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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

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.

Bucs draft notes: GM Licht talks Huskers with WR Bell

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When GM Jason Licht called WR Kenny Bell Saturday afternoon to tell him he had just been drafted by the Bucs in the fifth round, the discussion quickly turned to the state of ...

Bucs notes: Smith stuck with Penn State after Sandusky scandal

- Tampa Bay's second-round draft pick, tackle Donovan Smith, faced a tough decision before he ever played a down for Penn State. But while other players applied for transfers, Smith remained in Happy Valley.

Winston has whirlwind first day as Buc, eager for football

- Jameis Winston signed a four-year, $23.5 million contract after dealing with a misunderstood Instagram photo. Now, “I can’t wait to get new teammates and win some games,” he says.

Cheers, not jeers, greet Winston pick at Bucs draft party

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Some fans believe new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will help to pack Raymond James Stadium. Thursday night, Winston confirmed he can indeed draw a crowd.

Bobby ‘The Chief’ Taylor calls last game in Lightning TV booth

- Taylor announced at the beginning of the season this would be his last year in his current role. He will transition into a studio analyst job and work between the benches starting next season.

Coburn an unlikely offensive hero for Lightning

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— Braydon Coburn could have fibbed and said he was trying to pick a corner, but nobody would have believed him — including his appreciative teammates.

NFL draft: Top five prospects at each position

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Tampa Tribune NFL writer Ira Kaufman ranks the top five players at each position entering the NFL draft:

Ira Kaufman’s NFL mock draft

- Tampa Tribune NFL writer Ira Kaufman predicts the first round of the NFL draft, including a trade that could definitely please Bucs and Seminoles fans.

For Bucs, this year’s draft not just about QB

- After dwelling in the NFC South basement for the fourth consecutive season, the Bucs are expected to select Jameis Winston at No. 1. But a 2-14 record last season suggests other areas of weakness need to be addressed later ...

Detroit’s Kronwall suspended by NHL for hit on Kucherov

- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall won’t play in Game 7 after being suspended for his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during Monday night’s Game 6 of their NHL first-round playoff ...

Bolts notes: Road team having its way in series

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TAMPA — It’s logical to assume the Lightning would own a significant advantage playing at home in Game 7 against the Red Wings in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Rays extend winning streak to 5 with sweep of Jays

- The Rays stretched their winning streak to five games, beating Toronto 5-1 behind seven shutout innings from physically challenged Chris Archer and a career-high four RBI by Brandon Guyer, who entered the day with three RBI...

NFL column: Titans should grab QB at No. 2

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The Tennessee Titans are bad, and they’re boring. That’s a heck of an NFL exacta.

Bucs passing up on a QB? It’s always possible

- All signs point to the Bucs choosing FSU's Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick. But here's a crazy thought: What if the Bucs pass on a quarterback?

Bucs invite fans to NFL draft party on April 30

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— More than a dozen current Buccaneer players are slated to attend the team’s draft party April 30 at Raymond James Stadium, where thousands of fans are expected to gathe...

At 73, Dylan still packs a punch

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CLEARWATER — After a 22-year absence from Ruth Eckerd Hall, Bob Dylan wasted little time Wednesday night proving he’s a different troubadour.

Yzerman runs Lightning, but Detroit still in his blood

- Michigan fans were stunned when Steve Yzerman left his job as a Red Wings executive after a Hall of Fame playing career. Five years later, Yzerman will watch tonight’s Game 3 playoff matchup at Joe Louis Arena from ...

Bucs’ 2015 schedule to be announced tonight

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— The suspense will soon be over for head coach Lovie Smith and fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bishop finds comfort zone in Game 2

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— With his first career playoff win behind him, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop had an admission to make Saturday.

Glazers looking out for No. 1 ahead of Bucs’ pick

- The Glazer brothers have never been confused with ultra-meddlesome bosses like Jerry Jones, but they have a tradition of assuming a powerful role in football operations at key moments. Like right now.

Lightning will need better effort in front of net today

- Today’s Game 2 playoff matchup between the Lightning and Red Wings could hinge on which team establishes ownership over a piece of prime property. The puck drops at 3 p.m. at Amalie Arena (TV: NBC).

Lightning lose opener, but crowd remains true blue

- The Lightning gave new meaning to the term “crowd control’’ before Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Red Wings in Game 1 of their NHL playoff series. Judging by the scarcity of out-of-town red jerseys at A...

In Game 1, Lightning power play shorts out

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— On a night they continually flexed their muscles at even strength, the Lightning were undermined by a power shortage.

Bolts vs. Red Wings: How the season went

- The Lightning won the regular-season series 3-1 against the Detroit Red Wings, with goaltender Ben Bishop starting all four games. Here's a breakdown.

Slap shots: Goaltenders see first playoff action

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WHAT JITTERS?

Bolts notes: GM Yzerman’s past, present collide

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BRANDON — Steve Yzerman spent 27 years in the Detroit organization as a player and an executive, so it’s no surprise that the Tampa Bay Lightning GM expects churning emotions when the puck drops for Game 1 ag...

NFL column: Ex-Buc Freeman must prove he is a changed man

- This is his last chance, and he knows it.

Women’s Final Four notes: Rivalry brings attention to sport

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— Anyone who follows women’s college basketball shouldn’t have been surprised by Tuesday night’s participants in the national championship game.

NCAA women’s notes: Different kind of Final Four for Notre Dame

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— Multiple times this past week, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said this year’s Final Four run has been different than the team&#...

Tuck heads in NCAA women’s final as UConn future star

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— Sharpshooter Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is approaching her final collegiate game and two-time Player of the Year Breanna Stewart will be a senior next season.