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Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Astros game

RHP Alex Cobb seemed to find his old friend, throwing his changeup more effectively at times — but not all the time — than in his first three starts, and 23 times total Friday, which is an encouraging sign. Picking off the Astros' Jose Al...
Published: 04/21/17
Rays vs. Astros, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

Rays vs. Astros, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

Tonight: vs. Astros6:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of gamePromotions: Chris...
Published: 04/21/17

Gerald Bennett on way to being Tampa Bay Downs' top trainer

OLDSMAR — Tampa Bay Downs announcer Richard Grunder had to give details of the latest race, so many conversations were drowned out when his voice came through the track's PA system.The discussion in trainer Gerald Bennett's grandstand box wasn'...
Published: 04/21/17

Happy to be home, Rowdies ready to reset vs. Charleston

ST. PETERSBURG — After a 3-0 start at Al Lang Stadium, things were bound to be a little less smooth when the Rowdies hit the road for a pair of games last week.Tampa Bay managed just one point from two matches, so being back on home turf to fac...
Published: 04/21/17
Fed Cup: Triumphant return to Saddlebrook for Shelby Rogers

Fed Cup: Triumphant return to Saddlebrook for Shelby Rogers

WESLEY CHAPEL — The January air was raw. For that matter, so was her psyche. The previous year had walloped Shelby Rogers, leaving her with an aching back, a throbbing right knee and splintering confidence.She needed this low-key 2016 tournamen...
Published: 04/21/17
Oh, snap! Bucs guard Ali Marpet transitions to center

Oh, snap! Bucs guard Ali Marpet transitions to center

CLEARWATER — Ask Ali Marpet what he has tried to work on most this offseason, and his response is, promisingly, quick and accurate."Snap," says the 24-year-old offensive lineman, making a transition — coach Dirk Koetter called it an exper...
Published: 04/21/17
Palm Harbor U. ace Savanna Bennett a study in perseverance

Palm Harbor U. ace Savanna Bennett a study in perseverance

In one quick motion, Palm Harbor University ace Savanna Bennett extends her arms. Her right one whips around like a windmill as the ball whistles out of her hand. Her left extends enough in her delivery to show a tattoo written in cursive:"With pain ...
Published: 04/21/17

NBA playoff schedule

PlayoffsEASTBulls 2, Celtics 1Game 1: Bulls 106, Celtics 102Game 2: Bulls 111, Celtics 97Game 3: Celtics 104, Bulls 87Tonight: at Chicago, 6:30, TNTWednesday: at Boston, TBA, TNTFriday: at Chicago, TBA*April 30: at Boston, TBA*Cavaliers 3, PACERS 0Ga...
Published: 04/20/17
Updated: 04/22/17
Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez shines in spot start out of bullpen

Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez shines in spot start out of bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG — In the back of RHP Erasmo Ramirez's mind Thursday was the need to pitch deep into the game against the Tigers to help save an overworked bullpen."I've been there, so I know how tough it is to pitch back-to-back (games), even fo...
Published: 04/20/17
Updated: 04/21/17
Bucs' 2017 schedule lets Jameis Winston take on a parade of great QBs

Bucs' 2017 schedule lets Jameis Winston take on a parade of great QBs

TAMPA — Here comes the Lord of the Rings. Here comes Captain Comeback. Here comes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. His first regular-season visit to Raymond James Stadium will be Oct. 5 for a Thursday night nationally televised game against the ...
Published: 04/20/17