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Fennelly, Martin

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Fennelly, Martin

Price trade was expected, but it still stings

- David Price was always going to be traded and it had to be done. He was always going to leave a franchise that can’t afford him. Still, Martin Fennelly says, the Rays didn’t get enough.

Rays shouldn’t think twice on Price if price is right

- That Rays going from last place to relevance complicates matters, but it shouldn’t stop a David Price deal, Martin Fennelly writes.

From beginning, Brooks was Carol’s ‘Bo’

- Carol Brooks, who has known ‘Bo’ since the fourth grade, always made sure football was left at the door. Derrick is a husband and father at home, not a sports celebrity, Martin Fennelly writes.

Derrick Brooks a champion for children, too

- The former Bucs' star will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all of his on-field accolades he also had an unwavering desire to help — especially kids.

Derrick Brooks: What community peers are saying

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What community peers are saying about Derrick Brooks:

Rays, Big Babi go at each other again

- You’d never know Tampa Bay is in fourth place and Boston is in last when David Ortiz is at the plate and a Ray is pitching, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

No #longform, but here are another 548 words on Bucs

- It's the Summer of Lovie, and after so much offseason discussion about the hiring of Lovie Smith as Bucs coach, Martin Fennelly says it's finally time to just watch him work.

Tiger Woods buzz is back despite all the doubts

- If Tiger Woods does anything at this British Open, there will be talk about courage and perseverance, because Tiger will be back to save golf all over again. It will be nauseating. Can we get over this guy already? No, Mart...

Surge aside, there’s a mountain to climb for Rays

- For 10 days, the Rays played like they were supposed to play this season, that or they were master illusionists, enough to invoke “anything is possible.” That said, Martin Fennelly says, the Rays still face huge...

Electric Bolts prospect Drouin ready to go forward

- Jonathan Drouin had never been left behind, but he LIghtning did that last year by sending him back to Halifax. Martin Fennelly says he’s ready to play in the NHL, and eventually make magic with Steven Stamkos for ye...

U.S. soccer loss not a surprise, but reality bites

- Not even goalkeeper Tim Howard could save the United States, which wound up winning and tying once, and losing twice at the World Cup. Martin Fennelly says U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was right all along: It is unrealistic ...

The greatest Buc of all time: Derrick Brooks

- Football just scratches the surface of Derrick Brooks, writes Martin Fennelly. Has anyone ever walked a straighter line to greatness? And stopped to help more people?

With Price, it’s only a matter of when

- David Price tipped his cap and waved to fans who stood and cheered what might have been his last start at Tropicana Field with the Rays. Martin Fennelly says it’s a deal the Rays have to make.

Chelsea tries her knuckler against Rays

- A student of the late Joe Niekro, Durant pitcher Chelsea Baker (with her 0.74 ERA) threw batting practice at the Trop. This kid dreams big, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

This is how Rays were supposed to look

- As well as the Rays played Saturday in an 8-0 win over Houston, Martin Fennelly says the math just doesn't add up to a legitimate playoff run at this point.

Note to Jurgen: Go for it!

- It’s time for United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to think big, and look no further than Lake Placid and Armstrong on the moon to see what just might be possible, Martin Fennelly says.

Noll’s lessons resonated with Dungy

- Chuck Noll’s former players and coaches are thinking about him. Tony Dungy is one of them, writes Martin Fennelly. Noll meant as much to Dungy as any man in his life.

Smith’s history of winning is winning over Bucs players, fans

- New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has has built a staff, overhauled this team and hand-picked a starting quarterback. Most importantly, Martin Fennelly says, he’s hearned the players’ trust.

Ready or not, the World Cup is back

- With the World Cup beginning today, Martin Fennelly says Planet Soccer is back. That means nations screeching to a halt, living and sometimes dying with their heroes.

Smiles can take McCoy, Bucs only so far

- The mood around the Bucs' minicamp is upbeat, as evidenced by Gerald McCoy's especially wide smile. But Martin Fennelly says all that really matters is whether he will still be smiling come playoff time.

Time for Rays to turn a few pages

- Joe Maddon says the Rays have "absolutely earned" the title of the worst team in baseball, but where do they go from here? Rather than consult a medicine man, Martin Fennelly says it's time to clean house.

Zimmer's life in baseball was well worth celebrating

- Saturday's tribute was perfect, Martin Fennelly writes. Simple. Dignified. Moving. Don Zimmer married his beloved Soot in a baseball park. We said goodbye in one.

Zimmer’s passing leaves us poorer

- Baseball has lost a true treasure with the passing of the lovable Don Zimmer. Martin Fennelly says Zim was one of the game’s all-time goodwill ambassadors.

St. Louis, Richards rejuvenated with Rangers

- Some fans may smile; others may groan. Either way, Martin Fennelly says ex-Bolts Marty St. Louis and Brad Richards are together again and returning to hockey's biggest stage.