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Captain's Corner: Snook fishing heats up as weather does

With the last of the cold fronts rolling in this week to the area, it means water temperatures are on the rise. That has the bite fired up inshore and nearshore. Snook fishing is on fire with the warmer temperatures at night. We're finding them aroun...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Fennelly: Welcome to Tampa, Brian Gregory: Make USF basketball interesting (w/ video)

Fennelly: Welcome to Tampa, Brian Gregory: Make USF basketball interesting (w/ video)

TAMPA — Congratulate me.I'm pretty sure Wednesday was the fifth new USF men's basketball coach news conference I have attended.Seth Greenberg, Robert McCullum, Stan Heath, Orlando Antigua and now Brian Gregory.The boxed set.Shouldn't I get a pr...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: Chris Archer feeling good

Rays journal: Chris Archer feeling good

SARASOTA — Kevin Cash said this is the best RHP Chris Archer has looked during Cash's three springs as the Rays' manager, and Archer agrees.The yet-to-be announced opening day starter pitched 52/3 innings Wednesday, his longest outing of the sp...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning needs big win total in final 10 games for playoff hope

Lightning needs big win total in final 10 games for playoff hope

BOSTON — When Lightning coach Jon Cooper was asked if Tuesday's loss to the Coyotes was one of the most frustrating of the season, his answer was telling. "A lot of frustrating games this year," Cooper said. "This ranks up there, though."That t...
Published: 03/22/17
Updated: 03/23/17
New USF basketball coach Brian Gregory wants to emphasize Tampa Bay recruiting (w/ video)

New USF basketball coach Brian Gregory wants to emphasize Tampa Bay recruiting (w/ video)

TAMPA — Should Brian Gregory manage to resuscitate a USF men's basketball program that is showing nary a vital sign, an image from his introductory news conference Wednesday just might reveal how he did it.Gregory, fresh off the podium, was cha...
Published: 03/22/17
Updated: 03/23/17
How the Tim Beckham spring turnaround could pay off for Rays

How the Tim Beckham spring turnaround could pay off for Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE — The way last season ended, Tim Beckham could not have seemed more irrelevant to the Rays, sent down after late-season mental lapses, then sent home for September even as two infielders were summoned to fill in off their couches...
Published: 03/22/17
Updated: 03/23/17
What's a little Florida QB battle among friends?

What's a little Florida QB battle among friends?

GAINESVILLE — When Florida opened spring football practice Wednesday, quarterback Feleipe Franks stood at the forefront. He was leading stretches, barking encouragement, firing up his teammates. But will he still be that way Sept. 2, when the G...
Published: 03/22/17
Fennelly: Lightning didn't truly join this season until it was over

Fennelly: Lightning didn't truly join this season until it was over

Coyote ugly.That's it, boys.Say good night and draw the sheet over your heads.Ten games remain in this dreary Lightning season, but it didn't feel like it Tuesday night.It felt like the end.It's all over but the tee times and who to protect in the ex...
Published: 03/22/17
Tracing Rays prospect Lucius Fox's path from the Bahamas

Tracing Rays prospect Lucius Fox's path from the Bahamas

PORT CHARLOTTE — He was 7 when he started playing baseball at the urging of his gym teacher in his native Bahamas. He was 12 when he moved to South Florida to attend school and develop his game on American soil.He was 18 when the Giants offered...
Published: 03/21/17
Updated: 03/22/17

Captain's Corner: Keep live well full as warm weather moves in

This past late-season blast of blustery cold kept us on the sheepshead bite a little longer. Live shrimp had been our go-to bait for the sheepshead as it also drew the attention of snapper, sea bass and other species. With the current warming trend, ...
Published: 03/21/17
Updated: 03/22/17