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Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:26:09 -0400


We're all in debt to U.S. women's hockey team

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:19:14 -0400

It doesn't matter if you never planned to watch a minute of the Women's World Hockey Championships, or if you knew they began Friday in Plymouth, Mich., or if you cared about the fact that the Americans' defense of their championship was in peril. What you need to know: If you have a daughter, a(image)

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Fennelly: Jon Cooper, Lightning's magician, hopes another playoff run's no illusion (w/ video)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:25:36 -0400

TAMPA - This is new for him, too.Lightning coach Jon Cooper is in his 17th season as a hockey coach. He has never missed the playoffs. Not once.Most of the time, it hasn't been close. No race to get in. Lots of wins. At one point, Cooper was winning minor-league hockey championships every(image)

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Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox soars at McDonald's All-American Game

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:20:44 -0400

CHICAGO - Kevin Knox lingered on the sideline for a while as the rest of his teammates took turns scoring in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night.Despite limited playing time, the Tampa Catholic forward made his presence known. In the waning seconds of the first half, Knox(image)

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Rays owner Stuart Sternberg on Trump Tower, financial advice and who should play the Trop

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:13:40 -0400

Entering his 12th season as the Rays principal owner, Stuart Sternberg sat down during spring training for his annual Q&A session. Some excerpts: Your latest and greatest snack food? A lot of dark chocolate covered raisins and cannellini beans. Current favorite websites? Cool Tools (kk.(image)

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos could return this weekend (w/ video)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:29:55 -0400

TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is close to making his much-anticipated return, which could come this weekend. Stamkos said practice Wednesday was his "best day yet" in his recovery from mid-November right knee surgery. He participated in line rushes (with Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde)(image)

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Dirk Koetter: Bucs look at NFC South chances and say 'this is possible'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:27:19 -0400

PHOENIX — At the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday at the league meetings, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was surrounded by reminders that his team still has a ways to go. Seated at the table in front of Koetter and to his right, Panthers coach Ron Rivera talked about 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton's(image)

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Saving the day? Rays go with catchers Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:23:51 -0400

PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays went into the offseason seeking to improve a catching corps that has seemed perpetually in need of an upgrade since — save for a brief flash from Dioner Navarro — the halcyon days of Toby Hall and John Flaherty. After several unexpected turns and(image)

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Westbrook makes history in win

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:05:03 -0400

ORLANDO - Russell Westbrook had 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Thunder to a 114-106 overtime win Wednesday over the Magic. Westbrook led the Thunder, which trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, as he recorded his 38th triple double of the season. The 57 points set a(image)

Rick Baker confident in Tampa Bay Rowdies' MLS pitch but uncertain of possible pitfalls

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:42:57 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Rick Baker's gut feels pretty good about the Tampa Bay Rowdies' chances to become a Major League Soccer franchise playing in front of 18,000 screaming fans in an iconic waterfront stadium.The region has the nation's 11th largest media market, and the other 10 already have MLS(image)

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Peter Bourjos debuts with a bang for Rays

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:00:20 -0400

PORT CHARLOTTE - On his first day as a Ray, OF Peter Bourjos made a leaping catch at the centerfield wall, had three hits - including a two-run homer - and three RBIs."You always want to make a good first impression," Bourjos said."A pretty good first impression," manager Kevin(image)

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Dentist with NFL draft dreams? It's not so far-fetched for ex-Gator

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:38:11 -0400

GAINESVILLE - The former Gators who auditioned in front of dozens of NFL scouts Tuesday had their dreams at stake. Linebacker Jarrad Davis' off-the-charts vertical leap might have cemented him as a first-round draft pick. Cornerback Jalen Tabor's glacial 40-yard dash could have cost him(image)

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Ex-USF player Chad Dollar returns as Bulls assistant basketball coach

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:23:38 -0400

TAMPA - Former USF backup Chad Dollar, dismissed from the basketball program nearly a quarter-century ago, has become the second coaching hire of the Brian Gregory era.A veteran Division I assistant who spent last season at Auburn, Dollar, 45, joins former Robinson High coach (and veteran(image)

Rays vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Port Charlotte

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:56:59 -0400

Today: vs. Twins, 1:05Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port CharlottePitchers: Rays, Jake Odorizzi, Twins, Hector SantiagoRays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297On DeckFriday: at Phillies, 1:05, Clearwater. Rays, Alex Cobb; Phillies, Clay BuchholzEnd of spring trainingToday's other(image)

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Captain's Corner: Kingfish run heats up early

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:25:46 -0400

This has been, perhaps, one of the mildest winters in recent memory. We generally don't look for king mackerel until at least mid to late March. This year the kings have been in the area for more than a month. The challenge might not be finding the fish but finding the bait. Watch for seabirds(image)

Four FSU running backs out to fill Dalvin Cook's cleats

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:51:51 -0400

With all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook headed to the NFL - and maybe the Bucs - Florida State is spending spring practice trying to figure out how to replace the likely first-round pick. "For the most part they have been doing a pretty good job," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told(image)

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Sibling connection strong with University of Tampa softball

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:32:48 -0400

TAMPA - At first, Maddie Farrell was determined to make her own softball identity. Her older sister, Taylor, already was playing at the University of Tampa. So that sent her in another direction. She committed to Florida Atlantic, one of her Division I school options.And that looked like a(image)

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TE Witten gets 4-year extension from Cowboys

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:49:14 -0400

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas tight end Jason Witten signed a four-year extension Tuesday that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys. The deal runs through 2021 and leaves the final year of the two-time All Pro's current contract intact. The extension(image)

With Spurs, Gasol adds 3s to game

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:48:51 -0400

When Pau Gasol was languishing in Memphis early in his career, when he was winning championships in Los Angeles and when he was on a two-year layover in Chicago, there was always the feeling that he would be the perfect fit for the Spurs. The Spurs have long had a reputation for favoring versatile,(image)

Hurricanes goalie out of hospital

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:47:32 -0400

RALEIGH, N.C. - Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack is out of the hospital and has a neck strain after he was wheeled off the ice Monday on a stretcher following a collision on the final play of an overtime loss to Detroit. Team officials on Tuesday brought in Alex Nedeljkovic from their ECHL(image)

Rays journal: New catcher Derek Norris working fast to get to know pitchers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:47:13 -0400

FORT MYERS - Newly acquired C Derek Norris dialed up his crash course Tuesday on Rays Pitching 101 against the Twins, when he put down his iPad and saw them throw live from behind the plate."It's definitely a speed course," Norris said.Norris caught the first seven innings and worked with(image)

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Veterans Rickie Weeks, Tommy Hunter make Rays roster; Peter Bourjos trade completed

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:46:57 -0400

PORT CHARLOTTE - The first challenge for veterans Tommy Hunter and Rickie Weeks was showing the Rays after signing minor-league deals that they were worthy of earning spots on the opening day roster, and both got word in advance of Tuesday's contractual deadline that they had.Next comes the(image)

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Jalen Tabor's mouth remains fast, legs not so much at UF's pro day

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:46:36 -0400

GAINESVILLE - Cornerback Jalen Tabor's mouth never fled from a challenge in three seasons with the Gators, so it's no surprise that he kept talking the talk Tuesday, even after running a startlingly slow 40-yard dash that could knock him out of the first round in next month's NFL draft. "It's(image)

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FSU's Dalvin Cook would love to reunite with Bucs' Jameis Winston

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:46:19 -0400

TALLAHASSEE - Running back Dalvin Cook played only one season at Florida State with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, but the idea of a reunion if Tampa Bay were to draft him with the No. 19 pick in next month's draft is, much like Cook, an exciting prospect."Longtime brother. Great(image)

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Rays vs. Orioles, 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, Port Charlotte

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:45:43 -0400

Today: vs. Orioles, 1:05Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port CharlottePitchers: Rays, Erasmo Ramirez, Orioles, Kevin GausmanTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AMRays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297On deckThursday: Twins, 1:05 p.m. Rays, Jake Odorizzi; Twins, Hector SantiagoFriday: at(image)

Captain's Corner: Mackerel, kingfish growing more abundant by the day

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:45:27 -0400

Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are the targets of choice offshore. Each day, the fishing for these drag-screaming speedsters gets better. Most fish we have caught are "schoolies" ranging from 6-12 pounds. They are called that because they school up in large numbers, whereas the larger female(image)