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Friday, Jul 03, 2015

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Bucs Beat: Playoff game big omission on McCoy’s resume

- If the Bucs are going to end their four-year residency in the NFC South basement, Gerald McCoy will need to play a pivotal role.

Tino Martinez surprised, humbled by honor at Sneaker Soiree

- A celebration of the Bay area sports scene kicked off by honoring one of Tampa’s own Wednesday night as Tino Martinez was named the recipient of the Lee Roy Selmon Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual Sneake...

Archer subdues explosive Jays lineup in 4-3 Rays win

- Chris Archer continued to thrive where other men fear to tread — on the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays. He limited Toronto to only three hits and one earned run in eight innings en route to a 4-3 victory.

NFL column: Winston, Mariota can’t escape comparisons

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Like it or not, their names and careers will forever be linked in the annals of NFL history.

Six-time Pro Bowler Mankins emerging as Bucs leader

- Logan Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowl guard for New England who ranks as the oldest Bucs player at 33, is approaching a new season with renewed gusto.

Superstar moment lacking for Bolts’ Stamkos on the biggest stage

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— They were the No. 1 overall picks in the NHL Entry Draft, one year apart, and both are struggling in the Stanley Cup Final.

Former Buccaneer Gooch arrested on DUI charge

- Jeff Gooch, a former Bucs linebacker and the current vice president of football operations for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena League, was arrested early Sunday on the charge of driving under the influence.

Offense takes big hit with Kucherov injury

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— When Nikita Kucherov hobbled off the ice after only three shifts Saturday night, he took a big piece of the Lightning’s offense with him.

NFL column: Raiders could push 49ers off region’s main stage

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TAMPA — There’s a seismic NFL shift underway in another Bay area, and the aftershocks will be evident this fall.

Since debacle against Rangers, Bolts are big on D

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— Ever since that third-period meltdown against the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning have played their best defensive hockey of the ...

Bolts notes: Goaltenders battle new butterflies

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While Andrei Vasilevskly was calm and cool during Game 4, the man he replaced in the Lightning net was a nervous wreck.

Lightning silence Chicago’s top guns

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— The Chicago Blackhawks paid Cedric Paquette’s checking line the ultimate compliment Saturday night.

Bolts notes: Role players feeling pressure to score

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TAMPA — Known for their offensive balance during the regular season, the Lightning have admittedly been top heavy during the playoffs.

Bolts ready to bounce back from loss — again

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If the Tampa Bay Lightning have any inclination to adopt a theme song for the rest of this postseason, a 1971 hit for ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr might fit the bill:

Bolts notes: Boyle still angry day after Game 1 loss

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Lightning C Brian Boyle was in a frustrated mood after Game 1, and Thursday morning wasn’t much better.

Slap Shots: ‘Bitegate’ mystery remains unsolved

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The “Bitegate’’ mystery surrounding Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago was a topic of discussion Thursday at Amalie Arena.

Blackhawks strike late, hand 2-1 Game 1 loss to Bolts

- Another textbook defensive effort by the Lightning dissolved into a lesson in futility, with Chicago scoring twice in a two-minute span deep in the third period to escape with the series lead.

NHL chief has high praise for Vinik’s ‘model franchise’

- From a rewarding fan experience to the way players are treated, the Lightning are setting an impressive example for sports teams in the Bay area under the ownership of Jeff Vinik. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has taken not...

2004 playoff MVP with Bolts seeking cup again ­— as a Blackhawk

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— He’s the enemy now, and he knows it.

Bolts hoping for Garden party in Game 7 Friday

- Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist boasts a six-game winning streak in Game 7s, never allowing more than one goal along the way, and the Lightning are 4-1 at Madison Square Garden this season. Something's got to give in Ga...

Lundqvist saves Rangers’ season, forces Game 7 vs. Bolts

- Henrik Lundqvist turned in the save of the Rangers’ season, denying the NHL’s most potent attack for 40 minutes and moving to 15-3 in the past 18 games when his team faces elimination.

NFL column: Glazers’ ante key to Tampa’s Super Bowl bid

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock.

Rangers’ stars silence critics in Game 4 win over Bolts

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— The three New York Rangers who were the most visible in Game 4 were the ones most under the microscope.

Can Bolts keep up scoring blitz against Lundqvist?

- For two games, Tampa Bay has been a scoring machine against a premier goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist. The big question is whether they can maintain that momentum and take control of the series in tonight’s Game 4 at ...

Rangers’ Lundqvist buried by Lightning onslaught

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— He’s affectionately known as “King Henrik’’ among fans of the New York Rangers, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been anything but regal against...

Tampa among cities bidding for Super Bowls in 2019, 2020

- Tampa will bid against New Orleans, Atlanta and South Florida. The latter two sites will be boosted by a new stadium for the Falcons and major renovations — including a canopy roof – for the Dolphins’ f...

Rays come out swinging in 11-3 rout of Twins

- The Rays backed Chris Archer with a 19-hit attack, led by Evan Longoria and James Loney, and Archer did the rest, dominating the Twins for six innings in an 11-3 rout.

Rays notes: Bellatti shines during brief stint

- Although RHP Andrew Bellatti wasn’t with the Tampa Bay Rays for very long in his first major-league stint, he made quite an impression.

Throwing error helps Twins get past Rays, 6-4

- While the Minnesota Twins kept showing off their deft glovework Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays were victimized by a critical defensive lapse in the seventh inning that paved the way for a 6-4 setback.

Twins get to Odorizzi, come back to beat Rays, 3-2

- Jake Odorizzi avoided trouble through six innings against the Twins, leaving five runners in scoring position. He couldn't do it in the seventh, when Danny Santana's triple keyed a three-run inning as Minnesota rallied to ...

Bucs’ Smith: Bowden comment on Winston ‘disappointing’

- A day after Bobby Bowden asserted that Jameis Winston was widely considered an “embarrassment’’ by the FSU community, Bucs coach Lovie Smith defended the team’s rookie quarterback.’

Once again, Lightning's Bishop rises to occasion in deciding game

- For the second consecutive playoff round, Ben Bishop came up with a stellar effort in a deciding game as Tampa Bay advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 victory against the frustrated Canadiens.

Source: QB Doug Williams is Bucs’ next Ring of Honor member

- Today, the Bucs will name the teams first franchise quarterback as the seventh member of its Ring of Honor during a ceremony at One Buc Place, a team source told The Tampa Tribune.

Bolts coach not declaring Callahan out for tonight’s game

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— Lightning coach Jon Cooper said it would be premature to declare Ryan Callahan out for Tuesday night’s playoff game, despite the forward’s emergency appendectomy...

Midler still has the pipes, bawdy sense of humor

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TAMPA — On a rainy, gloomy Monday night in downtown Tampa, Bette Midler proved to an Amalie Arena audience that certain performers can light up any stage.

Rays bats come through in 7-2 win over Rangers

- Their pitching may be in disarray, but the power bats of the Tampa Bay Rays are on a serious roll.

NFL column: Cowboys’ recent additions raise expectations

- How ’Bout Them Cowboys?

Bucs notes: Rookie FB Iosefa will do whatever it takes

- Joey Iosefa says an off-field issue now “motivates me and it’s made me become a grown man." Tampa Bay’s seventh-round draft pick sweated through Friday’s rookie minicamp, where the 247-pound fullback...

Canadiens refuse to go quietly against Lightning

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— If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then the Montreal Canadiens have lost their minds.

Bolts’ Bishop again at his best vs. Canadiens

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— From his distant vantage point, Ben Bishop didn’t know whether to raise his arms in celebration or prepare himself for overtime.

Bolts notes: Crisp passes lead to power play goals

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TAMPA — Making teams pay for their indiscretions continues to be a major theme for the Lightning, who had their way with Montreal’s penalty killers in Game 2.