Newgarden gets old result for Team Penske

March 11, 2019 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Same team, new star. If you want to describe the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in a handful of words, that’s all you need Josef Newgarden won the event for the first time Sunday, beating Scott Dixon by less than three seconds. However, it should be considered an upset. Newgarden drives for Team […]

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Random thoughts: Scribes attack Murray’s attacker

March 10, 2019 general

I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying this game of slap-tag between ex-general manager Charlie Casserly and ex-Cowboys scout Gil Brandt over Tyler Murray. Casserly made some bold statements about the lack of leadership from Murray, and Brandt was one of those who landed on the beach to defend Murray’s honor. Two reactions: I […]

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Kucherov sets a new scoring record for Bolts

March 10, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. The magnificent season of Nikita Kucherov continues. Frankly, the Lightning has never seen anything this good. Kucherov scored two goals to shatter the team’s scoring record Saturday night, leading the Lightning to a 3-2 win over Detroit. Kucherov now has 110 points on the season and becomes the first NHL player to […]

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Does anyone have the power to stop Will Power?

March 10, 2019 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. If you are going to compete in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, it helps if you have a bit of will power. It doesn’t hurt if that’s your name, either. Power, 38, continued to treat the St. Petersburg course as if it were his own driveway Saturday, winning his eighth pole […]

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Ask Gary: Do the Rays know about closing time?

March 9, 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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Sluggish Lightning beaten by Minnesota

March 8, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. This is what it will be like. The traffic will be thicker. The net will be smaller. The ice will be like quicksand. And the Tampa Bay Lightning? Opponents are going to be less likely to watch them in awe. The Lightning, as good as they have been in the regular season, […]

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What was the message in re-signing Smith?

March 7, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. If you want, you can think of it as a down payment on stability. Heck, the Bucs are going to need a left tackle, aren’t they? Jameis Winston doesn’t need to be hit on his blind side. Someone has to open holes for the running game, right? Maybe that’s why the Bucs […]

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Not even a bad break can slow down the Lightning

March 6, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Sometimes, even the worst breaks of all can only help to define the best team of all. Consider, if you will, Winnipeg’s second goal of the night Tuesday night. It was found money. It was an answered prayer. It was luck surrounded by fortune and wrapped in a blessing. It was the […]

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Who is most like Tampa Bay? It’s Kucherov

March 5, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. As a town, Tampa has these eyes that can see you. Also, they see a hockey rink pretty good. As a town, Tampa doesn’t have a lot to say. It speaks in factured cliches, embracing humility, praising its teammates. As a town, frankly, Tampa Bay looks a lot like Nikita Kucherov these […]

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Snell hopes last year was the start of something

March 4, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The first man on the moon got all the headlines. The second man? Well, he had it tougher. The first time Columbus sailed the ocean blue was a nice trip. The second voyage was rougher. The Godfather was a great movie. So was the Godfather II, but the first one is the […]

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