Keith Tandy easily intercepted it in the third

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DETROIT -- Tampa Bay is turning around its season, relying on a cool and calm rookie quarterback and an opportunistic defence. Mike Glennon played almost mistake-free football and Matthew Staffords fourth interception went in and out of Calvin Johnsons hands inside the Buccaneers 5 in the final minute, allowing Tampa Bay to hold on for a 24-21 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Bucs rookie Johnthan Banks made the critical pick toward the end of the game. Tampa Bay (3-8) has won three straight after losing its first eight, joining the 1978 St. Louis Cardinals as the only NFL team to do that. "Wow -- thats history," Bucs rookie tight end Tim Wright said after making a season-high eight receptions for 75 yards. Tampa Bay took advantage of Detroits five turnovers, including Kris Durhams fumble in the fourth period, in a game with six lead changes and no more than a four-point lead for either team. "One of the more gutsy performances Ive seen," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. The Lions (6-5) have lost two straight for the first time this season. They missed out on a chance to break a first-place tie in the NFC North with Chicago. "As disappointing as this was, it doesnt eliminate us from anything," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "It just raises the urgency level for the next five games." Detroit hosts the Green Bay Packers, who trail the Lions and Bears by a half-game in the division, in its annual Thanksgiving Day game. "We cant let this stay in our system too long," said Nate Burleson, who had seven receptions for 77 yards and a score in his first game since breaking his left arm in a one-car crash two months ago. The Bucs have refused to let losses and off-the-field distractions from the first half of the season linger. They dealt with the benching and release of quarterback Josh Freeman and a MRSA infections outbreak. Tampa Bay had been relying on a running game lately, but couldnt against a defence that is stingy on the ground. Bobby Rainey was held to 35 yards on 15 carries after he had 163 yards rushing and scored three times last week against Atlanta. Glennon, a third-round pick from North Carolina State, also didnt have go-to receiver Vincent Jackson open very often. But he didnt force the ball to Jackson or anyone else. He was 14 of 21 for 247 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tiquan Underwood, whose second score was an 85-yard reception early in the fourth quarter. Glennon had a season-high 138.4 quarterback rating. "Hes very calm in the huddle, no matter what the situation is in the game," Wright said. Stafford was 26 of 46 for 297 yards with three TDs. He connected with Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria for scores that couldnt overcome his interceptions. "I cant make bad decisions, and I had a couple of those and a couple bad breaks," Stafford said. The last interception was not Staffords fault because Johnson had the ball briefly before Kelcie McCray jarred it loose and Banks caught it out of the air. "He got a good hit on me," Johnson acknowledged. Stafford also was picked off when Pettigrew ducked when a pass came his way and Leonard Johnson returned it 48 yards for a go-ahead score late in the first half. Staffords first interception in Tampa Bay territory caromed off Burleson. The fifth-year QB had no one to blame for floating a pass into the middle of the end zone toward Johnson because safety Keith Tandy easily intercepted it in the third quarter. "The way it came right to me, I guess he didnt see me," Tandy said. Johnson had seven receptions for 115 yards, but he and the Lions didnt take advantage of the Bucs playing the second half without cornerback Darrelle Revis. Reggie Bush had 100 yards of offence for the Lions. Tampa Bay started the game without two key players in the middle of its defence, suspended safety Dashon Goldson and injured middle linebacker Mason Foster, and lost one on the outside during the game. Revis, who did a relatively good job against Johnson, holding him to four receptions for 61 yards in the first half, didnt play after halftime because of a groin injury. "Our guys did a great job against him after I left," Revis said. NOTES: Lions CB Chris Houston left the game with an injured foot after Underwood ran past him on the long TD in the fourth quarter. ... Tampa Bay, which won its first road game, plays next week at Carolina. ... Johnson set a league record with 861 yards receiving over five games, surpassing the 822 yards Charley Hennigan had in a five-game span for Houston in 1961. Nike Air Force 1 Clearance . -- When Steve Blake checked in at the scorers table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out. Cheap Nike Air Force 1 Wholesale . Only it wasnt the extended right pad of his old teammate Jonathan Bernier early in the final frame, it was James Reimer, who stole a night that was supposed to belong to the former King. http://www.cheapairforce1.net/. Catch all the action on TSN starting at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. Toronto won at Denver and Utah, but lost in Portland and Sacramento. The Kings loss was the most recent game for the Raptors. Nike Air Force 1 Wholesale China . Theres little time for rest, too. The Flyers and Rangers play again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Simmonds scored in the first period and twice more in the second for his first career post-season hat trick. Mason survived a busy first period and stopping 31 straight shots until Carl Hagelin scored late in the third. Nike Air Force 1 For Sale Cheap . Irving played 10 minutes Sunday night before going to the locker room. He had two points and four assists, missing all five of his shots. The All-Star game MVP is the top scorer among Eastern Conference point guards with 21.TORONTO -- Toronto FC has claimed another body. The underachieving Major League Soccer club fired president and general manager Kevin Payne. The club has not made the move official but Payne told The Canadian Press that he was leaving. "I wish TFC and its supporters all the best," he said in a text. "Im confident the team is in a great position heading into next year and Im proud of that. "I understand the desire to move forward in a different direction and want nothing but the best for the club." Payne said he had no other role with the team but had agreed "to help with the transition." The former D.C. United executive arrived in late November with the task of turning around the worst team in Major League Soccer. But progress has been hard to find and the team, which has never made the playoffs, stands tied for 18th in the 19-team league with a 4-12-10 record. Ultimately Payne paid the price for yet more failure at a franchise that is losing fans as well as matches. It didnt help that he was hired before Tim Leiweke took over as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the team. Payne, 60, may also have suffered for his penchant for talking. Like the manager he hired -- rookie coach Ryan Nelsen -- he complained this season about the team getting a raw deal from officials. That is not Leiwekes style. "I tend to believe that sitting here and revisiting those calls doesnt serve much of a purpose," the MLSE boss said in a July interview with The Canadian Press. "And so we probably have to as an organization spend less time bitching and more time just moving on and understanding that sometimes thats the way those calls are going to go." Both Payne and Nelsen also complained about the salary cap handcuffs they had inherited. And Payne liked to talk about his master-plan, detailing imminent player moves that proved to be not so imminent. Payne also raised some hackles at the club early on when he questioned the fitness level of some players in pre-season without naming names. "Lots of guys did a great job and came back in great shape," he said in January. "But there were more than one or two who were not even close to being fit. I have a hard time understanding that. Ryan feels the same way ... Theres just no excuse for it." Payne, while clearly dedicated to his task, seemed to come across as thinking he was the smartest man in the room. Then Leiweke arrived. He oversaw the Los Angeles Galaxy during his time in charge of AEG, helping bring David Beckham and Robbie Keane to the team. Leiweke spoke favvourably of Payne -- "He knows where the bodies are buried and he knows what it takes to build a championship team" -- in a June 4 in-house interview aired on YouTube.dddddddddddd And he said in July he would wait until the end of the season to assess the teams management, explaining he didnt think it was "fair or proper to get into an analysis" mid-season. Toronto was 2-10-8 at the time. It apparently took Leiweke two wins, two losses and two ties to change his mind. The club, which plays Saturday in Portland, has eight games remaining this season. Payne arrived with a flourish, wearing one of his four MLS championship rings to his Toronto FC introduction. The former D.C. United boss routinely wears one of his rings, but wasnt going to at the news conference in Toronto until wife Pam changed his mind. "I said to my wife this is weird. For the first time since 97 -- when I got the 96 ring -- Im not going to put on a championship ring," he related Nov. 28 after being unveiled in Toronto. "And she said I think you should put it on. I said Well, I dont want to be always talking about D.C. She said But you need to get people to aspire to win their own ring. Understand that thats the goal. So thats why Im wearing it." Payne was Toronto FCs first president. He became the soccer teams equivalent to the Leafs Brian Burke and the Raptors Bryan Colangelo, both of whom have since moved on. "We found the right guy," Tom Anselmi, MLSEs COO, said at the time. "I think its probably THE best signing that well make," added head coach Paul Mariner, who was soon to be dumped by Payne in favour of Nelsen. Nelsen is the teams eighth manager in seven seasons. Until his resignation as president and CEO just days before joining TFC, Payne had spent 17 years at D.C. United -- helping the franchise find its feet in time for the debut MLS season in 1996. Payne joined a Toronto franchise that has failed to make the playoffs since its inception in 2007, winning just 45 games over those six seasons. Toronto (5-21-8) posted franchise worsts in 2012 for wins (five), losses (21), points (23), goals against (62) and winless string (14). "I really love to build things," he said when asked about why he would take charge of such a floundering franchise. Payne has helped set the stage for whoever takes over. The team has shed the big contracts of the likes of Torsten Frings and Darren ODea and the 2014 salary cap situation will offer far more flexibility. There is also a base of good young talent at the club. But the franchise continues to disappoint. ' ' '

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