TAMPA — Few names carry as much weight in the Storm history books as Lawrence Samuels.
On Thursday, another chapter began.
TAMPA — Coach Dave Ewart led the Tampa Bay Storm to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but that wasn't enough to save his job.
JACKSONVILLE — The Tampa Bay Storm lost 69-62 to Jacksonville in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night after allowing 36 points in the fourth quarter.
TAMPA — The Storm opens its Arena League playoff run on the road tonight against Jacksonville and will do so with Shane Boyd at quarterback over Randy Hippeard.
JACKSONVILLE — Quarterback Shane Boyd, in his first start for the Storm, threw for four touchdowns and ran for two Saturday vs. Jacksonville.
A month and a half ago, tonight's season finale between the Storm and Jacksonville had the makings of a game that would decide the South Division title.
TAMPA — Michael Lindsey fumbled the opening kickoff. Quarterback Randy Hippeard almost took a safety on the opening possession. Chris Davis coughed up the ball on the second drive and it was returned for a Pittsburgh touchdown.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay fans will recognize a familiar name in the lineup tonight when longtime Storm FB/LB Terrence Royal takes the field for the first time this season.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Storm squandered an opportunity to lock up its first Arena Football playoff berth since 2010, suffering a 68-42 loss to San Antonio on Saturday night.
Tampa Bay has lost five in a row.
Sharapova hires Connors
Maria Sharapova tabbed eight-time major champion Jimmy Connors as her new coach, announcing the move Saturday on her website a day after parting with Thomas Hogstedt.