1. #PlayTampaBay: Baseball season kicks off at the Trop with new Rays 360

    Events

    Grab your cowbell, Rays fans! The new baseball season starts Monday at Tropicana Field in St. Pete, and this week's #PlayTampaBay video has all the info on Opening Day events, the new Rays 360 walkway, giveaways and more.

  2. Young athlete learns the fun in team

    Life

    Athletics never were my strong suit. I always thought sports were painful, brutal and therefore, not amusing. • Then I started softball and began to understand how much fun you can have cheering on your teammates, and hearing them cheer for you. • Trying out for the Lakewood team, I was nervous that I …

    A close play at the plate allowed the winning run to score, but the seven-run rally was a complete team effort.
  3. Rays manager Skypes with Gibbs students (w/video)

    News

    Twenty-one students filed into the Gibbs High media center, many of them dressed in their best.

    Gibbs students wave goodbye to Joe Maddon, who encouraged them to work hard and not get discouraged.
  4. Dear Martin St. Louis: We're mad and sad you left the Lightning

    Play

    Editor's note: In light of the National Hockey League's trade deadlines last week, Tampa Bay Lightning fans had one question they didn't really want the answer to: What would happen to their captain, Martin St. Louis? After a media explosion of speculation, fans finally got their answer: He'd be leaving us for …

    St. Louis is now a N.Y. Ranger.
  5. Berkeley Prep sled hockey player heads to Paralympics

    News

    TAMPA — Declan Farmer never saw the surprise coming. The tall, red-headed sophomore had walked to the main auditorium at Berkeley Prep on Tuesday morning, not noticing that all his classmates were decked out in red, white and blue. An a capella version of the national anthem, sung to a packed house of 600-plus …

    Declan Farmer, a 16-year-old who stands 6 feet tall, was born a bilateral amputee, one leg above the knee, the other below. He walks with prosthetics, but is perhaps most at home on the ice, playing the sport he discovered eight years ago at a clinic in Clearwater.
  6. Your place for signing day news

    News

    GET THE LATEST: As more high school athletes continue to sign on the dotted line, check out the Times HomeTeam report here.

    BY MATT BAKER

    Times HomeTeam

  7. TIMES' TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES: Pinellas football

    Life

    PINELLAS FOOTBALL

     

    Artavis Scott, senior, East Lake High, offensive player of the year

    Pinellas County high school football players of the year: East Lake High’s Devin Abraham, left (defense), and Artavis Scott (offense)
  8. TIMES' TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES: North Suncoast football

    Life

    NORTH SUNCOAST FOOTBALL

    Tyler Mahla, senior, Springstead High, Offensive player of the year

    North Suncoast high school football defensive player of the year: Hernando High’s Jeremiah Jackson
  9. TIMES' TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES: Pinellas golf

    Life

    PINELLAS GOLF

     

    Girls golfer of the year: Madison Glennie, senior, Countryside High

    Pinellas County high school golfers of the year: St. Petersburg High’s Blake Dyer, left, and Countryside High’s Madison Glennie
  10. TIMES' TOP ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Pinellas swimming

    Life

    PINELLAS SWIMMING

     

    Girls swimmer of the year: Alexandria Aitchison Junior, East Lake High

    Pinellas County high school swimmers of the year, East Lake High’s Alexandra Aitchison, left, and Palm Harbor University High’s Tristan Sanders.

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