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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Lightning’s Bishop among Vezina finalists

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— For the second time in three years, Lightning G Ben Bishop will head to Las Vegas in search for some hardware.

Bolts notes: D Stralman out for Game 1 vs. Islanders

- Anton Stralman, who hasn’t played since suffering a fractured fibula late in the regular season, was not available for Game 1.

College football title game embarks on ‘road to Tampa Bay’

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TAMPA – The College Football Playoff championship game is coming to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and, although kickoff is 257 days away, the drumbeat began Tuesday afternoon.

Selmon’s impact on community still felt 40 years after draft

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— Forty years ago — before the league staged a combine, before around-the-clock analysis, even before the birth of ESPN — the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers rather...

Book by Selmon’s widow shows other side of Bucs legend

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— Lee Roy Selmon’s widow, Claybra, has released a book — “A Life That Shined: Lee Roy Selmon.”

Ex-Jefferson football star Porter charged in armed robbery

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TAMPA — Legal problems have continued for former Jefferson High football player Deiondre Porter, the Tampa Tribune’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2014.

Bulls adjust to new levels of optimism, stress hard work lies ahead

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— The University of South Florida’s top three quarterbacks — Quinton Flowers, Asiantii Woulard and Brett Kean — each threw touchdown passes. The defense col...

Bulls finally enjoy having some depth

- USF coach Willie Taggart expects Saturday’s Green and White spring game — held at the on-campus Corbett Stadium — to be an excellent dress rehearsal for fall camp, when jobs will be on the line.

Reaction mixed on law creating 'free agency' in Florida high school athletics

- A multi-faceted education package signed by Gov. Rick Scott implements public-school choice statewide, allowing parents to enroll their child at any school. Athletes can transfer and become immediately eligible.

WNBA draft dream comes true: USF’s Williams picked eighth by Phoenix

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She dreamed of the moment as a child, while playing on the courts of tiny Folkston, Georgia. It emerged as a possibility as she matured into a high-school star. And as she earned All-American status at the University of ...

Bulls dismiss Chris Perry from men’s team

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— University of South Florida junior forward Chris Perry was dismissed from the men’s basketball program for a violation of team rules, the school announced Thursday.

USF’s Williams headed to next level in WNBA draft tonight

- University of South Florida guard Courtney Williams is expected to be a first-round pick in tonight’s WNBA draft. Some projections have Williams being taken within the first five picks.

Lightning’s Callahan has centenarian ‘Gram’ who’s a huge fan

- The Tampa Bay Lightning have legions of rabid followers, but none quite like Adriana Giancursio, a true fan of the century. She’s 100 years young.

USF-FSU tickets on sale May 30

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— The University of South Florida will make available approximately 7,200 single-game tickets in the upper level of Raymond James Stadium for its hotly anticipated Sept. 24 foot...

Lightning need Bishop to be a towering figure in net

- When sizing up the Lightning’s chances in the NHL playoffs, which begin Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 at Amalie Arena, It all points to 6-foot-7 goaltender Ben Bishop as the key.

N. Dakota back on top, wins NCAA hockey crown

- There’s finally a universally accepted answer to an often-confusing question: How do you refer to the University of North Dakota’s program? Answer: National champions.

Quinnipac, N. Dakota know pain of near triumphs; tonight one will be NCAA champ

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— The Quinnipiac Bobcats and North Dakota Fighting Hawks, who meet tonight at Amalie Arena in the NCAA Frozen Four’s championship game, seemingly have very little in comm...

Frozen Four: Quinnipiac, North Dakota set up Tampa title showdown

- Paced by a pair of quick-strike goals to open the first period, Quinnipiac quashed the hopes of Boston College 3-2 in the Frozen Four semifinals at Amalie Arena. In Saturday’s final, the Bobcats will face North Dakot...

Frozen Four: Passion for North Dakota program runs deep

- Danny Cooper greeted his green-clad people — University of North Dakota men’s hockey fans — from far and wide. It had the feel of a family reunion during open practices at the NCAA Frozen Four, where UND (...

NCAA Frozen Four top seed Quinnipiac embraces status as underdog

- Quinnipiac (31-3-7) faces Boston College (28-7-5) in Thursday’s opening national semifinal. Coach Jerry York’s Eagles are making their 25th Frozen Four appearance and have five national championships, includin...

With 12 strikeouts, Rays' Archer dazzles even in defeat

- Rays right-hander Chris Archer was doomed by a slow start in Sunday's 5-3 Opening Day loss against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

USF women’s star Williams named to WBCA All-American team

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TAMPA — University of South Florida senior guard Courtney Williams was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 10-member All-American team on Saturday in conjunction with events at the Women...

Former Bucs QB King teaches from experiences in new role as USF assistant

- Where has the time gone? When Shaun King was an NFL rookie, USF QB Quinton Flowers was in kindergarten. But after some Google searching, Flowers got up to speed on his new position coach, and came away impressed.

Bulls dismiss sophomore guard Roddy Peters

- USF sophomore guard Roddy Peters, who played only 10 games last season due to a broken foot, has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program.

USF freshman McMurray to explore NBA options under new NCAA rule

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University of South Florida freshman point guard Jahmal McMurray will explore his options for the NBA draft, taking advantage of new NCAA legislation that allows players to change their minds and return to school withou...

Rays notes: Archer excels with best spring outing

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Rays RHP Chris Archer had what Manager Kevin Cash described as “his best outing of the spring” in a minor-league game against the Minnesota Twins at Charlotte Sports ...

Rays settling back into normal routine after Cuba trip

- After an off day for the Rays’ front-liners on Wednesday, when Tampa Bay faced the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers following their return from Cuba, the players said they were eager to face the Yankees and return to a n...

USF payoffs to departing athletic officials far exceeded legal limits

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— The University of South Florida violated state law when its athletic department paid severance compensation to a retiring athletic director and a fired football assistant coac...

USF opens spring football with position battles, including QB

- On a crisply paced first day of spring football practice, USF coach Willie Taggart quickly set the theme. It’s competition, everywhere. And that’s fine with everyone, veterans and newcomers alike.

Senior class raised bar for USF women’s basketball

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They failed to take the next step.

USF Bulls look to keep their edge in spring drills

- USF coach Willie Taggart welcomes the attention from an 8-5 rebound season and doesn’t downplay the talent of his squad. But when spring football drills begin today at the Morsani Practice Complex, Taggart said, it&#...

USF rally comes up short against UCLA at NCAA women’s tournament

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On the verge of an improbable rally, with the program’s first Sweet 16 berth within sight, the University of South Florida women’s basketball team didn’t have enough finishing power in Monday night&#...

USF’s Stringfield stayed strong despite plenty of adversity

- For the USF women to take the next step — earning the first Sweet 16 appearance in program history — it must clear a formidable obstacle by beating No. 3 UCLA tonight at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Bulls s...

Bulls rally for victory in NCAA Women’s opener

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University of South Florida senior guard Courtney Williams, an All-America candidate, did not start Saturday night’s NCAA Tournament first-round game.

Williams perhaps the most outstanding female athlete in USF history

- Courtney Williams, an All-America candidate and future WNBA player, will lead her team into the NCAA Women's Tournament today against the No. 11 Colorado State Rams.

Women’s NCAA Tournament field features Florida flavor

- USF, which earned its third NCAA bid in the past four seasons, has reached the apex of its program’s history. And in the state of Florida, the Bulls aren’t alone.

USF women earn No. 6 seed at NCAA Tournament

- Make no mistake, the Bulls (23-9) aren’t looking past their first-round game against the No. 11 Colorado State Rams (31-1) on Saturday night (9 p.m., ESPN) at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

USF OT Gibbons forced to quit football due to knee injury

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University of South Florida offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons, once a four-star recruit projected as a future star, has been forced to give up football due to a lingering injury, Bulls coach Willie Taggart said Monday.

Grand Prix driver Rahal’s maturity, refinement easy to see

- He always had the proper pedigree, but IndyCar driver Graham Rahal has learned there’s much more involved when making a name for yourself.

Charismatic on and off track, Castroneves an ideal spokesman for IndyCar racing

- One prominent word always accompanies the introduction of IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves: Champion. The three-time winner of the St. Pete Grand Prix is back again.

USF men’s basketball team ends season with 79-62 loss to Temple

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— The worst season in University of South Florida men’s basketball history mercifully ended Friday afternoon. By now, you’d think the beaten-down and beaten-up p...

USF kicks off AAC tourney on positive note, tops East Carolina

- After a miserable regular season — one that featured the most defeats in the program’s 45-year history — the Bulls finally enjoyed a shining moment. And they’re hoping for more.

Gators need deep run in SEC Tournament to avoid March sadness

- Difficult questions surround the University of Florida men’s basketball team as it heads to the SEC Tournament, probably needing a victory — or two, or three — to reach the NCAA Tournament’s fiel...

USF basketball, once on the rise, has bottomed out

- USF men’s basketball (7-24) is struggling mightily — with consistently poor performances and evaporating fan support — heading into this week’s American Athletic Conference Tournament at Orlando&...

USF looks to improve its seeding with good AAC Tourney showing

- Even after an injury plagued season, USF’s lofty goals remain possible as it seeks to face No. 1 UConn in the tournament and boost its NCAA seeding.

World-class shot seals win for U.S. over England in SheBelieves Cup

- On a night when four of the world’s top five women’s soccer teams were on display, the U.S. team defeated England 1-0 to gain early momentum in the night’s SheBelieves Cup in front of 13,027 fans at Ray...

SheBelieves Cup in Tampa: U.S. success resonates beyond soccer world

- When the U.S. Soccer Women's National Team arrives at Raymond James Stadium for the opening round of tonight's inaugural SheBelieves Cup, an international tournament matching four of the world's top five ranked teams, it's ...

‘Horrible’ home finale: Bulls tie program’s single-season mark with their 23rd loss

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— It was a fitting ending to an abysmal home season for the University of South Florida men’s basketball team.