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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]
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, 2019
Updated Oct. 21, 2019


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. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash and new Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo, shown during December press conference, will have a lot to talk about during spring training. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
    Rays Tales | Learning where Yoshi Tsutsugo and other newcomers best fit will be a priority in Port Charlotte.
  2. With pitching coach Kyle Snyder keeping a close eye on him at Tropicana Field on Friday, Rays prospect Brent Honeywell continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2018 and a fractured arm in 2019. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    John Romano | Once Tampa Bay’s top pitching prospect, Brent Honeywell has had elbow surgeries in successive seasons. Healthy again, he hopes to be in the majors this summer.
  3. USF coach Brian Gregory's team (8-11, 1-5 American Athletic Conference) is on a four-game skid entering Sunday afternoon's contest at No. 25 Houston. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    In a conference teeming with parity, the notion of USF reaching the NCAA Tournament isn’t far-fetched.
  4. Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels for the national anthem. He hasn't taken a snap in the NFL for three full seasons now.
    "Inspire Change'' campaign is a sanitized version of what Colin Kaepernick tried to get across by kneeling for the national anthem.
  5. Tampa Catholic's Kobe Knox dunks for two  of his 12 points in a 68-64 victory over Berkeley Prep on Friday night. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    The Crusaders don’t lead until the fourth quarter, but edge the Bucs 68-64.
  6. NHL All-Star Game, college basketball and more sports on the air.
  7. New USF offensive coordinator Glenn Spencer addresses players during the Bulls' first team meeting of 2020. [Joey Knight]
    The coaches each get a $10,000 bonus for a regular-season win against UCF.
  8. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. [ADAM HUNGER  |  AP]
    Manning: “From the very first moment I did it my way.”
  9. NFC cornerback Shaquill Griffin of the Seattle Seahawks gives a thumbs up during Pro Bowl NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano) [STEVE LUCIANO  |  AP]
    Third-year Seahawks cornerback is being rewarded for his standout season, and is excited to share it with his family. “We all made the Pro Bowl.”
  10. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow prepares to warm up on the field during a player workout at Tropicana Field on Friday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Discipline for sign-stealing scheme was lax, Rays pitchers say, as participating hitters should have been disciplined as well.