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Light Her Up looks to continue recent hot streak

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:21:00 -0500

ST. PETERSBURG — Jim Abernathy needs more time than usual when he turns out greyhounds in his kennel.Light Her Up requires extra attention."When everyone else goes outside, you have to go in and get her," Abernathy said. "She’s laid back and likes to stay in the kennel."Getting out of the starting(image)

NHL trade deadline: Action picks up with three-team deal

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:41:41 -0500

RALEIGH, N.C. - The  Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from the Senators on Friday night in a three-team deal that sent defenseman Ian Cole to Ottawa and forward Ryan Reaves to the Golden Knights.The Penguins announced the deal Friday night during their 6-1 victory at(image)

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Rasmus says he ditched Rays to spend time with family

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:30:52 -0500

SARASOTA - Colby Rasmus is making a new start with the Baltimore Orioles after taking an eight-month break from baseball.Rasmus signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles this week, after abruptly leaving the Rays in midseason. The contract is for $3 million if he makes the Orioles and(image)

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Can the Lightning win the Stanley Cup?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:24:18 -0500

When it comes to the Tampa Bay Lightning these days, there's only one question that really matters:Will the Lightning win the Stanley Cup?That's it. That's the big question. That's the only thing on everyone's mind.Will it or won't it?Does this team, which has been in position to lift Lord(image)

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Winter Olympics: Canadian apologizes for taking off silver hockey medal

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:13:00 -0500

PEYONGCHANG, South Korea — Canadian defenseman Jocelyne Larocque apologized for taking off her silver medal immediately after it was placed around her neck Thursday following Canada’s shootout loss to the United States in the women’s hockey final.Larocque, a two-time Olympian, held on to the medal(image)

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Erik Karlsson-to-Lightning talk won’t die down until deadline is over

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:10:42 -0500

MONTREAL - Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson sure seemed chatty with his Lightning friends as he left the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night.Karlsson, 27, took his time talking up several members of Tampa Bay's staff in the hallway outside the dressing room. The two-time Norris(image)

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Girls basketball: Rematch doesn’t go as planned for Tampa Catholic

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:44:06 -0500

TAMPA - Tampa Catholic thought about playing in Friday night's game - the Class 5A region girls basketball final - for an entire year. The Crusaders never forgot how much it hurt to lose in the same game to Oxbridge Academy in 2017. They hoped Oxbridge would show up to play them(image)

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Girls basketball: Clearwater runs into a juggernaut

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:34:50 -0500

CLEARWATER - Without a doubt, Clearwater had the will to win. Unfortunately, Fort Myers had the skill, plenty of it.With talent filling every Green Wave role, nothing short of perfection would have kept the host Tornadoes competitive in Friday's Class 7A region final. Fort Myers simply(image)

Girls basketball: Tampa Bay Tech heads to first final four

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:20:20 -0500

TAMPA - Tears flowed. Hugs were abundant. Celebration ran rampant Friday night at Tampa Bay Tech, which survived a furious Naples Gulf Coast rally to win the Class 8A region title, 55-52, and claim the first state final-four berth in school history.The Titans make their inaugural trip to(image)

Winter Olympics: Germany upsets Canada to make men’s hockey final

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:51:00 -0500

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — First curling, now this. It has been a rough few days for Canada at its best Winter Olympics ever because of struggles in the two sports that are most tightly woven into its national identity. In perhaps the biggest blow of all, the men’s hockey team didn’t make it to the(image)

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Kevin Knox named in Yahoo story on potential NCAA violations

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:14:35 -0500

Kentucky's Kevin Knox, a former standout at Tampa Catholic, was named in a Yahoo Sports story about the possible NCAA violations involving prominent players and schools.Yahoo obtained documents from a federal investigation detailing the expenditures of agent Andy Miller and his ASM sports(image)

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A lot rides on soccer for Plant City’s Eric Ugarte

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:26:10 -0500

PLANT CITY - Eric Ugarte was beaming as he prepared to play on high school soccer's biggest stage. If nearly a full week of hoopla leading up to today's Class 5A state championship game had worn the Plant City senior out, he hid it well.Eric seemed at ease in the spotlight, something that had(image)

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Winter Olympics: Saturday’s viewing guide

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:14:08 -0500

TV Saturday 6:30 a.m.-6 a.m. Sunday NBCSNHockey (M) - Bronze-medal game, Canada vs. Czech Republic (LIVE)Curling (M) - Final, United States vs. Sweden (replay, 9:3-0 a.m.)Speed skating (M&W) - Mass start finalsCurling (W) - Bronze-medal match, Japan vs. Great(image)

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Rays open exhibition season with 6-3 win over Pirates

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:13:36 -0500

The Rays won the home game of their opening-day, split-squad set, beating the Pirates, 6-3.1B Brad Miller, with an opposite-field double off the wall, and CF Kevin Kiermaier, with a bloop single to shallow center, provided the early offense.2B Daniel Robertson was impressive in the field, making(image)

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Rays journal: Miller time could be a good time, and more from openers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:59:50 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - One of the key story lines in Rays camp is seeing what kind of bounce-back season they can get out of a healthy Brad Miller, coming off October core muscle repair surgery.And while Miller isn't feeling 100 percent - he stubbed and broke his right pinky toe the other(image)

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Split-squad Rays hold on for 6-3 win at Orioles

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:52:19 -0500

SARASOTA - A split-squad team of Rays held on for a 6-3 victory Friday against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.Yonny Chirinos, making his debut as a Ray, tossed a pair of scoreless innings. He allowed an infield single to former Ray Tim Beckham to start the game then retired the next six.(image)

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Bucs awarded compensatory draft pick in seventh round

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:59:34 -0500

The Bucs finally have a compensatory draft pick.For the first time since 2011, Tampa Bay has played the free-agent game well enough to be awarded a comp pick - after the seventh round, 255th overall, the next to last in the draft.Comp picks have a complicated formula, but they're given out(image)

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Medal haul well short of U.S. Olympic Committee projections

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:10:00 -0500

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals at the Pyeongchang Games. Heading into the final(image)

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Live blog: Rays open spring training season against Pirates, Orioles

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:00:57 -0500

The Rays open the exhibition season with not one, but two games today.Non-roster pitcher Vidal Nuno will start against the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. in Port Charlotte. Denard Span, Matt Duffy, Kevin Kiermaier, Wilson Ramos, Mallex Smith and Adeiny Hechavarria are among the other starters in the lineup.(image)

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Bucs need a backup plan at quarterback; best bets are Ryan Fitzpatrick or (maybe) Mike Glennon

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:33:52 -0500

TAMPA - Finding a quarterback is a big priority for the Bucs this off-season. That's not a misprint. No, they're not looking to replace Jameis Winston. Far from it. But they may need to find their version of the Eagles' Nick Foles - except this backup has to be prepared to start the(image)

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Boys basketball: With options aplenty, Hillsborough rolls

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:31:38 -0500

TAMPA - Inside. Outside.Inside. Outside.Time and time again, the Hillsborough boys basketball team repeated the shot pattern on offense in the first half.Land O'Lakes' zone defense withstood the dual threat for the game's first few minutes, but the Gators couldn't maintain the(image)

USF women set for emotional senior night

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:36:46 -0500

In nearly two decades as USF women's basketball coach, Jose Fernandez mostly has excelled in bawl control, especially during poignant moments such as senior night.But he acknowledges he may check his stoicism at the Sun Dome entrance Saturday, when Laia Flores and Maria Jespersen will be honored(image)

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Rays’ Honeywell has torn UCL, headed for Tommy John surgery

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:28:30 -0500

The Rays got the worst-case news they were dreading, that top prospect RHP Brent Honeywell has a torn UCL and is headed for Tommy John  surgery.Honeywell said he plans to have the surgery as soon as possible to expedite his return sometime in the 2019 season."It is disappointing," Honeywell(image)

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Supercross primer for this weekend’s event at Raymond James Stadium

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:23:00 -0500

How on earth does one bury dirt?Not bury something in dirt. Actually bury dirt.There is a difference between normal dirt in the neighbor’s petunia garden and the dirt that will lay above the turf at Raymond James Stadium for Saturday’s Monster Energy Supercross event. The latter surface creates a(image)

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Despite warnings to stay in school, Chase Litton confident about draft prospects

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:20:37 -0500

As he made the tough decision whether to return to Marshall for his senior season, quarterback Chase Litton reached out to the NFL's advisory committee, which gives underclassmen a sense of where they're likely to be drafted should they leave early."Usually they come back first (round), second or(image)

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