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A guide to Tampa Bay sports this weekend

The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. [COLE BURSTON  |  AP]
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. [COLE BURSTON | AP]
Published Oct. 16, 2019


Let’s take the inconsistent start of the Tampa Bay Lightning as a good sign that the team will work out its issues early (fingers crossed) rather than being outplayed and overconfident when they reach the playoffs. The Bolts have two home games coming up, on Saturday (7 p.m., Colorado Avalanche) and Oct. 23 (8 p.m., Pittsburgh Penguins). Ticket prices vary. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun (Saturday), NBCSN (Wednesday); 970-AM. Catch a free postgame show Saturday by country music duo LoCash.


Generation Championship Wrestling celebrates a year of doing live events with a show featuring Tony Storm, Angel Fashion, the Devil God Damien Angel, the Deadbeat Wolfe Taylor, Snoop Strikes, the Fabulous One Faboo Andre and many more. $5. 7 p.m. Friday. Burger Culture/Harley-Davidson of Tampa Compound, 811 Congress Court, Tampa. (813) 562-9599.


This two-day tournament has brackets for men’s, women’s and coed doubles. On Saturday night, players and fans are invited to an after-party with live music, food and drink specials. Benefits the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. $60-$70. 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. The Tiki Cove, 2700 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (813) 683-0385.


Livefor24: A family-friendly 5K/Mile relay with activities, free food/drink, live music, vendors, a bounce house and balloon art. $10-$25. 7 a.m. Saturday. University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. (727) 243-7332.

Seafood Fest 5K: The run is held in conjunction with the John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival and benefits Ready for Life. All runners get a $15 food/drink gift certificate. $35. 9 a.m. Saturday. John’s Pass Park Pavilion, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. (727) 392-0665.


  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.