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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Manager Kevin Cash has talked up RHP Ryne Stanek as an MVP of the opener experiment, given how well he has handled the transition to pitching the first inning. On Friday, not so much. Stanek said he didn't think relieving Thursday had an impact.OF Ma...
Published: 08/17/18

Preseason football: Zephyrhills 13, Mitchell 9 (three quarters)

LAND O’LAKES — It would have been easy for Zephryhills coach Nick Carroll and Mitchell coach Andy Schmitz to read the riot act to their teams after Friday night’s preseason game. Instead, their messages were the same: Forget about it and move on.For ...
Published: 08/17/18
For starters: Rays at Red Sox, in another tough test

For starters: Rays at Red Sox, in another tough test

UPDATE, 6:30: Another round of heavy rain and lightning has come through, though Cash said earlier he was told the storm would clear out and the game would be played. A delay seems likely as the tarp is still on.UPDATE, 5:51: C Jesus Sucre said his s...
Published: 08/17/18
Former Plant High football player charged with murder in Detroit

Former Plant High football player charged with murder in Detroit

Tykese Keaton-Baldwin wanted to be remembered as a state champion, the best running back in Plant High School history.Now, the 20-year-old former Panther is facing murder charges in Detroit and the possibility of leaving behind a much different legac...
Published: 08/17/18
Patriots’ top pick, former Lakewood standout Isaiah Wynn out for season with torn Achilles

Patriots’ top pick, former Lakewood standout Isaiah Wynn out for season with torn Achilles

Former Georgia and Lakewood High School standout Isaiah Wynn's rookie NFL season reportedly has ended before it ever really began.Wynn, an offensive tackle, will be sidelined for the season after tearing his Achilles during Thursday's ...
Published: 08/17/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Titans GM Jon Robinson

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Titans GM Jon Robinson

Rick Stroud sits down with Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson, who served as the Bucs' Director of Player Development under Jason Licht and was in Tampa Bay when the team scouted Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota prior to the 2015 NFL Draf...
Published: 08/17/18
Titans GM Jon Robinson sees playmakers everywhere for the Bucs

Titans GM Jon Robinson sees playmakers everywhere for the Bucs

Jon Robinson was in Tampa Bay when he and Bucs and general manager Jason Licht began assembling the team that came to practice with the Titans this week.The Titans GM still thinks highly of the players he helped the Bucs acquire, such as Kwon Alexand...
Published: 08/17/18
USF preseason: some midpoint observations

USF preseason: some midpoint observations

A full two weeks have elapsed since USF's first preseason practice, and two weeks (and a day) remain before the first game. By our math, that makes today the midpoint of the preseason.Brilliant, huh? Hey, that's not our only profound observation. We'...
Published: 08/17/18
Why you should care about FSU-Samford: This ‘DuckTales’ parody song

Why you should care about FSU-Samford: This ‘DuckTales’ parody song

When Samford Hall of Famer Jimbo Fisher left Florida State for Texas A&M, we all needed a reason to care about the Division I-AA Bulldogs' Week 2 trip to Tallahassee.The internet, as usual, has come through with a video that needs a little context.Sa...
Published: 08/17/18
Full disclosure: My preseason AP Top 25 ballot

Full disclosure: My preseason AP Top 25 ballot

We'll find out where Miami, Florida State and the rest of Florida's teams start the season Monday when the AP releases its preseason Top 25 rankings.Until then, here's a sneak peek, in the form of the AP ballot I submitted last week.Clemson starts at...
Published: 08/17/18