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All for 1: Kurt Busch leads one lap to win wreck-heavy Daytona 500

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:33:07 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - For all the damage that took place in Sunday's crash-filled Daytona 500, there was one piece of equipment Kurt Busch didn't mind losing.His rearview mirror."That's an omen," Busch said, "because I'm not going to have to look at it anymore."And on the final two turns, he didn't(image)

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Hit the books before seeking snook

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:19:56 -0500

In the shallow waters of Tampa Bay, there are generally three desirable sport fish for anglers: trout, redfish and snook. Perhaps the most challenging, and fun, fish to catch is snook. While snook are in local waters year round, they tend to become more active in the spring and summer. The harvest(image)

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'Rebuilt' Steinbrenner field welcomes fans

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17:12 -0500

TAMPA - New York Yankees followers have found some surprises at George M. Steinbrenner Field as spring training baseball began this weekend.The club's spring-training home since 1996 has been renovated, reimagined and largely rebuilt.It's designed to delight the fans, circa 2017."These days,(image)

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USF basketball's one-way ticket to disaster

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:54:13 -0500

Please bring your seat back, folding tray and basketball season to a full, upright and locked position.It's not as if the 2016-17 USF men's hopeless hoops program needed a laugh track.But it officially sealed its fate as one of the largest jokes in college sports, never mind the 7-20 record, when(image)

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Jones: Trading Ben Bishop hard but right thing for Lightning

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:14:19 -0500

It had to happen.It stinks, to be sure. It's a sad day in Tampa Bay sports, no doubt. One of the worst ever.Saying goodbye is never easy. And saying goodbye to this player is especially hard.Ben Bishop is a class act. On the ice. Off the ice.The Lightning will miss him. On the ice. Off the ice.(image)

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Lightning trades Ben Bishop to Kings

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:12:42 -0500

When goalie Ben Bishop missed Sunday's Lightning practice due to the flu, it fueled trade speculation around the hockey world."That set off a firestorm," agent Allain Roy said.Bishop was indeed sick, Roy said. But he was also soon on the move, traded to the Kings later in the day for backup goalie(image)

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Fennelly: Chase Elliott's ascendancy runs out of gas

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:19:32 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - He's going to win a lot of races.Just not the one held Sunday.The new face of NASCAR ran out of gas.Chase Elliott, the pole-sitter, the son of racing royalty, was bearing down on a coronation. He was three laps from winning his first race in his game's top series - and(image)

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Banged-up USF women finish regular season against No. 1 UConn

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:47:26 -0500

TAMPA - Their ranks are in need of more generals.Fortunately, plenty stand on a sideline or beneath a basket waiting to be summoned. In the recruiting sector, they probably would garner nary a star. But in terms of their value to the USF women's program, these male managers employed as(image)

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Strategy pays off for Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon champ Christo Landry

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:54:23 -0500

TAMPA - For Christo Landry, Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon resembled a chess match as much as a foot race.The former William & Mary standout did not have to worry about the frontrunners as long as he could see them. He stalked patiently, sitting on his opponents'(image)

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Women's half-marathon champ Stephanie Bruce reps for moms, pro runners

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:33:40 -0500

TAMPA - As Stephanie Bruce crossed the finish line in Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon she dropped to her knees, dry-heaving, on the Bayshore Boulevard asphalt.Race officials rushed to her assistance. She waved them off.That is not unusual. Bruce, 33, who won the(image)

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Another Gasparilla first for 13-year-old Ellie Pleune

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:57:42 -0500

TAMPA - Going into Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, 13-year-old Ellie Pleune had already made history a day earlier by taking the women's 5K and becoming the youngest winner in 40 years.So the Benito Middle School eighth-grader figured she would do her best to close the weekend(image)

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NASCAR's Drive for Diversity helps dreams come true for bay area brothers

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:14:40 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - Collin Cabre's NASCAR dreams were nearing the end of their road.The son of a stay-at-home mom and attorney investigator didn't have a pile of cash to buy his next ride. And without more money, the Thonotosassa native and Armwood High graduate wasn't sure how he could keep his(image)

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Time for Bucs to start finding playmakers

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:51:38 -0500

TAMPA - The Bucs feel the need for speed, especially on offense, where coach Dirk Koetter noted how their fuse kept going out on explosive plays last season."We need more speed, and when we say playmakers, playmakers and explosive plays are one and the same," Koetter said, "guys that can(image)

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No. 13 Florida loses at No. 11 Kentucky in battle for first in SEC

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:50:36 -0500

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Not satisfied with making perimeter jumpers, Malik Monk drove to the basket to create numerous opportunities at the free-throw line and found openings to feed his Kentucky teammates. The freshman guard wasn't aware until afterward of how many points he had piled up, but he(image)

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Two USF basketball players home safely after being left at airport

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:47:44 -0500

Two USF men's basketball players arrived home safely Friday afternoon after they were left at an airport in Houston when the team's connecting flight home from a game at Tulsa left without them.Guards Troy Holston and Geno Thorpe, who played in USF's loss at Tulsa on Thursday night, flew with their(image)

Youth wins the day in Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:36:13 -0500

TAMPA - When Ellie Pleune finished as the runnerup in last year's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K by 19 seconds, she wasn't satisfied with her result.If anything, it drove her for more.In the year after that race, the 13-year-old Pleune went to work to assure she would have her best(image)

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Gasparilla Distance Classic notebook: Former Olympian Joan Benoit wins age group

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:34:24 -0500

TAMPA - Among the thousands of participants on Day 1 of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic, one name on the stat sheet easily stood out from the rest Saturday: Joan Benoit.Benoit, an Olympic gold medalist in the 1984 women's marathon and two-time Boston Marathon winner, competed in both(image)

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In his final race, Lake Wales coach Richmond captures Gasparilla 15K for second time

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:30:46 -0500

TAMPA - He joined thousands of other runners on the southern edge of downtown Tampa before dawn Saturday and began running beneath a cloud-stained sunrise.Roughly 47 minutes later, Austin "A.J." Richmond triumphantly had sent his competitive running career into the sunset.In what he called(image)

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Another weekend, another title for Gasparilla 15K women's champ Stephanie Pezzullo

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:30:09 -0500

TAMPA - Despite winning two 5-kilometer races in as many states last weekend, Stephanie Pezzullo felt obligated to enter Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K. An Ocala-based running trainer, Pezzullo had 10 clients and wanted to offer support.She offered an example(image)

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Tampa's Aric Almirola still living the NASCAR dream, bumps and all

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:29:10 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - It was back to school for Aric Almirola.On Tuesday, the Tampa-raised NASCAR driver took time off from preparing for the Daytona 500 to spend some time in his hometown with students at Pierce Middle School, which his parents attended as students."That's where they met,"(image)

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Gasparilla half-marathon will be one of last stops for fabled distance runner Meb Keflezighi

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:50:48 -0500

TAMPA - The final stretch of Meb Keflezighi's fabled running career will include a section of Bayshore Boulevard. From there, his finish line looms, a few more miles - and months - in the northerly distance. The wildly popular Olympic medalist says this fall's New York City(image)

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Rays and Mariners: a baseball bromance

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:42:02 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - Is there something going on between the Rays and Mariners?Of the 65 players walking around Rays camp, 12 - nearly 20 percent - were formerly with Seattle, including eight (plus two minor-leaguers) acquired in four trades within the past 16 months."We're the Tampa(image)

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Tampa Bay ties remain strong for defending Daytona champ Denny Hamlin

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:37:50 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - Denny Hamlin's Tampa crew sat in his motor coach last February and witnessed heartbreak.His aunts and uncles and cousins watched on TV in the infield as Hamlin made a last-lap charge in the Daytona 500, flying from fourth to first. But when the checkered flag fell at Daytona(image)

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NASCAR fast tracks changes to improve image, interest

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:41:41 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - As NASCAR's top series prepares to open its season with Sunday's Daytona 500, one theme touches almost everything around Daytona International Speedway. Change.The Cup series' title sponsor has changed, from Sprint to Monster Energy. The rules have changed, again, to try to(image)

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Fennelly: Through heartbreak, Daytona still the place for Waltrip

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:05:32 -0500

DAYTONA BEACH - No place in racing has meant more to him.No place ever has made him jubilant and heartbroken at once.For all those reasons, this place is where Michael Waltrip will run his final race Sunday, on the high banks at Daytona International Speedway. One last Daytona 500 for the two-(image)

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