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Stamkos’ journey still has miles to go

March 19, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. It isn’t the biggest peak in the mountain range, but for now, Steven Stamkos stands atop it. And you wonder: How high might he climb. Stamkos is only 29 — albeit a very wizened 29 — and he has been reborn. There for a while, it was popular to question him. Anymore, […]

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Stamkos leads Bolts as they win President’s Trophy

March 19, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Say what you will about the president. He’s got kind of a cool trophy, though. The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the President’s Trophy Monday night, beating Arizona 4-1 to make sure they will finish with the best record in the  NHL this season. The assault is no longer simply on the National […]

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Smaller schools are the magic of March Madness

March 18, 2019 Basketball

Monday, 4 a.m. Some people pull for the dogs. I pull for the fleas. It’s my favorite thing about the NCAA basketball tournament. It’s all the no-name schools from no-name states that play in no-name conferences. It’s Wofford. It’s St. Mary’s. It’s Gardner-Webb, which sort of sounds like a law firm. It’s Liberty (I took […]

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‘Killer’ has hat trick in leading Bolts’ victory

March 17, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Seven seasons. Five hundred and seven games. One hundred and three goals. All of that, and Alex Killorn has never had a night such as this one. Killorn, or “Killer” to his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates, had the first hat trick of his career Saturday night, leading the Bolts to a 6-3 […]

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Random thoughts: Is Pittsburg still to be admired?

March 17, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Once, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the most stable franchise in the NFL. They have great ownership, terrific coaching and a wonderful scouts. They were the team other teams wanted to be. Even if they didn’t win the title, they maintained excellence. Now? Not so much. In recent months, the Steelers have been […]

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Ask Gary: Are improved Browns contenders?

March 16, 2019 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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This time, it’s Stamkos who catches Lecavalier

March 15, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Think of it like this: The Tampa Bay Lightning keep reminding its fans that Vinny Lecavalier was a pretty good player. At the same time, they keep pointing out that they have players who are better. Steven Stamkos tied Lecavalier’s record for 383 goals for the Lightning in Thursday night’s 5-4 comeback […]

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Thinking of the playoff opponents to come

March 14, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. So who do you fear? Well, no one. Who concerns you? Everyone. By now, we have established two things. One) The Lightning is closing in on the President’s Trophy. It would take a slump unlike anything we have seen this year to stop them. Two) President’s Trophy winners often fall on their […]

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Bucs’ roster will look different next season

March 13, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Rule No. 1: A bad football team should rarely fall in love with its players. If they were better, the team wouldn’t be so bad. Keep that in mind as you say goodbye to Kwon. And to Humph. And to Banger. And, thankfully, to DeSean. On the verge of the NFL’s free […]

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Paquette, scoring machine, leads the Bolts to victory

March 12, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Suddenly, he is the lighter of lamps. Suddenly, he is a sniper on ice. For much of his career, Cedric Paquette has specialized in being a stone in someone else’s skate. He is an irritant, one of those guard dogs of a player who gave opponents a headache. He has been feisty. […]

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