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A guide to Tampa Bay sports this weekend

It’s homecoming for the Bulls, and the Bucs and Bolts go international.
USF walk-on receiver Bryce Miller (19) celebrates with guard William Atterbury (78) after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 28. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Oct. 9


Show your school spirit by getting pumped up for the University of South Florida Bulls’ homecoming game at the Horns Up Rally. Expect Rocky the Bull, the USF Spirit Squads, the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, DJ music, interactive games, a kids zone, promotional giveaways and more. Free. 5 p.m. Friday. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-4086. ... The game: Brigham Young University vs. USF. Ticket prices vary. 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. TV/radio: CBSSN; 620-AM, 95.3-FM.


Panthers-Bucs: NFC South foe Carolina Panthers come to town — London Town. Have breakfast with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they’re the home team for the game in England. 9:30 a.m. Sunday. TV/radio: NFLN; 97.9-FM.

Lightning: Speaking of playing in another country, the Tampa Bay Lightning head to Canada for games in Toronto (7 p.m. Thursday), Ottawa (4 p.m. Saturday) and Montreal (7 p.m. Tuesday). TV/radio: Fox Sun; 970-AM.

UFC Fight Night: A crucial bout in the women’s strawweight division along with major men’s featherweight division bouts. $55-$150. 5 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

The SuperHero Run: The fifth annual 5K run, walk and stroller roll benefits the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. $40, 4 and younger free. 8 a.m. Saturday. Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane.


  1. Catcher Ronaldo Hernandez, shown at the 2019 All-Star Futures Game, is one of the Rays top prospects. MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Teams have until 8 p.m. Wednesday to decide which prospects are added to 40-man roster and protected from Rule 5 draft.
  2. Tampa Catholic coach Jeris McIntyre has the Crusaders heading in the right direction, which includes an appearance in a Class 4A region final against Lakewood on Friday night. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Crusaders, who have reached the region finals, are certainly practicing what coach Jeris McIntyre preaches.
  3. Andrew Bryant runs in the 5K race at the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater in 2018. Tampa Bay Times (2018)
    Earn your dinner at a Turkey Trot, meet the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier or see a boxing match at the movies.
  4. Track workers treat Mongolian Groom after the Breeders' Cup Classic. A leg injury resulted in Mongolian Groom's death at Santa Anita Park. MARK J. TERRILL  |  AP
    A safety coalition will develop safety reforms amid poor public perception.
  5. New coach Bryan Galuski was on the 1994-95 Eckerd team that won the school’s first Sunshine State Conference regular-season championship. ANDY MENG / STAGESHOT PHOTOGRAPHY  |  Special to the Times
    Galuski, just the third head coach in team history, was once a player and assistant coach for the Tritons.
  6. Memphis quarterback Brady White (3) and freshman running back Kenneth Gainwell (19) lead one of the nation's most potent offenses into Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. SUE OGROCKI  |  AP
    The Tigers average a conference-best 7.2 yards per play.
  7. Florida State interim head coach Odell Haggins shouts direction in a game against Alabama State last weekend in Tallahassee. Florida State won 49-12. MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP
    Joey Knight and Matt Baker debate the candidacy of longtime Seminoles assistant Odell Haggins.
  8. St. Louis Blues' Ivan Barbashev looks for a shot past Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman during the second period of an NHL game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in St. Louis. JEFF ROBERSON  |  AP
    The reigning MVP left the game late in the second period and did not return.
  9. USF center Shae Leverett, right, reaches for a loose ball with Baylor guard DiDi Richards, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 58-46. ROD AYDELOTTE  |  AP
    Poor shooting ultimately dooms the No. 22 Bulls, who were within a point midway through the third quarter.
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon (14) is unable to score past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington and Mackenzie MacEachern (28) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in St. Louis. JEFF ROBERSON  |  AP
    Maroon helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup last season. On Tuesday night in St. Louis, they took what is usually a private ceremony and went public for a hometown hero.