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Rays clinch division title against Miami

September 26, 2021 general

. Sunday, 4 a.m. It took 155 games, winding through ups and downs, the injuries and the call-ups.. It took more than five dozen (61) players. It took more than three dozen (38) pitchers. It took 46 comebacks. After it all, however, the Tampa Bay Rays are American League champions. The Rays clinched the title […]

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Slow start dooms USF against BYU

September 26, 2021 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. When a coach has won two games in his career, it’s hard to make a list of his most impressive moments. But at least after this one, perhaps USF coach Jeff Scott has a chance, after all. After a slow start, the Bulls played well in a 35-27 loss to BYU Saturday […]

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Rays keep pushing with easy win over Miami

September 25, 2021 general

Saturday, 4 am. This is how you follow up on success. You keep it going. The game before, the Tampa Bay Rays had made the playoffs, their third straight season. They had survived, and now they had a weak Miami team coming to town. And, no, they did not take a breath. Instead, the Rays […]

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Predictions: Could the Rams beat Tampa Bay?

September 25, 2021 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. It wouldn’t be an upset. It wouldn’t be a catastrophe. It wouldn’t mean that hunks of sky are going to fall. The Tampa Bay Bucs could lose Sunday, and it could just be a miss-step on their journey. Nothing more. People tend to forget about that. Fans care so much that with […]

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At 2-0, Bucs still seek improvement

September 24, 2021 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Another challenge awaits the Tampa Bay Bucs this week. An old one, too. Expectations. And the Los Angeles Rams. For the Bucs, both opponents are daunting. The Rams have Matt Stafford and Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald. The expectations have critics and cynics and early impressions. Whether the Bucs can measure up […]

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Rays clinch post-season for the seventh time

September 23, 2021 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Now, this is how a team looks fearsome as it enters the post-season. After two weeks of spinning their wheels, the Tampa Bay Rays wrapped up another playoff appearance Wednesday afternoon, clubbing the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1. It locked up the team’s seventh post-season trip, all since 2008, and their third in […]

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Despite control problems, Jays edge Rays

September 22, 2021 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. This close to the finish line, and they are stumbling. But one thing seems certain after their latest defeat. If the Rays are going to reach the playoffs, they aren’t going to walk there. The Toronto Blue Jays tried their best to self-immolate in Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over the Rays. Tampa […]

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Baz sharp in winning his first start for Rays

September 21, 2021 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The younger, the better. Who cares how innocent the kids on the farm are. At this rate, the Rays might want to look into promoting a talented 15-year-old. Raw, talented and hard-throwing — that’s the recipe. The Rays — who seem to be building a pitching rotation for the future — tapped […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ win over Atlanta

September 21, 2021 general

5 Thoughts Yes, the Bucs should be serious about cornerback Richard Sherman. Sure, Sherman is controversial, but I remember interviewing him before a Super Bowl. I was prepared to find an egomaniac on the loose. Instead, I found a bright, thoughtful cornerback who could play the darned game. Through two games, the Bucs are allowing […]

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Late turnovers lead Bucs to win over Falcons

September 20, 2021 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Rob Gronkowski scored twice. No big news there. Eighteen times before Sunday (and three more in the playoffs), Gronkowski has had two touchdown receptions in a game. He and the end zone are old buddies. Mike Evans scored twice. No headline there, either. Eleven times, Evans has caught at least two touchdown […]

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