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Rays set to promote SS Wander Franco, MLB's No. 1 prospect

Jun. 20, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco, considered the best prospect in the minors, is set to make his major league debut. The Rays say they plan to promote the 20-year-old Franco from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. Tampa Bay is off Monday and...

Resilient Lightning expect to bounce back against Islanders

Jun. 20, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No team has been more resilient in the NHL playoffs than the Tampa Bay Lightning. The reigning Stanley Cup champions are 12-0 in games following a postseason loss since the start of their title run last year. That ability to bounce back is about to be...

Martin, Pulock help Isles top Lightning 3-2 to tie series

Jun. 20, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With goalie Semyon Varlamov out of position in the closing seconds, New York defenseman Ryan Pulock knew he needed to get in the way of Ryan McDonagh's shot at the open net. It was the biggest play in the Islanders' latest series-tying Game 4 win. ...

‘Grave-type’ holes appear on some Pinellas beaches

Jun. 19, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Carrie Auerbach walked onto Treasure Island’s beach on Monday holding a plastic shovel, looking to fill more of the holes that she has found scattered across public beaches in Pinellas County. “Basically, I’m gonna need a bigger...

Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

Jun. 18, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order making it difficult for cruise ships to resume sailing due to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Steven...

3 fallen Florida lawmen honored with road namings

Jun. 18, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three fallen Florida lawmen will be long remembered for their heroism and ultimate sacrifice to their communities after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Friday designating portions of the state’s roadways in their honor. Hillsborough...

Point scores again, Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3

Jun. 18, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — After keeping up his scoring touch to help Tampa Bay get a big road victory its Stanley Cup semifinal series, Brayden Point was especially proud of the Lightning's defensive effort. Point got the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Andrei...

Hurricanes extend Brind'Amour, who wins coach of year honors

Jun. 17, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

Rod Brind'Amour never worried much about being able to reach a deal to remain coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. “It was just a matter of time, really,” Brind'Amour said Thursday as the team announced a three-year contract extension. Hours later,...

Amid red tide outbreak, Florida beckons visitors to beaches

Jun. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Plumes of toxic oceanic bacteria known as red tide continued to move up the western Florida coast, strewing thousands of dead fish on beaches while state officials tried to reassure Floridians and potential tourists Thursday that the outbreak was being taken...

Offense from defense a key factor in Stanley Cup semifinals

Jun. 17, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

One of the first things Peter DeBoer wanted to change when he took over as Vegas Golden Knights coach 17 months ago was getting defensemen more involved in the offense. It took some time. Now, the Golden Knights have more goals, assists and points from their blue line...