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Lightning hangs onto star center Steven Stamkos with contract extension

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Steven Stamkos is staying home. Stamkos, after a year’s worth of negotiation, after a mountain of rumors as where he might be going and why, has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos’ new contract is worth $68 million over eight years. “I am excited to move forward with the Lightning today for the next eight years,” said Stamkos. “It’s not often that a player gets the chance to spend his career in one organization and I am hopeful that…

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USF gives a five-year contract extension to coach Willie Taggart

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They didn’t reach the AAC championship game, but Saturday was an enjoyable day for Willie Taggart and the USF Bulls. Taggart signed a five-year extension with the Bulls. His new salary, and possibly his new buyout number, were not announced. Taggart was on the hot seat earlier in the season after a 1-3 start. But the Bulls won seven of their last eight to finish second in their division. The finish got Taggart an interview with South Carolina on Friday.

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Lightning signs a contract extension…with coach Jon Cooper

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In a season that has been all about turmoil, the Tampa Bay Lightning found a bit of stability on Friday. The Lighting signed coach Jon Cooper to a multi-year extension Friday. The timing of the extension was interesting. Most of the interest in this off-season has been with the ongoing negotiations between the team and star Steven Stamkos. But as the Lightning struggled, perhaps general manager Steve Yzerman saw the need to let his team know that the man behind…

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