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Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates with teammates Steven Stamkos, center, and Nikita Kucherov (86) after scoring a goal during the second period against the New York Islanders Saturday in Elmont, New York.
Tampa Bay starts strong and gets back to its defensive fundamentals but barely escapes Long Island with two points.
Rob Mason had run every race weekend since the event’s inception, until he passed from pancreatic cancer. Saturday, his buddy made sure he crossed the finish line again.
Notes | Things got more complicated for the rookie infielder when Tampa Bay signed free-agent shortstop Amed Rosario last week.
Bethany Sachtleben, 32, who has battled her way back to competitive running, is so far in front Saturday she is cheered on by her fellow competitors.

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  1. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates with teammates Steven Stamkos, center, and Nikita Kucherov (86) after scoring a goal during the second period against the New York Islanders Saturday in Elmont, New York.
  2. Curtis Mead was in the starting lineup for the Rays' spring opener against the Braves Saturday in Port Charlotte. He is expected to see plenty of action at second and third base this spring but still may find himself in a roster crunch.
  3. John Scimone clutches the ashes of Rob Mason, a lifelong friend who died in June at age 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Before Saturday, Mason was one of five people who had run all 46 races on Gasparilla Distance Classic weekends.
  4. Garret Drogosch, 32, of Atlanta wins the 5K during Saturday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic.
  5. Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena (56) heads to batting practice after signing autographs Monday at the team's spring training complex in Port Charlotte.
  6. Bethany Sachtleben, 32, of Broomfield, Colorado, finishes in first place and wins the women’s 15K during the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday morning.
  7. Luis Orta, 35, who lives in Colorado, wins the men’s 15K race during the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday morning.
  8. Rays pitcher Aaron Civale finished last season at 7-5 with a 3.46 ERA, but his traditional statistics were drastically different from the first half to the second half.
  9. Rays pitcher Naoyuki Uwasawa, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, meets with Japanese media after throwing batting practice in Port Charlotte on Friday.
  10. Rays pitcher Brendan McKay threw live batting practice Tuesday in Port Charlotte, the first time he faced hitters in 1½ years.
  11. The Bucs and head coach Todd Bowles, right, want to build on Baker Mayfield’s success and provide some continuity for the quarterback.
  12. Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
  13. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates past Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after Thursday's loss at Amalie Arena.
  14. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  15. After missing nearly two years following Tommy John surgery, Rays pitching prospect Colby White, pictured in 2022, is back on the mound and expected to make his big-league debut at some point this season.
  16. Rays shortstop Wander Franco waits for his turn at batting practice in 2022 at Tropicana Field. One of Franco's former lawyers in the Dominican Republic has filed a lawsuit against him for unpaid fees.
  17. Sports betting had an immediate presence at the Daytona 500. The Hard Rock Bet app had signs just through the gates.
  18. Rays designated hitter Harold Ramirez is excited about playing more outfield in 2024 but also recognizes that his name has figured prominently in trade rumors.
  19. New Bucs assistant Josh Grizzard, left, spent time on the Miami Dolphins' staff.
  20. Family and friends of players watch a soccer match from the sidelines at the Tournament Sportsplex Of Tampa Bay on Feb. 16.
  21. Fitz Koehler, a veteran race announcer, worked her first Gasparilla Distance Classic back in 2021.
  22. MLB umpires have been instructed to crack down on this type of obstruction by infielders like Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia while Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe tries to steal a base last season.
  23. Amed Rosario has started more than 700 games in the majors at shortstop but is expected to fill more of a utility role against left-handed pitchers in Tampa Bay.
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