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John Rutherford recovering from ‘acute digestive flare-up’, not cardiac episode

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Congressman John Rutherford, the first-term Jacksonville Republican who had a medical emergency in Washington Wednesday, is “on his way to a full and swift recovery,” his chief of staff said. Notably: contrary to much reporting, Rutherford did not suffer a heart attack. Kelly Simpson, Congressman Rutherford’s Chief of Staff, said, “Congressman Rutherford is recuperating at a local hospital on his way to a full and swift recovery.” “On Wednesday evening, Congressman Rutherford experienced significant discomfort while just outside the House Chamber.  Mr. Rutherford…

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Tampa Bay Rays collapse, blow five-run lead in loss to explosive Detroit Tigers

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The game was a stroll on the beach. It was an afternoon in the park. A float down the river. A Sunday afternoon drive. And then the sky fell. The Tampa Bay Rays blew a staggering lead Thursday night, giving up a five-run lead and losing a 10-7 game to the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers had only four hits going into the ninth, but for some reason, manager Kevin Cash entrusted the lead to young Ryan Garton. The Tigers beat…

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Lightning blows three-goal lead, collapses in loss to Caps

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It was going along so smoothly. The Tampa Bay Lightning had just taken a 3-0 lead, and they had run Washington goaltender Brian Holtby from the game, and captain Steven Stamkos had finally broken a 10-game streak without a goal. You could imagine the Bolts climbing the standings and getting back into playoff contention. And then the bottom fell out. Washington scored four third-period goals on six shots to come from behind and beat the Lightning, 5-3. Three of the…

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Bucs’ Lovie Smith tries to explain how the Washington game got away

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Coach Lovie Smith thinks his Tampa Bay Bucs are more of the team that took a 24-0 lead Sunday than the one that got outscored 31-6 afterward. The record says the Bucs are both. “That football team that played in the first half, we’re that team,” Smith said in his day-after press conference Monday. “We’re, unfortunately, also that team that played in the second half. I think we’re more along the lines of what we saw in the first half.”…

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