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Lightning announces its 2016-17 schedule, starting with Detroit

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has beaten the Detroit Red Wings in the last two playoffs. This year, the Red Wings will try to get even in the Bolts’ season opener. Tampa Bay is at home on Oct. 13 to take on the Wings. The Lightning follows with games against New Jersey (Oct. 15), Florida (Oct. 18) and Colorado (Oct. 20). A six-game road trip follows. In all, Tampa Bay will play 14 of its first 24 games on the road.…

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Tampa Bay Bucs open a tougher schedule on the road

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The Tampa Bay Bucs got a look at just how difficult it will be to increase their six-win total of a year ago on Thursday night. The NFL schedule was released Thursday, including back-to-back games to open theseason. There are also two prime-time games. The Bucs open their season in Atlanta, an 8-8 team that was swept by the Bucs a year ago. They then travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals, who were 13-3 a year ago. Tampa Bay…

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USF seeks faster start under coach Willie Taggart this season

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This time, USF will try to have a faster start as it tries to recreate its success from a year ago. USF won its last eight regular season games a year ago, but the Bulls began the season only 1-3. It won’t be a lot easier this time, either. After games against Towson and Northern Illinois, the Bulls travel to Syracuse, host FSU and travel to Cincinnati. Following is a game against UConn, at Temple, Navy, at Memphis, at SMU…

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Bucs continue their play against a weak schedule vs. Rams

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The Tampa Bay Bucs continue their skid row schedule Thursday night in St. Louis. The Bucs have played 13 games, but only one opponent — Carolina, which is 13-0 — has a winning record. The Bucs’ other six losses, as well as its six wins, have all come against teams on the lesser side of .500. The team’s next two opponents — the Rams and the Bears — also have losing records. Still, Tampa Bay has tripled its victories from…

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Giants, Dodgers to visit Tampa Bay next season

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If this season proves to be too much for the Tampa Bay Rays, well, wait til next year. Two of baseball’s most known franchises will visit St. Petersburg next season as the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town. Those are two of the highlights that make up the team’s schedule, which was announced by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. The Rays will open their season on April 4 against Toronto, which is currently leading the…

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Lightning to open next season at home against Philadelphia

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The chase begins anew on Oct. 8 when the Tampa Bay Lightning begins a fresh assault on the Stanley Cup. The Lightning, the NHL runner-up this season, will start their season with seven of their first 10 games on the road. They will finish the season with 15 of their last 25 on the road, including their last four. Tampa Bay struggled away from Amalie Arena in last year’s regular season, but they were the NHL’s best road team during…

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Gary Shelton: Bucs’ schedule hints the team has a chance to be better

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If it is indeed Jameis Winston whom the Bucs covet, he’ll come into the league with a lot to measure up against. More than anything else, that struck you at first glance of next year’s Tampa Bay Bucs schedule. Boy, does Winston (or whichever quarterback the Bucs draft) need to be good. And fast. It’s no surprise, of course, that the schedule seems to focus on the Bucs’ passer. It’s a quarterback’s league. And, throughout its history, the Bucs have…

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