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NHL all-star game coming to Tampa in 2018

May 30, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. The sporting world, it seems, has re-discovered Tampa Bay. Only days after being awarded the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa, the NHL has announced that the 2018 all-star game will be held at Amalie Arena. In 2020, Tampa will host the first- and second-round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Tampa will […]

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Ask Gary? Why is NBA bigger than a better NHL?

May 27, 2017 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, make a comment […]

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Lightning needs to remember bad moments

April 11, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. At a time like this, a team can warm itself in the knowledge that it barely missed. Golly, it was charging at the end. Gee,  it had enough points to make the post-season in other years. Willikers , it overcame a lot of injuries. Wow, it was almost good enough. Ah, but […]

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Lightning closes its season with a meaningless win

April 10, 2017 general

Monday, 1 a.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning barely missed the playoffs. In some ways, that makes it more difficult. The Lightning wrapped up their regular season Sunday evening, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. That left the team with 94 points, one behind both Toronto and Boston. Brayden Point scored two goals in the finale. Defensemen Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn also scored […]

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Ask Gary: Should Rays sign Alex Cobb to extension?

April 8, 2017 general

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Lightning wins, but now it has to wait and watch

April 8, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Playing the game is easy. Watching? Waiting? That’s a little tougher. The Tampa Bay Lightning has one game left, but it is  the games they don’t control that will be the most nerve-wracking. The Lightning has to watch as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and the Columbus […]

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Lightning running out of oxygen in wild-card race

April 5, 2017 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. And then, the chances were down to virtually none. Goodnight, Lightning. Oh, Tampa Bay isn’t officially done with the NHL playoffs, according to scientists who are developing chewing gum technology. There is a lotto-sized chance, times three, that the Bolts can sneak in. But it’s over. We all know that it’s over. […]

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Once again, Lightning wins behind no-name scoring

April 3, 2017 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Have you heard this one before? The Tampa Bay Lightning, desperately clinging to a shot at the NHL playoffs, fall behind early. The Lightning instead turn to the no-names on the bottom of its roster. The Lightning come from behind to win. There is Joy in Mudville. Again. This time, it was […]

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Bolts slide further back after overtime defeat

April 2, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Where else would you want the puck to be? Who else would you want to be in control? When else would make better sense? Overtime, game on the line, and this time, Nikita Kucherov – the author of so many big goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning, did not convert. What? Is […]

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Ask Gary: Kucherov has an outside shot at MVP

April 1, 2017 general

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