Bolts beat Philly despite shaky third period

February 16, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. In professional sports, no one throws a victory back. No one rejects success. No one declines a victory. That said, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper wasn’t exactly thrilled with the Lightning’s 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena. The Flyers, down 4-1 at one point, scored two […]

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Vipers’ offense struggles in second straight loss

February 16, 2020 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Two games into their existence, and so far, the Vipers are struggling. Two games, two losses. Two games, two starting quarterbacks. Two games, no offensive touchdowns. Two games, ouch. The Vipers blew a 9-0 lead Saturday to lose 17-9 to the Seattle Dragons. They did score a touchdown when cornerback Tarvarus McFadden […]

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Will the decision on Winston come down to cash?

February 15, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. On one hand, there is his yardage, which is worth a lot. On the other, there are his interceptions, which aren’t worth two cents. Then there is his touchdowns, which will come after a hefty price. Then there is his won-loss record, which you can find in the bargain basement. So in […]

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Support players lead Bolts’ latest victory

February 14, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Who needs the big money guys? The depleted Tampa Bay Lightning won again Thursday night, beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 behind its support players. The Bolts have now won nine in a row and 21 of their last 24 games. What? Did you expect them to whine about not having Steven Stamkos […]

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Rays have to answer questions in 2020

February 13, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. At the first step of the journey, the Tampa Bay Rays had answers. And questions. Isn’t that what a baseball season is? A never-ending search for answers? Oh, the Rays are better off than most teams. They have a star pitcher in Charlie Morton and a rising phenom in Willy Adames. Austin […]

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Gourde — remember him? — scores winning goal

February 12, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Hey, didn’t you used to Yanni Gourde? Scrappy little player. You remember him. Came up the hard way. Willing to take an elbow in the face for a chance at a goal. Turned invisible in late November. Yeah, him. Gourde scored his first goal in 36 games Tuesday night, nothcing the winning […]

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Kucherov delivers in overtime in Bolts’ win

February 11, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. If you’re thinking about last season, no, it didn’t mean a thing. Despite the Lightning’s 2-1 overtime victory over Columbus Monday, the facts say that the Lighting was still swept in disappointing fashion by the Blue Jackets They still laid an egg. The sting still lingers. Ah, but if you’re thinking about […]

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Vipers can’t find the end zone in opening loss

February 10, 2020 general

Monday, 4 p.m. Same old Vipers. Same old Tampa Bay football. Where have you heard this before? Red zone failures. Interceptions. Leaky pass coverage. In other words, at first glance, the new kid looks a lot like its big brother. The newfound Tampa Bay Vipers were snakebit Sunday missing out on all four goal-to-go situations […]

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Bolts’ improvement shows in latest victory

February 9, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Want a couple of clues as to just how much this Tampa Bay Lightning team has grown? Start on Nov. 1, a lifetime ago. The Bolts were playing on the road against the New York Islanders. They lost 5-2, allowing the Isles to score three of the last four goals. The Lightning […]

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Are you looking forward to watching the XFL?

February 8, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Do you have the jersey of your favorite player yet? Better question: Do you have any idea who your favorite player might be yet? Do you have your caps and your pennant and your bobblehead? Are you a fan of the Vipers and whoever is playing the Houston Roughnecks? Are you counting […]

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