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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)]
Published Nov. 6, 2019


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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. NHL All-Star Game, college basketball and more sports on the air.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes his third NHL All-Star Game appearance Saturday in St. Louis. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    NHL all-stars and players around the league praise the Lightning goalie for his size and athleticism, and for making both desperation and “boring” saves.