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Martin Fennelly

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Fennelly, Martin

Stamkos coming up small on biggest stage

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— Steven Stamkos’ life as a playoff ghost continues. His silence is deafening. The bell keeps ringing. He keeps not answering. Five games, no goals, a big zero on his gam...

In a flash, Bolts' Johnson turns series around, town upside down

- In eight minutes that shook this series, 5-foot-8 Tyler Johnson's will and skill changed everything, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. The Lightning seemed on their way to the edge of the cliff. Johnson thought different. A...

Chances are, percentages in Bucs’ favor in draft

- In one week the Bucs will be lord and master of every mock drafter on the planet, and although it looks like Jameis Winston is the man, what they officially do remains to be seen. Odds are, Martin Fennelly has a pretty good...

This wasn’t the playoff debut Bishop wanted

- Columnist Martin Fennelly isn’t saying goalie Ben Bishop lost Game 1 for the Lightning, but he didn’t win it, either. And he had a lot of company in that regard.

To Lightning’s lucky charm, anthem more than just a song

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She digs jazz and gospel, adores “The Sound of Music” and likes “Uptown Funk.” But one song alone remains her chart-t...

Bolts out to show who they are in playoffs

- Last year the Lightning were shown an early exit after they were outplayed, outcoached and outgoaltended during a playoff sweep against Montreal. Which team shows up this year remains to be seen, but Martin Fennelly writes ...

The first (and last) Fennelly No. 1 QB rankings: Where will Jameis rank?

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What will it be, Jameis Elway or JaMarcus Winston?

UConn raises visibility of women’s basketball to new heights

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— It was something Geno Auriemma said. Hey, when isn’t it something Geno said? But it was something he said a few months ago, before his basketball team began another mar...

Not quite what we’d hoped for on Rays’ Opening Day

- Like spring training before it, Opening Day was not how you’d draw it up, not if you’re a fan, an owner, a player and certainly not if you’re a Rays manager making your debut, writes Martin Fennelly.

Irish eyes smiling after this victory

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— We have no idea what any of it will mean come late Tuesday night.

Her sights set on a grand slam, Stewart is the ultimate winner

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— It was just another day in Stewie World at the Final Four, Breanna Stewart and UConn’s home away from home.

Rays lights are about to burn bright

- Tribune sports columnist Martin Fennelly says we're going to find out a lot this season as Kevin Cash takes charge as a first-time manager – the youngest in the MLB.

That lasting memory: 2008 Final Four proved to be Summitt’s last

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— When the time comes, and as long as they can, they’ll lovingly help the legend with the piercing blue eyes, help her remember how it was.

Rays’ Loney quietly ready for more

- Have you heard a word about James Loney this spring? It’s as if he’s in witness protection, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. And that’s how he likes it.

Strawberry’s grace after fall

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— “It is indeed an honor to be here. First I must pray.”

Bolts’ Johnson, Kucherov and Palat are unsung force

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— You’re playing That Line. You’re playing Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat.

Painful lesson, bright future for USF women

- The USF women's basketball team may have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, but Martin Fennelly says they surely will be in next year’s preseason Top 25. Coach Jose Fernandez and his kids have something going, ...

Stamkos delivers needed message as Lightning captain

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— We have no idea what it means down the road, including the playoff road. But Sunday might have been a big step for the Lightning. It might even go down in franchise lore.

Bulls make first NCAA tourney home game one to remember

- They couldn’t keep still. They couldn’t keep quiet. The USF women’s basketball team stood in a hall next to a tunnel. They bounced up and down in their sneakers, yelling, smiling, hugging.

Rays boss doesn’t like potential villain role

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“I’m Stu.”

QBs should be asking questions

- Marcus Mariota will visit the Bucs on Monday for some Face of the Franchise time.Martin Fennelly hopes his smile isn’t fake. Take it from Jameis: Bring your real one.

Spieth plays Innisbrook with Augusta, No. 1 on his mind

- Jordan Spieth, now 10th in the world rankings, was working the Copperhead course during the Valspar Championship, but somewhere in his head, a clock was ticking, writes Martin Fennelly.

It’s time for Bucs to put the mistakes in the past

- After making a huge splash in free agency last season, the Bucs appear to be taking a low-key approach. Martin Fennelly says the Bucs gave too much A-list money to B-list talent, and wisely cut their losses.

Derek Jeter he is not

- Didi Gregorius is not the captain, not the legend, doesn’t wear No. 2 and is not a sure-thing Hall of Famer. What Didi Gregorius is, Martin Fennelly says, is the new Yankees shortstop.

Tantalizing snapshots, but more needed from Jennings

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— He won’t lead off much. He won’t play center field much.

Cash the center of attention as Rays begin spring play

- All eyes were on Kevin Cash as his spring of firsts continues with his inaugural game as manager, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Winston’s smile lights up Bucs’ world

- Rescuing kittens? Forging a stadium agreement? Probably not, but Martin Fennelly offers a few fun scenarios as Jameis Winston — and his electric smile — visited the city he could one day own.

Trades not enough to make Bolts unique

- The arrival of Braydon Coburn doesn’t knock socks off, Martin Fennelly says. He promises little offense, but offers veteran grit and playoff experience. Whether that's enough to carry the Lightning to the Stanley Cup ...

Bulls women want another chance at UConn

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— The women’s college basketball Final Four, a smash hit when it came to Tampa in 2008, makes its return in April. Before that, there will be dancing. And South Florida w...

Rays’ Souza came long way to make The Catch

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— It was last September, the final day of baseball’s regular season. Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was about to lose a no-hitter — with t...

Rays ready to put their rotation up against anybody

- As the Rays full-squad workouts today, it's still all about the pitching. The arms have been a source of pride, keeping hope alive for several seasons, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. But can they keep the business mode...

A-Rod, Yankees stuck in no-win situation

- Alex Rodriguez is back in pinstripes, and Martin Fennelly says a crumbling empire and its disgraced superstar are stuck with each other.