame 70 (2-1)

(22) New Mexico 109 (2-0) - Charleston Southern 93 (2-2)

(23) Baylor 87 (3-0) - Louisiana-Lafayette 68 (2-2)

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin won at Miami-Homestead Speedway.  Jimmie Johnson finished in ninth and claimed his sixth Sprint Cup championship.

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Buccaneers Sink Dolphins to Earn First Victory of the Season

Leon Halip/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Darrelle Revis' interception with 1:35 left in the game sealed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first win of the season, as they defeated the Miami Dolphins 22-19 on Monday night.

Revis wasn't the only Bucs' defender to step up. Tampa Bay held the Dolphins to a franchise-low two yards rushing for the game.

“I think they really played well," Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said of his team's run defense. "The guy who has struggled the last couple of weeks, I thought (linebacker) Mason Foster stepped up and played really (well) – I’ll have to see the tape, but I just saw him flying around out there tonight. And Lavonte David, every week. Then the interior guys – it’s harder to see, but I bet you Gerald played very well, again. I thought our safeties supported the run well; Mark Barron seemed like a blur sometimes coming down hill. All those pieces fit together. When you can have an effort like that, two yards rushing, I think what that does, too, is the time of possession – I think we were like nine-minutes plus in time of possession. When you run the ball for a buck-forty and you hold them to two, that’s going to eat a lot of clock."

As for the Dolphins (4-5), the loss comes in the team's first game since the team started dealing with an alleged bullying scandal in their locker room.

The Dolphins fell behind 15-0 early in the second quarter but were able to claw back and eventually take a 19-15 lead late in the third quarter. But that lead didn't last long as the Bucs scored on their next drive to take the lead for good.

Tampa Bay (1-8) will look to make it two straight next Sunday when it hosts Atlanta.

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Buccaneers Place Doug Martin On IR 

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) --  Doug Martin's 2013 season is over.

The team announced Friday that they have placed the second-year running back on injured reserve.  Martin has missed the past two games with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Martin injured his shoulder while attempting to catch a pass in an Oct. 20 game against the Atlanta Falcons.  Both he and the Buccaneers had hoped he could return at some point this season, but the team ultimately decided to shut him down.

Rookie Mike James has filled in for Martin, and he could continue to start for the remainder of the year.

In six games, Martin rushed 127 times for 456 yards and one touchdown for the winless Buccaneers.

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Seahawks Edge Buccaneers 27-24 In Overtime 

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- It wasn't pretty, but the Seattle Seahawks were able to get the job done.

Steven Hauschka drilled a 27-yard field goal in overtime, and the Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Sunday.

"That was a huge win. You think about the deficit we were under and to be able to comeback in that fashion ... that's big time," quarterback Russell Wilson said.

Trailing 21-7 at halftime, Wilson led the Seahawks (8-1) on three scoring drives to tie the game at 24.  He hit Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 to play in regulation to force overtime.

The Buccaneers (0-8) received a stellar effort from rookie Mike Glennon.  He completed 17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.  Mike James rushed for a career-high 158 yards filling in for the injured Doug Martin.

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