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Defensive shifts can be double-edged swords, just ask Rays

Defensive shifts can be double-edged swords, just ask Rays

The Rays have been up to their usual shifty business, frequently bunching three defenders on one side of the infield or the other, certain their data-driven positioning takes away more than it gives.Through the first three weeks of play, the Rays hav...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sickles' Renaldo Garcia takes over Berkeley Prep basketball program

Sickles' Renaldo Garcia takes over Berkeley Prep basketball program

Renaldo Garcia, who helped Sickles High become the first Hillsborough County public school to win a state boys basketball title since 1982, is leaving the program he coached for the past 17 seasons to take over at Berkeley Prep.Garcia replaces Bobby ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Big names among layoffs as ESPN responds to changing media market (w/video)

Big names among layoffs as ESPN responds to changing media market (w/video)

ESPN began laying off employees Wednesday as the Bristol, Conn.-based sports network adjusts to a media landscape reshaped by the loss of millions of cable TV subscribers.President John Skipper told employees Wednesday morning to expect job cuts this...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays journal: Longoria foul ball that spins back fair proves baseball adage correct

Rays journal: Longoria foul ball that spins back fair proves baseball adage correct

BALTIMORE — There's a saying among baseball people, even longtimers, that one of the joys of the game is that on any night you might witness something never seen before.Which brings us to Tuesday's seventh inning. Rays 3B Evan Longoria grounded...
Published: 04/27/17

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

Matt Duffy will be the shortstop when he returns from the disabled list in mid- to late May, but Tim Beckham has been playing big in his place, on point with his defense and clubbing a pair of homers Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to seven ga...
Published: 04/27/17

Rays off Thursday; up next at Blue Jays, 7:07 Friday

Today: OffNext: at Blue Jays, 7:07 Friday, TorontoProbable pitchers: Rays, LH Blake Snell (0-2, 3.38); Jays, RH Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.10)On deckSaturday: at Jays, 7:07. Rays, RH Matt Andriese (1-0, 3.86); Jays, LH Franciso Lirinao (1-2, 4.58)Sunday:...
Published: 04/27/17

Rays' Alex Cobb is confident he will find his changeup but when?

BALTIMORE — Alex Cobb remains confident that there will be a game, and in the not too distant future, when he has full command of and confidence in the nasty changeup that made him a top-notch starter before his May 2015 Tommy John elbow surger...
Published: 04/27/17
Fans can check out women's world hockey champs at Wesley Chapel ice facility

Fans can check out women's world hockey champs at Wesley Chapel ice facility

Three weeks ago, the U.S. women's national team beat Canada 3-2 for the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.It meant everything. It means nothing.It meant the U.S. women continued their dominance on the world sta...
Published: 04/27/17
Jones: 19 things Bucs could do with 19th pick

Jones: 19 things Bucs could do with 19th pick

The Bucs have the 19th pick in the NFL draft.Maybe.Rumors are swirling that the Bucs will make a trade, moving out of the first round.Then again, it wouldn't be surprising if they made a trade to move up. Or maybe they won't make a trade at all. Mayb...
Published: 04/26/17
University of Tampa's J.D. Osborne trades pucks for pitches

University of Tampa's J.D. Osborne trades pucks for pitches

TAMPA — Sometimes, University of Tampa baseball senior J.D. Osborne hears from road fans who know he was born and raised in Canada."Hey, Osborne, you should be playing hockey!" they will call out from the stands."I usually yell back, 'I know! I...
Published: 04/25/17
Updated: 04/26/17