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Lightning beats Carolina, even though it really didn’t deserve it

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They didn’t deserve it. They didn’t work hard enough for it. They didn’t play well enough for it. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t giving it back. The Lightning, which has pointed in nine out of 10 games, and won four out of five, somehow rallied in overtime to beat the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night. Hours after enduring the loss of another player — Valtteri Filppula — the Bolts played one of their most listless games of…

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Bucs stop two-point conversion to end with winning record

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With 17 seconds to play, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ defense came up with one final stop on their season, and it meant a winning record. The Bucs stopped a two-point conversion with 17 seconds remaining Sunday after three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olson slipped. Instead, the ball bounded off the facemask of Bradley McDougald, leaving the Bucs 17-16 winners. Tampa Bay finished at 9-7, their first winning season since 2010. The Bucs missed the playoffs, however, due to the…

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Bolts start fast, then depend on Andrei Vasilevskiy for the win

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The Tampa Bay Lightning got off to such a good start Saturday night, but it didn’t bother to finish. That’s the latest bone of contention for Lightning coach Jon Cooper, whose team won a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Power play goals by Brian Boyle and Jonathan Drouin, and a second-period goal by Alex Killorn put the Bolts ahead 3-0, but the team allowed Carolina to come back and threaten down the stretch. “Give credit to Carolina,” Cooper said.…

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Bucs think that Carolina’s Cam Newton remains a star in the NFL

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Last year, he was the league MVP. His team won 15 times. He threw for 35 touchdowns. A year ago, Cam Newton was golden. This year, not so much. This year, Newton’s Carolina Panthers team has won six times. His team has been eliminted from the playoffs. He’s thrown for 15 scores. Ah, but to the Tampa Bay Bucs, Newton is still Newton. “I don’t think you ever really appreciate how big he is,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter. “Jameis…

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Tampa Bay Lightning loses game in overtime to Hurricanes

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On Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a losing streak. On Sunday, they might have  started another one. The Lightning lost an overtime game, 1-0, to the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. It was the team’s fifth loss in their last six games. Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots. However, his record fell to 8-9-1 on the season. Phil Di Giuseppe scored his first goal of the season only 86 seconds into overtime. “Guys are battling,…

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The Predictions: FSU will find enough defense to beat Tar Heels

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Yeah, Dalvin Cook can reach the end zone. So, too, can Jacques Patrick. For that matter, Deondre Francois can reach Travis Rudolph there. And Bobo Wilson. And others. That isn’t the question. The Seminoles can score, as games against Ole Miss and USF show. But can FSU stop anyone, in particular North Carolina’s talented offense? FSU is 121st in yards per play allowed (6.78), 121st in opposing offense yards per carry, 116th in yards per play (8.9) and 108th in scoring defense…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies fall, 3-1, to undefeated Carolina Railhawks

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This time, the goaltender didn’t stop the penalty kick. This time, the defense wasn’t sharp for the entire game. This time, the second-half goal wasn’t enough for the victory. The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost their first game of the NASL season, 3-1 to the Carolina RailHawks and fell seven points behind in the NASL race after only four games. The Rowdies gave up a goal just before the half, and just after, and then surrendered a goal to former player…

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