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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.

Lighting on verge of elimination from playoffs after loss to Bruins

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The Tampa Bay Lightning hasn’t been eliminated yet. But it may be time to dim the lights. The Lighting were clobbered 4-0 by Boston Thursday night in a last-chance effort to stay in the NHL wild-card race, and as a result, they are hanging on by their fingernails. Both Ottawa and Toronto could clinch playoff spots with just a bit of success, leaving the Lightning on the outside. Tampa Bay got only four shots in the first period, and the…

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Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia tames Rays bats, brings Tampa Bay to earth

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Oh, yeah. There are the Tampa Bay Rays. Two days after the euphoria of a huge win on Opening Day, the Rays fell back somewhat to last year’s performance, losing a 5-0 game to the New York Yankees. This time, no one was talking about parades. No one suggested anyone run for office. The Rays had only five hits in the shutout, and four of those didn’t clear the infield. “Yes,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said when asked if he…

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FSU quarterback Deondre Francois hopes to play well in spring game

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A year ago, he was the new kid in the huddle. This year, he’s the leader of it. FSU quarterback Deondre Francois is the proven commodity to the Seminoles’ offense after a year in which he threw for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns. But three of his receivers have graduated, and Dalvin Cook is no longer in the backfield. That means Francois will need help. “The year he had, this guy is a big-time player,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told…

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Quarterbacks will star in Florida’s spring game on Friday night

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The Florida Gators are getting close to a decision on their quarterback, but coach Jim McElwain isn’t ready to tip hand quite yet. The Gators, who play their spring game Friday night, are still deciding between redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. “I think it’s starting to sort itself out,” McElwain told reporters. “The natural question is “what is soring itself out. You’ll find out.” Franks has handled first-team snaps this spring. But Trask isn’t far behind. McElwain said…

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Former Bucs’ running back Charlie Garner struggles in post-career

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Charlie Garner, a former NFL running back who finished his career with the Tampa Bay Bucs, is strugging with brain trauma, he says. Garner says he suffered at least 12 concussions a year while playing, and doctors believe he is dealing with the early stages of the Cronric Traumatic Encephalopathy. “I don’t have all of my faculties anymore,” Garner told the Sporting News. “I can’t remember things. When I go to the mall or grocery store, I have to take…

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Lightning come back again, defeat the Dallas Stars in crucial game

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The “Who Are These Guys?” tour continued for the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night, although playoff positioning continued to elude them. The Lightning came from behind to beat the Dallas Stars, 6-3, scoring four times in the third period. However, the Bolts remained three points behind Ottawa for the final wild-card berth and three behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Bolts need to make a move quickly. They have four games left, three of them on…

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Tampa Bay Rays clobber Yankees to win impressive opener

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Well, look who is on top of baseball? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. And who would have thought to look for them there? The Rays opened the 2017 season with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday. And while it’s early, it was an impressive way to start the season for the Rays. The Rays, 16 games behind the Yankees a year ago, jumped New York early and never slowed in the win. Tampa Bay scored three…

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