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Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, right, celebrates with left wing Max Pacioretty after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Vegas stops Tampa Bay's 11-game streak with 5-3 win

Feb. 21, 2020 2:20 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hours before making his Vegas debut, Alec Martinez sat on the team bench, gazing onto a clean sheet of ice while collecting his thoughts inside an empty T-Mobile Arena, a place he called the loudest venue in the NHL. The crowd of 18,376 roared when he was announced in the starting lineup....

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) signs autographs for fans during spring training baseball camp Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Crowd-seeking Rays come up with win-win-win free ticket plan

Feb. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition. Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The ``Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend...

Orioles claim INF Andrew Velazquez off waivers from Indians

Feb. 19, 2020 2:38 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Velazquez, a 25-year-old from the Bronx, has hit .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland and joins a crowded competion for an infield spot with Baltimore. Last season,...

Steelers hire Ike Hilliard as new wide receivers coach

Feb. 18, 2020 1:58 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Hilliard is the new wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The club announced the move on Tuesday. Hilliard replaces Darryl Drake, who passed away last August during the early days of training camp. Ray Sherman filled the role on an interim basis last season. Hilliard...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at Billboard's Women in Music at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Swift's father recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers on Jan. 17, 2020, just moments after 30-year-old Terrence Hoover used an emergency stairwell to climb 13 floors to enter it. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Taylor Swift's father safe after fight with burglar

Feb. 17, 2020 10:25 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Swift's father recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse, a newspaper is reporting. The Tampa Bay Times said that Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg on Jan. 17 just moments after 30-year-old...

New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) watches a replay on a giant video screen above the ice after scoring a game-tying goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Devils trade captain Andy Greene to New York Islanders

Feb. 16, 2020 10:36 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Islanders solidified their defense for the playoff push Sunday, acquiring New Jersey Devils captain Andy Greene. The Devils got young defenseman David Quenneville and the Islanders' second-round pick in the 2021 draft in return for Greene. The deal came eight days before...

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg (8) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Andre Vasilevskiy stops 30 shots, Lightning beat Flyers 5-3

Feb. 15, 2020 8:56 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning set a franchise record for consecutive home wins in a 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Cedric Paquette and Carter Verhaeghe all scored for Tampa Bay,...

Pounders, McGuire agree to minor league deals with Rays

Feb. 14, 2020 6:12 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Relief pitchers Brooks Pounders and Deck McGuire have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays announced the agreements Friday and expect the right-handers in spring training on Saturday. Pounders split last season between the Indians and Mets...

Trucking company wants $181,500 in seized cash returned

Feb. 14, 2020 10:20 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida trucking company is suing two federal agencies, saying agents seized $181,500 in cash at Tampa International Airport and won't give it back. The federal lawsuit filed by FGL Transport, Inc., and owners Scott Smith and Michael Rozenberg asks the U.S. Department of Homeland...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde scores past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Lightning win 9th straight, top Oilers 3-1

Feb. 13, 2020 11:26 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yanni Gourde scored a short-handed goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 29 saves to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to their ninth straight victory, 3-1 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Tampa Bay also won its 10th in a row at home. Vasilevskiy improved to 18-0-2 in his past...