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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

5 things to watch for as the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on Louisville City FC

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5 things to ponder about the Rowdies-Louiville game: 1. Does this show go on the road? After three straight home games – all victories – are the Tampa Bay Rowdies ready to play away from Al Lang Field? Louisville City FC is 2-0-1, right on the heels of the Rowdies. There are a lot of subtle differences to playing at home. Playing on the road is a different dynamic. The Rowdies need to win to keep pace with undefeated St.…

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Tampa Bay Rays take out their frustrations on Boston’s Red Sox

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After spending the week getting beaten up in New York, any place else would have felt fine for the Tampa Bay Rays. Even Boston. The Rays, fresh off being swept by the Yankees, took their frustrations out on the Boston Red Sox Friday night in a 10-5 victory. Four different Rays hit home runs, led by Logan Morrison’s first career grand slam. Also homering were Shane Peterson, just up from the minors, Brad Miller, who hit his first homer of…

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Bucs’ Louis Murphy apologizes for loaded gun in his luggage

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The reason that Louis Murphy had a loaded gun in his luggage? He wasn’t going to be forced off of his United flight. The reason that Murphy had a loaded gun? When a man asks for extra peanuts, he wants them. The reason that Murphy had a loaded pistol? In case he signed with a team that used the shotgun, he was working up to it. The world is yucking it up this week over Murphy, the former receiver of…

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Rays swept by New York Yankees; fall back to .500 for season

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Suddenly, they look like the Rays you remember from last season. The Tampa Bay Rays lost their third straight game Thursday night, getting swept by the New York Yankees and falling back to .500 on the season and dropping to fourth in the AL East. This time, the Rays lost 3-2, striking out 15 times against the Yankees. Starting pitcher Luis Severino struck out 11. Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and drove in all three runs for the Yankees.…

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Ex-Gator Caleb Brantley listed as a victim after being struck by a woman

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University of Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley is listed as the victim in a police report after an altercation with a Gainesville woman. Brantley said the woman, Chelsea Austin, struck him in the face. Austin admitted hitting Brantley, saying he had “disrespected” her. Brantley then pushed her away. Brantley is listed as 6-3, 307. Austin is 5-4, 110 pounds. She had a cut on her lip, but left with friends. Brantley had no visible injuries. Brantley was second team all-SEC…

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Magic waited far too long to fire general manager Rob Hennigan

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The question is not why the Orlando Magic fired general manager Rob Hennigan on Thursday. The question was why they waited so long to do so. Hennigan was a disaster, and his team was dysfunctional. His draft picks didn’t work out, and his free agents were worse. He didn’t get along with former coach Scott Skiles. Meanwhile, the Magic ceased to become relevant and have no immediate hopes of becoming so. Orlando has lost at least 47 games in every…

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USF Bulls’ football crowds grew by 41 percent in 2016

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For the USF Bulls, there were a lot more things worth seeing in 2016. And a lot more fans came to see them. The Bulls were third in the nation in their increase of attendance, which jumped by 10,971 fans (41 percent) in an 11-win season that also featured a home game against FSU. Only Eastern Michigan, North Texas and Georgia State had bigger increases. It’s easy to see why the Bulls drew so many more fans (their best draw…

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