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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Meet Dan Vitale, Bucs sixth-round draft pick

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Meet Dan Vitale

Meet Caleb Benenoch, the Bucs' fifth-round pick

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Meet Caleb Benenoch

Meet Devonte Bond, Bucs’ sixth-round pick

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Meet Devante Bond

Meet new Bucs Ryan Smith, Caleb Benenoch

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Meet Ryan Smith

Bucs GM was confident Hargreaves would still be available at 11

- In his pre-draft session with the media earlier this month, Bucs GM Jason Licht spoke of his confidence in the organization's ability to script the first round with “solid intel” about the tendencies of other te...

NFL draft: Ranking top five prospects at each position

- The Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman ranks the top five draft prospects at each position.

Bucs QB Glennon still a viable trade chip in NFL draft

- The Bucs like Mike Glennon as a second starting quarterback behind Jameis Winston, but they won’t rule out a possible trade if the price is right.

Joy Culverhouse, widow of original Bucs owner, dies at 96

- Joy McCann Culverhouse, widow of original Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse and an outstanding amateur golfer, died Tuesday in Tampa at the age of 96.

Bucs Draft Analysis: Wide Receiver/Tight End

- In the week leading up to the draft, The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com will examine the team’s needs at one position per day.

Bucs Draft Analysis: Defensive Line

- The Bucs have seven selections, including the No. 9 overall pick, in the 2016 NFL draft to be held April 28-30 in Chicago. The Tampa Tribune is examining the team’s needs at one position per day.

Sapp kicks off his STEALTH camp series in Pasco County

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HUDSON -- That distinctive laugh could be heard halfway across Veterans Memorial Park.

Now with final say on personnel, GM Licht eager to make Bucs relevant

- After an eventful offseason that saw him gain authority and lose his right-hand man within a dizzying 24-hour span, Jason Licht is eager to turn around a franchise that made the wrong kind of history in 2015.

Bucs Draft Analysis: Offensive Line

- Along with the development of rookie QB Jameis Winston, no position on the 2015 Bucs exceeded expectations more than the offensive line.

Killorn comes up clutch with game-winner for Lightning vs. Red Wings

- On a night the Tampa Bay Lightning made it so hard on themselves, Alex Killorn went back to simple basics.

Bolts notes: G Bishop lets team be more aggressive

- The confidence Ben Bishop breeds in goal for the Lightning continues to fuel their postseason success.

Lightning’s penalty-kill units rise to challenge

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— According to the score sheet, the Lightning won Friday night’s Game 2 with a three-goal outburst in the third period.

Game 1 of Lightning-Red Wings series provides feisty start for familiar foes

- The Bolts and Red Wings exchanged punches, shoves and elbows for much of the evening before Tampa Bay prevailed 3-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Fans bring the thunder for Lightning playoffs

- The rally signs were everywhere before the start of the National Hockey League playoffs: all roads lead to Amalie Arena.

Lightning vs. Red Wings: Season series at a glance

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings split their four matchups during the regular season, with each club winning twice at home. The teams meeting in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Johnson misses Bolts practice, others return in preparation for Red Wings

- Forward Tyler Johnson didn’t skate for the Lightning on Monday, but three of his previously injured teammates practiced in preparation for the opening-round playoff series against Detroit.

Ex-Bolt Marty St. Louis returns to Tampa for Frozen Four

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TAMPA — Two years after his acrimonious split from the Lightning, Marty St. Louis returned ”home’’ to Tampa and implored fans to remember the good times.

Bucs re-sign McDougald, DePaola

- The Bucs brought back two of their own Tuesday, including starting safety Bradley McDougald.

Lightning’s Stamkos has successful surgery for rare condition

- Steven Stamkos, 26, had successful surgery for a vascular thoracic outlet syndrome called effort thrombosis. His surgery came almost seven months to the day after backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had surgery to treat th...

Commissioner: MLB committed to Tampa area, as long as Rays' Sternberg is

- In his first visit to Tropicana Field as commissioner, Manfred suggested the Rays need a new facility that is more “centrally located,'' as the organization intensifies its search for potential stadium site.

Bolts notes: Players coming back just in time

- C Valtteri Filppula came back in Monday night's 3-0 victory against Toronto while RW Nikita Kucherov and RW Ryan Callahan returned on Thursday after missing time due to unspecified lower-body injuries late in the regular se...

Bolts playing weaker teams down stretch but not taking anything for granted

- Today’s matchup against Montreal should come wrapped with a warning for the Lightning: Beware of the NHL’s bottom feeders. Because the Canadiens are out of the playoff race, doesn’t mean they won’...

Lightning feeling effect of D Stralman’s absence

- The Lightning are going to miss Anton Stralman far more than they are letting on, judging by their lethargic 3-0 win against Toronto in which they were outplayed and outworked by a young, hungry team saddled with the fewest...

Bishop dazzles in net as Lightning blank Maple Leafs, 3-0

- Tampa Bay's goalie was dazzling in net, making 34 saves and recording his sixth shutout of the season as the Lightning beat Toronto 3-0 at Amalie Arena.

Bolts notes: Stralman is Tampa Bay writers’ nominee for Masterton trophy

- The Tampa Bay chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association selected defenseman Anton Stralman as the Lightning nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualiti...

NFL notes: Bucs beat odds with two rookie O-linemen, Arians says

- Breaking in two rookie starters along the Bucs' offensive line was a particularly impressive accomplishment, according to Bruce Arians.

Q&A with Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer

- Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer sat down with The Tampa Tribune Tuesday to discuss the state of the franchise:

Bucs’ Joel Glazer: Decision to fire Lovie about looking forward, not back

- In a wide-ranging interview with The Tampa Tribune, Joel Glazer said there were a variety of reasons that led to Lovie Smith’s dismissal after only two seasons on the Bucs’ sideline.

NFL meetings: Monte Kiffin officially joins Jaguars staff

- Monte Kiffin is now drawing a paycheck from the Jaguars, and his former disciple in Tampa is thrilled with the idea.

Bucs GM Licht: Veteran free agents provide bridge to future

- Tampa Bay has the No. 9 pick in the opening round of the 2016 draft and GM Jason Licht said the recent free-agent additions of veteran players won’t shake up the team’s draft strategy.

It’s hardly business as usual for Stamkos agent as free agency looms

- Steven Stamkos did his homework before hiring the right hockey agency to represent him. A decade later, all that research is about to pay off in a big way.

Catch rule not among numerous proposals at NFL owners’ meeting

- Although fans, and even their own head coaches, can’t decipher the NFL’s vague definition of what constitutes a proper reception, don’t expect any changes to the controversial catch rule during the league&...

Rays notes: Matt Moore strikes out eight in 6-1 win against Phillies

- LHP Matt Moore tuned up for Tuesday’s scheduled start against the Cuban National Team with an impressive outing against the Phillies during Tampa Bay’s 6-1 Grapefruit League victory.

Rays Triple Play: Longoria leaves after fouling pitch off shin

- Minutes after fouling a pitch off his left shin, Evan Longoria took the field against the Phillies in the bottom of the first. An inning later, he was gone. He's listed as day-to-day, manager Kevin Cash says.

Schwartzel wins Valspar Championship in playoff

- When Charl Schwartzel staged a furious comeback to win the 2011 Masters, the South African figured it was the start of something big for him on the PGA Tour. But almost five years later, Schwartzel entered the Valspar Champ...

PGA Valspar notes: McCoy leaves Spieth impressed

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— It was a pairing made in Valspar heaven, and the overflowing gallery was not disappointed.

With help from dad, Bill Haas eyes seventh Tour win at Innisbrook

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— Being part of an accomplished golf family has its advantages.

Valspar notes: Spieth has strong second round, makes cut

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PALM HARBOR — The winds died down Friday at Copperhead — and Jordan Spieth came to life.

PGA Valspar notes: Spieth struggles through opening-round 76

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— An ill wind blew all morning for the top-ranked player in the world.

After windy first round, three tied for Valspar lead at 4-under 67

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— An impressive opening round at the Valspar Championship triggered cherished memories for co-leader Keegan Bradley.

Sponsor, Spieth’s return bring good vibes as Valspar tees off at Innisbrook

- Last year’s winner and Player of Year Jordan Spieth is back as the Valspar Championship begins today in Palm Harbor. On Wednesday, Minnesota paint company Valspar announced a three-year title sponsorship extension.

Robertson could make quick climb to top of Rays’ depth chart at SS

- Daniel Robertson, 21, acquired from Oakland 14 months ago in the Ben Zobrist trade, continues to turn helmets with his baseball instincts and polished approach. His time could be coming sooner rather than later.