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Rays Mull Face-Lift of the Franchise

Anthony Castrovince, Sports on Earth

Sweating NHL Expansion Draft

M. Hume & N. Greenberg, Washington Post

Pitcher's Biggest Save: His Mother

Mike Hiserman, Los Angeles Times

New Bucs OC: I Had Winston All Wrong

Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times

van Longoria signed his first long-term extension with the Rays just six days into his big league career in 2008, before he won the American League Rookie of the Year honor and bef...(full article)

The Yankees must decide in the next five weeks whether to be sellers, a choice that will have an impact on the star power of this trading season. They are not alone. Several clubs ...(full article)

The rules governing the upcoming NHL expansion draft are getting clearer. And thanks to the reporting of Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston and ESPN’s Craig Cust...(full article)

He knew the importance of singular focus in these situations, to block out emotion and not let his mind wander. Just this once, he allowed it. One out from victory in his baseball ...(full article)

Quarterback Jameis Winston was not a favorite a year ago of Bucs' head coach Dirk Koetter, who admits he preferred Marcus Mariota. And apparently, new offensive coordinator Todd Mo...(full article)

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Keeping It Simple Now Winston's Way

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Koetter a Question, Though Winston Is Not

Old offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is the new head coach of the Bucs and let's get right to the heart of the matter, shall we? The news isn't as sexy as hiring Nick Saban or as...

Perils, Pitfalls of Filling NFL Vacancies

Is "Black Monday" really over yet? On Wednesday, the Buccanneers took everyone by surprise by unceremoniously dumping head coach Lovie Smith after two years on the job (without, ...

Textbook Guide to Messing Up Young QBs

It’s always a good idea, isn’t it, to draft a young franchise quarterback and then make certain that there’s coaching instability around him? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers provi...

A Shock? Lovie's Firing Makes Perfect Sense

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' firing of Lovie Smith made absolutely no sense—except, of course, it was the only rational move they could make. Why bring Smith, the...

Smith Feeling No Love in Tampa Bay

Is it the right move? Really, that's the only question that matters this morning. Did the Glazers do the right thing in firing coach Lovie Smith late Wednesday night, three days af...

A Catcher Who Can't Throw Out Runners

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Hester 1 of a Kind - and Last of a Kind?

There's a growing sense that the return game is a dying art, with special teams pushed further and further from the forefront as player safety becomes more of a priority across all...

Fisher: Winston's Success No Surprise

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Not Even Romo Will Save Cowboys

The team isn’t distracted, the head coach loves their fight and their spirit, and the starting quarterback returns next week. Do not allow these sleights of hand to distract yo...

Turnaround in Tampa: Winston a Leader

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Winston's Got All the Rookie Moves

The first day of the Buccaneers' 2015 training camp didn't start off as planned. Instead of Tampa sunshine and a glorious unveiling of the Jameis Winston Era, the Buccaneers were f...

It's Mariota Over Winston by Knockout

Sometimes, you just can’t take the draft hype at face value. Remember what conventional wisdom told us about Jameis Winston? He was proclaimed as the most “NFL-ready” quar...

Winston Showing He Has the Right Stuff

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Winston Provides Flash - and Questions

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Seats Growing Hot in 6 NFL Cities

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Jameis Struggles But Shows Promise

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Football Too Complicated, Little Ladies?

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Winston Lets His Hair Down

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Wide-Open Cup Final Vital to NHL Future

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Bishop Helps Checkmate Blackhawks

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Lightning Playing Goaltender Roulette

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NHL Final Pits Title Cachet vs. Next Wave

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NHL Serves Up Double Dose of Game 7s

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Bucs Should Embrace the Seminole Way

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Winston's Winning Over Bucs Already

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For Winston, All That Matters Is the Future

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Just Who Is Jameis Winston?

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Draft Chaos? Bucs Willing to Trade Top Pick

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Rays Ready to Reach Next Level

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- No more Joe Maddon and his 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 lineup cards. No more Andrew Friedman and that constantly-revving outside-the-box motor between his earlobes. No mo...

Winston Embracing Public Scrutiny

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Bucs Seem to Be Clearing Way for Winston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are either supremely confident in QB Mike Glennon or they will be drafting a quarterback with the the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Glennon lost his jo...

Winston or Mariota for Buccaneers?

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And so Johnny Manziel is in rehab. Let's hope the Tampa Bay Bucs are taking notes. Manziel's totally predictable freefall gives the Bucs a cautionary Buyer Beware warning regardin...

Is Winston Worth the Risk?

What happened, Jameis? • Tell us. Look us in the eye and tell us what you remember from that night. You were accused of some pretty nasty stuff. Use your own words. Take as much ...

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Yankees' Robertson Blows Save

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Price K's 12 as Rays Win 6th Straight

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Rays' Price Suffers Bizarre Injury

David Price had to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers an inning early due to a "towel" injury that left him with a stiff neck, which he doesn't believe to be serious. The R...

Could Stamkos Win Hart Trophy?

Should a player whose team fails to make the playoffs get consideration for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP? That’s a question voters for the award may be faced with t...

Bolts Top East-Leading Rangers in OT

Ryan Malone sat in the locker room at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, dried blood clotting at the corner of his left eye, the bruise underneath turning vivid shades of yellow and blac...

Sharks Acquire Moore From Lightning

The small list of NHL teams willing to sell off assets at the trade deadline grew by one on Thursday. Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman signalled his intentions by...

Rays Wait to Trade Pitchers for Power

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Sharks Acquire Moore from Lightning

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4 Quarterbacks Needing Overhaul

Young quarterbacks do not always get better with age. At least four NFL quarterbacks that were expected to flourish took a step back in 2011—Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Kevi...

Bolts Snap Streak, Defeat Bruins

Marty St. Louis didn't really want to talk about what he said to his Lightning teammates before Tuesday night's game with the Bruins. "I'd like to keep that internally, really," h...

Ranking the Coaching Vacancies

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Bucs Fire Morris, Entire Staff

Raheem Morris had a pretty good idea when he walked into a meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owners Monday he would not be leaving as their head coach. One year after leading...

Goalie Woes Sinkings Caps, Bolts

With 3 minutes and 44 seconds left in the first period on Tuesday night, Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers fired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to the right of W...

QB Freeman Hurt at Shooting Range

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Lightning Defeat East-Leading Pens

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Stamkos' Hat Trick Leads Lightning

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Longoria HR Sends Rays into Playoffs

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Rays Rally, Stay Tied for Wild Card

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Rays Win, Gain in Wild-Card Race

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Rays Batter Yanks, Gain on Red Sox

NEW YORK — Knowing he'd be making his first major-league start the next night, Rays rookie Matt Moore came out to Yankee Stadium early Wednesday morning and stood out on th...

Nova Helps Yankees Blank Rays

Ivan Nova screamed into his glove as Robinson Cano's relay throw completed a double play that got the Yankees out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning. Nova was only celebr...

Red Sox End Skid, Beat Rays

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O's Damage Rays' Playoff Drive

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Rays Gain Ground on Idle Red Sox

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Rays Finish Sweep of Red Sox

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Rays Trim Red Sox's Wild-Card Lead

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Price Sets Rays Record With 14 K's

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Rays Hit 5 Home Runs Off Sabathia

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Nats Look Like Favorites for Upton

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Rays' Shields Outduels Sabathia

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Rays Halt Red Sox Winning Streak

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Longoria HR Lifts Rays Past Rangers

Evan Longoria pumped his right fist in the air as he rounded first base. He said he had to. He just hit his first go-ahead home run of the season, which gave the Rays the lead in...

Price Strikes Out 12, Blanks Indians

David Price returned to form and survived a scare in the process, and Sam Fuld jumped into a phone booth and became Super Sam again. Price pitched seven shutout innings and record...

Bucs' Talib Indicted in Shooting Case

A Texas grand jury on Friday indicted Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, raising even more questions about whether...

Going to Game 7 Not Surprising

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Bruins Hold Edge in Game 7

Both teams have already won a Game 7 in this postseason. The Lightning have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Penguins in a Game 7 in Pittsburgh. The Bruins have ...

Game 7 Showdown Next for Bruins

The Bruins have not won the Stanley Cup since 1972, when most fans watched Bobby Orr on black-and-white televisions that had aluminum foil crunched around a UHF antenna. The Brui...

Lightning Get Power Play on Track

Through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning thrived in part because of their work on the power play, converting more than 27 percent of their ...

Bolts Edge Bruins to Force Game 7

Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning must go the distance to advance in the postseason. Tampa Bay staved off elimination for the fourth time this postseason, defeating the Boston ...

Lightning's Roloson to Start Game 6

The Lightning plane from Boston landed Tuesday afternoon bearing news, if not victory. No state secrets this time: Back in goal goes Dwayne Roloson. It's the call I would make. The...

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