What’s happening in sports: rasslin’, running and roller derby

Battle of the Sexes Match highlights Tampa wrestling card
Published January 2

WRESTLING: RASSLIN’ AT THE RANCH

It’s not the WWE, and that’s okay by us. SIW Wrestling USA presents “(W)rasslin at the Ranch 2: City Slickers” with a title that seems made for a movie sequel. Speaking of movies, how about seeing these names on a marquee: Barrington Hughes, a.k.a. the 450-pound “Caramel Colossus” from Major League Wrestling, versus 6-footer Jenna Van Muscles in a Battle of the Sexes Match. Chris Silvio will defend his SIW title against high-flyer and Impact Wrestling star Andrew Everett. Also scheduled to appear: Dan Richardson, a.k.a. the “Progressive Liberal,” who you may have seen on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and more, including a Golden Ticket Ladder Match. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. TPepins Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. $15-$150. brownpapertickets.com.

LIGHTNING: BOLTS ARE TRULY ELECTRIC

The best team in the NHL — the Bolts have the highest point total in the league as of this writing — returns home. Here’s how one of the numbers crunchers at ESPN describes them: “The Lightning have been truly unstoppable this season. … You’ve got a team that’s trending toward offensive totals that we haven’t seen in 30-something years.” The juggernaut faces the Blue Jackets on Tuesday and the Hurricanes Jan. 10. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Sun; radio: 970-AM. Ticket prices vary by game. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

RUNNING: CROOM, ZOOM, COMMUNE

Get back to nature and challenge yourself on the Croom Zoom, which has a 100K, 50K and 25K. All follow a 10-mile main running trail that loops and meanders through Central Florida’s longleaf pines, scrub-oak covered hills and cypress ponds. All runners have a small starter loop. 6 a.m. Saturday. Withlacoochee State Forest/Croom Park, 26416 Croom Road, Brooksville. $45-$95. (813) 232-5200. trailrunner.com.

ROLLER DERBY: UNCLE SLAM WANTS YOU!

Attention, prospective jammers. Revolution Roller Derby is looking for men and women ages 16 and older to fill out its teams for flat-track action. Interested? Meet the current teams and find out more at 7 p.m. Monday. Oh, and because this is roller derby, bring a mouth guard. SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. (727) 280-7981.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

It’s No. 1 (Alabama) and No. 2 (Clemson) — the two teams that have dominated the College Football Playoff era — meeting for the title at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. For everyone else, thanks for participating. 8 p.m. Monday. TV: ESPN.

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