What’s happening in sports: Rasslin’, bowlin’ and skatin’

WWE brings the hurt for the holidays, and there’s a skateboarding event just for girls.
Associated Press for WWE 
John Cena celebrates his win during Wrestlemania XXX in 2014.
Associated Press for WWE John Cena celebrates his win during Wrestlemania XXX in 2014.
Published December 26 2018

PRO WRESTLING: SANTA COMES A SLAMMIN’

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like a smackdown. In this case, it’s World Wrestling Entertainment’s Live Holiday Tour, which features enough marquee names to get your sleigh bells ringing. Can former champ AJ Styles and his “Phenomenal Forearm” deck the halls with “the new” Daniel Bryan — the Grinch who made off with AJ’s title belt? Or how about the return of King of All Media John Cena (Bumblebee) to the WWE? Plus, there’s Samoa Joe, the Miz, Smackdown Women’s champ Carmella and many more. $25-$115. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

SKATEBOARDING: WHERE THE GIRLS ARE

How’s this for a 180? This Girls Meetup and Skate is for female skateboarders only. Ladies can chill, link up and learn from each other at this free event that includes pizza and giveaways. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793. skateparkoftampa.com.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OUTBACK’S BIG STAKES

Two teams from fan-favorite conferences — the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference — square off in the 31st annual Outback Bowl. This year, it’s frequent Outback flier the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) and No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4). Iowa will be making its sixth trip to the game since 2003. Its last? A 30-3 loss to Florida to end the 2016 season. (The Gators graduated to a New Year’s Six bowl this season under first-year coach Dan Mullen, the former coach of the Bulldogs.) Noon Tuesday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $80 and up. (813) 350-6500. TV: ESPN2.

HOME TEAMS:

Tampa Bay Lightning In case you haven’t noticed, the Bolts have been hot enough to melt ice. They return home to play the Philadelphia Flyers today (7:30 p.m.) and the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m.). Ticket prices vary by game. Amalie Arena. TV: Fox Sun; radio: 970-AM.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Then there’s the Bucs, who in yet another losing season battle fellow 5-9 foe the Atlanta Falcons to see who will be the NFC South bottom feeder. Tickets vary by game. 1 p.m. Sunday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500. TV: Fox; radio: 97.9-FM.

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