Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Athletics 9, Nationals 1

Athletics 9, Nationals 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Norris hit two three-run home runs to help former Ray Scott Kazmir to his fifth win, and the A's completed a series sweep. Both of Norris' home runs came on two-out 3-and-0 pitches from former Oakland pitcher Gio Gonzalez. The two players were part of a 2011 trade between the teams. The A's have won four straight since dropping five of six against the Red Sox and Mariners.

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The entire Lightning team was sent to Syracuse late Tuesday. Really

The entire Lightning team was sent to Syracuse late Tuesday. Really

On Tuesday night, the entire Lightning team was reassigned to Syracuse.Well, more like re-directed.The team's charter flight from Washington D.C. was diverted around midnight Tuesday night due to fog in Ottawa, where the Lightning was headed for a Th...
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Dick Vitale to Rays owner Stu Sternberg: Sell the team

Dick Vitale to Rays owner Stu Sternberg: Sell the team

PORT CHARLOTTE – Dick Vitale, the Rays most visible and, as of late, vocal fan, took to Twitter and the 620-AM airwaves Wednesday morning and later in the day in a phone call to the Times to blast his local baseball team.ESPN's lead college bas...
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New defensive line coach Brentson Buckner wants to make the Bucs pass rush great again

New defensive line coach Brentson Buckner wants to make the Bucs pass rush great again

This isn't the first time Brentson Buckner has wanted to get closer to the Bucs defensive line.As a defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, Buckner's team went 7-9 in 2002, the inaugural season of the NFC South.Tampa Bay won the division, and whe...
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Hey Rays, this is no way to build a ballpark

Hey Rays, this is no way to build a ballpark

PORT CHARLOTTE _ It was another morning after at Charlotte Sports Park and Rays Bargain Clearance Barn.  This time it's Steven Souza, man of a thousand faces. He gone.What else is new at the incredible shrinking baseball team?It's spring trainin...
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Rays move fast to fill void, sign Carlos Gomez

Rays move fast to fill void, sign Carlos Gomez

PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays moved quickly to fill the void created by Tuesday's trade of RF Steven Souza Jr., agreeing to a one-year deal Wednesday afternoon with veteran OF Carlos Gomez.The deal, pending a physical, will pay Gomez $4-million...
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New Bucs assistant Brentson Buckner knows challenge of NFC South QBs

New Bucs assistant Brentson Buckner knows challenge of NFC South QBs

New Bucs defensive line coach Brentson Buckner understands full well what a challenge he'll face in trying to bring down three talented quarterbacks in the NFC South this season."Not getting much sleep," Buckner said, asked of his expectations in a d...
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Lawsuit: Dan Mullen, Scott Stricklin motivated by ‘malice and hatred’ toward Ole Miss

Lawsuit: Dan Mullen, Scott Stricklin motivated by ‘malice and hatred’ toward Ole Miss

Fallout from the latest legal twist in one of the SEC's fiercest rivalries reached the Gators this week.Florida football coach Dan Mullen and athletic director Scott Stricklin are defendants in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Rebel Rags, the Oxford, Miss....
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Boys basketball: A look at Thursday’s region games

Boys basketball: A look at Thursday’s region games

All games at 7 p.m. Thursday.Region quarterfinalsClass 9AOrlando Dr. Phillips (18-8) at Alonso (21-6): The Ravens get a home game after winning the school's first district title last week. Sager Cavalier had a monster performance, scoring 30 points a...
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The brawls new Rays rightfielder Carlos Gomez inspired

The brawls new Rays rightfielder Carlos Gomez inspired

The Rays new rightfielder Carlos Gomez is, as the Times' Rays beat writer Marc Topkin describes him, a "somewhat emotional" player.That reputation in part comes from his role in inspiring a handful of benches-clearing brawls. Here's a look at few of ...
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Each lap remains a lease on life for distance runner Jon Mott

Each lap remains a lease on life for distance runner Jon Mott

LAKELAND — It took only one moment of teenage audacity for Northeast High's top distance runner to be immortalized as a sprinter.Days before his high school graduation, Jon Mott sneaked off to a dugout in the baseball stadium. There, he strippe...
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