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Rays sell out their 12th straight opening game against Yankees

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Attendance problems? Those are for the other 80 home games. For openers, the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty of fans. The Rays have sold out their 12th consecutive opener, selling out Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at the Trop. Tickets are available for the remaining two games in the season-opening series against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and for the first weekend series of the season, April 6-9, versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The…

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5 things to keep your eye on as Rowdies open their USL era

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Five things to look for in tonight’s home opener for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. 1. The crowd: Sure, most teams look for a big gate in their opening game. For the Rowdies, who have been pushing their attendance to make the MLS notice, it’s even more important. Tampa Bay has to establish itself as a solid market. 2. New surroundings: The USL isn’t where the Rowdies were, and it isn’t where they want to be long-term. But it’s a stable…

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Florida reopens football schedule against the Minutemen

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They’re called the Minutemen. Roughly speaking, that’s about how long UMass should be in Saturday’s game against the University of Florida. Oh, it’s still opening day for the Gators, what with a new quarterback (Luke Del Rio) and an old friend (Steve Spurrier, playing the role of Mr. Two Bits). And, like most football fans, Florida’s faithful don’t mind winning 52-7. What does it say about the season to come? Probably nothing. The SEC Country website predicts an 8-4 record with losses to…

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Seminoles to open their season with a tougher test in 2016

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This year, there will be no easing into the college football season for FSU. This year doesn’t start with an outmanned directional school. This year, the Seminoles sweat. This year, they have a game, and all the risks that come with it. This year, they have Ole Miss, which is expected to be a top 10 school again. For the Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, the game against the Rebels — and quarterback Chad Kelly — is ahead on Sept.…

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Jays start off fast, Marcus Stroman starts off strong against Rays

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For starters, this was no way for the Tampa Bay Rays to behave. For starters, this was all about the Toronto Blue Jays, a team a lot of people are picking to win the American League East. The Jays hit every proper button early and got off to a quick lead over the Rays and then coasted to a 5-3 victory. How is this for a start? The Jays scored two runs before the Rays ever came to bat. Pitcher…

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Rays enter their season flooded with more questions than answers

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Questions. We have questions. The Tampa Bay Rays? The Rays, on the other hand, have answers. At least, they hope they have answers. The Rays, 80-82 in an injury-plagued season a year ago, will attempt to contend for the AL East title this year. But that might be easier said than done. A lot of people seem to be picking the Toronto Blue Jays to win the division, and if not them the Boston Red Sox, and if not them…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies open their season tonight against Indy

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He has taken over disappointing teams. He has gathered teams in the clubhouse to say farewell. He has wandered the sideline, urging this player to be better than he was yesterday. What Stuart Campbell has never done, however, is coach a season opener. He has never directed a team toward a new season. He has never felt the eagerness of the fans at the start of the journey. He has never opened the wrapping on a new team. Until tonight.…

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