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Martin Fennelly

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Fennelly, Martin

Lightning’s Stamkos says only that answers are coming, but not much else

- With the trade deadline approaching, Steven Stamkos sidesteps the opportunity to reveal if he plans to stay with the Lightning. Martin Fennelly says that despite a lot of silence, fans will be getting their answers before l...

McCullers Jr. refuses to waste shot in majors

- Lance McCullers brought his medicine balls on his honeymoon and had his newlywed sit on his shoulders while doing squats. Martin Fennelly says McCullers’ uncommon offseason training regimen keeps him focused on helpi...

In one fell swoop, Newton goes from Superman to Incredible Sulk

- All season, Cam Newton was a treat, Martin Fennelly writes, and served as a blueprint for the Bucs’ Jameis Winston. But the NFL MVP's petulant post-Super Bowl reaction is a stark example of how not to deal with failure.

Blake High student-athlete’s turnaround is a victory for all of us

- Blake’s Donte Glover nearly threw his life away, columnist Martin Fennelly writes. But with a second chance and the support of others, he’ll graduate near the top of his class and do something no one in his fa...

Maddon never one to change


— Joe Maddon, former Rays manager (you might recall), was in the parking lot at Ava, the Italian restaurant he co-owns on South Howard Avenue, not far from his home on Bayshore ...

Streaking Bolts will have lots to handle over All-Star Weekend

- The Lightning have gone on quite a run to put themselves in a decent position entering the All-Star break. However, Martin Fennelly says, it’s a precarious cushion as distractions and other factors could threaten the...

QBs Newton, Winston are two of a kind

- While Jameis Winston impressed during a solid rookie season capped off by a Pro Bowl berth, NFC South counterpart Cam Newton is a lock for MVP and on the verge of a Super Bowl berth. Martin Fennelly says this could be the s...

How high are the Lightning willing to go to keep Steven Stamkos?

- “Low ball” might not be fair in describing the Lightning’s apparent first contract offer to Stamkos, reportedly at eight years and $68 million. Martin Fennelly says it’s not an insulting offer, b...

Lightning are chasing the Blackhawks on and off the ice

- Even with a six-game winning streak, Martin Fennelly says the Lightning are chasing the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who have won 12 straight going into tonight’s matchup. And Steven Stamkos is chasing ...

Kopitar’s deal with Kings doesn’t change Stamkos quagmire

- The Kings will pay multitalented center Anze Kopitar an average of $10 million per season over eight years — a deal that Martin Fennelly says should set the bar between the Lightning and Steven Stamkos. However, it&#...

Team Turmoil rolls dice on Koetter to pave the way for Jameis & Co.

- Make no mistake, Martin Fennelly writes. Despite Jason Licht’s “coaching search,” Dirk Koetter was his man all along. It came down to comfort and a smooth transition, and now it’s up to him to show L...

After winning at Innisbrook, Spieth became golf’s new main attraction

- Move over, Tiger. Martin Fennelly says Justin Spieth, who will attempt to repeat as winner of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in March, has supplanted Tiger Woods as the face of the PGA. At 22, he shows no signs of s...

Hiring Saban away from Alabama would bring Bucs unmatched sizzle

- What if Nick Saban, newly crowned greatest college football coach ever, decided to scratch an itch and give the NFL one last whirl? Martin Fennelly says there’s no way the Bucs could turn down that opportunity.

Koetter hire would signal seismic shift for Bucs

- The Bucs built a perennial playoff contender, and eventual Super Bowl winner, on the power of their defense. Martin Fennelly says defense might might help this team again, but in a supporting role. It starts with Jameis and...

Looks like it will be Koetter, but is that the right call for Buccaneers?

- There are a lot of reasons to go with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as head coach, but there are a lot of reasons to doubt any Glazer choice at this point, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Bucs firing of Lovie stunning, but 8-24 simply can’t be overlooked

- Firing Lovie Smith is a bold move, Martin Fennelly says. Now it’s up to the Glazers and GM Jason Licht to make it the right one — and that could very well be hiring the man who has been put in charge of moldin...

Franchise QB buyers beware — Bucs have been here before

- While Jameis Winston has all the makings of a franchise quarterback, Martin Fennelly says there’s a cautionary tale at work. Josh Freeman, unearthed for a day as Colts quarterback, once carried that same promise for...

Buccaneers still have plenty of growing up to do

- Siege the golf clubs. Seriously, did anyone out there think Sunday would turn out different?

As Bucs end season, plenty of good, bad and ugly to go around


When the dust settles from this Bucs season, six wins and a franchise quarterback might pass for improvement.

Faltering Bucs’ collapse obscures season of progress

- Remember when they were 6-6 and Feel Good filled the air? After their loss to the Bears, the Bucs have lost three straight, and Martin Fennelly says it reminds us how far this club still has to go.

$10 million worth of Community Heroes honored by Lightning’s owner

- Jeff Vinik’s pledge has resulted in more than 400 gifts for nonprofit groups, helping thousands of people. It’s also emotionally moved anyone who watches the arena video board and listens to stories of selfles...

Bucs show the nation they still have a lot of growing up to do

- Maybe we should have known this was going to be a childish night when the team roared from the tunnel in St. Louis wearing what looked like a 5-year-old’s red Christmas pajamas, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.