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Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
Fennelly, Martin

Bucs still building, but need results


— What an ominous beginning.

Winston was always going to start for Bucs

- The farce, and the pretense it rode in on, ended 54 seconds into Lovie Smith’s first news conference from training camp, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. Officially, it's case closed on “open competitionR...

After chance at history, another frustrating loss

- From perfection to typical Rays. In one moment, Martin Fennelly writes the Rays are on the way to a three-game winning streak heading to Boston, and in the next they’re back under .500, reminded that these guys mostl...

It’s time for Bucs to win back this town

- It’s going to take an awful lot of Jameis Winston and winning for the Bucs to win this town back, Martin Fennelly says. This season, as much as anything, is about relevancy. The Bucs have lost it. They once owned thi...

Jordan Spieth takes major steps toward historic run

- Jordan Spieth is the best golfer in the world at present, with all eyes on him as he eyes St. Andrews, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. With two down and two to go, the Royal and Ancient beckons for this anything-but-ancie...

Cash stays cool in turbulent times

- They’ve used a major league-high 47 players, including 27 pitchers. They’ve used 21 rookies, most in the bigs. Rays rookie pitchers have made more starts than any team in baseball.

Former Jesuit star’s dream taking shape early with Astros

- There are days Lance McCullers shakes his head while driving from his apartment to work in downtown Houston. He’s been on the job two months. Current occupation: major league rookie pitching sensation.

Moore shouldn’t be counted on as Rays’ savior

- Matt Moore is coming off major surgery. He isn’t close to the form that won him 17 games in 2013. Martin Fennelly warns he might not get there for months, and as much as the Rays need a shot in the arm, it’s a...

Been there before: Fotopoulos knows how World Cup win feels

- Today, you don’t need to be a soccer fan, much less a women’s soccer fan. You don’t even need to be a sports fan.

Driven to succeed, St. Louis leaves his mark with Lightning

- First he was too small. Then he was too old. It didn’t matter. Martin Fennelly says it was Marty St. Louis’ heart that made him one of the brightest stars in Tampa Bay sports history.

Nothing less than title will do for U.S. women’s soccer

- Tonight, the American sports stage is in Montreal and the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s World Cup semifinal against Germany. Martin Fennelly says just reaching this stage isn’t good enough.

Bolts must get Stamkos signed long-term — and quickly


The Tampa Bay Lightning’s near-miss Stanley Cup Final is done.

Heck of a ride comes to end for Lightning

- The ride ended Monday. A band of hockey brothers had lifted a community, day after day, series after series, comeback after comeback. Martin Fennelly says the Lightning can hold their heads high.

Don’t write the Lightning off just yet

- The Lightning are where they love to be, need to be, apparently, everyone doubting them, wondering how they ever got this far. It’s their sweet spot, Martin Fennelly writes, and even on the brink of elimination, they...

This team just doesn’t make anything easy

- They couldn’t stay out of each other’s way. So the Lightning will have to do it the hard way — again.

If Bishop can’t play, it’s time for V to shine


— We might never know what’s wrong with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. Maybe if his team wins the Stanley Cup, there’ll be doctors and trainers on th...

Stamkos needs to find a way to break the spell

- There might not be an athlete with more class than Lightning captain Steve Stamkos. He arrived here that way in 2008, mature beyond his 18 years. That’s for then, but this is about the Cup, and Martin Fennelly says t...

You didn’t think getting Cup would be easy, did you?

- The Lightning controlled Game 4 at times, but they just couldn’t score. Now the Stanley Cup Final is best of three, and columnist Martin Fennelly says the Bolts must reach deep coming back to Tampa.

It took a few years, but Bolts’ Hedman has arrived

- Call it his coming-out party. The Lightning are two wins from the Stanley Cup and Martin Fennelly says Hedman, 24, has ascended and has been the best player in the Final.

Bishop's gutsy effort delivers 2-1 series lead

- Ben Bishop struggled moving at times. He looked to be favoring something and was slow to get up more than once. But Martin Fennelly says the Lightning goaltender kept coming back, gutsy until the end. So was his team.

Without Bishop, trouble could loom with Bolts in Chicago

- So, who’ll be standing in the goal for the Lightning in Game 3, Ben Bishop (12 playoff wins) or Andrei “V for Victory” Vasilevskiy (1 win, 54 playoff minutes)? Columnist Martin Fennelly is betting Bisho...

Kid Vasilevskiy relief effort one to remember

- Martin Fennelly says it takes everyone to march two months to a Stanley Cup, all sizes — and ages. So it was that Saturday night, as 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy's world turned upside down

Alleged bite won’t gnaw at Lightning’s Hedman

- We have had two days to digest Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and Andrew Shaw has had two days to digest Victor Hedman, writes Martin Fennelly. And while we were rooting for all-out Zombieland for Game 2, we must report th...

Blackhawks’ late Game 1 surge will haunt Lightning

- Martin Fennelly writes there simply was not enough pressure from the Lightning in Game 1, too much prevent defense, and not enough offense to finish off the Blackhawks.