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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Kaufman, Ira

Tribune Staff

Canadiens’ Price has something to prove in postseason

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TAMPA — One of the world’s elite goaltenders is poised to make the most critical save of his NHL career.

Bolts notes: G Bishop’s status uncertain for series

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TAMPA — The expected turned into reality on Tuesday: the Tampa Bay Lightning will start the playoffs without the services of top goaltender Ben Bishop.

Rays notes: Going to Kansas City to begin road trip

- After a 4-3 homestand, the Rays appear eager to hit the road for a 10-day trek that will keep them out of Tropicana Field until the Yankees roll into town late next week.

Rays blanked by Rangers, Darvish

- Yu Darvish lifts the Rangers to a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay in the Rays' finale of a season-opening seven-game homestand, spoiling a stellar outing by starter Alex Cobb.

NFL cleaning up its act on poor sportsmanship

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TAMPA – You can celebrate, but don’t gloat.

Bucs sign free-agent FBs Baker, Lane

- Two weeks after losing Erik Lorig to the division rival Saints, the Bucs signed 27-year-old free-agent fullbacks Josh Baker and Jorvorskie Lane.

Sternberg likes direction of Tampa Bay Rays

- In his ninth year as principal owner, Stuart Sternberg was relatively upbeat about the future of the Rays, predicting an uptick in attendance and another successful season on the field.

Bucs notes: NFC South keeps getting tougher

- For Atlanta coach Mike Smith, the road back to respectability in the NFC South became more challenging with the arrival of Lovie Smith in Tampa.

Bucs co-chair Joel Glazer puts 4-12 in past

- While declining comment on the issues that led to a dismal 2013 season, co-chairman Joel Glazer chose instead to talk about a “feeling of excitement’’ with the Bucs he hasn’t felt in quite a while.

Lewis endorses Bucs’ signings of ex-Bengals

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ORLANDO — Three free agents recently signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come highly recommended by the head coach who welcomed them into the NFL.

NFL’s Goodell lauds commitment to safety

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ORLANDO — The NFL’s emphasis on player safety has been reinforced by data suggesting a lowered target zone is leading to fewer significant injuries.

NFL to consider extra points from 25-yard line

- A proposal from the Patriots to move the spot of the extra-point try out to the 25-yard line will be considered by NFL leaders when they meet this week in Orlando.

Cup ties 2004 Lightning together forever

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A decade ago, the Lightning turned Tampa into Hockeytown, and the reunited players reminisce about their championship run.

Bolts win could be sign of better things

- Everywhere you looked Thursday evening, positive signs were evident for the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning. It all added up to a 5-4 victory against the Panthers that saw the Lightning forced to hang on after two late third...

Rays notes: P Karns impressive in first start

- In his first start of the spring, Rays rookie Nathan Karns took an impressive step toward winning the race as Tampa Bay’s No. 5 starter.

Rays C Hanigan earns trust with cerebral approach

- New Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan is impressing the Rays with his desire to learn the new pitching staff.

NFL free agency: Top bargains, busts

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With 2014 free agency set to begin at 4 p.m. today, here’s an overview of some available players who loom as potential bargains and busts

Tillman’s ties to Lovie might benefit Bucs

- CB Charles Tillman made momentum-changing plays for nine years under now-Bucs coach Lovie Smith, and a move to Tampa could help upgrade the secondary.

Again, Rays face tough road in AL East

- Preparing for another 162-game grinder in the American League East meat market, the Tampa Bay Rays are eager to prove themselves once again.

Rays Notebook: Cobb pitches 3 shutout innings

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DUNEDIN — On a raw, windy afternoon at sold-out Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Alex Cobb provided the sunshine.

You be the Bucs GM: Offensive Line

- The NFL calendar officially flips to 2014 with the start of free agency Tuesday. Wtih that in mind, we'll provide analysis of each position in the days leading up and list players the Bucs might consider.

Callahan’s versatility on full display in Bolts debut

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TAMPA — On a night the Lightning introduced a new captain, they welcomed the same old Ryan Callahan.

You be the Bucs GM: Linebacker

- With free agency open, we'll feature one position each day over the next seven days. We'll provide analysis of the position and list the players the Bucs might consider.

Bucs concerned with WR Williams’ off-field issues

- Seven months after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Mike Williams to a $40.25 million contract, the club is grappling with off-field issues plaguing the wide receiver.

Bucs unveil enhanced helmet logo

- Tampa Bay's new helmet, right, features a much larger pirate flag, a more menacing skull and a chrome facemask. Still to come: a full uniform redesign on March 5.

Jeter on retiring: ‘Can’t do this forever’

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TAMPA — Approaching the victory lap of his Hall of Fame career, Derek Jeter made a startling announcement Wednesday.