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Rowdies lose first game of the season, 2-1, in trip to Louisville

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies took to the road for the first time this season. Unfortunately, they didn’t take Al Lang Stadium with them. After three straight wins at home, the Rowdies fell 2-1 to Louisville Saturday night. Louisville, 3-0-1, took over first place in the USL’s Eastern Division. The Rowdies fell into a tie for third, one point out. “It was a tough match, in a very tight pitch,” said Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell. “We knew it was going to…

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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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Lightning embarrassed by Arizona with defeat in playoff drive

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Quick question: If a team is going to be embarrassed by the second-worst team in the NHL, what does it say? Other than, for a night, that the Tampa Bay Lightning was among the worst. The Lightning blew every advantage Tuesday night. They were playing the second-worst team in the league, the Arizona Coyotes. They were at home. They held a lead in the third period. They were playing with playoffs in mind. And still, they lost a 5-3 game…

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Two days after big victory, Rays struggle in big defeat

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Some days you drop the bomb, and some days, it’s dropped on you. Two days after the Tampa Bay Rays clobbered Minnesota, 19-0, the Rays lost their worst-ever game, a 19-2 verdict to the Boston Red Sox. The 17-run loss beat 15-run defeats in 1998 and 2012 to Minnesota. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two home runs and drove in five for Boston. Pitcher Jose De Leon made his debut, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks. Hanley Ramirez…

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Tampa Bay Lightning embarrassed by a bad Phoenix Coyotes team

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What does it say about a team when it is blasted by the next-to-worst team in the league? No, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t the worst team. But it’s far from good, too. No one would argue it after a 5-3 blasting at the hands at the point-at-and-laugh Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix was near the bottom of the league in most statistics, including 25th on the power play and 27th on the penalty kill. Against the Lightning, however, Phoenix was an…

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Three reviews lead to a San Jose goal in win over Lightning

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At first glance, the Lighting stopped the shot. Officials ruled that Patrick Marleau crashed into goaltender Ben Bishop. But wait. After a review, officials ruled that the puck crossed the line. But still, no goal. There was still the matter of the contract. But wait. After a second review, officials ruled that it was teammate Braydon Point, not Marleau, who skated into Bishop. And the goal finally counted. The Lightning never quite seemed to recover from the play, which left…

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Avalanche ends unbeaten streak of Tampa Bay Lighting in 4-0 win

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Now that it has been established that the Tampa Bay Lightning will not go undefeated this year, coach Jon Cooper has a request. How about a lead, for crying out loud? The Lighting, which has trailed in every game this year, could mount no comeback Thursday night. They lost 4-0 to Colorado, giving up goals in the final minute of each of the first two periods. The Lightning came close – Nikita Kucherov hit the post, and Andrej Sustr was…

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