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McDonald's All-American Game: Putting Kevin Knox's selection into a Tampa perspective

McDonald's All-American Game: Putting Kevin Knox's selection into a Tampa perspective

In 1987, David White was summoned to Boca Ciega High's gymnasium for a photo. The basketball standout for the Pirates put on a T-shirt and stood in front of a white background.Curious, White asked his coach what the photos were all about."Coach just ...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
Pondering Stu Sternberg's great 'unknown at this point'

Pondering Stu Sternberg's great 'unknown at this point'

PORT CHARLOTTE —- Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg made a spring training appearance Thursday before his club played the Yankees.All of Tampa Bay (well, some of it, anyway) awaits the day when Sternberg is smiling for cameras, wearing a const...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
Lightning journal: Tyler Johnson not close to returning

Lightning journal: Tyler Johnson not close to returning

DETROIT — Who would have thought that captain Steven Stamkos might return before Tyler Johnson?While Stamkos continues to skate with the Lightning in hopes of coming back from mid-November knee surgery, Johnson still doesn't appear close to ret...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
Lightning moves one point from playoff spot with OT win vs. Red Wings (w/video)

Lightning moves one point from playoff spot with OT win vs. Red Wings (w/video)

DETROIT — The Lightning began the week with a stunning home loss to Arizona, a three-game slide putting its playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.Defenseman Victor Hedman said the players couldn't let that break them. He vowed they wouldn't lie dow...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
NCAA Tournament: North Carolina rolls past Butler

NCAA Tournament: North Carolina rolls past Butler

MEMPHIS — Joel Berry scored 26 and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to their 27th Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye recorded his first career double double...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
Fennelly: Rays' Blake Snell kept a pledge, can he fulfill his promise?

Fennelly: Rays' Blake Snell kept a pledge, can he fulfill his promise?

PORT CHARLOTTE — He was in eighth grade and his grandmother was dying. Arlene Snell told her grandson that she believed he could be a pitcher in the major leagues. "And I told her I would get there," Blake Snell said. He made a pledge. And he k...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
Rowdies loaded with new faces for Saturday opener in new league

Rowdies loaded with new faces for Saturday opener in new league

ST. PETERSBURG — Short of getting awarded a Major League Soccer franchise — and they're trying hard on that front — it was as eventful an offseason as the Tampa Bay Rowdies have ever had."Normally it's pretty quiet. This one …...
Published: 03/24/17
Updated: 03/25/17
Rays journal: Veteran catcher Derek Norris close to signing contract

Rays journal: Veteran catcher Derek Norris close to signing contract

BRADENTON — The Rays are adding a new frontline catcher in signing free agent Derek Norris, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.The one-year major-league deal with Norris, pending a physical that could be completed today, is for $1.2 million plus $...
Published: 03/24/17
Jones: Maybe Florida's Mike White can fill Billy Donovan's shoes after all

Jones: Maybe Florida's Mike White can fill Billy Donovan's shoes after all

NEW YORK — At first, it sounds awesome. Some might call it a dream come true.You're not yet 40. You're coaching at a small school and one of the nation's elite programs calls to ask if you want to be their head coach.You say yes. Of course you ...
Published: 03/23/17
Updated: 03/24/17
Lightning tops Bruins (w/ video)

Lightning tops Bruins (w/ video)

BOSTON — Jonathan Drouin's celebration said it all. After the wing's go-ahead goal in Thursday's third period snapped a 13-game drought, he let out a huge yell and a fist pump. Then he reached over one shoulder to emphatically remove a metaphor...
Published: 03/23/17
Updated: 03/24/17