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Looking back at college football’s weekend

November 15, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. Charlie Strong says that USF, a program in reverse, isn’t big enough nor deep enough. So now Willie Taggert has to feel bad about that, too? He’s in control of two slumping teams. 2. Most of the impact made by the Florida schools in their heyday was because of […]

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Bolts drop their second straight game in narrow loss

November 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. When it was over, when all that remained was the frustration, when the Lightning had establlished a two-game losing streak for the first time all season, Nikita Kucherov showed the angstof his team. Kucherov turned away from the net, and he rolled his head back. He lifted his stick, and he slammed […]

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Looking back on the Bucs loss to the Redskins

November 13, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. Have the Bucs officially given up on quarterback Jameis Winston? That was the first thing that entered my mind when the Bucs said they were sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had three turnovers Sunday. There is a lot of season left, and Winston could still play. But the Bucs […]

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Bucs’ turnovers doom them in loss to Washington

November 12, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Never have so many gained so much and ended up with so little as the Tampa Bay Bucs did Sunday. Didn’t Churchill say that? At times, they were unstoppable … by their opponent. At times, they were the very definition of offense … between the 20s. At times, they were a juggernaut […]

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Random thoughts: On dumping a bad quarterback

November 11, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 am. Buffalo Bills’ fans have seen enough. They’re trying to raise enough money to buy Nathan Peterman a bus ticket out of town. The problem is that the goal is $1 million. So far, the site has raised $285. — There’s no telling how much Matt Barkley donated, but he is starting for […]

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State roundup: Without Barnett, Bulls lose again

November 11, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. For the USF Bulls, the task was daunting enough. It started with a game against a ranked opponent on the road without the starting quarterback. What made it even worse was that the Bulls had to play with most of their starting defense. For the third straight game, the Bulls’ defenders were […]

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Bolts blow two-goal lead, lose to Ottawa

November 11, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. It was late in the evening, and the Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to have things well in hand in their game against Ottawa. For one thing, they were at home. For another thing, they had survived another slow start. They had Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal and a two-goal lead on the scoreboard. […]

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Ask Gary: Does anyone value defense more than Rays?

November 10, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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No. 1 pick Vea still trying to find his game

November 9, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Not to say it’s been a lost season for Vita Vea, but has anyone seen him lately? Can a GPS find him? A bloodhound? A team of private detectives? Vea, the Bucs’ No 1 draft pick, has had an empty rookie season. He’s played in five games, and he has just one […]

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Rays deal Smith for a light-hitting catcher

November 9, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. Without a doubt, Mallex Smith had a keeper of a season in 2018. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, seemed to wonder if he would get any better in the future? The Rays sold high on Smith Thursday, sending him to Seattle in a trade, primarily, for catcher Mike Zunino. The Rays also […]

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