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How good is the rotation of the Rays?

February 20, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. For starters, you worry about the rotation. You know, that former strength of the Tampa Bay Rays. Well, it isn’t anymore. The Rays, whose success was built on having an arsenal of lively arms, haven’t been very good as of late. And despite the assurances of Chris Archer, who says he’d put […]

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What is there to look forward to with Rays?

February 19, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The spring is for the dreamers and the poets, the wishful and the hopeful. It’s a time to fantasize, to project and to imagine your baseball team as an essential one. It is a time for writing down possible lineups. It’s a time when shortstops don’t make errors and your left-fielder hits […]

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Random thoughts: Yay for the Rays saving money

February 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays. They get to keep the lights on. The Rays made a pair of cost-trimming moves Saturday, swapping Jake Odorizzi for a minor leaguer and dumping last year’s all-star Corey Dickerson and replacing him with a cheaper C.J. Cron. Maybe Rays fans should get t-shirts that say […]

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Bolts still reeling on defense as they scuffle

February 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. For most of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has chased down one superlative after another. But now, just before their stretch drive, the Tampa Bay Lightning, somehow, has turned into a .500 hockey team. Over their last 20 games, the Bolts have played .500 hockey. Over those 20 games, the team […]

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Rowdies drop preseason game to Montreal, 2-1

February 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. This is why they call them preseason games. The Tampa Bay Rowdies are off to a bit of a slow start after losing a 2-1 game to the Montreal Impact on Saturday. A week earlier, the team had lost 1-0 in a practice game against Cincinnati. The Rowdies trailed 1-0 at the […]

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Ask Gary: Did Bucs influence firing of Hayes?

February 17, 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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Stars come out as Lightning beats Red Wings

February 16, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. They all count the same. They are all cheered by the fans. They all light the lamp. The truth of it, however, is that some goals mean more than others. Some goals right the ship. Some goals restore the swagger. And some goals light the way to the post-season. In other words, […]

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Ask the expert: Tim Ruskell

February 15, 2018 general

This week on Ask the Experts, noted personnel man, ex-general manager and noted music historian Tim Ruskell, who may have been the first-ever person ever fired by the Tampa Bay Bucs, goes it alone. Jerry Angelo is out of town, leaving Ruskell to help you sort through the changes in the NFL as of late. […]

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Jespersen leads USF to victory over SMU

February 15, 2018 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. More than ever, the USF women’s basketball team is in the pink. The Bulls, ranked 22nd in the country, honored breast cancer awareness, cruised to their 21st victory over the season, beating SMU 65-54. Maria Jesperson had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls.  Content beyond this point is for members […]

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Bolts’ defense falters in another defeat

February 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Are you worried yet? Nervous? Flabbergasted? Do you watch and wonder where the defense went? Do you think about what happened to the excellence? The Tampa Bay Lightning, once again, struggled to keep the puck out of their own net against a poor Buffalo team, losing 5-3. The Bolts went through back-to-back […]

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