727Area has new update 17 hours ago Rays prospects and winter leagues: Heredia has big week
Guillermo Heredia is one of two big leaguers representing the Rays in the offseason. This weekend in Venezuela, the focus was not on baseball following the car crash that killed Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. According to reports, bandits caused the crash in order to rob them, and four people with stolen property have been detained. Hitters 2B Jonathan Aranda, Liga Mexicana del Pacífico This week: 0 ABOffseason: 2 AB, .000 BA/.000 OBP/.000 SLG C Chris Betts, Australian Baseball League This week: 13 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 KOffseason: 57 AB, .298 BA/.394 OBP/.368 SLG This week, Betts reached base in all four of his appearances, including a four-hit game. 2B Vidal Brujan, Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana This week: 0 ABOffseason: 13 AB, .077 BA/.077 OBP/.077 SLG OF Carl Chester, ABL This week: 15 AB, 1 R, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 5 KOffseason: 61 AB, .262 BA/.357 OBP/.541 SLG OF Moises Gomez, Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional This week: 10 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 3 KOffseason: 125 AB, .248 BA/.270 OBP/.432 SLG IF Tristan Gray, ABL This week: 17 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 0/1 SBOffseason: 58 AB, .310 BA/.425 OBP/.517 SLG OF Emilio Gustave, LIDOM This week: 5 AB, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 KOffseason: 27 AB, .333 BA/.379 OBP/.333 SLG OF Guillermo Heredia, LIDOM This week: 11 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIOffseason: 57 AB, .263 BA/.288 OBP/.421 SLG OF Tommy Pham, LIDOM This week: 20 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2/2 SBOffseason: 22 AB, .318 BA/.423 OBP/.364 SLG Pham has gotten on base in all six of his games this offseason. C Rene Pinto, LVBP This week: 0 ABOffseason: 53 AB, .208 BA/.263 OBP/.358 SLG C David Rodriguez, LVBP This week: 8 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KOffseason: 98 AB, .306 BA/.340 OBP/.449 SLG OF Jesus Sanchez, LIDOM This week: 0 ABOffseason: 15 AB, .200 BA/.294 OBP/.267 SLG 2B/OF Nick Solak, LIDOM This week: 2 AB, 1 H, 2 BB, 0/1 SBOffseason: 37 AB, .189 BA/.304 OBP/.243 SLG Solak is now listed on the reserve list. Pitchers LHP Kyle Bird, LMP This week: 0 IPOffseason: 18 IP, 2.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP RHP Yoel Espinal, LIDOM This week: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 KOffseason: 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP After walking two and getting charged with a run without recording an out in his first appearance this offseason, Espinal has three straight scoreless outings. LHP Resly Linares, LIDOM This week: 0 IPOffseason: 7 IP, 2.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP LHP Luis Moncada, LVBP This week: 0 IPOffseason: 12 1?3 IP, 2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP RHP Jesus Ortiz, Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente This week: 1 1?3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 KOffseason: 4 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP RHP Joe Peguero, ABL This week: 2 2?3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 KOffseason: 9 2?3 IP, 0.93 ERA, 1.14 WHIP Peguero seems to be pitching once a week, and he’s been pretty effective. RHP Angel Rodriguez, LVBP This week: 0 IPOffseason: 1 1?3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP RHP Jhonleider Salinas, LVBP This week: 0 IPOffseason: 5 2?3 IP, 7.94 ERA, 1.76 WHIP LHP Cristopher Sanchez, ABL This week: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 KOffseason: 8 1?3 IP, 2.16 ERA, 1.44 WHIP Done for the offseason OF Ryan Boldt, Arizona Fall League This week: 0 ABOffseason: 18 AB, .278 BA/.350 OBP/.278 SLG SS Lucius Fox, AFL This week: 10 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 1 KOffseason: 86 AB, .326 BA/.437 OBP/.384 SLG C Ronaldo Hernandez, AFL This week: 7 AB, 3 R, 4 H, 1 3B, 2 RBIOffseason: 14 AB, .357 BA/.438 OBP/.500 SLG LHP Matt Krook, AFL This week: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 KOffseason: 13 2?3 IP, 5.93 ERA, 1.54 WHIP RHP Brandon Lawson, AFL This week: 1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 KOffseason: 15 2?3 IP, 7.47 ERA, 1.79 WHIP OF Joe McCarthy, AFL This week: 0 ABOffseason: 46 AB, .239 BA/.375 OBP/.370 SLG LHP Dalton Moats, AFL This week: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 KOffseason: 10 2?3 IP, 0.84 ERA, 0.47 WHIP RHP Phoenix Sanders, AFL This week: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 KOffseason: 13 2?3 IP, 7.90 ERA, 1.90 WHIP Australian stats are through games of Dec 9. All other stats are through games of Dec 8.
727Area has new update 17 hours ago Quick Strikes: Lightning and Crunch reflect, Dave Andreychuk to answer fan questions
A Sunday without a game is a day for reflection. The Tampa Bay Lightning won their Saturday evening contest against Colorado 7-1, and assistant coach Jeff Halpern had a lot of positives to point out from his team’s performance. .@caleychelios and #Bolts assistant coach Jeff Halpern break down last night's 7-1 win over Colorado. #COLvsTBL pic.twitter.com/fNt0Tv1JnH— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 9, 2018 Obviously it’s only December, so projections tell very little, but Lightning fans have to be happy with this little graph. Point projections over the past fortnight. Leafs now most likely to finish /second/ instead of /first/, so I expect much wailing and gnashing of teeth. pic.twitter.com/kYGQzyXDvs— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) December 9, 2018 Do you have a burning question for Dave Andreychuk? Get those tweetin’ fingers ready! Got any questions for @Andy2525? He’ll again be answering some of your Twitter questions tomorrow on air during the @TGHCares Morning Skate Show.Use #AskAndy to submit yours and selected fans will win a #TBLightning Holiday Elf!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 9, 2018 Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has a dream. What kind of dream? A dream team! How many players do you think would put Stammer on *their* dream team?Here's the Captain on assembling his all-time squad: pic.twitter.com/0E8vDmKsE2— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 9, 2018 Syracuse Crunch head coach Ben Groulx was happy that his team kept pressing Saturday night against a very talented Rochester Americans team. Syracuse lost the game 4-3, a result that halted their points streak at 13. “I like the fact that we never went away. We traded goals in the second and third.”#SyrCrunch head coach Ben Groulx on his team staying in the game. #ROCvsSYR pic.twitter.com/cwze2N67o6— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 9, 2018 Rochester now leads the season series 3-0, but Syracuse still has nine more chances to get wins against their North Division foe. Forward Taylor Raddysh knows what the team needs to do - play a full sixty minutes. “We’re both very skilled teams and fast teams. I feel like we just need to play a full 60 minutes against them.”Taylor Raddysh on how we’re going to match up against Rochester this season. #ROCvsSYR pic.twitter.com/UKMxVLaANN— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 9, 2018 If you paid attention to yesterday’s Quick Strikes, you would have noticed that it’s teddy toss season around the AHL. Here’s some photo highlights from one of my favorite times of year featuring the Crunch, the Colorado Eagles (Colorado Avalanche), the Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida Panthers), and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Phantoms). It's the most wonderful time of the year pic.twitter.com/SGSAxm68lF— AHL (@TheAHL) December 9, 2018 In a continuation of the seasonal theme, Crunchman was also making the rounds yesterday. Crunchman had a great time at the Advocates Holiday Party Celebration today! pic.twitter.com/g4k1r5ioOC— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 9, 2018 Otto Somppi was loaned to the Orlando Solar Bears to help get him back into playing shape. It seems like it’s working: Somppi scores the second goal of the game for the bears! LET'S GO BEARS! #OSBvsGRN pic.twitter.com/e2boTxL7NB— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) December 9, 2018 Can someone do a welfare check on Calgary? I’m a little worried about them. After recalling Alan Quine & Rinat Valiev from Stockton yesterday afternoon, the Calgary #Flames now have only $6,808 in projected cap space remaining.The Flames also have 4 players currently on injured reserve with a combined cap hit of $14,044,166 (or 17.7% of the cap). pic.twitter.com/IfLWPMYhkk— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) December 9, 2018 Elsewhere in the hockey world, Northern Michigan goalie Atte Tolvanen scored the first goalie goal in program history. Love goalie goals! Here it is. The video you've all been waiting for. The first goalie goal in program history and 11th in NCAA history by @NMUHockey Atte Tolvanen! @espn @SportsCenter @ESPNAssignDesk #SCtop10 #NMUwildcats #ShareNMU pic.twitter.com/QCX60MAUZI— NMU Athletics (@NMU_Wildcats) December 8, 2018
Tampa Bay Business Journal has new update
17 hours ago Burger Monger will debut a new menu, new aesthetic in 2019
Burger Monger, a Tampa Bay-based burger chain that was on the leading edge of the region's burger boom, will completely overhaul its brand in 2019. "Chophouse burgers and barstool shakes" has been added as Burger Monger's tagline, and its new aesthetic is a clean, modern one, with black-and-white exteriors. The Wesley Chapel location will be the first to be renovated; Burger Monger's other four restaurants, in South Tampa, St. Petersburg, Carrollwood and Clearwater, will follow. Owner Jake Hickton…
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17 hours ago Key holiday shipping deadlines for UPS, FedEx, USPS and Amazon
As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, now you have to worry about how busy the mailman is. Shopping online sure beats a trip to the mall, though. We've compiled holiday shipping deadlines for the major shippers in the U.S. and Amazon.com Inc. These are the dates you'll need to be mindful of if you're doing your shopping online or buying gifts and shipping them to far-off friends and family. • FedEx Corp.: Dec. 17 is the last day to ship FedEx Home Delivery or FedEx Ground and be guaranteed…
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17 hours ago Ion Labs expands Largo location
Ion Labs, a Largo-based supplement manufacturer, is expanding in 2019. The current 150,000-square-foot facility is in Largo. The slated 190,000-square-foot manufacturing space will be "a one minute drive" from the current space, at 8031 114th Ave. The new space will be used for warehousing, fulfillment and some manufacturing while the current space will be used solely for manufacturing, according to Ion Labs Marketing Director Max Timko. The company, started in 2012, employs roughly 350 people…
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18 hours ago Meet the UT grad student who won $10,000 for his wearable tech
For Ibrahim Allam, a graduation gift came a little early this year. Allam, a master's student in the University of Tampa's entrepreneurial program who is graduating this weekend, got a head start in the real world and can breathe a sigh of relief. "I usually pitch at UT competitions and usually know more than half the crowd so I can keep my eyes on someone I know," he said, referencing that he stopped during his presentation to breathe. "But here everyone was random. But it's practice; entrepreneurship…
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18 hours ago Art Basel 2018 features something for everyone
Thousands of art lovers flocked to South Florida's biggest art show, Art Basel 2018, to take in the offerings from some of the world's leading art galleries. More than 265 galleries from 35 nations featured paintings, sculptures, photos, installations, films and more from the masters of modern and contemporary art as well as emerging artists, during the show that runs through Sunday, Dec. 9. Click on the attached gallery to view some of the displays.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Overtime w/DEA Episode 4: Kiss Tampa Bay’s Playoff Hopes Goodbye
A solemn episode four Alex, Evan, and special guest Mike discuss Tampa Bay’s loss to the Saints, where they go from here, and why Evan hates online gambling.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers 28-14 loss to the Saints
Mike Evans cracks the Top 10. - The Buccaneers scored on the opening drive of the game, going 75 yards in seven plays, taking 2:41. The drive featured a 36-yard reception by WR Mike Evansand ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Jameis Winston to TE Cameron Brate. - Evans finished the game with four catches for 86 yards. He now has 1,207 yard this season, the most by a Buccaneers player through the first 13 games in team history and the eighth-most in a single season in team history. MOST RECEIVING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (Team History) 1. WR Mark Carrier, 1989 1,422 2. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012 1,384 3. WR Mike Evans, 2016 1,321 4. WR Joey Galloway, 2005 1,287 5. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001 1,266 6. WR Antonio Bryant, 2008 1,248 7. WR Vincent Jackson, 2013 1,224 8. WR Mike Evans, 2018 1,207 9. WR Mike Evans, 2015 1,206 10. WR Michael Clayton, 2004 1,193 - Evans now has 5,786 career receiving yards, the 10th-most by a player through their first four seasons since the 1970 NFL/AFL Merger. MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST FIVE SEASONS (Since 1970 Merger) 1. Torry Holt (STL, 1999-2003) 6,784 2. Randy Moss (MIN, 1998-2002) 6,743 3. Jerry Rice (SF, 1985-89) 6,364 4. Julio Jones (ATL, 2011-15) 6,201 5. A.J. Green (CIN, 2011-15) 6,171 6. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI, 2004-08) 5,975 7. Calvin Johnson (DET, 2007-11) 5,872 8. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, 2013-17) 5,865 9. T.Y. Hilton (IND, 2012-16) 5,861 10. Mike Evans (TB, 2014-17) 5,786 - The first turnover of the game came when Buccaneers LB Adarius Taylor intercepted a pass from Saints QB Drew Brees at the New Orleans 48-yard line, retuning it nine yards to the New Orleans 39-yard line. It is the first career interception for Taylor. - Following Taylor’s interception, Winston and Brate connected for another score, with Brate catching a one-yard touchdown with under 30 seconds left in the half, ending a six-play, 39-yard drive lasting 1:56. - Winston now has 14 touchdown passes this season and 83 in his career. He has thrown two touchdowns in each of the past four games, tied for the fourth-longest streak in team history and matching a career best (also 10/23/16 at SF-11/13/16 vs. CHI). - Brate has six touchdown catches this season and 23 in his career. His 23 career touchdown receptions ties Bruce Hill for the eighth-most in franchise history. MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS – Team History 1. WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 37 2. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86 34 3. WR Kevin House, 1980-85 31 4. WR Joey Galloway 2005-07 28 5. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 27 6. WR Mike Williams, 2010-13 25 7. TE Dave Moore, 1992-01, 2004-06 24 8. TE Cameron Brate, 2014-Pres. 23 8. WR Bruce Hill, 1987-91 23 10. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-16 20 - On the opening drive of the second half, the Buccaneers recorded their second takeaway of the game, with DE Carl Nassib strip-sacking Brees and DE Jason Pierre-Paul recovering the fumble. Nassib now has 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the season. The fumble recovery was the first of the season for Pierre-Paul and the eighth of his career. - With today’s totals, the Buccaneers now have 4,308 passing yards this season, the third-most in NFL history through 13 games. Tampa Bay has 5,591 total yards this season, the seventh-most in NFL history through 13 games. MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST 13 GAMES - (NFL History) 1. Denver Broncos 2013 4,436 2. St. Louis Rams 2000 4,360 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 4,308 4. Indianapolis Colts 2014 4,184 5. New England Patriots 2011 4,151 MOST YARDS THROUGH FIRST 13 GAMES - (NFL History) 1. Denver Broncos 2013 6,053 2. New Orleans Saints 2011 5,821 3. Houston Oilers 1961 5,766 4. St. Louis Rams 2000 5,705 5. Indianapolis Colts 2014 5,621 6. Denver Broncos 2000 5,601 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 5,591 8. San Francisco 49ers 1998 5,584 9. Miami Dolphins 1984 5,570 10. Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 5,551 - The Buccaneers now have 31 passing touchdowns this season, tied for the most in a single season in team history. The team has 4,308 passing yards this season, the second-most in a single season in team history, and 5,591 total yards of offense, the fourth-most in a single season in team history. MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY) 1. 2018* 31 2. 2016* 29 3. 2012 27 3. 2003 27 5. 2017* 26 5. 2010 26 * Dirk Koetter Offense MOST PASSING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY) 1. 2017* 4,336 2. 2018* 4,308 3. 2012 3,983 4. 2016* 3,926 5. 2015* 3,852 * Dirk Koetter Offense MOST YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY) 1. 2015* 6,014 2. 2012 5,820 3. 2017* 5,816 4. 2018* 5,591 5. 2016* 5,542 6. 2008 5,456 7. 2003 5,453 8. 2010 5,362 9. 1984 5,321 10. 2007 5,160 * Dirk Koetter Offense
727Area has new update 1 day ago Tampa Bay’s postseason hopes end with 28-14 loss to the Saints
A strong first half wasn’t enough to win the game Tampa Bay entered their matchup against the Saints looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive for another week. There was plenty of reason for optimism after a strong first half of play had the Bucs in the lead by a score of 14-3, but a blocked punt and no second-half offense doomed the team. Outside of a bad drop by Peyton Barber on the first play, things couldn’t have gone better for Tampa Bay on the first drive of the game. Winston came out and hit Mike Evans on a perfect deep ball for a 36-yard completion on the next play. Barber took a run up the middle of the defense for 13 yards and then Winston scrambled away from pressure and added 14 more yards on the next play. The Bucs were in business at the Saints’ 12-yard line just four plays into the game. Winston then found Cameron Brate on a beautiful back shoulder throw in the end zone on 3rd-and-9 for the game’s first points. Cairo Santos nailed the extra point and the Bucs led, 7-0. #Buccaneers take a 7-0 lead over the #Saints with a Cameron Brate touchdownpic.twitter.com/Qx9i2AYIU3— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 9, 2018 Terron Armstead’s injury reared it’s ugly head early on as a holding penalty on Jermaine Bushrod - Armstead’s replacement - put the Saints behind the sticks and they couldn’t recover. They had to punt the ball from midfield and the Bucs took over at their own 25. A defensive pass interference call prevented Tampa Bay from going three-and-out. A few plays later, wide receiver Adam Humphries too a huge hit while catching a pass over the middle for a first down on 3rd-and-7. It was a major lick from Saints’ safety Marcus Williams, one big enough to cause Humphries’ helmet to come off as he hit the ground. Hump just popped back up, hyped more than ever and ready to go. Let's bump Adam Humphries' toughness up to 99 @adamhumphries13 pic.twitter.com/g16MZ2sSR3— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 9, 2018 But Winston and Humphries couldn’t connect on the next third down try and the Bucs had to punt. Carl Nassib came crashing through the offensive line and took down Alvin Kamara for an eight-yard loss on second down that forced New Orleans into just their 17th three-and-out of the season. Tampa Bay was able to drive all the way down to the Saints’ 20 thanks to some big throws and a big run from Winston, but a gaffe by Donovan Smith on 3rd-and-9 led to the Saints’ first sack of the game. The eight yard loss put Cairo Santos in position to attempt a 46-yard field goal. The kick looked like it was going to sail through the uprights until it curved at the last second and bounced off the right upright. Brees and the Saints started at their own 36 after the miss and Brees immediately came out and found Thomas for a 17-yard pass that put them in Tampa Bay territory. Another big reception by Thomas on 3rd-and-4 put the Saints in the red zone, but Tampa Bay’s defense held them to a 30-yard field goal and Will Lutz knocked it through. Tampa Bay’s lead was now 7-3. The Bucs ran into a bit of luck after Chris Godwin fumbled his first reception of the day, only to have Brate fall on top of it. Multiple, idiotic penalties by several players on offense over the course of the next few plays saw the Bucs punt the ball back into the waiting arms of the Saints. Now, the visiting team had a chance to score before halftime and would receive the ball after the half. This would be a big drive for the Tampa Bay defense. The Bucs tried to challenge a questionable no-call on a Kamara fumble, but there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the down-by-contact call on the field. As it turns out, Tampa Bay didn’t need that call to go their way, after all. Adarius Taylor read a Saints’ screen perfectly and stepped in front of throw to make the interception. He was able to rumble down the field for seven yards to the New Orleans 39-yard line. NO SCREEN FOR YOU! pic.twitter.com/uUGg3V2skZ— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 9, 2018 The defense did its part, now it was the offense’s turn. An illegal hit on a defenseless receiver call opened up the drive and Tampa Bay was able to take advantage, but it was Winston who made the play of the game up until this point. He made multiple defenders miss on an exciting scramble and was able to find an open Humphries just before he crossed the line of scrimmage. Humphries was able to take the ball all the way inside the Saints’ one-yard line, stopping just short of the goal line. Nice play by Jameis Winstonpic.twitter.com/Osa6tZH1tG— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 9, 2018 Winston found Brate for the second time of the first half in the back of the end zone off a play fake and the Bucs extended their lead to 14-3. Winston to Brate Part IIBucs ? 11 pic.twitter.com/xZrvtYeuP5— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 9, 2018 The touchdown didn’t come without a price, however, as Demar Dotson landed on Winston’s plant leg. The quarterback looked to be in some major pain and went into the locker room early. The Bucs went 5/8 on third down in the first half, compared to 2/5 from the Saints. The most impressive stat was Tampa Bay’s run defense. They allowed just three yards on the ground through the first two quarters. The defense picked right up where it left off in the first half. Nassib came flying off the edge on second down and was able to knock the ball out of Brees’ hands. Jason Pierre-Paul was able to recover the ball and complete the strip-sack play. But the Saints held strong on defense and forced another field goal attempt. This time, it was from 40-yards out and this one had no chance. Santos and the Bucs watched it sail wide left and the Saints were spared three points. Fortunately, Tampa Bay has Vinny Curry on their side. He was able to crash through the B-gap and take Ingram down behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd-and-1. It was the second three-and-out for the defense and the Saints had to punt. More outstanding scrambling from Winston and a big catch by Evans helped Tampa Bay move the ball, but a big Godwin drop left the Bucs in punting position. New Orleans’ special teams came up with the biggest play of the day and blocked the Bucs’ punt. The Saints were in business as they took over at the Tampa Bay 30. Taysom Hill shows Tampa Bay why you should #NeverPunt!@TeamGleason | #NOvsTB pic.twitter.com/PJAz4nhbgf— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 9, 2018 Mark Ingram rumbled down to the Bucs’ 11 for 19 yards and a few players later, Brees found a wide open Zach Line for the Saint’s first touchdown of the game. Brees finds Zach Line for the 1-yard touchdown! #NOvsTB pic.twitter.com/SCts1EzKSw— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 9, 2018 Alvin Kamara then ran in the two-point conversion on a quick toss to the left to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to three points, 14-11. The second half struggles continued for the offense on the next drive. Winston was sacked twice and the end result was a three-and-out. How ironic is it that at this point, it was the defense that needed to bail this team out? Brees came out and hit Johnny Lee-Lewis for a 20-yard completion right off the bat. The Saints quarterback was then able to wait out the pressure and find Kamara for a first down on a 3rd-and-2. The Bucs’ defense was able to force the Saints’ offense into a 4th-and-goal from inside the one-yard line, but Brees leapt over the entire defensive line and was able to get the ball over the goal line. The extra point was good and the Saints now led, 18-11. Drew Brees stretches out for his signature QB sneak on 4th and goal for the #Saints touchdown!#NOvsTB pic.twitter.com/Yo4pcUVRoJ— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 9, 2018 Tampa Bay couldn’t do anything with the ball on their next drive and the Saints took over. A big reception on third down by Michael Thomas sparked the rest of the drive that ended with an Ingram touchdown to run. It was the dagger the Saints needed and they now led 25-14 with about seven and a half minutes to play. Both teams exchanged possessions until the Saints drove down and hit a late field goal to make it a 28-14 final. Tampa Bay is now (5-8) on the season. They will travel to Baltimore next weekend. Kickoff is set for 1PM EST.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Tampa Bay Rays willing to spend for the right player
The Winter Meetings kick off today and will run through Thursday, with the Rule 5 draft concluding the event. Prior to the Meetings, Marc Topkin took some time to do a Q&A on the Tampa Bay Times website, answering a variety of Rays related questions. One commenter questioned whether the Rays would actually open their wallets and spend on some of the premier players available. Topkin noted his belief that the Rays are willing to spend at least $15M a year if the right player were to come along. Without debating your descriptions, I’ve heard enough to believe that for the right player - which obviously is subjective - they would spend around $15 M a year, tho on a short-term of course. A couple of players come to mind who would fit that description, with one particular slugger, Nelson Cruz, piquing a lot of interest. Nelson Cruz has been projected to sign a two year deal, with a $15M annual figure predicted. He is projected to slash 261./341./498 in 2019. The Rays have also been linked to Edwin Encarnacion, who will be making north of $20M in 2019, but would also serve as a tremendous boost to the Rays offensive capabilities. His 2019 projected slash line is .246./342./474. Rays fans might have bad memories of the last time the team went above their usual free agent budget to sign a slugger; Pat Burrell underperformed badly and the Rays ended up dumping him in 2010. But his woes were linked to a difficult transition to DH; both Cruz and Encarnacion have spent some time in that role.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Open thread for Week 14: Buccaneers vs. Saints
Live twitter updates from the Bucs-Saints matchup. Tampa Bay is hosting the New Orleans Saints today from the wet and soggy field of Raymond James Stadium. The weather conditions are not favorable for either team, but the Buccaneers are coming into this matchup on a high after winning their last two games. Will the Bucs make it three in a row? Enjoy each other’s company in Week 14’s Bucs gameday open thread! A Twitter List by Bucs_Nation
727Area has new update 1 day ago Bucs vs. Saints: Week 14 Full Inactive Report
Here is the full list of inactive players for the Buccaneers and Saints for week fourteen The Buccaneers and Saints have released their lists of inactive players ahead of their week fourteen game. For the Buccaneers, we already knew receiver DeSean Jackson would miss his second straight game while safeties Justin Evans and Isaiah Johnson would both be held out with injuries. For the Saints, tackle Terron Armstead was already ruled out and despite missing practice on Wednesday, receiver Michael Thomas will indeed play. Here are the full inactive lists for each team; Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR - DeSean Jackson S - Justin Evans S - Isaiah Johnson CB - Carlton Davis LB - Riley Bullough QB - Ryan Griffin DT - Rakeem Nunez-Roches New Orleans Saints: T - Terron Armstead LB - Manti Te’o WR - Brandon Marshall TE - Dan Arnold C - Will Clapp DE - Trey Hendrickson DT - Mitchell Loewen Look for another heavy dose of Chris Godwin in Jackson’s absence while the makeshift secondary looks to catch lightning in a bottle for a second consecutive week.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Tampa Bay Rays willing to trade top-ten prospect, Jesus Sanchez
The Tampa Bay Rays were in pursuit of All-Star first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt, and per a report from Juan Toribio of The Athletic ($), the Rays were willing to include top prospect, OF Jesus Sanchez in the deal. Multiple sources told The Athletic that a package including outfield prospect Jesus Sanchez was what the Rays were offering to start with, but that was shut down by the Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt ultimately was dealt to the St Louis Cardinals for three solid players as well as a draft pick. That price was just too steep for the Rays to deal for a rental, even one of Goldschmidt’s quality. Jesus Sanchez was added to the team’s 40-man roster in November. He surged up the team’s prospect rankings in 2017 and was named the 49th best prospect baseball by Baseball America. In their latest update during the 2018 season, Sanchez moved up to number 40 on the list. Despite the relatively high ranking, Sanchez is still just the 6th best prospect in a stacked Rays system. Sanchez is on the cusp of reaching the majors, but may have trouble cracking a Rays outfield that includes Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier, and it would seem, Austin Meadows in 2019. The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to make a splash this offseason. Their willingness to deal a top prospect for a one year player indicates that they see 2019 as their year to compete for a playoff spot.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Week 14 Preview: Saints vs Buccaneers
Can Tampa Bay sweep their divisional opponent? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the best of their division rival New Orleans Saints in Week 1, shocking the entire league with a 48-40 win. Both team’s seasons have taken drastic turns since that game. Tampa Bay currently sits at 5-7 on the season and the Saints are 10-2, but that doesn’t mean the intensity will be absent from the field on Sunday. A win could drastically alter the course of the season for the Bucs. Can they get it done? Overview All-time series: The Saints lead 32-21 all-time. The Bucs are 9-14 at home and 12-18 on the road. Longest win streak: New Orleans won seven in a row from 2011-2014. Largest victory: Tampa Bay was shutout by a score of 41-0 back in 2012. 2018 offensive and defensive rankings: Tampa Bay is still the top offense in the league (1st pass, 26th run) and still sits at 27th in total defense (28th pass, 21st run). New Orleans has the league’s sixth best offense (12th pass, 9th run) and the 16th best defense (30th pass, 1st run). Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Carl Nassib should make his share of plays today What to Watch for Mike Evans vs. Marshon Lattimore, Part 4: Both players have gotten the best of each other since Lattimore arrived in the NFL last year. Who will prevail today? Tampa Bay’s and New Orleans’ pass rush: The Saints and Bucs are the top two teams in the league when it comes to creating pressure since Week 7. The Bucs’ secondary: It’s a little bit healthier this week, but the banged up unit will be key to today’s matchup No turnovers: Outside of a very questionable call against Peyton Barber last week, the Bucs haven’t committed a single turnover the past two weeks. Impact Players Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston: It starts and ends here for Tampa Bay. WR Mike Evans: He will be leaned on again with Desean Jackson out. TE Cameron Brate: I have a feeling Brate will be used in a big way today. DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Pierre-Paul has been a stud this season and the Bucs need him to keep it up today. DE Carl Nassib: How do the Browns feel right now? Nassib is a perfect for this defense and should have another good day. DB Andrew Adams: With multiple injuries in the secondary, Tampa Bay will need another big performance from Adams. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Andrew Adams stepped up in a big way against the Panthers. New Orleans QB Drew Brees: Do I really need to explain? RB Alvin Kamara: Do I really need to explain, again? RB Mark Ingram: Ok, I’ll elaborate here. The Bucs’ run defense has been garbage lately. Expect the Saints to pound the rock. DE Cameron Jordan: The Saints’ defensive end is picking it up and that’s never a good thing for opposing offensive tackles. LB Demario Davis: He’s been everything New Orleans hoped for when they signed him during the offseason. DB Marshon Lattimore: He will be one of the main factors in stopping Tampa Bay’s passing attack Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Drew Brees will be ready to bounce back after a bad game in Dallas. Cool Stats Since Week 7, the Buccaneers rank second in the NFL in sacks, tied for third in third-down percentage allowed and 10th in passing yards allowed per game during that span. WR Adam Humphries had his first career multi-touchdown game in Week 9 at Carolina, catching two scores. Since that time, he’s added three more touchdown catches, tying for the league lead during that span. He’s tied with Davante Adams and Travis Kelce for the lead with five touchdowns. Despite having played only 12 games, the team already ranks in the franchise’s top five in single-season passing yards and passing touchdowns, while ranking in the top 10 in total yards. The Bucs can surpass the all-time mark of 4,366 with 233 passing yards today. The Buccaneers have recorded at least four sacks in each of the past three games. With four or more sacks against New Orleans, the team will tie a team record for consecutive games with at least four sacks (also: 11/14/04 at ATL-12/5/04 vs. ATL). *stats provided by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communication Department Game Outlook While both teams’ outlook on the season has changed since Week 1, this is still a rivalry game in a divisional matchup. Tampa Bay knows what is at stake here and should come out ready to go. Anything is possible with the way the defense is playing right now. Add in the fact that the offense isn’t turning the ball over and all of sudden, Tampa Bay is a decent football team. If they can keep it up in those two regards, then we could be looking at a three-game winning streak.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Five keys to the game for the Buccaneers
A look at what the Bucs should do to be victorious on Sunday. Make no mistake about it, this is a big game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and if they can find a way to win, they will be a game out of the playoffs with three games remaining. The Buccaneers will be playing host to th 10-2 New Orleans Saints on Sunday. These teams last faced off in week 1, where the Buccaneers picked up a 48-40 road win. Both teams wont put up a combined 88 points again, but if the Buccaneers who are currently 9 ½ point underdogs want to pull of the upset, here are the keys to the game. Win the turnover battle: I know, its cliche, but I think this is there only shot to win this game. Over the last two weeks, Tampa Bay is +6 in the turnover battle and what do you know, they are 2-0 in those games. The defense must force a mistake or two, whether it be a fumble or interception and the offense must take care of the football. You aren’t going to have a repeat performance of last Sunday when the defense forced four turnovers, but it needs to be similar to week one, where they forced two crucial fumbles. If the Buccaneers are +2 in the turnover margin, they will have a chance to win this game in the fourth quarter. 2. Establish some sort of run game: Look, the Buccaneers won’t be a dominant running team the last four games of the season, but in order to beat the Saints, you need to keep Drew Brees off the field. Dirk Koetter cannot abandon the run game unless the team is down by multiple scores. If Peyton Barber can get 3-4 yards per carry throughout the game, especially on first downs that would be a huge success for this offense and would help set up one on one matchups on the outside in the play action passing game. Run the clock a bit more than usual in this one. 3. Red Zone defense: It’s no secret, the Saints will be able to move the ball against the Buccaneers defense. Heck, the Carolina Panthers had over 440 yards of offense last week, so there is no reason to think the Saints can’t do the same. The key will be holding them to field goals instead of touchdowns. The Buccaneers are allowing touchdowns on 85.37% of RZ trips this season, which is dead last in the NFL, by a wide margin. That cannot be the case on Sunday. 4. Don’t kill drives with penalties: This also isn’t a secret, the Buccaneers will be able to move the ball on Sunday. Too many times we have seen drives stall or result in field goals because of bad penalties on the offensive line. You cannot beat a 10-2 team by ruining drives with dumb penalties. Play smart clean football along the O-line and let Winston march the boys down the field. 5. Get some sort of pressure on Drew Brees: We saved possibly the most important aspect of the game for last. Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the league at getting the ball out quick. The defensive line needs to show up in this game for all four quarters and be relentless with their pass rush. You don’t necessarily have to get 4-5 sacks, but if you can effect some throws like they did last week, you will at least limit the big play ability from the Saints.
727Area has new update 1 day ago Buccaneers vs Saints: TV schedule, notes, and staff picks
Game info from the NFL Week 14 capsule. Broadcast Info TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (Field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (NO), 81 (TB) | XM: 386 (NO), 226 (TB) Buccaneers Notes • QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 249 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.4 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. In his past 3, has completed 61 of 84 (72.6 pct.) with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 119.1 rating. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. • RB PEYTON BARBER had rush TD in Week 13. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. In his past 2 vs. NO, has 158 scrimmage yards (79 per game) & rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row at home vs. division with TD. • WR MIKE EVANS ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,121 rec. yards in 2018. Has 16 receptions for 284 yards (94.7 per game) & TD in his past 3. Had 7 catches for 147 yards & TD in last meeting. In 6 home games this season, has 542 rec. yards (90.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 5 receptions for 101 yards & TD in Week 13, his 2ndcareer 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. Has 15 receptions for 143 yards (71.5 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 2 vs. NFC South. • DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL ties for 4th in NFL with 11.5 sacks. Aims for his 4th in row & 3rd in row at home with sack. S ANDREW ADAMS tied franchise record with career-high 3 INTs in Week 13. Is 5th NFL player since 2010 with 3+ INTs in single game. LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 12 tackles & had sack last week. Saints Notes • QB DREW BREES leads NFL in comp. pct. (75.5 pct.) & rating (123.2) & ranks 3rd in pass TDs (30). Completed 37 of 45 (82.2 pct.) for 439 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with 100+ rating. In 3 games vs. division in 2018, has 1,006 pass yards (335.3 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 127.9 rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 421 scrimmage yards (140.3 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career meetings. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. In 9 career games vs. NFC South, has 994 scrimmage yards (110.4 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.). RB MARK INGRAM has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 4. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS is 1 of 2 in NFL (ADAM THIELEN) with 90+ receptions (91) & 8+ TD catches (8). Had career-high 16 receptions for 180 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 90+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career meetings. Rookie WR KEITH KIRKWOOD aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 7 tackles, 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ sacks. Has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 PD in his past 6 at TB. DT DAVID ONYEMATA set career-highs in tackles (7) & sacks (3) & had 1st-career FF last week. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had career-high 10 tackles, FF & FR in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Has PD in all 3 career meetings. Series History LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 32-21 STREAKS: Buccaneers have won past 2 LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Buccaneers 48 at Saints 40 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: Buccaneers 31, Saints 24 Week 14 Staff Picks Latest line: Saints by 9.5, over/under: 54.5 Gil (7-5): Saints 33, Bucs 20 James (6-6): Bucs 28, Saints 24 Evan (7-5): Saints 27, Bucs 20 Alex (5-7): Saints 37, Bucs 34 Jon (5-7): Saints 33, Bucs 23 Kyle (10-2): Saints 28, Bucs 17 David (6-6): Bucs 30, Saints 27 Bailey (4-8): Saints 35, Bucs 27 Dustin (6-6): Bucs 35, Saints 31
727Area has new update 1 day ago Quick Strikes: Ondrej Palat scores first two goals as a dad
He wrote an “A” on his stick for “Adela”, and scored twice. The Headline .@tjohnny09 got in media scrum for @Opalat18, asking final (and best) question. “What was it like to score a goal as a dad?” Palat wrote “A” on his stick for daughter, Adela, born Nov 7. Palat scored first two goals of season. Cooper: “Guys were telling him to grab the puck.” pic.twitter.com/hXjPK6WAZm— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) December 9, 2018 The Bolts Yesterday, the biggest thing that happened in these weeks leading up to Christmas was...the game against Colorado. Here’s the Tampa Bay Times recap, and here’s the Sportsnet recap. Below are the more fun ones: Top Dog Tampa Bay crushes Colorado in road-trip finale [Mile High Hockey] All day, the Colorado Avalanche’s meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning was being promoted as a litmus test — a measuring stick game — for the Avs. Colorado entered the night with the top goal-differential in the Western Conference; Tampa Bay had the top goal-differential in the East (and the league). While one could say Colorado failed its litmus test. One could also just forget the game ever happened. It was pretty bad. Stamkos posts four points as the Lightning outclass the Avalanche 7-1 [Raw Charge] This was a dominant showing for the Lightning. They played one of their best games of the year. Every line contributed. Every pair did their job. Domingue was solid in net. This game was an example of what happens when Tampa hits their highest gear. Colorado has the top end talent but the Lightning’s depth outclassed them tonight. Anton Stralman (week-to-week) was on the ice for optional skate yesterday morning, as was Andrei Vasilevskiy. Big Cat sighting. #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/LtgofyhUh5— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 8, 2018 Didn’t remember for last night? It’s happening Monday too: Reminder tonight is our first of two @toysfortots_usa drives in partnership with the @marforres and @pods!We will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys on Ford Thunder Alley beginning two hours before puck drop through game time.Info: https://t.co/xHEAnQecV2 pic.twitter.com/wNmHHZbqmy— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 8, 2018 The Prospects Rochester Amerks spoil Syracuse Crunch points streak [Syracuse.com] The game was a showdown between the top two teams in the North Division, first-place Rochester and second-place Syracuse. Rochester now holds a 3-0 season series lead over its rival, including a pair of one-goal decisions in each of the last two games. Watch goal spark Teddy Bear Toss at Syracuse Crunch game (video) [Syracuse.com] Since it was Teddy Bear Toss night, that ignited a shower of fluffy creatures from the stands onto the ice. The game was delayed a few minutes while the Crunch staff quickly gathered them up and hauled them off. The final count produced a total of 4,283. We made it rain teddy bears in Syracuse. Thank you to everyone who donated to our Eighth-Annual @stanleysteemer Tired Teddy Toss. These fluffy friends will all be refurbished and donated to the @SalArmySyr. pic.twitter.com/wvafdJYdQe— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 9, 2018 Andy Andreoff scored the #TiredTeddyToss goal for the #SyrCrunch then joined us on our first intermission on @ESPNSyracuse. https://t.co/5c1e31KhNQ— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) December 9, 2018 We’re celebrating 50 years of @Wegmans in Syracuse!Daniel Walcott, Kevin Lynch and Crunchman are at the Taft Rd. and Oswego Rd. locations in Liverpool and East Genesee St. location in Dewitt until 2 p.m for and pic.twitter.com/mt6XNuVkSn— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 8, 2018 About Friday’s game: Connor Ingram's eighth career shutout (in only 46 career appearances) ties him for third with Kristers Gudlevskis all-time in #SyrCrunch history. Three off the franchise record (Karl Goehring & J.F. Labbe) https://t.co/g8Ca0q2B7d— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) December 8, 2018 Ingram's shutout streak is up to 143:52 dating back to Nov. 23. #SyrCrunch. https://t.co/fDQuHVPp1D— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) December 8, 2018 The Game FRIESEN: WHL move to Winnipeg ‘a done deal’ [Winnipeg Sun] “It’s a done deal,” he said. “When people are telling you in town that the guy who’s the team president and general manager, his house is just about vacant, that he’s living in his basement and that his wife and kids have moved to Winnipeg… the kids aren’t in school any longer. And there was a vehicle from Manitoba that was helping load stuff up… Don't miss the latest episode of The Pipeline Show from @TPS_Guy. In this episode, @MarkEdwardsHP joins the show to talk about some of the most interesting prospects in North America:https://t.co/svDL6yl4IH#HockeyTwitter #ThePipelineShow pic.twitter.com/Ui5UcZOTqK— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) December 8, 2018
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2 days ago Tampa Bay live music Sunday with Uptown Songwriter Fest, Lambda Celsius and more
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