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Rowdies clobber Toronto, 4-0, to stay unbeaten after two games

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Coach Stuart Campbell wants to make his stadium “a fortress.” Star player Joe Cole wants more than that. He wants an entire city behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies. It’s hard to blame the Rowdies for being ambitious after team walloped Toronto FC II Saturday night. The Rowdies won 4-0, scoring three times in the first half to remove any doubt as to the night’s outcome. The Rowdies drew 4,326 fans. “We were happy with the result and the performance from…

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Lightning’s victory over Detroit led by guys who don’t often score

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No one will ever call them the new Triplets. J.T. Brown? Really? He hadn’t scored a goal in 46 games. Andrej Sustr? Honestly? He had scored only one in 45 games. Yanni Gourde? Seriously? He had scored three goals … in his life. Thursday night, however, they all found the net in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It was a timely effort, because the Bolts had to play without Nikita Kucherov, who has been…

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Bucs still pondering what to do with running back Doug Martin

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Is Doug Martin running on empty? Martin, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ back who was second in the NFL in rushing two seasons ago, but who fell off substantially a year ago (to 421 yards) and finished the season suspended for PEDs, remains the property of the Bucs. However, there has been much speculation that the Bucs might check out a first-round running back in the upcoming draft. The Bucs are still trying to figure out if they can give a…

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Joe Henderson: Proposed new transportation agency a good start toward solving an old problem

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Short of hitting yourself in the head with a hammer, the surest way to get a headache is to wade deep into Tampa Bay area transportation problems. You encounter a mishmash of competing agencies and agendas that has resulted in legislative and automotive gridlock for frustrated commuters for years. Given that, I’m encouraged by what is coming out of Tallahassee. A pair of Republican legislators — state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and state Rep. Dan Raulerson of Plant City…

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Rowdies open first USL season with 1-0 victory over Orlando City B

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Now, that’s the way a team should begin a journey. The stadium was packed. The evening was perfect. And the team – the Tampa Bay Rowdies, in this case – dispatched a brand new rival in a new league with a 1-0 victory. Playing in front of 7,710 fans, the Rowdies beat the Orlando City team of the USL. Georgi Hristov scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute for the only goal to lead his team to the…

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Tampa Bay area to host 2019 Medal of Honor convention

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The Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS) Thursday selected the Tampa Bay area as the host community for its 2019 Convention, honoring Medal of Honor recipients and their families. This is the first time the weeklong event, taking place in October 2019, will be held in Tampa. “Tampa Bay’s strong military tradition coupled with our outstanding vacation venues, cemented Tampa’s position as the host of this prestigious event,” said Ed Miyagishima, president and CEO of the 2019 Tampa Bay Medal…

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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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