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Tony Dungy part of USF pitch to Big 12 as meeting wraps

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Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy was part of South Florida’s pitch to the Big 12 and former major league first baseman Tino Martinez also went to bat for the Bulls. The Big 12 concluded a week of meetings Friday in North Texas with the 11 schools vying to join the conference. USF, Cincinnati and Rice made the final presentations, according to three people with knowledge of the meetings who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The…

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A-Rod cost Yankees $317 million for 1 World Series title

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By the time Alex Rodriguez collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year, he will have received $317,368,852 from New York, according to a review of his contracts by The Associated Press. Luxury tax caused by his deal totaled an additional $132 million through this year, although the Yankees could have spent more money on other players had A-Rod not been on the roster. Was it worth it, given that the Yankees have won one World…

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Tim Tebow wants to play baseball, and so his critics go crazy

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In a world of domestic violence, drug use and athletes’  apathy, Tim Tebow has offended a lot of fans. He wants to play baseball. Gasp. Oh, the horrors. Tebow wants to try to hit a ball into the gap. He wants to go from first to third. He wants to drive in runs. Can you believe it? Yeah, the Twitter world blew up the other day when Tebow announced he was going to hold a tryout for baseball teams with…

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Snug Harbor added to list of possible Rays stadium sites

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It’s near enough to Tampa and new fans. It’s close to St. Petersburg and old ones. It’s big enough for a modern facility. It’s fresh enough for a trendy one. You can imagine the improvement in the roads. And, also, in the roster. Yeah, Snug Harbor makes some sense for all of us, doesn’t it? The Tampa Bay Rays, considering a new home, have added Snug Harbor, a 39-acre plot of land on Gandy Boulevard, to their options. And although…

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There is a bright side for the Rays

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One of the great things about baseball is the number of games played in a regular season. One gut-punching, puke-inducing loss is just that; one loss. It can be difficult at times to find the bright side or the silver lining, but here goes. Friday is another day. The same team that broke your hearts last night will be in the other dugout again tonight. To be sure, Thursday night’s 10-7 debacle against the Detroit Tigers was bad enough to…

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Rays go after right-handed arms on the second day of the draft

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The Tampa Bay Rays are still a team built on pitching. Take, for instance, Friday’s second round of the draft, when the Rays drafted nine arms, including eight right-handed pitchers. The Rays, who started the draft with a third baseman and two outfielders, came back with right-handed pitcher Austin Franklin, right handed pitcher Easton McGee, right-handed pitcher Mikey York, right-handed pitcher Zack Trageton and right-handed pitcher J.D. Busfield. The Rays threw a change-up in the eighth round with left-handed Kenneth…

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Corey Dickerson leads Rays to a victory over Arizona Diamondbacks

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Tampa Bay outfielder Corey Dickerson may be the next Rays’ hitter to break out of a slow start. Dickerson hit two home runs and had three hits Wednesday to lead the Rays to a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dickerson entered the game hitting .189, but turned the game into a personal highlight reel. Desmond Jennings also had a home run for Tampa Bay. Closer Alex Colome had his 17th straight save for the Rays, getting out of a bases-loaded…

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