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Stamkos lifts Bolts with his presence

September 24, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. If the Lightning wins the Cup, and even if the Lightning were to lose it, this is the moment you will remember. This was his Willis Reed moment. And if you have a certain number of years on you, you need no further reminder. Content beyond this point is for members only. […]

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Rays clinch the American League East

September 24, 2020 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. In the weirdest, wackiest baseball season of them all, the most normal sights of them all were the Tampa Bay Rays, celebrating yet another win. The Rays — champions. Tampa Bay clinched the American League East title — the third in their history — and lead the league race for the No. […]

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Bucs brace for ‘powerful’ Broncos team

September 24, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. According to Bruce Arians, the Denver Broncos have the NFL right where it wants them. Injured quarterback? No sweat. Limping wide receiver? Who cares? A season record of 0-2? Big whoop. Okay, okay. You can accuse Arians of coach-speak, the art of building up one’s opponent. Not that it matters. If the […]

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Rays play down to the Mets’ level in loss

September 23, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The best weapon the New York Mets had going against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night, it turns out, was mediocrity. The Mets just aren’t very good. Which puts the Rays exactly where the Mets want them. The running-in-place Mets, 25-30 on the season and in fourth place in the NL East, […]

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Bolts finish strong in victory over Stars

September 22, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The sizzling first period, when the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that it had finally started the Stanley Cup Finals, is irrelevant. So, too, is the shaky second period, when a team was bailed out, once again, by its goaltender. For the Lightning, the focal point of Game Two should be the way […]

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Looking back on Bucs’ win over the Panthers

September 22, 2020 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. Five Thoughts In the rush to stop Ronald Jones II’s rushing, I suggest we all slow down. Jones has run hard for two games in his Run to Darkness. It’s just that Leonard Fournette had the best performance the Bucs’ have had in a long time Sunday. So don’t throw Jones away. […]

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Bullpen leads narrow victory over the Mets

September 22, 2020 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Nate Lowe’s pretty good at hitting home runs. He may be better at handing out nicknames. Lowe was on the field ding a oct-game interview when Tampa Bay’s pitchers of the night began to file past him on their way to the dugout. “Here they are,” he said, grinning. “the Zero Factory.” […]

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Bucs’ good moments offset their bad ones

September 21, 2020 general

There was something for everyone Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium. Good news? Bad news? They Bucs had both. Cause of optimism? Reasons for skepticism. They were there, too. A great first half? A sleepy second half? Pick your poison. Tight throws by Tom Brady? Ones that got a way? Big plays by the defense? […]

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Rays waste good start by Yarbrough

September 21, 2020 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Here at the end of the season, it is as obvious as ever why the Tampa Bay Rays may succeed in the playoffs, and why they may not. The Rays, leaders of the American League East, can pitch. With Ryan Yarbrough rounding into shape, their arms are at their strongest point of […]

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Bolts absorb defeat in Game One of Finals

September 20, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Sometimes, the search for solace takes some doing. Take Saturday night, as the fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning looked for a reason to believe that the team could overcome its 4-1, opening-game loss to the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals. Perhaps, just perhaps, the calendar cane help out. Go […]

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