Rays let series finale slip away against Angels

July 17, 2017 general

Monday, 1 a.m. Now that the games count extra for the Tampa Bay Rays, losses like Sunday’s are sure to linger a little longer. The Rays lost to the Angels, 4-3, in a game that felt as if it had slipped away. The Rays could have come within 1 ½ games of the division leading […]

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Bucs lack of depth is exposed by Redskins

September 1, 2016 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. Say this for the Tampa Bay Bucs. They didn’t exactly make Dirk Koetter’s job harder, did they? For most of Wednesday night’s 20-13 loss to the Washington Redskins in the final preseason game for both, the rains of Hurricane Hermine seemed to wash away any pretense of depth that the Bucs’ had. […]

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Rays fall to Marlins despite Morrison’s hot bat

May 26, 2016 Tampa Bay Rays

Thursday, 9 a.m. They lost. The defense wasn’t good enough. The hitting wasn’t timely enough. The baserunning wasn’t good enough. And so the Tampa Bay Rays lost a 4-3 decision to the Miami Marlins. On the other hand, Logan Morrison has been reborn. Morrison, an empty uniform for much of the year, continued his torrid […]

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Lightning believes it has one more surprise in them

May 25, 2016 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. Sometime in the first period, you doubted. Didn’t you? Sometime in the second, you questioned. Admit it. Sometime before the night was over, you considered giving up, didn’t you. The Lightning looked that lethargic, and the Penguins looked that spirited, and there for a while, you looked for the white flag. You […]

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Bishop can’t pull another out for Lightning

February 15, 2016 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. This is what it’s like to be Ben Bishop. You stand around, trying to stay loose, because the Lightning defense doesn’t give up a lot of shots. But then, all of the sudden, you are standing in traffic, and it is bearing down on you. The other team is on a breakaway, […]

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Bucs fall into old bad habits against Colts

November 29, 2015 general

Sunday, 7:25 p.m. Teams on the other side of a turnaround do not lose to 40-year-old backup quarterbacks. The Tampa Bay Bucs did. Teams who are getting it together do not have 12 penalties for 95 yards. The Bucs did. Teams who are on the upswing do not constantly blow pass coverage. The Bucs did. […]

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Adu makes his debut late in the Rowdies’ defeat

July 25, 2015 general

Saturday, 11:55 p.m. It took 76 minutes of waiting for Freddy Adu to make his debut. The grin, however, was instantaneous. No one knows how much of an impact Adu will make with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. No one knows if he will return next season. No one knows if this is the home he […]

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Stamkos’ struggles are representative of Bolts

April 25, 2015 general

Saturday, 10:30 pm. TAMPA It was crowded by the captain’s locker room. No air here. No light there. No room over there. All around him, there were bodies, crowding him, surrounding him, shutting off any escape. For Steven Stamkos, it must have reminded him a lot of the way he had spent his night. Content […]

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Lightning trail in series after struggling vs. Detroit

April 22, 2015 general

Wednesday, 12:10 a.m. The Lightning is not on the brink of disaster. But it can see it from here. The Lightning, back to being average on the road, lost a 3-0 decision to the Detroit Red Wings, placing all of the pressure of the series on winning Saturday’s game at Joe Louis Arena. If the […]

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Lightning looks all wrong in loss to Jets

March 14, 2015 general

Saturday, 10:59 p.m. TAMPA It looked all wrong. It felt all wrong. For crying out loud, it smelled all wrong. This is the Tampa Bay Lightning, for crying out loud. It doesn’t lose at home. It doesn’t lose when it has the lead in the fourth period. It doesn’t look impotent on Content beyond this […]

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