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Lightning finish their season with a win, but must watch the playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning barely missed the playoffs. In some ways, that makes it more difficult. The Lightning wrapped up their regular season Sunday evening, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. That left the team with 94 points, one behind both Toronto and Boston. Brayden Point scored two goals in the finale. Defensemen Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn also scored for Tampa Bay. “It’s hard to digest right now because it’s been less than 24 hours since we’ve known that we…

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Uber’s final frontier: Upstate New York

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Brian Cook‘s trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and waving your hands to flag down a taxi. “For a 19-year-old, that’s unknown,” said Cook, who flew in from Chicago to see his brother play in Princeton’s first-round game against Notre Dame. “I take Uber everywhere, always.” Upstate New York, essentially everything outside of the…

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Goaltender Ben Bishop returns as Lightning beat Buffalo, 4-2

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Well, hello there, Ben Bishop. And welcome back. Bishop, who has been out since Dec. 20 with a lower body injury, finally returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games and two periods for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And Bishop played well, improving his record to 10-10-2 in a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The win broke a four-game losing streak for the Bolts. Buffalo narrowed the lead to one goal in the third period, but the…

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Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop lifts team in Steven Stamkos’ absence

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Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning took the ice without their captain Thursday night. This time, they skated in the early going as if they missed him. The Lightning started slowly against Buffalo, which started strong in an attempt to end its six-game winless streak. But goaltender Ben Bishop stood up to the onslaught in a game where he stopped 32 of 33 shots to lead the Bolts to their third straight win. “Let’s be honest, you’re never going to…

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Bills, Jags making history with streaming game from London

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Grab a latte and a laptop. Buffalo and Jacksonville flew across the pond to play an early-morning game in London on Sunday that will be televised in both local markets but streamed digitally to the rest of the United States. It’s unprecedented and unusual, and few, if any, Jaguars player even knew about the strange setup. “Wait, this game isn’t on TV?” safety Josh Evans said. “I didn’t even know that. People have to watch it online?” The game will…

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Yahoo! The Jaguars, Bills are going to start Internet football

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Good news, everybody. Blake Bortles is on the Internet! Download him today! And he’s facing E.J. Manuel in a battle for bandwidth and the pride of England. Yahoo! This is a good thing, I think. The NFL and Yahoo have announced a partnership that will bring a football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars (tally-ho) and Buffalo Bills (carry on) to the Internet. That means that if you happen to be weary of playing Candy Crush for a morning, there will…

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As Jameis Winston arrives in NFL, could E.J. Manuel be going?

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One is coming. The other one may be going. At first glance, there are a great many similarities between former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel. Both are strong-armed, both won a lot and both were No. 1 draft picks. But while Winston’s time is just beginning in Tampa Bay, there are already murmurings that Manuel’s era may be closing with the Buffalo Bills. And, gee, wasn’t that fast? For Winston, the praise continues…

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