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  1. Five key games in the Tampa Bay Rays season


    About this time every year, avid baseball fans peruse the MLB standings every day with the hope that their favorite team will make a miraculous comeback and clinch a ticket to the postseason. Unfortunately, this year, Tampa Bay Rays fans will be unable to engage in a thrilling race to the finish, as they have been …

    Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Wil Myers and centerfielder Desmond Jennings collide to allow Boston’s walk-off triple.
  2. Tampa Bay pro sports: Join the chat about the Lightning, Buccaneers and Rays


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    Sizing up Sunshine State competitors

    Fantasy football leagues are restarting, tailgating plans are swirling, team weaknesses are being exposed, and we've got tb-two*'s season predictions.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown is a bit of a wild card this season.
  3. East Lake has an excess of success



    You get the feeling every time East Lake coach Bob Hudson walks out of his office, he trips over another student longing to become part of the football program or a college coach eyeing one of his prized prospects. • At a time when many bay area programs struggle to field junior varsity teams, the …

    From left, Drew Couto, Regis Steighner, Jake Hudson, Carson Lydon, Blake Duckworth and Justin Strnad are among the 160 players in East Lake’s program (varsity and junior varsity). 
  4. After wrestling alligator, high school football should be easy


    BRANDON — Opponents beware. Those who line up across from Seffner Christian's Ryne Stromsnes this season might want to think twice about crossing the Crusaders' lineman. After all, the junior guard had quite a summer vacation.

    Stromsnes 1, Alligator 0.

     Seffner Christian football player Ryne Stromsnes, right, practices with teammates Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  Stromsnes recently helped a man who got into a fight with an alligator after the gator attacked the mans dog.
  5. Former East Lake star DiNovo set to start for UCF


    When the University of Central Florida opens its season Aug. 30 against Penn State in Dublin, Ireland — the first game of the post-Blake Bortles era — the Knights' high-octane offense will be placed in the hands of former East Lake High School standout Pete DiNovo. • Not only will DiNovo, a redshirt …

    When UCF opens its season Aug. 30 against Penn State in Dublin, Ireland,  former East Lake High School standout Pete DiNovo will be the first freshman to start for the Knights since Daunte Culpepper in 1995. [AP photo]
  6. Admiral Farragut center's passion for the game is in focus


    As Corey Luckenbill prepares to snap the football, he can feel the laces between his fingers. He can hear his teammates' shouts, smell the sweat and freshly cut grass.

    Sophomore Corey Luckenbill, left, on the risk of him playing football: “I usually try to do the things everyone else does. I try not to do anything different, try not to limit myself.”
  7. David Price trade deal is better than you think

    The Heater


    That's it? That's all? Bet that's what you're thinking right now. I'm guessing that was your immediate reaction when you heard the Rays traded their best pitcher — the best pitcher they have ever had, maybe the best player they have ever had — to the Tigers just before Thursday's Major …

    Pitcher Drew Smyly is not only going to be able to step into the rotation for the rest of the season, but will give you another four-and-half-years at a reasonable price, Tom Jones writes. [AP photo]
  8. HomeTeam 100: Players 1-10


    We watched games, attended offseason events, covered 7-on-7 tournaments, attended spring practices and watched highlight videos.

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


    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.

  10. Young athlete learns the fun in team


    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.

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