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Rays part of American League’s parade of “parity”

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The late Pete Rozelle was known to strive for “parity” during his days as NFL Commissioner. Perhaps the first 26 games of the Buccaneers’ franchise, when they went 0-26, influenced his mindset. Rozelle and the NFL tweaked schedules to help more teams reach 8-8 and make it harder for teams to regularly go 14-2. While the elite teams mostly remained elite for a reason, the end result saw most teams in the playoff hunt as the seasons reached their final…

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Lightning wins its second in a row to show it still has life

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Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, there might be life to the Tampa Bay Lightning, after all. And if so, nights such as Tuesday night give fans a reason to believe. The Lightning won a 5-0 game that should serve as the team’s blueprint for the rest of their playoff run. They got good goaltending, they got goals from their speediest skaters, and their penalty kill was strong in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. It…

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More women accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual touching

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Two more women came forward on Friday to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual touching, including a former contestant from a reality show that starred the Republican presidential nominee. The latest accounts come after several women reported in recent days that Trump groped or kissed them without their consent. At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Friday, Trump sought to discredit his accusers. He said because there were no witnesses to the interactions, the allegations were not credible. “Right…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.25.16 — The agony and the agony

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Tampa Bay area sports fans were hit with a double whammy of negativity on Tuesday. I also had a poor night watching people play games for profit. First of all, the Tampa Bay Lightning blew their opportunity to close out their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and face elimination tomorrow night in Pennsylvania. The Lightning played a listless game for two periods; the Penguins, playing with their season on the line, were by far the more aggressive…

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Donald Trump’s rise is driving immigrants to become citizens

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On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American. Ospina has spent almost half his life in the U.S. after emigrating from his native Colombia, becoming eligible for citizenship in 1990. But with Donald Trump becoming a more likely presidential nominee by the day, Ospina decided to wait no more, rushing the paperwork required to become a citizen. “Trump is dividing us…

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St. Louis unites against common enemy: Stan Kroenke

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St. Louis football fans don’t have the 49ers or Seahawks to hate anymore. They have a new nemesis: Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL executives who helped take away the team. It wasn’t exactly moving trucks sneaking the Colts out of Baltimore or moving the Browns from Cleveland, but Tuesday’s decision to relocate the Rams to Los Angeles left Missouri’s biggest city with bruised feelings, millions of dollars of unpaid debt from the current stadium and the distinction of…

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Chargers, Raiders, Rams file for relocation to Los Angeles

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The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation’s second-largest market after a 21-year absence. The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival Raiders on a stadium in Carson. Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos has had the right to leave San Diego since 2008, but the team’s long contentious efforts to…

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