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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

Rays looking more like a pretender each day

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When the All-Star break arrived on July 9, the Tampa Bay Rays were legitimate contenders for a playoff berth. They were 47-43 and tied for second place with the New York Yankees in the American League East. They were three and one-half games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox thanks to taking three of four games at home heading into the break. This space said “one month from now it should be clear whether they can actually contend for a…

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Former ‘Nole Devonta Freeman hits the jackpot

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For the second time in the past two weeks, two former Florida State Seminoles have landed lucrative contract extensions to stay with the current teams. On Wednesday, Atlanta Falcons Pro-Bowl running back Devonta Freeman became the highest-paid running back in the NFL

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Road to the Hall of Fame ends Saturday for Dolphins’ Jason Taylor

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On Saturday, former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor will join fellow legends as they are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Canton is a short trip from where Taylor played his college football, but it was a long road to travel before he reached the pinnacle of his profession.

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Despite tough start to road trip, Rays bouncing back

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The Tampa Bay Rays have only one game remaining in their brutal 8-game road trip. Thursday night’s game in Houston will determine whether they break even or finish at 3-5.

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Bucs training camp: a golden opportunity for running backs not named Doug Martin

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With training camp fully underway, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for their first preseason game against the Bengals in Cincinnati just 9 days from now. As usual, starters will play only a few series before letting the backups and newcomers show their stuff. This year’s camp will provide two particular areas of interest on the offensive side of the ball. First will be the unveiling of tight end O.J. Howard, the team’s top draft pick, and newly acquired deep receiving threat…

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Key Alabama defensive lineman charged with DUI

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The college football season opener between Alabama and Florida State is little more than a month away, but the Crimson Tide already got some tough news before practice even begins. Pre-season All-SEC defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand was arrested and charged with DUI early Saturday morning. Alabama Coach Nick Saban will decide in the coming days whether Hand will be subjected to disciplinary action. Saban expressed his disappointment and seemed to indicate he will take action, which means Hand could miss…

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Rays acquire power-hitting Lucas Duda from Mets

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The Tampa Bay Rays continued a busy trading day on Thursday when they acquired veteran first baseman Lucas Duda from the New York Mets. In return, the Mets received minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Rays. Duda provides another left-handed power hitter to the Rays’ lineup. He has stroked 17 home runs this season in 75 games, and has 125 home runs during his 8-year major league career, all with the Mets.

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