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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Bolts expectations soaring this season

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— Often viewed last season as the Little Team That Could, the Lightning now are expected to be more like a runaway steam engine barreling into Stanley Cup contention.

Jeter scores winner in his Trop farewell

- In the final game at Tropicana Field for New York shortstop Derek Jeter, the future Hall of Famer started a sixth-inning rally to snap a long hitless drought before coming around the score the winning run in a 3-2 Yankees v...

Tempers flare as Rays beat Yankees 6-1

- On a night when the spotlight shined on the 20-year career and respect given to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, benches cleared, tempers flared and ejections ensued in the Rays' win.

Bolts rookie team loses to Florida, 6-3

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The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect team dropped a 6-3 decision to Florida on Tuesday to close out a four-team rookie camp at Ford Ice Center in Nashville.

Bolts’ prospects get first win at tournament

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The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect team picked up its first win of a four-team tournament in Nashville, Tenn., knocking off Boston 3-2 in overtime.

Bolts prospect team loses tourney opener in OT

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Tampa Bay’s prospect team opened up play in the four-team tournament in Nashville by dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the host Predators at Ford Ice Center.

Lightning anticipate next wave of young talent

- The Bolts last season reaped the rewards of a farm system that has improved vastly since Steve Yzerman took the helm and plotted a development course.

Bolts’ Drouin is eager to make leap

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— Expectations of greatness swirl all around Jonathan Drouin.

Bolts invite former 1st-round pick goalie to camp

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— Former first-round pick goaltender Leland Irving will be attending Lightning training camp on a tryout invite.

Ex-Bolt Malone admits mistake, apologizes for arrest

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Lightning wing Ryan Malone spoke publicly Monday for the first time since he was arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges in April, acknowledging he made a mistake and...

Rays notes: Archer says issue is simply execution

- Right-hander Chris Archer, who has allowed 10 hits and 13 earned runs in 10 innings over his last two starts, said his problems are not because of fatigue after logging a career-high 167 1⁄3 innings during his first f...

Bolts G Bishop expects full recovery from wrist, elbow injuries

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— Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, who had offseason wrist surgery, expects to be cleared to return to full activities when Tampa Bay opens training camp next week at Amalie A...

Orioles tops Rays, 7-5, in 11 innings

- Nelson Cruz hit his second two-run home run of the game in the top of the 11th inning off Cesar Ramos (2-6) to keep Tampa Bay from sweeping the series.

Twitter slip aside, Bolts' Stamkos has strong summer

- As Steven Stamkos went about his business this summer, strengthening his surgically repaired broken leg, he sent the hockey world abuzz with the slip of a finger.

Rays’ power outage continues in 7-4 loss

- A 30-minute delay during the third inning at Tropicana Field on Wednesday came courtesy of a power outage due to lightning in the area. Unfortunately, there is no similar simple reasoning to explain another fizzling perform...

Short night for Hellickson as Rays lose 8-2 to Blue Jays

- Jeremy Hellickson once again departed for the showers early, lasting only 3 1/3 innings before departing after Jose Reyes' three-run home run. The loss dropped the Rays (67-72) to 6-11 since reaching the .500 mark on Aug. 15.

Lightning single-game tickets on sale Friday

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— Tampa Bay Lightning single-game tickets will go on sale Friday morning, a month before the start of the regular season.

Lightning prospects picked for tourney

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Four first-round picks highlight the Lightning prospect roster for next month’s four-team tournament in Nashville.

For Lightning pair, ALS challenge personal

- New Lightning center Brian Boyle and associate coach Rick Bowness have a personal stake in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social-media movement that has created $94.3 million in donations since July 29.

All 82 Lightning games will be on TV this season

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— All 82 regular-season Tampa Bay Lightning games for the 2014-15 season will be available to local television viewers.

Saying goodbye to stars is part of being a Rays fan

- This afternoon, folks at the Trop will be reminded of the cost of being a Rays fan as David Price takes the mound for the visiting Tigers three weeks to the day after he was traded.

Hillsborough racetrack learns from Stewart sprint fatality

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When the bright lights come on and the engines rev up at East Bay Raceway for a whirlwind spin around the one-third mile dirt track, drivers strap themselves into their ra...

Bolts notes: Prospects ranked No. 1 by ESPN; tickets on sale

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One season removed from having two Calder Trophy finalists, the Lightning still have two of the top prospects in hockey, according to ESPN.

Bolts sign Bishop for two more years

- Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop signed a two-year, $11.9 million contract extension that runs through the 2016-17 season and carries a salary cap hit of $5.95 million per season.