Kucherov, Stamkos score in Lightning victory

February 9, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Oh. So this is what they mean by many happy returns. The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to Amalie Arena Thursday night after an eight-game road trip and knocked off the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. And Nikita Kucherov — remember him? — scored a goal for the first time in 12 games. And Steven […]

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Remembering one’s first Olympics

February 8, 2018 general

Friday, 4:30 p.m. White. It was white all over, with white at the edges. I stepped off the plane to Norway, and I was snow-blind. It was white, like a wedding dress in a snowstorm. White, like an eggshell on a bedsheet. White, like milk poured over a polar bear. I left the plane, and […]

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FSU, Florida fans need to believe in new coaches

February 8, 2018 College football

Thursday, 3 a.m. Their names do not matter. Not yet, anyway. Most of the fan bases have never heard of them. Their times don’t matter. Their awards don’t matter. Nor their height or their weight or their stats. To be blunt, not even the stars by their names matter. What matters, in college recruiting, is […]

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Once again, USF women roll at home

February 8, 2018 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. “This is how a team warms up for a big game. Now, we just have to see how the USF women perform Saturday against  13th-ranked Ohio State. The Bulls won their ninth of 10 home games Wednesday night, beating East Carolina, 88-47. On the night, USF hit 14 three-pointers. Kitija Laksa had […]

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The Greatest

February 7, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Here is where arguments start. One man’s ever-changing list: 1. Michael Jordan 2. Wayne Gretzky 3. Muhammad Ali 4. Babe Ruth 5. Jim Brown  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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Other backups have been at front of victories

February 6, 2018 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. The story was so great, so inspiring, so delicious that the temptation is to think it has never happened before. It has. Nick Foles charged so far from nowhere, so impossibly, so triumphantly, that the urge is to believe it was a once-in-a-lifetime effort. It isn’t.  Content beyond this point is for […]

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Lightning can’t stop McDavid in defeat

February 6, 2018 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. For most of the year, the Tampa Bay Lightning has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Not Monday night, however. Monday night, the Lightning was outnumbered by the Winnipeg Fightning McDavids. Connor McDavid of Winnipeg scored four goals and had an assist to help Winnipeg clobber the Lightning, 6-2. […]

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Eagles’ resiliency interrupts New England dynasty

February 5, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Today, the world belongs to Philadelphia. Celebrate, if you wish, by throwing full catsup packets at opposing fans. Boo Santa. Heckle Mia Hamm. Punch a police horse. Today, it’s okay. You can jeer the world if you want. The Iggles are world champions, and nothing else matters. It is a harsh town, […]

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Super Bowl: Tale of the Tape

February 4, 2018 NFL

Quarterback (Regular Season) 1. Tom Brady, N.E. 4,577 102.8 43. Nick Foles, Phil. 537 79.5 Quarterback (Post-season) 2. Tom Brady, N.E. 627 105.0 3. Nick Foles, Phil. 598 122.1  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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Random thoughts: The weather outside is frightful

February 4, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. Isn’t it interesting that the guys who run the Super Bowl are tired of their fans being warm? — Tom Brady has a lot of NFL records. He doesn’t have this one, though: The oldest quarterback to start a game. That honor goes to former Buc Steve DeBerg, who started a game […]

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