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Lightning continues offensive explosion to beat Dallas

Tampa Bay has 22 goals in its last four games, after only 18 in the previous nine

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   TimesTampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) beats Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) for a goal during the first period of Thursdays (2/14/19) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Aric Almirola’s nightmare lives, but so does the dream

Tampa’s Aric Almirola was a mile from winning the Daytona 500 last year. He didn’t. But he carried...

Tampa's Aric Almirola is back at the Daytona 500 one year after a late crash cost him a chance to win the race of his dreams. [Times files (2017)]

Ace Shannon Saile happy to share the workload these days

The do-everything pitcher from Land O’Lakes is now part of a deep rotation at nationally ranked...

Former Land O'Lakes High School pitcher Shannon Saile is now in the rotation at Oklahoma after two years playing for Florida International. (Courtesy of OU Athletics)

Rays prospecting for gold standard

There’s more praise for the farm system with a pair of No. 2 rankings.

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesWander Franco, a top prospect in the Rays' minor-league system, waits in the dugout before receiving an award before the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 28, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Don’t count the Yankees out on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper until they sign elsewhere

There’s no obvious fit for either in the Bronx, but the Yankees usually don’t worry about fit.

Manny Machado remains unsigned, along with fellow superstar free agent Bryce Harper, as spring training camps open this week across Major League Baseball. [Times files (2015)]

What are the secrets to Rays relief candidate Colin Poche’s success?

Extension, deception and spin all factor in to Poche piling up some amazing strikeout numbers.

TAILYR IRVINE   |   TimesColin Poche practices pitching during spring training at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

Why talking a good game is important for Rays Blake Snell and Mike Zunino

Pitcher-catcher communication is important, and they’re off to a good start.

New catcher Mike Zunino, pitcher Blake Snell have plenty to talk about after the first bullpen session of the spring. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]

Softball journal: Jessica Warren misses FSU playing days, but remains connected to the sport

The Alonso grad plays professionally with the USSSA Pride and coaches a 12-and-under team.

Jessica Warren has hardly been away from softball since winning the College World Series last season at FSU. (BOB PUTNAM | Times)

Todd Grantham staying at Florida, Jim Leavitt out at Oregon

Wednesday night offered some defensive coordinator news with notable state ties.

Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham arrives for Gator Walk before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on September 8, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
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