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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]
Published Oct. 16


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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Magic, college basketball and more sports on the air.
  5. Utah wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) celebrates their victory over UCLA following their NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) RICK BOWMER  |  AP
    From Power Five newcomer to CFP contender, Utah is living the American (Athletic Conference) dream.
  6. Pat Williams is the former GM of the Orlando Magic basketball team and was involved in unsuccessful efforts to lure an expansion team in the 1990s. JASON DECROW  |  AP
    Longtime sports exec Pat Williams is holding a news conference Wednesday to talk about getting a team.
  7. USF senior tight end Mitch Wilcox has 97 career receptions and 11 touchdown catches. MIKE CARLSON  |  AP
    The Tarpon Springs High alumnus is a prominent 2020 NFL draft prospect.
  8. Lake Wales running back Johnny Richardson races away from Sebring defender Ethan McMillan during a Class 5A region playoff game in Lake Wales on Nov. 8. PIERRE DUCHARME  |  The Ledger
    Armwood, Gaither and Jesuit may have their hands full on Friday night.
  9. Feelings about Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem three years ago are still running strong. Protesters showed up for a planned workout at the Falcons facility on Saturday. After disagreements with the NFL, the workout was later rescheduled by Kaepernick at a different locaction. TODD KIRKLAND  |  AP
    John Romano: A suggestion that the Bucs should be interested in Kaepernick if he was still an NFL caliber quarterback was met with strong pushback by readers.
  10. Miami Dolphins have released troubled running back Mark Walton (22), saying he had been involved in an unspecified police matter on Tuesday. The announcement came as the second-year player served a four-game suspension for violating NFL conduct and substance abuse policies. BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP
    The woman told officers she is five weeks pregnant with the couple’s child and had told Walton about the pregnancy on Sunday.