Norvell completes strong season with victory

November 26, 2022 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. Not long ago, they wanted his head. Now, they notice the size of the brain inside. Mike Norvell completed a grand turnaround with his FSU Seminoles Friday night, holding off Florida’s last-second drive to win a 45-38 game in the highest scoring game the Seminoles and Gators have played. Content beyond this […]

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Bucs should win, but after they sputter

November 25, 2022 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Are they healed? Now that the Tampa Bay Bucs have won two straight games, including one in which they beat Seattle fairly soundly, are they right again? Are they fixed? Or will the Bucs’ offense continue to play uphill? We may get a few extra clues Sunday when the Bucs play a […]

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Brady not thinking about past turnarounds

November 24, 2022 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. It was a lifetime ago. Before all the rumors, before all the money, before all the fame. Before Tom Brady was today’s headline — whether it was news or speculation. Before the trophies. It was 2001, Brady’s first year as a starter. Ten games in, his team was 5-5. He had thrown […]

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Barber, McGriff thinking about Halls of Fame

November 23, 2022 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Greatness doesn’t fade. Sometimes, it just goes into the closet for a while. Which brings us to Ronde Barber. And to Fred McGriff. The immortals in waiting. This week, it will be 10 years since Barber last intercepted a pass. It has been longer, 6,732 days, since McGriff hit a home run. […]

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Boston shows its class against Tampa Bay

November 22, 2022 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Oh, so that’s why the Boston Bruins are the best team in the NHL. And that’s why the Tampa Bay Lightning are not. The Bruins overwhelmed the Lightning in the second period of Monday night’s game, cruising to a 5-3 victory that kept them on top of the league. The Bruins are […]

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A look back at the first half of the Bucs’ season

November 21, 2022 general

5 Thoughts Of course, Tom Brady has been the MVP of these Bucs. But who’s second? Anyone? 2. If anyone is going to overtake Tampa Bay in the NFC South tortoise race, I still think it will be New Orleans, whether Jameis Winston plays another down or not. 3. I know it’s fashionable to blame […]

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Stamkos scores winner as Bolts win again

November 20, 2022 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. In hockey, it is common knowledge: Danger travels in pairs. And so, imagine the eyes of Nashville goalie Juuse Saros late in the evening. To his left was Nikita Kucherov. Straight in front of him was Steven Stamkos. Saros’ job? He had to decide who was Superman and who was Batman. Turns […]

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Vandy handles Florida for rare victory

November 20, 2022 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Vanderbilt? The Florida Gators lost to Vanderbilt? So much for all the talk about the progress that the Florida Gators had made in Billy Napier’s first season. The Gators lost to an outmanned Vanderbilt team, 31-24, to fall to 6-5 on this season. Content beyond this point is for members only. Already […]

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USF defense falters again against Tulsa

November 19, 2022 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Here’s a hint for those who run the football program at USF: When you finally decide on a new head football coach, and trust me on this, don’t let him see films of this defense., If you do, he’s likely to ask for more money. The Bulls, perhaps the worst team in […]

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Vasilevskiy shines in Lightning victory

November 18, 2022 general

Friday, 4 a.m. There for a while, the Cat wasn’t so Big. Andrei Vasilevskiy, by his standards, by anyone’s, was scuffling. He was 5-5-1 on the season. He was 45th among league goaltenders in goals against. He was 49th in save percentage. For a guy who had won 234 career games, it felt wrong. On […]

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