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Friday, Jul 31, 2015

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Bucs ready to test, rally behind Winston in training camp

- A day before he throws his first pass of training camp, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has already connected with his Buccaneer teammates.

Bucs hope to ‘Siege the Day’ through new marketing campaign

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— Determined to “Siege the Day,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers launched an ambitious marketing campaign Tuesday designed to attract women and youngsters to an NFL franc...

Lack of offense hounds Rays again in 5-2 loss to Orioles

- The summer of slumber continued Sunday for the Rays, who displayed their usual lack of clutch hitting in a 5-2 loss to the Orioles.

Borland’s decision to walk away from NFL at 24 could be a game-changer

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This one was different, and NFL folks knew it.

Hiring Leiweke a big-time move by Goodell

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— It took a while, but Roger Goodell finally got his man.

Leiweke leaves Bolts to become NFL’s chief operating officer

- Tod Leiweke is heading to New York to be the NFL's No. 2 executive. In Tampa, he was responsible for everything from designing the Lightning's new jerseys, renovating Amalie Arena and working with Jeff Vinik's development g...

NFL, partners break ground on Ocoee assisted living center

- The NFL Alumni Association has partnered with Tampa-based Validus Senior Living and developer Mark Bouldin to build assisted living communities nationwide in major cities with a high concentration of retired NFL players. Th...

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.