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Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:31:02 -0400


Is Mikhail Sergachev, who debuts with Lightning at Wednesday camp, ready for the NHL?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:12:08 -0400

BRANDON - When defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was taken ninth overall by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL draft, a horde of Montreal media surrounded him for his first news conference.That would be overwhelming for most teenagers, especially a Russian who had only been in North America a couple of(image)

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Joe Maddon: What my time in Tampa Bay meant, and still means, to me

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:08:05 -0400

Editor's note: The Rays next week in Chicago will meet up for the first time with former manager Joe Maddon, who is in his third year leading the Cubs after nine with the Rays. In advance of the Tuesday-Wednesday series, we asked Maddon to share his thoughts in a column on what his time in Tampa(image)

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Next up in Bucs renovations? A $20 million indoor practice facility

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:15:37 -0400

TAMPA — Stormy weather often chased the Bucs indoors during their Super Bowl season in 2002. And by indoors, we mean in the upper level of a parking garage in an office building on the corner of Westshore Boulevard and Spruce Street. Some employees in the building were asked to move their(image)

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Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:13:20 -0400

TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee. "Every time he came up I thought he was a Hall of Famer," Bowman told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "I knew he was going to get in." Finally. Andreychuk,(image)

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Countryside alum A.J. Andrews lands in ESPN's annual body issue (w/video)

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:23:41 -0400

A.J. Andrews has taken over the spotlight in softball. Last year, the former Countryside High and LSU standout became the first female to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in the award's 59-year existence.Now Andrews will be among 23 athletes to be featured in ESPN The Magazine's body issue. Photos,(image)

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Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:41:47 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up."We view Adeiny Hechavarria as one of the better defensive(image)

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Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:04:41 -0400

Andy's in. Deservedly so. About time. Long overdue.Now that that's finally out of the way, who's next?Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk became the latest Tampa Bay sports star to be inducted into his sport's Hall of Fame. He joins a list of Tampa Bay Hall of Famers that includes Lee Roy(image)

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Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:37:45 -0400

Tonight: at Pirates7:05, PNC ParkTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Probable pitchersRays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05) PIRATES: RH Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.09)On Cobb: Is 2-0, 2.29 over past three starts and has pitched at least six innings in each. Is 9-3, 2.79 in 14 career interleague(image)

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Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:36:38 -0400

TAMPA - Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.Having been demoted from the AHL to ECHL, he took up civil engineering as a fallback.That's what makes Gourde's two-year, one-way deal with the Lightning on Monday such a gratifying, meaningful moment for the(image)

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Fennelly: About time Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:28:51 -0400

It's Andy's time.And it's about time.Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been eligible since 2009, a ridiculously long wait for someone who scored 640 goals, including a record 274 on the power play.Andreychuk's impact in Tampa Bay goes(image)

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How good is Florida Gators' Jim McElwain? We're about to find out

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:25:06 -0400

With Florida finally, formally announcing the addition of quarterback Malik Zaire on Monday, the attention turns from the Notre Dame grad transfer to the man who will be coaching him.We're about to find out just how good Jim McElwain is. With UF losing seven defensive players to the NFL draft plus(image)

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Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:18:41 -0400

TAMPA - Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.And it sounds like Tampa Bay is kicking the tires on the biggest fish in the free agent market, veteran defenseman Kevin(image)

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Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:50:39 -0400

tom jones' two centsTampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best coverageFun weekend to watch the Rays on Fox Sports Sun though the broadcast was missing its MVP: analyst Brian Anderson.Anderson has been on vacation for the past week,(image)

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College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:21:28 -0400

OMAHA, Neb. - The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC. To get to the best-of-three finals starting tonight, Florida (50-19) became the fourth team in CWS history to shut out an opponent twice with a(image)

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Roger Mooney's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:55:40 -0400

RHP Erasmo Ramirez is not happy about moving back to the bullpen, and can you blame him? But that's the best move for the Rays now. He can fill several roles: long man, setup man, even closer in a pinch. The Rays need to settle the bullpen, and Ramirez has proven he's capable of doing that.The(image)

Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:21:27 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.Sunday, the A squad had its chance to protect a one-run eighth-inning lead,(image)

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Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:19:29 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.RHP Erasmo Ramirez will head back to the bullpen to help that beleaguered unit. Ramirez is 1-0 with(image)

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Rays up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:02:07 -0400

Today: OffUp next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, PNC Park, PittsburghProbable pitchers: Rays, RH Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05); Pirates, RH Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.09)TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)On deckWednesday: at Pirates, 7:05. Rays, LH Blake Snell (0-4, 4.71); Pirates, RH Ivan(image)

Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:41:13 -0400

CHICAGO - Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.Adam, a 20-year NHL veteran, even took Cal into the room for Colorado's Stanley Cup celebration in 2001. Cal was 2. "I wish I could remember more," Cal said, smiling. But Friday, the two Footes shared(image)

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Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:43:46 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.It was the first time the Rays lost a series at home since May 8-11 when they dropped three of four to Kansas City.The Orioles scored three in the ninth off Rays closer Alex(image)

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Lightning journal: Russian forwards top Day 2 draft picks

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:00:41 -0400

CHICAGO - After taking a big, right-shot defenseman in the first round, the Lightning's second day of the draft was headlined by a few skilled Russian forwards.Tampa Bay selected 6-foot-1 wing Alexander Volkov, 19, in the second round (No. 48 overall) Saturday, hoping to sign him and send him(image)

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Lightning shifts search for defense to free agency

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:58:54 -0400

CHICAGO - As much as he tried, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman left the weekend's draft without acquiring another top-four defenseman. You can see how expensive that type of player is. The Flames sent their 2018 first- and second-round picks plus another second-rounder to the(image)

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Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:37:21 -0400

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.No respectThe rest of the country still doesn't think much of the Bucs.One list has Bucs fans ranked 25th out of the NFL's 32 teams. Coach Dirk Koetter is ranked 22nd among coaches by Quarterback Jameis(image)

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Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:56:40 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith."The (decisive inning) starts with a leadoff walk," manager Kevin Cash said. "I sound like a(image)

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Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:41:25 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG - The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.Maybe he didn't have his best stuff. He allowed as(image)

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