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Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

Going to the Gasparilla Distance Classic? The annual running event is returning to Tampa on Saturday and Sunday. Here's a few things you'll need to know, including road closures, to help navigate your way around the races.Schedule of events• Re...
Updated: 2 hours ago
MLB players union chief: No rush to change rules to speed up game

MLB players union chief: No rush to change rules to speed up game

PORT CHARLOTTE — A day after being cited for a "lack of cooperation" by commissioner Rob Manfred, players union chief Tony Clark said after meeting with the Rays on Wednesday morning that discussions over rules changes to improve pace of play t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Re-signing Logan Morrison: Rays' big offseason gamble

Re-signing Logan Morrison: Rays' big offseason gamble

PORT CHARLOTTE — Some of the decisions the Rays made during a busy offseason definitely can be debated, headlined by why they traded Logan Forsythe and added to most recently by why they didn't spend more to sign free agent Matt Wieters.Another...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning's Callahan likely out for season

Lightning's Callahan likely out for season

TAMPA — Ryan Callahan's season is likely over.But the good news for the Lightning wing is it doesn't sound like his nagging hip injury is career-threatening.After having surgery in the offseason, Callahan, 31, had a followup procedure on his ri...
Updated: 3 hours ago
State girls basketball: Miami Country Day 81, Seffner Christian 42

State girls basketball: Miami Country Day 81, Seffner Christian 42

LAKELAND — When it comes to winning a state championship, Seffner Christian will have to wait 'til next year. Again.For the fifth straight season, the Crusaders were denied a trophy by Miami Country Day. This time the final score was 81-42 in W...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Two Cents: Lightning's season puts bummer on hockey celebration

Two Cents: Lightning's season puts bummer on hockey celebration

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports:Worst celebrationSunday was Hockey Day in America as the country celebrated the great game of hockey. Saturday was Hockey Day in Tampa Bay as the ...
Published: 02/19/17
Updated: 02/20/17

Bucs raise season ticket prices for second straight year

TAMPA — After their first winning season in six years, the Bucs are making some of their fans pay more to see a game at Raymond James Stadium next season.For the second year in a row, the Bucs are raising season ticket prices for most seats, wi...
Published: 02/18/17
Updated: 02/19/17
Rays' No. 0, Mallex Smith, on fast track for 25-man roster

Rays' No. 0, Mallex Smith, on fast track for 25-man roster

PORT CHARLOTTE — The first hint that new Rays outfielder Mallex Smith is a little bit different is the number on the back of his jersey: 0.After being traded to the Rays last month, the open-thinking, smooth-talking, fast-running Smith decided ...
Published: 02/18/17
Updated: 02/19/17
Lightning's playoff hopes: So you're saying there's a chance?

Lightning's playoff hopes: So you're saying there's a chance?

Center Brian Boyle put a sobering spin on one of the Lightning's best stretches of the season. '"We're winning just to stay where we're at," he said. And Tampa Bay's unlikely climb into a playoff spot only gets more daunting. Despite winning three of...
Published: 02/17/17
Meet new Rays reliever Hunter who broke his back for his son

Meet new Rays reliever Hunter who broke his back for his son

PORT CHARLOTTE — Pitcher Tommy Hunter joined the Rays on Friday, signing a minor-league deal. Hunter is a veteran, versatile right-hander who threw for two contenders last season — Cleveland and Baltimore. He was once a closer for the Ori...
Published: 02/17/17