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Florida coach, Auburn player clash after softball game

Florida coach, Auburn player clash after softball game

GAINESVILLE — Florida softball coach Tim Walton was involved in an altercation with Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan on Monday night after Walton gave Fagan a slight push during postgame handshakes. The Tigers beat Florida 1-0, and when Fagan left...
Published: 03/28/17
Fennelly: Tyler Clippard's Marine Corps salute: a Yankee pitcher's pin of pride

Fennelly: Tyler Clippard's Marine Corps salute: a Yankee pitcher's pin of pride

TAMPA — For Yankees relief pitcher and Tampa resident Tyler Clippard, just playing in the World Baseball Classic was a dream come true. Last Wednesday, it got dreamier. Clippard and his teammates became gold medalists. He raced from the bullpen...
Published: 03/27/17
Updated: 03/28/17
Bucs GM Jason Licht is willing to take a very much calculated risk on players

Bucs GM Jason Licht is willing to take a very much calculated risk on players

PHOENIX — Two years ago, Bucs general manager Jason Licht had a trail of microphones and reporters chasing him through the NFL annual meeting at the Biltmore resort. That's the kind of attention that comes with owning the No. 1 overall pick in ...
Published: 03/27/17
Updated: 03/28/17
Rays' risk assessment: Backgrounding Derek Norris

Rays' risk assessment: Backgrounding Derek Norris

PORT CHARLOTTE — Sitting in front of his locker during his first day as a Ray on Saturday, Derek Norris pointed to the iPad sitting atop a travel bag as a key tool in his challenging task: learning an entire new pitching staff with just a week ...
Published: 03/27/17
Updated: 03/28/17
Night hike: A feast for the senses

Night hike: A feast for the senses

TAMPA — As program coordinator for Hillsborough County's Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department, one of Chris Kiddy's jobs is to come up with ways the public can enjoy the parks. Bird watching, canoeing and kayaking, camping...
Published: 03/27/17
HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings

HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings

1. Academy at the Lakes (10-0)This week: Tuesday at Bishop McLaughlin; Wednesday vs. Buffalo Grove (at Madeira Beach Softball Complex)Scoop: The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A state poll, are the only undefeated team left in the bay area. In ...
Published: 03/27/17
Lightning's Steven Stamkos nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Lightning's Steven Stamkos nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."It's an honor," Stamkos said...
Published: 03/27/17
Defense, personality endearing catcher Jesus Sucre to Rays

Defense, personality endearing catcher Jesus Sucre to Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE — Every morning, catcher Jesus Sucre sits at his locker inside the Rays' spring training clubhouse and dodges pingpong balls.He smiles."He's a very humble guy," centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. "He's a guy who you try surround...
Published: 03/26/17
Updated: 03/27/17
Jake Dotchin gives Lightning timely injection of intensity

Jake Dotchin gives Lightning timely injection of intensity

BRANDON — Victor Hedman paused while answering a question after Sunday's practice about Jake Dotchin, his rookie partner on the Lightning's top defensive line."What's the word," he asked himself before settling on one.Intense."He plays hard," H...
Published: 03/26/17
Updated: 03/27/17
Florida loses region final to South Carolina to fall short of Final Four

Florida loses region final to South Carolina to fall short of Final Four

NEW YORK — One miracle 3-pointer sent the Gators into the East Region final against South Carolina. But there was no magic in the Gators' 3-point shooting Sunday.When doing the autopsy on fourth-seeded Florida's 77-70 loss to No. 7 South Caroli...
Published: 03/26/17
Updated: 03/27/17