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Thursday, Jul 02, 2015

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

USF athletics on right track, but football and basketball lag behind

- If USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan and his staff can get football and basketball back into winning fashion, the Bulls could dominate the AAC.

USF guard Holston sustains torn knee ligament


University of South Florida guard Troy Holston, entering his sophomore season, has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, putting into question his availability for the beginning of the upcoming basketball...

USF tops AAC programs in Learfield cup standings


The University of South Florida athletic program, bolstered by eight teams in postseason play, finished first among American Athletic Conference schools in the Learfield Sports D...

Bolts return home to adoring, grateful fans

- Nearly 16 hours after absorbing the feelings associated with a season-ending defeat in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning experienced a different emotion — pure love.

Costly mistake by Bishop helps set tone for loss


— Ben Bishop’s body took a pounding Saturday night. So did his pride during an aggressive first-period play that led to a violent collision with defenseman Victor Hedman,...

USF transfer Gibbons gets NCAA clearance to play


TAMPA – The University of South Florida football program received a major boost when offensive lineman Reilly Gibbons, a former four-star recruit from St. Petersburg Catholic and a transfer from Stanford Universit...

Ice Breaker: Q&A with Bolts D Matt Carle


Four questions with Lightning defenseman Matt Carle, finishing his third full season with the team and in his second stint with Tampa Bay. Carle played just 12 games in 2008-09 before bring tr...

One-goal games equal intense Stanley Cup Final


— The series is tied 2-2. Each team has nine goals. No one has built a lead larger than one goal – at any point.

Ice Breaker: Q&A with Bolts C Brian Boyle


Four questions with Lightning center Brian Boyle, whose Stanley Cup playoff run was best marked by the birth of his son, Declan Gabriel, during the Lightning-Rangers Eastern Conference finals....

Ice Breaker: Q&A with Bolts RW Ryan Callahan


Four questions with Lightning right winger Ryan Callahan, who was acquired last season from the New York Rangers.

The Triplets bounce back in a big way


— During Saturday morning’s skate at Amalie Arena, Lightning center Tyler Johnson sounded the proper tone for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Lightning skipper follows unlikely path to top of the game

- Jon Cooper enjoyed practicing law, but there was something else he loved more: coaching hockey. Now, he’s leading the Bolts in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 against the Blackhawks is tonight at Amalie Arena.

Ice Breaker: Q&A with Bolts RW Nikita Kucherov


Four questions with Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, a native of Moscow who plays on Tampa Bay’s “Triplets’’ line with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.

Ice Breaker: Q&A with Bolts C Tyler Johnson



Lack of opportunities proves costly to Lightning


— Everything changed in a heartbeat.

USF among final 8 in NCAA men’s golf tourney


Eight men’s golf teams remain in contention for a national championship. One of them is the University of South Florida Bulls.

Hockey players know there’s nothing like the Stanley Cup

- Winning players drink from it and eat from it. They sleep on it, take it home and show it off to friends and family. It’s 122 years old, and it’s the only major sports trophy that isn’t recreated each y...

USF tops Florida Atlantic in Gainesville Regional


After a 13-year absence from postseason play, the University of South Florida returned to the NCAA Regionals on Friday afternoon with a solid 5-3 victory against Florida Atlantic at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.

USF’s Koepka carves out his own identity


For University of South Florida junior golfer Chase Koepka, who has helped position the Bulls for a national-championship run, a funny thing happened on the way to simply bein...

Opening win was springboard for USF baseball success

- Beating a program like Cal State Fullerton gave USF confidence as it enters NCAA Tournament play.

USF baseball gets NCAA bid; UF, FSU, Miami to host

- The Bulls (33-24-1) secured their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002 and will face the Florida Atlantic Owls (40-17) at 1 p.m. Friday in the Gainesville Regional.

AAC loss puts Bulls in difficult position


— For the University of South Florida Bulls, the uphill battle is under way.

Bulls Beat: USF P Herget faces big decision


The University of South Florida baseball team (33-22-1) continues its quest for an NCAA Regional bid when it takes on top-seeded Houston (40-17) Thursday in the American Athle...

Speedy freshman an asset as USF baseball begins AAC tourney


He’s not afraid of pressure situations. He’s extremely versatile. He has a multitude of baseball skills, including blinding speed that makes him an asset at the ...

Jimbo agrees with Lovie: Winston will succeed with Bucs

- The coach of Jameis past convened with the coach of Jameis present Friday night at the 10th annual Dick Vitale Gala for the Jimmy V Foundation in Sarasota.

USF tennis player aces second chance at college


TAMPA – University of South Florida junior Roberto Cid is living the dream of every player in men’s college tennis.

Bulls Beat: USF baseball looks for strong finish


When baseball season began, first-year University of South Florida coach Mark Kingston wouldn’t quantify the goals for his team.

Gators coach Michael White returns to roots, sort of

- Mike White, formally introduced as the replacement for NBA-bound Billy Donovan, was born in Dunedin. At 2 weeks old, his family moved to Michigan, another step in the cross-country odyssey of his father, a lifetime coach an...

Bulls Beat: Men’s tennis not content with Top-20 ranking


When Matt Hill became the University of South Florida men’s tennis coach in 2012, his expectations were clear. He envisioned the Bulls becoming a top 10-ranked program ...