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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pro disc golfers sling their wares at Bright House Field

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

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With the baseball season winding down (except for the few teams lucky and talented enough to make the playoffs), stadiums across the country will go into a stage somewhat like hibernation for the next six months. Sure, there will be a smattering of football played in some venues — like the Bitcoin Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg or the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York — but for the most part, the fields will go untouched while Major League Baseball players work on their golf handicaps.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jackson Springs sets the tone with skate competition

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Over this past weekend, a concrete state of perfect harmony existed for a few hours at a place called Jackson Springs; well, actually the Northwest Skate Park in Jackson Springs. While the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation celebrated its grand opening back in April, the skate park — the third of its kind in Hillsborough County — officially entered the game on Saturday with the Rock the Rails Contest and Concert series.



Skaters zip through the air in a celebratory convoy following the Rock the Rails Contest and Concert series held on Saturday at the Northwest Skate Park in Jackson Springs

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  • Skaters zip through the air in a celebratory convoy following the Rock the Rails Contest and Concert series held on Saturday at the Northwest Skate Park in Jackson Springs


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Reasons why the Rowdies are a must-see event

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

So, I typically write a preview on the Tampa Bay Rowdies home matches with the generic need-to-know gibberish. On this day, I choose differently, because attending a Rowdies game is more than just showing up to watch what happens on the field and relating it to standings.

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A different type of thunder strikes the Times Forum tonight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

With the Tampa Bay Rays fading fast and the Buccaneers still trying to find some punch to their offense, the Tampa Bay Times Forum will offer a boxing event that will have plenty of action on Friday night. Teaming up with Panda 5 Star Productions, the Forum presents Thunder at the Forum: Round 2 presented by Corona Extra starting at 7:45 p.m.



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Tampa Bay Rowdies meet historic rival New York Cosmos

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

After a 1-1 road trip that extended over two weeks, the Tampa Bay Rowdies begin a two-game home stand when they host the New York Cosmos in a 7:30 p.m. match on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Al Lang Field. The Rowdies sit alone in third with nine points, one ahead of the Cosmos, six behind first-place San Antonio Scorpions and four behind the Minnesota United FC.

The Rowdies and the Cosmos renew their historic rivalry when the two teams square off in a 7:30 p.m. match on Saturday at Al Lang Field.
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  • The Rowdies and the Cosmos renew their historic rivalry when the two teams square off in a 7:30 p.m. match on Saturday at Al Lang Field.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

So many questions: Why did the Rays trade Price?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" crew dissects the David Price trade.
  • ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" crew dissects the David Price trade.

ESPN referred to it as "perpetual recycling." Yahoo Sports gave it a "to be determined" grade. CBS Sports described it as "a roundly unimpressive return."

After having a night to let the trade of David Price marinate, I still am dumbstruck.

In one of the busiest trade deadline days ever for Major League Baseball with 12 deals secured, 37 players exchanged, the reigning World Series champions utterly demolished, and the Red Sox and Yankees swapping players, the Tampa Bay Rays stunned the fan base by gifting one of the game’s best starters to a Detroit team that now has the past three AL Cy Young Award winners.

For the record, the “blockbuster deal” consisted of a three-team deal between the Rays, Tigers and the Seattle Mariners. The Rays dealt Price (11-8 with a 3.11 ERA over 23 starts in 2014) to the Tigers and acquired left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly (6-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 20 appearances and 17 starts) and minor league shortstop Willy Adames from Detroit, and infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle. In addition, the Mariners acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from Detroit.

With the loss of Price, the Rays now have just three leftovers from the 2008 roster that advanced to the World Series. Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist have been with the team since that historic run to the playoffs, while Grant Balfour left and returned this season.

On an interesting side-note, the Oakland A’s, who traded for Red Sox ace Jon Lester and former Rays outfielders Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld in two separate deals yesterday, have six former Tampa Bay players on their roster (Fuld, Gomes, Jason Hammel, John Jaso, Scott Kazmir, and Steven Vogt), including four who played in 2008 with the Rays (Gomes, Hammel, Jaso, and Kazmir).

So many questions about this deal have me shaking my head: about the decision-making by Rays GM Andrew Friedman:

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Tigers got him! Say farewell to David Price, Rays fans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

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 So there's that consolation, Rays fans: Our guy was the "biggest prize" of all this year's coveted trade targets. 

What did we get in return? Hard to say, since details not forthcoming at this second — but word is it's a three-way deal, with Seattle also involved.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Belgium vs. U.S.A. — World Cup invades local pubs today

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Say what you want about soccer, or as Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima calls it in the Kia commercials, "futbol," the 2014 FIFA World Cup has taken over the pubs, televisions, computer screens, and city squares of the U.S.A. in an unprecedented way.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

(Sort of) fake currency to sponsor (sort of) real bowl game in St. Pete

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

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Hey, remember the Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl? If you're not a diehard college-football fan, you might not have, even though the game has been a post-season staple for years. (Last year, East Carolina trounced Ohio. Go Pirates!)

This year, the game has a bizarre new sponsor, thanks to some bargaining between digital-currency payments processor BitPay and ESPN's live-action subsidiary ESPN Events, and will be known as the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl for the next three years, through the 2016 throwdown. The first Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl is scheduled for Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Trop.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The World Cup begins today — what to know, where to watch (w/video)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

AMERICANS LIKE SOCCER TOO: Dan Kennedy of Tampa band  Soubotz shows off his U.S. national soccer team tattoo by Esben Rey at Bloodline Tattoo.
  • AMERICANS LIKE SOCCER TOO: Dan Kennedy of Tampa band Soubotz shows off his U.S. national soccer team tattoo by Esben Rey at Bloodline Tattoo.

The entire world except three of its most populous nations (China, U.S. and India) has succumbed to World Cup soccer fever. As the controversial monolith that is FIFA takes over Rio de Janeiro in what's been one of the most controversial settings for the tournament (yeah, but wait till FIFA hist oil magnate hub Qatar in 2022), soccer fans everywhere — even a good many here in the U.S. of A., as evidenced above — are downright stoked about the international soccer championship that's beginning today with Brazil vs. Croatia at 4 p.m. Click here for the full schedule.
 
Fox Sports reports on favorites to win and dark horses, and CL contributor Ray Roa talks about the dark side of FIFA's dominion and World Cup fever.

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