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Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS chances improve as St. Louis rejects soccer stadium plan

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Chances St. Petersburg will get a Major League Soccer expansion franchise improved Tuesday after voters in St. Louis rejected a proposal to use public money for a new soccer stadium. For a city that just lost the NFL Rams, St. Louis residents could just not justify spending $60 million for a new stadium. The stadium plan lost by 3,000 votes, 47 to 53 percent. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was “’confident’ St. Louis…

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Lightning loses despite retiring the jersey of Marty St. Louis

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Turns out, maybe the Tampa Bay Lightning should have brought back Marty St. Louis … and given him a uniform. Despite the charge the team got from retiring the jersey of St. Louis – the only retired number in franchise history, the Lightning could not maintain its energy and fell, 3-1, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bolts started well, getting off a season-high of 19 shots  in the first period, and taking a 1-0 lead on Jonathan Drouin’s goal.…

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Lightning prepared to raise Marty St. Louis’ jersey to rafters

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Three years ago, he went away angry. Three years ago, a lot of Tampa Bay Lightning fans felt he had pulled out on the team. But tonight, Marty St. Louis returns home for the team’s first jersey-retiring ceremony before the game against Columbus. Finally, the team and its star have reconciled. “I don’t think even when you’re done playing and you’ve done some great things” St. Louis said, “it’s nothing you hope for. This is an add-on you never felt…

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Lightning comes from behind to beat St. Louis is solid effort

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Now, that’s more like it. The Tampa Bay Lightning still cannot be certain that its struggles are over, especially not as beaten up as they are. But for a night, the Lightning was a special team again Thursday night. The Lightning came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Tampa Bay fell behind with two quick goals in the first period before coming back. “It’s the National Hockey League,” said coach Jon Cooper. “To me,…

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Tampa Bay Lightning’s losing streak continues against St. Louis

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The Tampa Bay Lightning appears to be moving in the wrong direction. The Lightning lost their fourth straight game Thursday night, 5-4  to St. Louis, despite a late comeback. In their last four games, the Bolts have given up 19 goals in their toughest skid of the season. In their latest defeat, the Lightning fell behind 4-1 (three of the goals coming on power plays), before comebacks narrowed the margin to one goal twice. Ben Bishop stopped nine of 10…

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Donald Trump aggressive, Hillary Clinton steady in tense debate

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His candidacy spiraling out of control, Donald Trump faced Hillary Clinton on the debate stage Sunday night in the most critical moment of his political career. Questions about Trump’s preparation, policy knowledge and temperament all were overshadowed by the political fallout from Friday’s release of a video that captured the Republican presidential nominee making predatory sexual comments about women a decade earlier. With tensions high, the candidates refused to shake hands at the start of the debate at Washington University…

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GOP rivals questioning whether they’d back Donald Trump as nominee

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Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and John Kasich suggested Saturday they may not support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee, as violence at the front-runner’s rallies deepened the party’s chaotic chasm. Rubio told supporters that while he was currently sticking with his pledge to back the nominee if he wasn’t the party’s choice, “it’s getting harder every day.” Kasich said the “toxic environment” Trump is creating “makes it very, extremely difficult” to support him. “To see Americans slugging…

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