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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 begin road trip with beefed up bullpen

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The Rays begin a difficult 8-games-in-8 days road trip against the Yankees tonight, minus one starter, but head to New York and Houston with a stronger bullpen. After losing 5 straight games, they leave home as winners of their last two. On Thursday, Tampa Bay acquired left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for former first round pick Casey Gillaspie. Jennings fills the void of a dependable lefty in the bullpen. Last week, the Rays acquired…

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Making the Hall of Fame case for Simeon Rice

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With NFL training camps set to open, the first key date for fans is August 3 when the Hall of Fame Game begins preseason action. The enshrinement of this year’s class is slated for August 5 at 7 p.m. in Canton, Ohio. This year’s honorees include quarterback Kurt Warner, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former Dolphin great defensive end Jason Taylor, kicker Morten Andersen, safety Kenny Easley, running back Terrell Davis, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It does not include…

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As trade deadline approaches, Rays already made a good move

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The Major League Baseball trading deadline ends in 10 days. During the recent past, the Tampa Bay Rays have not been in contention to be a deadline buyer for a player that would get them over the top and into the post season. Being a Tampa Bay buyer and a buyer for teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are two distinctly different things. With their financial situation, the Rays pursue transactions at the Flea Market, while…

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Rays enjoying extended stretch of winning baseball

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The Rays will enjoy an off day on Thursday after traveling back from the Pacific Time Zone. Their most recent road trip ended on a couple of sour notes, but there is plenty to be pleased about. Tampa Bay lost the final game in Oakland on Wednesday, Jake Faria lost his first game as a Rays starter, and Steven Souza, Jr. suffered a hip injury. But the good far outweighs the bad.

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Seminoles place 3 on preseason All-ACC

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Florida State placed three members on the preseason All-ACC football team announced Wednesday. Two come from their highly touted defensive unit voted on by the media. Center Alec Eberle, Jr., a redshirt junior, was the sole representative from the offensive side of the ball. Despite missing spring practice due to hip surgery, Eberle will anchor an offensive line still under construction.

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Buccaneers, Jameis Winston ready for training camp

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The Buccaneers’ training camp is only a week away. Like all teams, there is plenty of optimism in July, but the Bucs do have some reason to be positive. Perhaps the biggest upgrade from last season are the increased weapons available to quarterback Jameis Winston. The team signed deep threat free agent wide-receiver DeSean Jackson from the Washington Redskins.

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Tim Tebow beginning to turn some heads on the diamond

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Perhaps Tim Tebow just prefers to play professional baseball in his home state. Who would have thought three weeks ago the former Heisman Trophy winner would join the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League and play like a legitimate prospect? On Thursday, Tebow hit a walk-off homer against the Daytona Tortugas in Port St. Lucie, the first game-ender since his high school days at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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