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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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Bethune-Cookman shocks Gators in NCAAs; Seminoles force deciding game

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College baseball’s June Madness came to Gainesville on Sunday night as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats shocked the Florida Gators 6-2 to force a deciding game in the Gainesville Regional. BCU made it to the championship round by eliminating the South Florida Bulls 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. After Bethune-Cookman starter Donte Lindsay gave way to T.J. Densmore one out into the second inning and two runs across, the Wildcats bullpen was stingy for the rest of the night. Densmore and Anthony Maldonado…

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Lightning lose second straight as Capital’s T.J. Oshie gets a hat trick

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And suddenly, the Tampa Bay Lightning is going in the wrong direction. The Lightning, which entered the week on a hot streak, lost its second straight key matchup Saturday night in a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Caps clinched the playoffs with the victory. Tampa Bay, which has 11 games to play, is certain to finish with its worst record in four years. Saturday night, the Bolts gave up the game’s first two goals and its last three.…

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Peach Bowl: Alabama dynasty vs. playoff outsider Washington

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Alabama is very familiar with this role. Washington? It’s been a while. The Peach Bowl features one of college football’s greatest dynasties against the definite outsider in this season’s College Football Playoff. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) is going for its second straight national title and fifth in the last nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. At this point, it’s national championship or bust for Alabama. A loss in Saturday’s semifinal game would make this season a failure. “It’s the…

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Tampa Bay Lightning shut out in lopsided loss to Washington

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And then, nothing. The Tampa Bay Lightning, which had appeared to be pulling out of its swoon with back-to-back wins were clobbered Friday night in a 4-0 loss to the Washington Caps. Tampa Bay gave up two goals in the first period, and got off only two shots, in their latest defeat. John Carlson scored the Caps’ first two goals, including the first with only 55 seconds gone in the game. Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson later scored goals for…

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Committee picks ‘Bama, three others for playoff tournament

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Their job was to pick the four best teams in college football. That’s it. Their job was not to decide conference championship games. It was not to draw up a new, expanded bracket. It was not to reward small schools with big seasons. It was not to decide the niftiest fight song. Their job was to pick the best four teams in the nation based on their resumes. Just that. It wasn’t to reward Penn State for winning the Big…

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Lightning finally snaps losing streak, beats Washington in shootout

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, finally, are winners again. After a four-game losing streak, the Bolts returned to the winner’s circle with a 2-1, shootout victory over the Washington Caps. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 34 of 35 shots. The Lightning got a regulation goal from Nikita Kucherov, and both Brayden Point and Brian Boyle scored in the shootout. The five minute four-on-four period ended scoreless. The Bolts had struggled with their goaltenders during their four-game losing streak, giving up 19 goals…

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