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J.T. Brown of Lightning respects NFL players' protests

J.T. Brown of Lightning respects NFL players' protests

There was something in the air in the NFL on Sunday. President Trump’s comments and tweets on NFL player protests achieved the effect of creating more of them. Lightning winger J.T. Brown was asked about it as he stood in a hall at Amalie ...
Published: 09/25/17

Our president, our protests

Our president has done more to foster national anthem protests than the protestors. You saw it Sunday across the NFL. In Minneapolis, Bucs receivers Mike Evans (who has done this before) and DeSean Jackson both took a knee and put a hand over th...
Published: 09/25/17
Fennelly: Joe Maddon's return must be bittersweet for Rays fans

Fennelly: Joe Maddon's return must be bittersweet for Rays fans

If you are a Rays fan, you might have left Tropicana Field a little down on Tuesday night. It was Joe Maddon reunion night, Joe Ma back at the Trop for the first time since he left for his dream job with the Chicago Cubs, which he made even dreamier ...
Published: 09/20/17
Fennelly: This is how USF is supposed to look

Fennelly: This is how USF is supposed to look

TAMPA Football was back. That might have been victory enough. But there was more. “Tonight was a major step forward,” USF coach Charlie Strong said. We still haven’t seen No. 22 USF put together a complete game, even after a 47-23 w...
Published: 09/16/17
Lovie Smith and Joe Maddon lead a deep dish reunion might be a welcome diversion for fans

Lovie Smith and Joe Maddon lead a deep dish reunion might be a welcome diversion for fans

Provided we all have power, eventually we’ll turn our minds back to games. Or maybe we won’t. That’s fine, too. Relief efforts across our state. That’s what matters. But our sports might be some fun, a diversion. Story lines g...
Published: 09/13/17
Fennelly: Irma left NFL little choice

Fennelly: Irma left NFL little choice

It was the right move. It was the only move. The NFL took the long way home, but it will make the Bucs and Dolphins play in Week 11, in what was once their bye week. Sixteen straight games without a break isn’t easy. I’m sure the Bucs did...
Updated one month ago
Fennelly: Irma making the rules as it approaches

Fennelly: Irma making the rules as it approaches

ST. PETERSBURG The announced crowd at Tuesday night’s Rays game against the Minnesota Twins was 6,509 – the smallest crowd for a Rays game in their 20 years at Tropicana Field. Normally, that would be cause for laughter or another attenda...
Updated one month ago
Rays stand tall for one night

Rays stand tall for one night

ST. PETERSBURG They are at least trying to make a last stand. Shaky legs, but they remain on their feet. Still standing, as Steve Souza was after he crashed home plate to score on a sacrifice fly Monday. Awkward, head clunk with catcher, neck pa...
Updated one month ago
No escape after Francois injury

No escape after Francois injury

  It was shattering news, the kind you hate to hear about to start any season. Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is done for the year with a knee injury, and it’s hard to see how that doesn’t torpedo the Seminoles&rsquo...
Updated one month ago
Mike Evans stands behind Michael Bennett

Mike Evans stands behind Michael Bennett

Bucs receiver Mike Evans was signing autographs for children after Bucs practice on Saturday. As he signed, he talked about Seattle defensive and former Buc Michael Bennett, who last Friday sat during the national anthem and who says he will continue...
Updated one month ago