Ask Gary: Does Johnson have a future with Bolts?

June 9, 2018 Basketball

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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Rays’ losing streak reaches eight against Ms

June 9, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. Remember that horrible slide with which the Tampa Bay Rays opened this season? Well, it’s back again. The Rays lost their eighth straight game Friday night, tied for their longest streak of the season. In seven of those games, the Rays haven’t even managed a lead. The Rays have led only after […]

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Bring on the Rays’ youth brigade! It’s time

June 8, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Now, here’s a novel thought about the youth of the Tampa Bay Rays. Bring them on. Bring a dozen of them. Heck, bring a legion of them. Bring Willie Adames and Tobias Myers and Nick Solak. Bring Lucius Fox and Garrett Whitley and Nick Ciuffo. If you can find a young pitcher […]

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Bucs’ state-of-the-union: Safeties

June 8, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. If anyone should know the look of an impact safety, it is he. If anyone knows what skills to examine, it is he. And so John Lynch, who makes his living these days as a talent evaluator, looked at the prospect. Yes, he could run. Yes, he could hit. Yes, he was […]

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Spence hopes to learn from new defensive ends

June 8, 2018 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. In his absence, his team went out and found a new starter at left defensive end. In his absence, his team went out and found a new starter at right defensive end. Why, then, does Bucs’ defensive end Noah Spence, who now finds himself a backup, seem so happy? “I grew up […]

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Rays hope to stop six-game losing streak at home

June 7, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays are a team that needs to come home. Also, they could use a few extra outs. The Rays’ losing streak reached six, its second-longest slide of the year, in an 11-2 clobbering by the Washington Nationals. The Rays have struggled against the top teams in the league all […]

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Bucs’ state of the union: cornerbacks

June 7, 2018 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. You can tell a quarterback, perhaps, by his arm. You can tell a running back by his thighs. You can tell a wide receiver by his hands. A cornerback? You simply look to the eyes. They are hollow eyes, hunted eyes. It is a look that comes from too many years on […]

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Once again, Rays have lost five games in row

June 6, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The way the Tampa Bay Rays are going these days, you don’t have to be one of the best pitchers in the game to beat them. On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt. Max Scherzer ran his record to 10-1 on the season Tuesday night, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 […]

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Bucs’ state of the union: The linebackers

June 6, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The name of the position rolls off of your tongue. Say it, and the faces of the men who have played it pop into your head. Linebacker. Is there are a more romanticized position among the defenders of the National Football League. As a group, they are large, but not too large. […]

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Star pitcher falls to Rays, but Banda lost to injury

June 5, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays looked to add more arms to their minor leagues in the league draft Monday night. Good. They’ll need them. In what may have been a steal, the Rays picked Matthew Liberatore, a left-handed pitcher out of Arizona. They later drafted Shane McClanahan, a hard-throwing lefty from USF, and […]

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