Bolts close in on Stanley Cup victory

September 14, 2020 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Five steps. That’s the distance remaining. Five games. You are starting to believe it, aren’t you. Five victories. Just that, and the Stanley Cup is theirs. The Tampa Bay Lightning closed to within one victory of the Eastern Conference championship, and a handful of wins from the NHL Championship Sunday afternoon with […]

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Rays lose to Red Sox as pitching falters

September 14, 2020 general

Monday, 2 a.m. Charlie Morton can’t count on his curve ball anymore. And the Rays can’t count on relief pitcher Pete Fairbanks. Those two things, along with their fourth loss in six games, made Sunday a hard day to deal with for Tampa Bay, which absorbed a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Boston […]

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Lowe’s big homer makes struggles forgettable

September 13, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Is the bop back for the Tampa Bay Rays? Maybe. After recent struggles at the plate by both Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe, two of the biggest threats at the plate, the Rays found power from both of them in Saturday night’s 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. […]

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Bucs open the season amid high expectations

September 13, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. An expectation is a dangerous thing. You love your team. You think about your team. You find yourself writing down depth charts instead of doodling while on the phone. You predict win totals — and you can’t believe anyone who has less. You spend money — on jerseys and caps and bumper […]

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USF gives Scott a win in his opening game

September 13, 2020 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Sure, it was a layup of an opponent. No, it won’t be the way the Jeff Scott era will be judged. On the other hand, Scott — and USF — are 1-0. Considering all that has affected this year’s college football season, that’s not bad. USF beat The Citadel 27-6 in Scott’s […]

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Game 3 slips away from Lightning late

September 12, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. You can blame the quick finish of the New York Islanders at the end. You can blame the holes in the Lightning’s lineup due to the suspension of Alex Killorn and the injury to Brayden Point. According to Lightning coach Jon Cooper, the Lighting’s 5-3 loss to the Islanders in the Eastern […]

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Offense comes back to life in Rays’ win

September 12, 2020 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Rays, going left was all right Friday night. The Rays became the first team in MLB history to bat nine left-handed hitters in their starting lineup, and it seemed to invigorate the lineup. The Rays snapped a three-game losing streak, their second-longest of the year, with an 11-1 […]

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Hitless Rays lose third straight game

September 11, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. You hear the number, and you think of the immortals. Seventeen strikeouts? In nine at-bats? Even for a team that is slumping at the plate, that’s a ton. So who did it? Roger Clemens? Max Scherzer? Randy Johnson? Nolan Ryan? How about Mike Kickham and the fun bunch? All together: Who? Content […]

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Kucherov’s late goal leads to Lightning win

September 10, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. For a moment, the two men locked eyes. Around them, the clock was ticking, and others were skating, and overtime hung in the air. But just like that, when Nikita Kucherov met the gaze of defenseman Ryan McDonagh, it was over. And the Lightning was in charge of the Eastern Conference Championship […]

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Rays’ pitching struggles again in defeat

September 9, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. As a franchise, it is their greatest pride. As a team, it is their greatest weapon. And suddenly, things are all wrong. Sure, the Rays are hitting badly these days. That happens from time to time. They are not a lineup that dents the fences every night. But the pitching? Who stole […]

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