Saturday, March 24, 2018


Martin Fennelly, Times sports columnist

Martin Fennelly, Times sports columnist

Martin Fennelly is a sports columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He was born in New York City, raised on Long Island and was sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, minding his own business, when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in one night to beat the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as a columnist for the Tampa Tribune, St. Louis Sun and Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Martin graduated from the University of Albany, where he studied history, and attended the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Lutz with his wife, Siobhan, their children, Conor and Norah, and, at present, five cats.

Tiger Woods (AP)

Can we all agree on this before Tiger Woods arrives?

PALM HARBOR — I have seen the man's parking space. I have stood in it. I'd park in it Wednesday, but the drone would probably see me and the chopper might drop down with special forces.
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Sharon and Eddie Gonalez of Clearwater ran Sunday's Skyway 10K race for their oldest son, Jared, pictured above. He went out for a midnight run a few years ago and was struck by a car. He was 23. His face was on the T-shirts his parents had made for Sunday’s race. Photo courtesy of the Gonzalez family

Atop the Skyway, two parents run for their oldest son

ST. PETERSBURG — They felt him as if he was the wind at their backs. About 7,000 runners and walkers took part in the inaugural Skyway 10K on Sunday morning. Sharon and Eddie Gonzalez of Clearwater were among them.But at one point, atop...
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Ridgewood fans celebrate a 3-pointer by forward Josh Vail, right, during Friday's region final loss to Palatka, the final game played in the Ridgewood gym. Ridgewood will close and then reopen as a technical school when this school year ends. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

Bittersweet farewell for Ridgewood High

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Since injuring his Achilles in 2016, Matt Duffy has played in only 21 of his teams’ 256 games. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

Matt Duffy attempts to walk off ‘Sasquatch’ label

PORT CHARLOTTE  — He was 23 in October 2014, the youngest member of the dog pile the San Francisco Giants made in Kansas City after winning the World Series."It was such an out-of-body experience," Matt Duffy said.So is...
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The acquisition of highly-regarded Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, right, helps solidify the Lightning for a run at the Stanley Cup. [Associated Press]

Ryan McDonagh a solid acquisition for Lightning

TAMPA — It didn't sizzle. The Lightning didn't rock the hockey world by acquiring Erik Karlsson at Monday's trade deadline. There will be no Superteam.But this one isn't so bad.New York Rangers defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh...
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Jane Friend hypes up and motivates runners at the Gasparilla Distance Classic by cheering them on, giving words of encouragement and high fives. (LUIS SANTANA   |   Times)

Meet the aptly named Friend of Gasparilla Distance Classic weekend

TAMPA — Runners in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic know The Voice. Year after year, it comes back to them like home. They hear her before they see her as they head up or back on Bayshore Boulevard. The Voice makes them feel part of...
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Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg talks to the press during a Feb. 9 press conference in Tampa to discuss the Rays' choice of the Ybor City site for a potential new baseball stadium.  Less than two weeks later, Sternberg and the Rays have come under criticism for a rash of payroll slashing trades. OCTAVO JONES   |   Times

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 Jr., man of a thousand faces. He gone.What else is new at the incredible shrinking baseball...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) and Giancarlo Stanton (27) when they're NOT hitting home runs (AP)

The Yankees’ show of shows is off and homering

TAMPA — Move over, Hamilton.The show of shows began Monday at Steinbrenner Field. The Boss would have loved it. Yankees shock and awe began during the first full workout. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton took batting practice. The mere...
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Aric Almirola, top, is knocked out of the Daytona 500 after a last-lap nudge by Austin Dillon in the No. 3.  [Getty Images]

History in sight, Aric Almirola’s heart broken at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH — Early Sunday evening, Aric Almirola walked from the infield care center and back to the garage area at Daytona International Speedway. His day was done, and with it a dream, the biggest you can have. He was released when medical...
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Chase Elliott at Daytona 500 media day (Getty Images)

Daytona 500: Time for Chase Elliott to stop chasing

DAYTONA BEACH — Is this the year?Is this the year Chase Elliott, uncrowned racing prince, wins his first NASCAR Cup race?And didn't we ask that last year? And the year before that?"Year 1 was the year I wanted to...
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