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A guide to Tampa Bay sports this weekend

It’s time for Tampa Am at the Skatepark of Tampa, plus Bucs, Bulls and Bolts.
A skater does tricks at the Skatepark of Tampa, which will host Tampa Am Friday through Sunday. [Times (2016)]
Published Nov. 6


The annual Tampa Am, one of the best annual skateboarding events in the country, brings top-ranked amateurs to Tampa for competition but also open bowl jams, parties and music all weekend. Friday features 150 skaters competing in three skater jams with the top 10 advancing. Friday night features an open bar with a screening of the Rage Club video and music by DJ Top Gun. Saturday features 100 skaters skating in two jams with the top 30 advancing. Saturday night, celebrate the Skatepark of Tampa with an anniversary party and a concrete jam. The street semifinals and finals are Sunday, with an open bar, awards and a contest after-party. $10-$80. SkatePark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793. For a full schedule, visit


How’s this for a turnaround? The Tampa Bay Lightning return from a Friday game in Buffalo, N.Y., to again play the Buffalo Sabres at home in a Saturday matinee. Ticket prices vary. 1 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 970-AM. ... Can’t get enough of the Lightning? Meet and get autographs from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Free. 2 p.m. Sunday. International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 342-3790.


The University of South Florida Bulls (4-4, 2-2) have evened their record and are even thinking about a possible bowl game. Standing in their way this week: the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-3, 2-2), a fellow American Athletic Conference team with postseason hopes of its own. Ticket prices vary. 8 p.m. Thursday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM, 95.3-FM.


Surely, Bruce Arians expected this season — and Jameis Winston — to be better than this? Well, Bucco Bruce can revisit the memories of quarterbacks past as the Arizona Cardinals, his former team, pay him a visit. Ticket prices vary. 1 p.m. Sunday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. TV/radio: Fox; 97.9-FM.


Vintage Motor Classic: Check out the car show that features classes for all makes and models organized by domestic, European, British and exotics. Benefits Autism Speaks. $25 per vehicle. Free for spectators. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. South Straub Park (next to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club), 198 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

King of the Beach Festival: The annual fishing tournament, festival and weigh-in. Saturday only includes live music, food vendors, a boat showcase, kids play area and vendors. Free. 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. ROC Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. (727) 216-6601.

Kettle Krush: The fourth annual 5K and 1-mile runs benefit the Salvation Army to feed the homeless. $20-$40. 8 a.m. Saturday. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (813) 784-2266.


  1. The Lightning's Victor Hedman (77). Alex Killorn (17) and Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrate after an NHL hockey game against the Sabres in Globen Arena, Stockholm last week. ANDERS WIKLUND/TT  |  AP
    Tampa Bay’s schedule returns to a more normal pace tonight when it takes on the young, gritty Rangers.
  2. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (26) is part of a young core of defensive backs the Bucs hope will solve their long-running pass defense problems. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    John Romano: Could Sean Murphy-Bunting and the young Bucs finally be the answer?
  3. FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during a baseball game in Houston. Verlander has been awarded his second AL Cy Young Award. MICHAEL WYKE  |  AP
    The Mets’ Jacob deGrom wins the NL award for the second straight year.
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves kneels in the end zone after a Nov. 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was cut by the Bucs and picked up by the Texans. JOHN FROSCHAUER  |  AP
    A day after the Bucs release the former first-round pick, he finds a home.
  5. Earlier today• USF Bulls
    USF center Michael Durr is guarded by IUPUI's Elyjah Goss in the second half of the Bulls' 70-53 loss Wednesday at the Yuengling Center. [JOEY KNIGHT | Times] Joey Knight
    The Bulls finish with more turnovers than field goals in an embarrassing 70-53 defeat
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith, seen here celebrating after breaking up a pass during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, was dismayed that fellow cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was released by the Bucs. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    The reaction to the release of the former 2016 first-round pick ranged from dismay to acceptance.
  7. Lightning host the Rangers and more sports on the air.
  8. USF coach Brian Gregory hopes to sign two players in the 2020 recruiting cycle. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The combo guard from Georgia is the highest-ranked Bulls signee of the Rivals era
  9. South Florida offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP
    The Bulls have scored 31 first-quarter points, second-fewest in the American Athletic Conference
  10. Bucs punter Bradley Pinion (8) and his wife, launched their "Punts for Pups" program in partnership with the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center where they'll sponsor a dog for every punt he kicks within the 20-yard line. MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The Buccaneers punter and his wife will cover the fees of adopting a dog at the shelter every time he drops a punt inside the 20.