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Last Build Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:44:52 -0500

 



Why free agency hasn’t turned out fun (yet) for ex-Rays pitcher Alex Cobb

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:00:01 -0500

RHP Alex Cobb never expected to be going into late January without knowing where he was going for spring training.The longtime Ray's first foray into free agency hasn't gone as planned, much like the 150-plus others waiting for something to give in a market colder than the weather."You're full of(image)


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Missing the Olympics a missed opportunity (and misstep) for NHL?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:05:31 -0500

One week from today, Tampa will be the center of the hockey world.The NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. Players will smile for the cameras. They'll put on a fantastic show. Maybe they'll catch a bead or two from a Gasparilla parade.But you can bet there are many All-Stars who would(image)


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Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:19:06 -0500

TAMPA - Vegas has left the building.Wasn't the Lightning just arranging place settings for next weekend's NHL All-Star Game party?With that in mind, I headed to the home dressing room at Amalie Arena late Thursday after the Lightning was manhandled 4-1 by the Vegas Golden Knights. If you(image)


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Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:33:00 -0500

SUNRISE — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Friday, spoiling Vegas coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. By gaining a point, Vegas moved within one point of the Lightning for the top spot in the league. The Lightning(image)


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Well Humored ready to get back on a dirt track

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:19:00 -0500

OLDSMAR — It is time for Well Humored to get dirty again.The WinStar Farm homebred makes her first start on the Tampa Bay Downs main track Saturday afternoon in the $50,000 Wayward Lass, one of three stakes events on the Skyway Festival Day 11-race program.The Wayward Lass (Race 10, 4:50 p.m.), a 1?(image)



National Hoopfest: Berkeley Prep proves to be no pushover

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:58:09 -0500

TAMPA -  Berkeley Prep's four-game win streak came to end Friday.That was expected.The Buccaneers faced West Oaks Academy, an independent powerhouse from Orlando that plays a national schedule, during Friday's National Hoopfest tournament.But the matchup was far from a blowout.Berkeley(image)



Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:42:51 -0500

ST. PETERSBURG - Reps have been priceless for Quinton Flowers this week, each to be maximized and handled with care.Yet he couldn't avoid handling some clumsily.On the opening day of practice at Shorecrest Prep for today's East-West Shrine Game, Flowers - exclusively a shotgun(image)


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Time for Lightning leaders to snap team out of funk

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:34:50 -0500

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Steven Stamkos sat at his stall in a near-empty Lightning dressing room Thursday and did what captains often do:He shouldered some blame for the Lightning's listless 4-1 loss to Vegas."As a leader, I've got to be a lot better, set an example," Stamkos said.Stamkos is right.(image)


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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:38:00 -0500

AFCCONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPJaguars at Patriots, 3 p.m. Sunday TV: CBS Line/OU: Patriots by 7½; 45NFCCONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPVikings at Eagles, 6:40 p.m. Sunday TV: Fox Line/OU: Vikings by 3; 38½Super Bowl LIIJaguars or Patriots vs. Vikings or Eagles, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis(image)



Why I love the NHL All-Star Game

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:04:56 -0500

I love the NHL All-Star Game.Love it.Give me a game when Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are teammates. Give me a two-on-one rush when Nikita Kucherov is trying to set up Auston Matthews. Sign me up for any game where the best hockey players on the planet, a waiting list for the Hall of Fame, are(image)


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Why I hate the NHL All-Star Game

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:30:17 -0500

TAMPA - The NHL All-Star Game is coming to town next weekend, reaffirming our community's ability to step into the breach when needed. We don't stop until we get the Winter Olympics. So, don't be surprised if those next Rays stadium plans look an awful lot like a bobsled a luge run.First(image)


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Rays infielder Daniel Robertson lends a hand to help families dealing with cancer

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:49:45 -0500

Rays infielder Daniel Robertson has much to be excited about heading into his second season in the majors.But before packing for spring training, he took some time last weekend to provide help for families needing assistance in dealing with cancer.His Daniel Robertson Family Foundation held its(image)


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Steven Stamkos: ‘I have to be a lot better’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:24:36 -0500

There was plenty of blame to go around after the Lightning's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights Thursday night.This loss wasn't on one person, no question.But captain Steven Stamkos showed some leadership by shouldering some responsibility for the team's discouraging performance. Stamkos was a minus-3,(image)


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NFL Playoffs: Reconsidering the franchise quarterback imperative

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:18:47 -0500

TAMPA - So much for needing a franchise quarterback to reach the Super Bowl.Sure, the Patriots Tom Brady is back in his seventh straight conference championship game and his 12th overall. But check out the other schlubs under center SundayIt's a murmur's row of the Eagles Nick Foles, the(image)


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Long-distance appreciation from Guy Toph winner Michael Penix Jr.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:05:12 -0500

TAMPA - Being handed the Guy Toph trophy - which has been awarded to Hillsborough County's top football player every year since 1939 - is a pretty big deal.Winners love smiling for photo after photo while holding up the big, old, gold trophy with all the previous winners' names(image)


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What do Rays look like now? What will they look like March 29?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:20 -0500

ST. PETERSBURG - Since entering an off-season planning major change and pledging to be open to "anything and everything,'' the Rays have made a few minor moves and one massive one in trading franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to San Francisco.But in the month since then, nothing.Which means(image)


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Happy 15th anniversary to the greatest play in Bucs history: Ronde Barber shuts down the Vet

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:52:14 -0500

Fifteen years ago today, cornerback Ronde Barber made what's considered the greatest play in Bucs  history, returning an interception of Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb 92-yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 27-10 win in the NFC Championship game.Two things often get lost in the(image)


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Jameis Winston shares MLK’s message: Don’t lose infinite hope

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:08:06 -0500

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, only weeks removed from a disappointing 2017 season, had a relevant but larger message for teenagers on Friday morning: Don't let small setbacks keep you from your dreams."If you have a phone, if you have a pen and paper, write it down, because I want you to(image)


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Greatest moment in Tampa Bay sports history happened 15 years ago today

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:45:13 -0500

Happy Friday, Tampa Bay.Fifteen years ago today, Ronde Barber intercepted Donovan McNabb to shut down Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium and send the Bucs to the Super Bowl. Times columnist Tom Jones and many others consider this the greatest moment in Tampa Bay sports history.On the 15th anniversary,(image)


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Rick and Tom podcast: Super Bowl berths on the line

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:01:00 -0500

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones look back at last week’s playoff games to break down the upcoming conference championship games.Rick and Tom agree that New England should roll over Jacksonville but disagree on Minnesota-Philadelphia. Listen below:Sign up for our daily Bucs Red(image)


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Reminder: Rays spring tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:46:35 -0500

The Rays will put single game tickets for spring training home games on sale today at 10 a.m. via raysbaseball.com.The Rays are playing 14 home games in Port Charlotte, starting with the Feb. 23 opener vs. Pittsburgh. Tickets will be available at the Charlotte Sports Park box office starting 10 a.m.(image)


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Tampa Bay Rays 2018 spring training schedule

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:52:00 -0500

Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, 33948Get tickets here: (941) 206-4487Pitchers report: Feb. 13. Squad reports: Feb. 19TEAM SCHEDULE(games at 1:05 unless noted)(ss - split squad)Feb 23 at Orioles (ss) (Sarasota)Feb 23 PIRATES (ss)Feb 24 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)Feb 25 at(image)


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Ex-Phillies, Indians manager Charlie Manuel to get Ted Williams Museum award

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:09:35 -0500

Former Phillies and Indians manager Charlie Manuel will receive the Ted Williams Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 10 in Clearwater.The honor is bestowed by the Ted Williams Museum at its annual Hitters Hall of Fame induction, moving this year from the Trop, where the museum located, to Spectrum(image)


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Your way-too-early 2018 college football schedule viewing guide

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:05:28 -0500

Although we still don't know the full 2018 college football schedule, we do know the full slates for Florida, Florida State and Miami, after the ACC announced its games Wednesday.Let's look ahead:Best date: Oct. 6. LSU-Florida and FSU-Miami are on the same day, again. The Tigers are playing in The(image)


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Lightning journal: Cory Conacher ready to take advantage of J.T. Brown’s departure

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:11:00 -0500

TAMPA — The loss of wing J.T. Brown to Anaheim will be a gain for some Lightning forwards in terms of ice time. Whether those players are currently with the team or still at AHL Syracuse has yet to be determined.For now, C Cory Conacher will try to take advantage of any opportunity that might come(image)


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