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Rowdies lose another despite new head coach Stuart Campbell’s debut

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One second, you are planning one thing. You are shaping and scheming. You are trying to help a team out of a hole. And the next, everything changes. Suddenly, it is your team, and your game, and your opportunity. Quick as that, life is on the counter-attack. Which is sort of the way Stuart Campbell’s week has gone. All of the sudden, a new script has been written. Just like that, a game and a life have become a blur,…

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Rays lose another one in extra innings as Brad Boxberger falters

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The Tampa Bay Rays are not big fans of working overtime. The Rays’ record in extra innings fell to 2-9 Tuesday night when Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez hit a home run on a full count in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Astros to a 3-2 victory. It was Boxberger’s fourth loss since July 22 and his ninth of the season, a record for a Rays’ reliever. Tampa Bay held a 2-1 into the eighth on Curt Casali’s ninth…

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Rays’ offensive woes continue in loss to Cleveland Indians

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At any moment, a perfect game may break out against them. On any night, they stand a chance of being no-hit. Ah, the poor Tampa Bay Rays. The hitless wonders. It happened again in Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Rays simply couldn’t mount enough offense to score anyone. For the third time in six games, the other team carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. The Rays fell to 2-6 on their current homestand, and…

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Steven Stamkos, Lightning offense struggles in playoff loss to Detroit

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All the goals are just a memory now. All the highlights are just moments from a nicer time. All the points are just numbers to pretty up the relatively insignificant regular season. The Tampa Bay Lightning has become unplugged. At the most important time of the year, they suddenly can find no room. The lanes are clogged and the roads are jammed, as they say, and the Bolts have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Detroit Red…

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Gary Shelton: Lightning finds a way to lose its playoff opener

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Some losses, a team slinks away. Some losses, it talks of how much better it will do. Some losses, it vows to do away with its mistakes. This one. First, the Lightning has to figure out what happened. This time, a 3-2 loss in their playoff opener left the Lightning players muttering to themselves, trying to figure out how such an advantage on one of the game’s most meaningful statistics — shots — didn’t turn things in their direction. The…

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