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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)]
A skater does tricks at the Skatepark of Tampa, which will host Tampa Am Friday through Sunday. [Times (2016)]


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.