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Forward Nick Paul and the Lightning are closing in on a multiyear agreement, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday night, citing sources.
The Tampa Bay forward is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.
Two two-run homers off Ryan Yarbrough, who stepped in to work 5-1/3 innings, are the difference in the Blue Jays’ win.
Notes | With Springs dealing with a family medical matter and Brooks Raley and Ryan Thompson unable to enter Canada due to the vaccine requirement, pitching plans are shuffled.
The Tampa Bay defenseman has four years left on his deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $6.75 million.

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  1. Ryan Yarbrough, who was called up from Triple-A Durham, worked a solid 5-1/3 innings, though he allowed a pair of two-run homers in the Rays' 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays Thursday in Toronto.
  2. Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena and members of the Blue Jays bullpen watch a two-run home run by Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez during the second inning Thursday in Toronto.
  3. Forward Nick Paul and the Lightning are closing in on a multiyear agreement, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday night, citing sources.
  4. Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog hoists the Stanley Cup and a flag of Sweden at a rally for the NHL champions Thursday in Denver.
  5. The Big Ten voted Thursday to add UCLA, left, and USC, right, as conference members beginning in 2024.
  6. Former Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde, back, was hired Thursday as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
  7. The Lightning is working with veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to see if there’s a team he’d consider a trade to this offseason, SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday.
  8. Quinton Flowers is, deservedly, being inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame.
  9. Jeffrey Springs, who was in line to start Thursday’s game, had to skip the trip to Toronto due to a family medical matter.
  10. What was envisioned as a way for college athletes to make some pocket money based on their celebrity has turned into bidding wars for recruits and transfers. Kansas State guard Nijel Pack (24) made one of the first big splashes in April.
  11. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) as Jan Rutta (44) defends during Game 4 of their second-round playoff series in May at Amalie Arena.
  12. Defenseman Darren Raddysh (43) works to keep forward Gage Goncalves from in front of the net during training camp in September at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is pictured at left.
  13. Florida State's offensive line, including Dillan Gibbons, left, is poised for an improved season.
  14. Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs off the Rays Wednesday as the Brewers won 5-3 to complete a two-game sweep at Tropicana Field.
  15. Ah, dome sweet dome. With Tampa dragging its feet on finding funding for a potential baseball stadium, the odds of the Rays rebuilding on the Tropicana Field site are growing.
  16. Rays reliever Ryan Thompson is one of two players who won't be traveling with the team to Toronto because of Canada's vaccine mandate.
  17. Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg speaks to members of the media on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on April 8. For the third time in just over a year, minority owners in the Rays franchise sued Sternberg on Monday in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, alleging he wrested control of the team away from their voting interests as partners.
  18. Ji-Man Choi returns to the Rays’ lineup Wednesday, playing first base and hitting sixth.
  19. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch announced that the city is cancelling its request for proposal (RFP) issued in July 2020 for the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field Site during a press conference on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 St. Petersburg.
  20. Lightning players, from left, Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Victor Hedman spray champagne while celebrating with the Stanley Cup during the 2020 boat parade in Tampa.
  21. Rays pitcher Matt Wisler allowed a pair of two-run home runs in an eight-pitch span of the sixth inning Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
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