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Martin Fennelly

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Fennelly, Martin

Bucs’ defense needs to take charge in the name of Jameis

- The play of the Bucs’ defense last year was unacceptable, Martin Fenelly writes. Maybe that’s one tiny reason Lovie Smith is calling defensive plays this year. Something has to change if the Bucs are to ease t...

Gators’ QB race isn’t nearing a finish line

- Are we back to those two-headed Gator quarterback days, Martin Fennelly asks, as in 1987, when Steve Spurrier switched out Doug Johnson and Noah Brindise about every snap? There may be a similar situation with Will Grier an...

Ready or not, it gets real soon for Buccaneers

- Two weeks from now, it matters, Martin Fennelly writes.. A frightening thought for Bucs fans, given how Jameis Winston and the club looked Saturday in their third preseason game, an ugly loss to Cleveland.

Trop still feels like home for ex-Rays star Zobrist

- Ben Zobrist admitted to feeling a little “upside down” to be on the other side of the field, Martin Fennelly writes. “I could have easily walked into the (Rays) clubhouse and started getting dressed in my ...

Bucs need to manage the risk of Winston

- Jameis Winston needs work. No one disputes that point, Martin Fennelly writes. But Monday reminded us that there is so much riding on Winston being in one piece, which is why he should nurse his ankle during Saturday’...

Lots to like with Bucs win, especially that start

- Jameis Winston looked like a winning quarterback, and proved his grit, as the Bucs broke quickly in their preseason home opener before all those Bucs fans he’s supposed to lead to a promising land, Martin Fennelly wr...

Bucs’ dream catcher Evans ready to make magic with Winston

- Montana to Rice! Manning to Harrison! WINSTON TO EVANS?!?!? Whoa, slow down there, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. Although rookie QB Jameis Winston and former rookie stud Mike Evans definitely show the hunger to be great.

Washington Generals taught us life can be cruel

- The news came last week: The Harlem Globetrotters severed ties with the Washington Generals after 63 years. The Generals are no more, and the news hit Martin Fennelly like a bucket of confetti.

Just sign Stamkos — it’s really that simple

- Lightning training camp is less than a month away, yet the team has yet to sign Steven Stamkos to a new contract. It’s not time to panic, Martin Fennelly says, but the inactivity is cause for concern.

10-sack season elusive for Bucs since Simeon Rice era

- Simeon Rice, former Bucs sack star and cosmic force, is a movie director these days. But if you want brilliant film, Martin Fennelly suggests watching Sim footage from when his ferocious edge presence with the Bucs produced...

Winston needs to settle in, but strong finish provides hope


— It was the day after Jameis Winston’s first game as a Buc. There might be as many as 19 to follow, with accompanying dissections, before the end of Winston’s roo...

Rays manage just fine with Cash at helm

- While Joe Maddon works his magic in Chicago, Kevin Cash has held the Rays together through all the injuries and historic stretches of atrocious hitting, keeping them in wild-card contention. Martin Fennelly writes that if t...

Seminoles will stay in national picture

- Dalvin Cook, the team’s suspended leading rusher, awaiting trial on misdemeanor battery charges. Jameis Winston is gone, though Erica Kinsman’s Title IX lawsuit against Florida State goes on. It’s alway...

It’s time for a new chapter in Bucs, Winston’s history

- He has thrown scores of passes, signed hundreds of autographs, flashed as many smiles. Jameis Winston has played rock star at Bucs camp and faced numerous blitz tests from the Bucs’ defense, but Martin Fennelly says ...

Through it all, Bucs LB David’s focus remains on family, football

- Lavonte David became one of the highest-paid linebackers in the NFL, but Martin Fennelly says he has bigger plans than that. Bragging isn’t part of any plan. That’s not this humble kid from Miami. The hug he g...

McElwain tries to shake up slumbering UF program

- McElwain tries to shake up slumbering UF program and wake up the Gator Nation.

Pitching is an art form for Mets, Rays

- Even now, pitching is more or less keeping the Rays from the abyss and in the American League wild card race until the next batting slump. Now, step aside and meet the Mets. The Rays have been the Mets, and they’re s...

Coach T and his Bulls are on the clock

- The clock was ticking on a fence at the USF football practice fields. More than ever, it matters. Head coach Willie Taggart has installed a spread offense, up tempo. There’s no time to waste.

Bucs still building, but need results

- It’s not the Summer of Lovie anymore, Martin Fennelly writes. It’s the referendum on him. It’s the pressure on Lovie to raise this ship with Cap’n Jameis at the offensive helm.

Winston was always going to start for Bucs

- The farce, and the pretense it rode in on, ended 54 seconds into Lovie Smith’s first news conference from training camp, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. Officially, it's case closed on “open competitionR...

After chance at history, another frustrating loss

- From perfection to typical Rays. In one moment, Martin Fennelly writes the Rays are on the way to a three-game winning streak heading to Boston, and in the next they’re back under .500, reminded that these guys mostl...

It’s time for Bucs to win back this town

- It’s going to take an awful lot of Jameis Winston and winning for the Bucs to win this town back, Martin Fennelly says. This season, as much as anything, is about relevancy. The Bucs have lost it. They once owned thi...

Jordan Spieth takes major steps toward historic run

- Jordan Spieth is the best golfer in the world at present, with all eyes on him as he eyes St. Andrews, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. With two down and two to go, the Royal and Ancient beckons for this anything-but-ancie...

Cash stays cool in turbulent times

- They’ve used a major league-high 47 players, including 27 pitchers. They’ve used 21 rookies, most in the bigs. Rays rookie pitchers have made more starts than any team in baseball.

Former Jesuit star’s dream taking shape early with Astros

- There are days Lance McCullers shakes his head while driving from his apartment to work in downtown Houston. He’s been on the job two months. Current occupation: major league rookie pitching sensation.

Moore shouldn’t be counted on as Rays’ savior

- Matt Moore is coming off major surgery. He isn’t close to the form that won him 17 games in 2013. Martin Fennelly warns he might not get there for months, and as much as the Rays need a shot in the arm, it’s a...