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Lightning face Blue Jackets in 1st-round NHL playoff rematch

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer TORONTO (AP) — As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year's monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday. The ever-stingy, John Tortorella-coached Columbus Blue Jackets are ...

Kiermaier, Margot lead hit parade as Rays beat Red Sox 8-7

  By GETHIN COOLBAUGH Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, Manuel Margot had four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Monday night. Kiermaier's opposite-field line drive off reliever Jeffrey ...

Morton on IL with inflamed shoulder, Alvarado rejoins Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move Monday came one day after Morton (1-1, 5.40 ERA) was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. ...

Mets beat Marlins 4-2 behind deGrom, rookie Gimenez

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom dodged trouble for five innings, rookie Andres Gimenez had three hits and scored three runs, and the New York Mets won a home series for the first time this season by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Sunday. DeGrom (2-0) ...

Perez has RBI single in 9th, Rays rally to beat Yankees 4-3

  By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG. Fla. (AP) — Michael Perez hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied late to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 on Sunday. Mike Brosseau started the ninth with a double off Zack Britton (0-1) but ...

Dale Tallon, after 10 seasons, out as Florida Panthers’ GM

  By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement early Monday that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. Tallon's contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, ...

Jaguars lose 2 more defensive linemen, sign 3 vets for depth

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are down two more defensive linemen, bringing their total to five just a week into training camp. The Jaguars placed defensive tackles Brian Price (knee) and Dontavius Russell (hip) on injured reserve Sunday, adding to a depth problem ...

Lightning host the Blue Jackets in Tampa Bay on Tuesday

  By The Associated Press Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, sixth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, second in the Atlantic Division during the regular season) Toronto; Tuesday, 3 p.m. EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Tampa Bay ...

Islanders advance with 5-1 win over Panthers

  By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders like to rely on defenseman Ryan Pulock's blistering point shot to help generate offense. On Friday, they advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs courtesy of Pulock using his stick to make a clutch defensive ...

Bucks clinch top seed in East with 130-116 win over Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points each, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a huge early deficit to get a 130-116 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat led by as many as 23 points in ...