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Do the Rays have a shot at seasonal awards?

September 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. As they say at the Academy Awards, it’s nice just to be nominated. Nothing is wrong with finishing second for a major award, or third. Nothing is wrong with someone talking about your excellence. Nothing is terrible about finishing high in the balloting. On the other hand, you can make a great […]

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Fitzpatrick tries to repeat his success against Eagles

September 14, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. For a week, Ryan Fitzpatrick was everything a team wants its backup quarterback to be. He was accurate. He threw deep. He moved the offense. He ran up 48 points and 529 yards. He made you forget the other guy was sitting at home eating popcorn. He was dangerous. He was good […]

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Terrific turnaround: Snell wins his 19th of the season

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Maybe the key was in the early days, when Jim Hickey would tell him why he was being sent down and what he needed to work on. Maybe it was when Chris Archer was with him in the weight room, talking about what kind of potential he had. Maybe it was Kyle […]

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Ranking the general managers of Tampa Bay sports

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. He is in charge of today. And he is in charge of tomorrow. He has to win. Today and tomorrow. He has to make the chemistry work. He has to bring in the right free agents, and make the right trades, and promote the right players like an orchestra leader. He has […]

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Curry, Allen await their former Eagle teammates

September 13, 2018 general

Thursday, 2 a..m. The defense of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it seems, would have something to prove. Namely, they have to prove they can stay out of the way of their offense. And so it goes. The Bucs scored 48 points Sunday (counting a defensive turnover), but the defense allowed 40. The Bucs gained 529 […]

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Yzerman steps aside as Lightning general manager

September 12, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. They still have the best owner in sports. The accounting may vary at other spots, but you can begin with that. They still have a bright, analytical coach. They still have a star-studded lineup. They still have a shining young goaltender. But, no, the Tampa Bay Lightning is not as good today […]

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Bieber shuts down Rays, ends home winning streak

September 12, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 p.m. In hindsight, maybe the Tampa Bay Rays were worried about the wrong starting pitcher. Turns out, it was Shane Bieber, not Corey Kluber, who shut down the Rays like a Cy Young award candidate. Bieber struck out 11 Rays in 6 2/3 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball Tuesday night to end the […]

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Looking back on the weekend’s college games

September 12, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 2 a.m. 5 Observations 1. All of USF’s problems on defense Saturday weren’t because of Georgia Tech’s offense. There were plays that made it look like USF had never seen a simple pitch before. The Bulls are fast, and they can score. But will every game go to the final reel? 2. It’s hard […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ victory over the Saints

September 11, 2018 general

5 Observations 1. Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder how many points Ryan Fitzpatrick would have scored against the Bucs’ defense on Sunday. A million? 2. There is never a good time for a concussion. Still, you feel for Bucs’ receiver DeSean Jackson. He struggled through most of last season to find chemistry with […]

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One swing, and Choi turns defeat into victory

September 11, 2018 Florida State University

Tuesday, 3 a.m. As home runs go, it only felt as if it was out of this world. After all, it started halfway around it. And as designated hitters go, well, Ji-Man is the man. One out from having their record streak snapped, Ji-Man Choi launched a two-run homer off of Cleveland’s Brad Hand to […]

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