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Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
Fennelly, Martin

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.

Jameis Winston's in front two months before Bucs pick

- After wowing the discerning crowd at the NFL combine, it appears the Bucs might be sold on Jameis Winston at No. 1. Martin Fennelly, however, says it shouldn’t be over that quickly.

Gordon’s farewell tour takes back seat to winning

- Eventually, he’ll do the victory tour, and he’ll be fine with all of it, the fans, the tracks, getting the odd rocking chair or resort voucher. Until then, Martin Fennelly writes, Jeff Gordon will just race.

Rays franchise feeds off proving everyone wrong

- The Rays bandwagon can’t give away tickets. All the people who hopped on have hopped off. The predictions are dire. The team sees it as an opportunity, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Dale Jr. ready to let good times roll in championship race

- Coming off a career-rebirth season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is chasing that elusive Sprint Cup championship. Martin Fennelly ponders if this is the The Year of Junior, or is time running out?

Winston’s possible Bucs future rides on interview process

- It doesn't matter if Jameis Winston throws or doesn't throw at the NFL combine. Martin Fennelly says his real tests, give or take the Wonderlic, will be his interviews with teams, with the Bucs front and center.

‘Sean’s Army’ will run Gasparilla races to honor ‘gentle giant’

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There once was a kid as big as a bear who wouldn’t harm a fly. “He was our gentle giant,” his mother said. The gentle giant touched most everyone he met. Even when it didn’t end like in fairy ...

Tony Stewart on mend, racing forward

- At Daytona 500 media day, some of Tony Stewart’s friends, including ones who drive for his race team, insisted they see light at the end of that dark tunnel, the one filled with physical and emotional wreckage: Stewar...

Former coach Tortorella is taking it one bench at a time

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— “It’s my first time coaching in a while,” John Tortorella said with a laugh.

Adults find way to ruin it for Little League team

- If only the adults who doomed Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team had remembered, even for a second, the man for whom their league is named, and what he stood for, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Bucs make right call in correcting McCown mistake

- Lovie Smith showed he can admit a mistake with the release of QB Josh McCown. Columnist Martin Fennelly writes the coach should now go all in by cutting loose Mike Glennon and completely starting over.

Positive start to difficult stretch for Bolts

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— February is a meat grinder for the Lightning. They play 12 games, all against mostly formidable Western Conference teams. They played four just this past week. And they’...

Balfour honor fast-tracked so dad can share it

- Balfour might be the best ballplayer Australia has produced. On Feb. 28, he’ll be inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Sydney, where he grew up.

Cowart’s real story buried by silliness

- After some National Signing Day drama, Armwood standout Byron Cowart finalized his decision to attend Auburn. Martin Fennelly saye he is determined to make good on his name on and off the field

Antigua rustling USF from hoops slumber

- USF basketball is at the bottom of the hill again, but Martin Fennelly says there’s something about first-year Bulls coach Orlando Antigua that makes you think that if a turnaround is s ever going to happen, and keep ...

Sapp keeps giving his haters all they want

- Martin Fennelly says he’s a little sad about the latest development — and that mug shot. After all, Warren Sapp could have been an amazing story. Instead, it’s another letdown for those who care and fod...

Why didn’t they just run the ball?

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There we were late Sunday, at the end of the most watched TV show in American history, and we were a football nation as speechless as Marshawn Lynch.

Lightning rookie Paquette settles into new home

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— The hat trick Thursday night against Detroit, his first in the NHL, was a great thing. Tampa Bay Lightning rookie center Cedric Paquette, suddenly a scoring machine, will fram...

With quarterbacks, winners somehow find a way

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— The Bucs are on the clock, even as we tick down to Super Sunday. They need a quarterback. They need to draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Will it be the pocket passer or ...

Not bon boyage, but time for Rays to do something

- Rob Manfred’s contention that Montreal could succeed in baseball might be good news for the Rays, Martin Fennelly says. It could be the swift kick officials need to finally move forward on a new stadium.

Lightning’s Drouin hasn’t lived up to the hype

- Despite the anticipation and his undeniable talent, Martin Fennelly says Jonathan Drouin’s rookie season with the Lightning has yet to fulfill the billing.

Ball tells all! Admits pressure is just too much

- Columnist Martin Fennelly believes we have to lighten up on all this Patriots DeflateGate hullabaloo. But not before sitting down for an exclusive interview with football No. 6 from the AFC title game. (Like we said: Lighte...

DeflateGate forever tarnishes Patriots’ legacy

- Cheating has become part of Bill Belichick’s legacy with the Patriots as much as his three Super Bowl rings, Martin Fennelly writes.

Paterno case about wins, but there are no winners

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— The late Joe Paterno is again the winningest coach in college football history.

There’s no rush to answer Bucs’ draft debate

- Let’s keep this ball in the air, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. Jameis-Marcus has a life of its own. There is no good reason to ruin this now by settling on a quarterback.

Hiring Koetter looks like step in right direction

- Without calling a play, Dirk Koetter might already be one of the great offensive coordinators in Bucs history, Martin Fennelly writes. Now Lovie Smith needs to get out of his way and give him the freedom and what e needs.

Urban Meyer is a winning machine

- Say what you want about Urban Meyer’s weirdness, tunnel vision, smug mug, and glory moments at Florida along with a pile of player arrests. Martin Fennelly writes Urban Meyer knew he couldn’t change, and he ha...

Zobrist’s a heck of a player, even better man

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Say it ain’t Zo.

Stamkos leads Bolts in goals but isn’t up to usual standard

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— The Tampa bay Lightning have the best scoring line in the NHL — and Steven Stamkos isn’t on it.

Bucs must decide whether Jameis World worth the pain

- Football-wise, Jameis is the man. If you watched the Rose Bowl, you saw that. It’s just the off-the-field questions that would give the Bucs cause to pick him at No. 1, Martin Fennelly writes.

Sportsmanship lacking on both sides of Rose Bowl

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— There’s no need to make a federal case, but it deserves mention.

FSU streak ends in abysmal fashion

- We hadn’t seen this look on Florida State faces in 770 days, not from head coach Jimbo Fisher’s face, not from his players.

Marcus vs. Jameis: An audition for Tampa Bay fans

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— Who’s your granddaddy?