8:59 AM EDT, Wed May 25, 2016
Tampa Tribune 1 hour ago

At least it wasn't Vladislav: Baby girl named after Lightning's Nikita Kucherov

Eric Franklin suggested that he and pregnant wife Laine name their baby after the first Lightning player to score a goal at a game they attended last year. Eight months later, Nikita Annette Franklin was born at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday at Florida Hospital Tampa.
Tampa Tribune 1 hour ago

Fennelly: Lightning effort for first 40 minutes vs. Penguins inexcusable

Whatever happened to its mental toughness that got it here? How do you not show up for two periods? History suggests this team is very good at Game 7s, and Martin Fennelly says they'll have to be just that on Thursday.
The Ledger 9 hours ago

Penguins topple Lightning to force Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed home for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at three games.
Tampa Bay Times 11 hours ago

Coach Koetter thinks morning practices will keep Bucs fresher

TAMPA — Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was an assistant in Jacksonville and Atlanta before coming to Tampa Bay, so he's no stranger to the summer heat. He's also not a huge fan of the effect it has on preparing football teams.
Tampa Bay Times 14 hours ago

Tampa misses cut as NFL awards 3 Super Bowls

TAMPA — The NFL announced the sites for three more Super Bowls on Tuesday, and Tampa missed the cut, with Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles as the winners to host the NFL's biggest game in 2019-21.
Tampa Bay Times 15 hours ago

Short starts continue to put too much burden on Rays bullpen

MIAMI — The end result always should be what counts the most. So for that matter, the Rays had good reason to be smiling as they headed home for another brief stay after Tuesday's 4-3 matinee victory over the Marlins that was their fifth on an eight-game, three-city, two-country road trip.

Tampa misses out as NFL awards three Super Bowls

The NFL has announced the sites for three more Super Bowls, and Tampa has missed the cut, with Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles as the winners to host the NFL's biggest game in 2019-21.
Tampa Bay Times 17 hours ago

Rays beat Miami Marlins 4-3

MIAMI — The Rays put a successful finish on an eventful road trip by beating the Marlins 4-3 in a Tuesday matinee.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on critics of PK Roberto Aguayo: 'He's going to shut them up.'

There's been a lot of criticism of the Bucs' decision to use a second-round draft pick on kicker Roberto Aguayo. But quarterback Jameis Winston says his former Florida State teammate will 'shut them up.'

Koetter: 'Jealous as hell' of Lightning success, but pulling for them

Bucs players have been regular guests at Amalie Arena pulling for the Lightning in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander, Vincent Jackson and Gerald McCoy have been among the fans in attendance, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins was the Lightning's social media captain in their Game 4 win.

Earlier = cooler: Bucs see value in morning practices

It seems like a smart decision for say, anyone who's been outside in Florida in the summer, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said his team will have morning practices through the final game of the preseason, hoping cooler temperatures will be less taxing on players.
Tampa Bay Times 21 hours ago

Matt Murray to start for Penguins, Vasilevskiy for Lightning

With the Penguins season on the line, they are making another switch in net, rookie Matt Murray to start tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.
Tampa Bay Times May 24, 2016

For starters: Rays at Marlins, in a 12:10 matinee

After a long, late and frustrating loss to the Marlins last night, the Rays are back at it early this morning, prepping for a 12:10 matinee..RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, who have lost three straight. RHP Tom Koehler is starting for the Marlins.Odorizzi earned his first win in his last outing, …
Tampa Tribune May 24, 2016

It takes months of work by the Tampa Bay Lightning to make it loud for the playoffs

The Lightning says the point of the giveaways is simple: to create an experience fans can't get by watching games on their big-screen TVs at home. But it takes planning.
Tampa Bay Times May 23, 2016

Rays blow late lead, lose to Marlins

Six runs aren't enough for Moore, overworked bullpen.

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