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What to watch this weekend in Tampa Bay sports

The Rays end their regular season in Toronto, plus a rally for Bulls football, preseason Lightning hockey and the Bucs at the Rams.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton winds up during the first inning of the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 13 in Anaheim, Calif. [MARK J. TERRILL | AP]
Published Sep. 25
Updated 2 hours ago


Success or failure? We should know by this season-ending Friday through Sunday series in Toronto whether the Tampa Bay Rays still have a chance at the second wild-card playoff spot in the AL. Either way, why not celebrate the end of the regular season and hit the beach to watch the Rays play the Toronto Blue Jays on a big screen? Join the Rays Street Team on the sand, where there will be giveaways and live music after the game. Free. 3:07 p.m. Sunday. TradeWinds Island Resorts, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Toll-free 1-877-444-7297. TV/radio: Fox; 620-AM, 95.3-FM.


Join fellow University of South Florida Bulls fans and get amped up for the game against Southern Methodist University. As usual, the rally will include appearances by Rocky the Bull and the USF Spirit Squads, the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, music, games, a kids zone, photo zone and giveaways. Free. 5 p.m. Friday. Irish 31, 1611 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-4086. … The game: Ticket prices vary. 4 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. TV: ESPNU.


Are you ready for some engine roar and rooster tails? Then head to the Hooters Clearwater Offshore Nationals, where there will be three days of racing, team meet and greets, a boat parade and other events. The best viewing for the 11th annual racing in the gulf is from the areas near Clearwater’s Pier 60. The race village is in Coachman Park, where many events originate. Saturday night features fireworks and live entertainment at Pier 60. Free. 9 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (305) 800-7223.


SKATEBOARDING: It’s a Girls Meet Up, where skateboarders can link up, learn from each other and create a squad. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. SkatePark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive. (813) 621-6793.

LIGHTNING: The Florida Panthers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning in preseason play. Ticket prices vary. 7 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

BUCCANEERS: Coming off a tough loss at home, Tampa Bay heads to Los Angeles to meet the Rams. 4:05 p.m. Sunday. TV/radio: Fox; 97.9-FM.


  1. Lightning's Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson (9) are stifled by Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) during the first period of Saturday's game against Colorado. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Tampa Bay is looking to string more wins together, starting with Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
  2. USF wide receiver Randall St. Felix (84) runs for a large gain against East Carolina last season at Raymond James Stadium. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The Bulls coach says his receivers “haven’t made any plays” in 2019.
  3. Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws a touchdown pass in front of the Raiders' Johnathan Hankins Sunday. Rodgers threw for five touchdowns and rushed for a sixth for Green Bay. JEFFREY PHELPS  |  AP
    Road to Miami Gardens: Rodgers’ six-touchdown effort highlights Week 7 in the NFL
  4. Florida Gators head coach Mike White, right, takes selfie photos with Gators fan Zev Goodman, 13, during open practice that was available to the public at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on Thursday. Tonight the Nov. 4 Gators take on the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
    Florida State wasn’t ranked but received votes.
  5. MONICA HERNDON  |   Times Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is seen on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers in their ACC Championship game Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017 in Charlotte, NC. TAMPA BAY TIMES
    Richt, 59, wrote that he still plans to work for the ACC Network later this week.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. The Saints won 31-24. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) BUTCH DILL  |  AP
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: What’s next for the Bucs, Astros-National World Series preview, the Lightning’s short-circuit start
  7. New Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk hopes to rebound from a disappointing two-year stint with the Rangers. CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP
    Like Tampa Bay, the former Ranger has something to prove this season | Martin Fennelly
  8. Davey Martinez gained valuable experience as a coach behind Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay. But when Maddon exited, the Rays bypassed him for a "new voice," Kevin Cash. Tampa Bay Times
    After failing to land a half-dozen manager jobs, including with the Rays, Martinez and Nats ended up a good match.
  9. Jameis Winston is on pace to gain 4,700 yards this season and throw 32 touchdown passes and 27 interceptions. All of which would be career highs. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    Franchise-altering decisions loom for Tampa Bay as it nears the halfway point of the season. Among them: Should the Bucs be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? How much stock should they place in...
  10. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp says he doesn't want to take anything away from Florida, but he doesn't want to keep quiet about the officiating either. MIC SMITH  |  AP
    The South Carolina coach says getting called for unsportsmanlike conduct was "gutless.''