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Dianne Hart, others help in post-Irma Tampa

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Electric power returned to Robles Park Village in East Tampa at 5:48 a.m. Thursday. Community activist Dianne Hart knows that was the exact time, because she was there with an ice truck that had just arrived. “The lights popped up as I was standing right there,” she said on Thursday afternoon while helping lead another public feeding on the surface of the basketball court of the public housing complex. “I was praising God, because I didn’t know how many days…

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Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and the NHL give $2.7 million for Irma relief

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More professional sports teams are contributing to relief efforts in Florida following the destructive path of Hurricane Irma.

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Hockey prepares Plan B if NHL players don’t go to Olympics

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If the NHL doesn’t send its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics, the hockey tournament in Pyeongchang will look familiar. It will look a lot like the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994, Albertville in 1992 and Calgary in 1988. Maybe even a little like 1980 in Lake Placid, site of the “Miracle On Ice.” With a year before the opening ceremony, the league, players union, International Ice Hockey Federation and International Olympic Committee still don’t have an agreement to send…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.27.16 – Lighting strikes no more

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The somewhat improbable Tampa Bay Lightning run for a second straight appearance in the Stanley Cup ended last night around 11 p.m. when they lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1. The Lightning were pretty thoroughly outplayed if you go by shots-on-goal, but the last eight minutes or so were absolutely nail-biting. There’s a reason why the National Hockey League is considered a distant fourth when it comes to our major sports leagues in…

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Ben Bishop shines as Lighting stays hot with a 3-1 win over Wings

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The all-star break wasn’t long enough to cool off the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won its ninth game of its last 10, beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. Tampa Bay is in second place in the Atlantic Division, five points behind Florida. Tampa Bay got two power play goals in the victory. The Lightning got only four shots in the first and four in the third, but they made them count. J.T. Brown scored the game’s first goal. After…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.19.16 – Sorry, LeBron. Actually not sorry

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I know soccer aficionados (somewhat pretentiously) like to call their favorite sport “The Beautiful Game.” As much as I respect that it’s the world’s favorite sport, it ain’t America’s. That would be football. Personally, I would advocate that basketball is actually the most beautiful sport when it’s executed the way the San Antonio Spurs did two years ago in defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and what the Golden State Warriors did last year. The Warriors were…

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Lightning wins despite injury to goaltender Ben Bishop

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Midway through the third period, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop seemed to have things in hand. He had stopped 24 shots by the San Jose Sharks, and he held a 4-2 lead, and he was well on his way to being one of the stars of the game. And then it happened. Bishop was raked across the face by the stick of Tomas Hertl, the blade getting inside his mask and injuring him. The severity was not annouced, but Bishop…

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