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Last Build Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:50:16 -0400

 



Rays vs. Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:32:21 -0400

Tonight: vs. Cubs7:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $40-$500; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.Probable pitchersRays: LH Blake Snell (3-6, 4.25)CUBS: LH Jon Lester (11-7, 4.(image)


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At 6-8, Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov comes with, and needs, a high ceiling

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:28:50 -0400

TAMPA - When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling. But Esposito, 75, also shared some high praise, saying Sosunov reminded him of a young Zdeno Chara, the 6-foot-9 Bruins captain.(image)


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Rays journal: Rays manage one hit in loss to Joe Maddon, Cubs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:08:49 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and so did a legion of Cubs fans who waited nearly an entire season for the World Series champions to make their first trip in nine years to the bay area.They were treated to a 2-1 victory that saw four pitchers hold the Rays(image)


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Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Cubs game

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:56:04 -0400

Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings, allowing 15 hits and 11 runs while lasting just seven innings total.Brad Miller's homer with one out in the sixth(image)



Jones: Rays' Kevin Cash doesn't mind following in Joe Maddon's steps

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:45:05 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - On this particular night, he's the other guy. He's like a talk-show guest scooted to the end of the couch. He is Kevin Cash. And the Rays manager is standing in the home dugout at Tropicana Field.But all eyes are on the manager in the opposing dugout. Cubs and former Rays(image)


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After Irma disruption, Miami eager to face Toledo

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:34:32 -0400

LAKE BUENA VISTA - Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind. "All of a sudden in the back of my mind - this(image)


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Former Lightning forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with cancer, expects to keep playing

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:21:52 -0400

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team's doctor said can largely be treated with medication. Boyle has been away from the team during training camp while getting diagnosed. On a conference call Tuesday,(image)


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Hillsborough to move ahead on school budget, still uncertain about the cost of Irma

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:25:19 -0400

TAMPA - As school officials in Hillsborough County move forward to finalize a $3 billion budget, it's impossible to say how much Hurricane Irma will end up costing them - or how soon they'll get money back from the federal government.Expenses include repairs that must be made to the(image)


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USF men's basketball gets off lightly with NCAA

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:18:46 -0400

TAMPA - The NCAA's 18-month probe into USF's men's basketball program has ended with the Bulls - proactive in the investigation from the start - avoiding major penalties.The NCAA announced Tuesday its Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) panel determined former Bulls(image)


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Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs could run into their nemesis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:33:16 -0400

Greg Auman finishes wrapping up the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears and looks ahead to Sunday's game at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay could run into nemesis Case Keenum, in our latest Cannon Fodder podcast.More on why the cannons weren't firing Sunday, and Ronde and Tiki Barber teaming up for the(image)


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Strange case: Bucs could face nemesis Case Keenum again

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:31:02 -0400

Who, you might wonder, will be the first NFL quarterback to beat Jameis Winston three times?The natural guess would be a division rival, and Carolina's Cam Newton and New Orleans' Drew Brees have beaten Winston twice already.But the first quarterback this season with a chance to beat the Bucs for a(image)


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Tiki Barber will join his brother, Ronde, on Fox broadcast for Bucs-Giants

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:53:06 -0400

FOX announced Monday night that former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber will have a familiar face joining him as a guest analyst for the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants game in Tampa: his twin brother Tiki, who will join play-by-play man Kenny Albert as the brothers watch their old teams play."I probably wouldn't(image)


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Rick and Tom podcast: How should Joe Maddon be remembered tonight?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:48:32 -0400

Rick Stroud and Tom Jones talk about Joe Maddon's return to Tropicana Field for the first time since he left the Rays in 2014 in the latest edition of our Rick and Tom podcast. They discuss the mixed emotions some in Tampa Bay have for the former face of the franchise and the way his departure went(image)


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Cannons will fire again when Bucs return to Raymond James Stadium

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:36:07 -0400

As good as the Bucs looked in their season-opening 29-7 win against the Bears on Sunday, fans couldn't help but notice that the success didn't sound the same at Raymond James Stadium.The signature firing of the cannons from the pirate ship in the north end zone of the stadium -- a warning shot to(image)


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Study shows playing football before age 12 can lead to mood and behavior issues

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:46:20 -0400

A new medical study has found that children who play football before age 12 suffer mood and behavior problems later in life at rates significantly higher than those who take up the sport later.The study, which was published Tuesday in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry, showed those who(image)


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Bears-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 2: When was it over?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:30:10 -0400

Well, that escalated quickly.One moment, the Bears were dinking and dunking their way down the field. The next, they were giving the ball away. In a six-minute stretch over the first and second quarters, they turned the ball over three times. Interception. Fumble. Fumble.And the rout was on.Even(image)


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Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella, 14, dies

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:05:07 -0400

Academy of the Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella died Monday after a year-long battle with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that usually affects children. She was 14. Last September, on her 13th birthday, doctors detected cancer in Cailin's knee and femur. Her ambitions of placing at the state high(image)


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Former Lightning first-round pick Slater Koekkoek faces make-or-break season

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:03:41 -0400

BRANDON — This time last year, it was Slater Koekkoek's job to lose. Koekkoek, 23, a first-round pick in 2012, was coming off an impressive performance in the run to the Eastern Conference final. But while the smooth-skating defenseman did make his first opening night roster — "a dream(image)


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Bucs fever: Timing your jump onto the pirate ship

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:59:47 -0400

TAMPA — Hoist the flags! Fire the cannons! We give you the 1-0 Bucs. Start phoning the perfect '72 Dolphins for comment! I don't want to take too much away from Sunday's season-opening blowout over the Bears. There aren't NFL Mondays when fans can feel like they're rooting for kings of the(image)


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Joe Maddon: 'I'd be surprised' that people are still upset

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:55:35 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG — He is looking forward to everything about it. Making the familiar drive from his Tampa home over the Gandy Bridge. Pulling into the parking lot (though not getting nearly as good of a spot). Strolling into the dome he called home for nine years. Talking to dozens of stadium(image)


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Bucs journal: At end of first half, a push for more points pays off

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:34:28 -0400

TAMPA - The Bucs weren't perfect on offense in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears, but they came close on one play to set up a 50-yard field goal before halftime.Up 23-0, given the ball at their 25 with 1:04 left, the Bucs could have easily just run out the half, content to safeguard a(image)


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Gators have their QB in Feleipe Franks

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:29:50 -0400

GAINESVILLE - For the first time this season, Florida coach Jim McElwain didn't have to answer a question about who his starting quarterback will be Saturday.Feleipe Franks' game-winning, 63-yard touchdown pass against Tennessee erased any lingering doubts that the job is his against Kentucky,(image)


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After loss to Bucs, Bears stick with Mike Glennon at quarterback

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:25:07 -0400

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Bears coach John Fox said Monday the Bears will stick with Mike Glennon at quarterback after the former Buc struggled in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.With rookie Mitch Trubisky remaining the No. 2 quarterback, Chicago next hosts the Steelers, then visits the Packers. "Mike(image)



Joe Maddon returns: What he stirs in Rays fans

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:53 -0400

We asked what you'd think of seeing former Rays manager Joe Maddon back at the Trop for the first time as his Cubs play the Rays on Tuesday and Wednesday, and received a wide range of responses. Here is a sampling, some edited for clarity: Author of Tampa Bay's greatest sports achievementJoe Maddon(image)


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Former UCF/East Lake QB Pete DiNovo lands at Illinois

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:53:55 -0400

Pete DiNovo, the former East Lake High standout who left UCF's program last month, has landed at Illinois. DiNovo said he transferred to the Illini as a walk-on quarterback to complete his final year of eligibility. His first practice was Monday afternoon."I couldn't be happier with the way(image)


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