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The World OutGames are up and running again after last-minute mass cancelations, and it's thanks to the City of Miami Beach and the South Florida's LGBTQ community, who has rallied to keep as many events going as possible.  

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The championship Tampa Bay Lightning is losing one of its own -- not to another hockey team -- but to the National Football League.

The Lightning's CEO Tod Leiweke resigned Friday to take over as the Chief Operating Officer for the NFL. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's sad about losing his top manager who has helped to transform the Tampa team into a top hockey franchise in just the past five years.

While talking to reporters, Vinik fondly remembered his first meeting with Leiweke. He said they didn't talk sports or "power plays", they talked about community.

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Although the Tampa Bay Lightning fell just shy of winning hockey's coveted Stanley Cup - the team's general manager captured top honors Wednesday night.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was voted the National Hockey League's general manager of the year and received the trophy at the NHL's Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The league's 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media voted on the award at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final voting totals include points for first, second and third place.

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International Baseball will make its return to St. Petersburg this Friday for its fifth season. 

Mayor Rick Kriseman held a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld and representatives from the Canadian Junior National Team and All Stars from the Puerto Rican Development Program to announce the 2015 schedule of St. Petersburg International Baseball

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The dollars and cents of the sport and entertainment industries will be the topic of discussion during a series of free lectures taking place at the University of South Florida this week.

The second annual USF Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series, presented by Fox Sports Florida and the Tampa Bay Lightning, features an all-star lineup of speakers:

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The Tampa Bay Rays new manager held his first news conference on “home turf” Monday with only 72 days before catchers and pitchers report for Spring Training.

Sitting at a table under the glare of TV lights, Tampa native Kevin Cash told reporters he expects the reality of becoming a Major League manager will hit him as soon as the news conference concludes.

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The Tampa Cricket League wrapped up its spring season Saturday, May 10, 2014, with a tournament at Evans Park in Seffner. The 2014 Champion is the team Best 11 which defeated the Indo Kings 140 to 119 runs.

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The Winter Olympics get underway today in Sochi, Russia, and more than a few Olympians trained in Florida. But how do Disney World and the beach help athletes prepare for ice and snow?

Strange as it sounds, there actually is a connection.

David Beckham's career in American soccer isn't over, despite his recent retirement from the field. Beckham confirmed Wednesday that he will create a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami. Details about the team's stadium and start date are still being worked out.

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Today, figure skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay will board a plane for Sochi, Russia, to compete in the Olympics.

But before they share their talent on the world's stage, on Friday the pair dazzled fans at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, where they've trained for about two years.

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"Show me the money!" may have made an Oscar winner out of Cuba Gooding Jr., but one of the biggest messages of the movie Jerry Maguire was about how much of a business sports has become.

That message is the focus of the USF Sports Lecture Series, a series of discussions this week hosted by the USF Sport and Entertainment Management Program.

Program Director Dr. Bill Sutton says you don't necessarily need to be a sports fan to attend the lectures.

For sportswriters the fattest target has always been the America's Cup. It's too easy. It's like all those political writers who make fun of vice presidents and think they're being original. Sportswriters have been going har-de-har-har about the America's Cup even long before one of their wags said it was like watching paint dry. Or like watching grass grow. One or the other. Maybe both.

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After six days of intense and sometimes grueling competition – the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games came to a close Thursday night in Tampa.

And like the decathlon in the Summer Olympics, the closing day feature what is considered the “to event” for wheelchair athletes at the games.

It’s the “Super G” – a slalom-like course of complex wooden ramps. Some tilt while others are covered with uneven blocks of wood or strips of carpet that can easily tip a wheelchair.

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During the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, participants have been showing off their athletic prowess at venues across Tampa Bay: Weight-lifting at Tampa Convention Center. Archery at Raymond James Stadium.

And now for something completely different: water skiing.

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This week, the Tampa Bay region is hosting more than 600 elite athletes, their coaches and families.

Opening ceremonies for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games were held this weekend at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Outside, under an inflatable arch, the first event, a hand-cycling race for 5K and 10K, started and finished.

Polk County commissioners approved Tuesday almost $14.6 million in tourist tax funds to renovate and expand the Detroit Tigers' spring training complex.

The Detroit Tigers have made Lakeland their spring training home for 77 years. That relationship is the longest of its kind in Major League Baseball.

To keep that relationship going past the agreement end date of 2016, Polk County commissioners approved the money to renovate and expand the Tigertown complex.

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong and irresponsible" to connect him or his former University of Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.

In texts to the Columbus Dispatch and the Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.

These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to comment earlier this week.

LeBron James is Superman to Michael Jordan's Lex Luthor.

That's going to sound blasphemous, but more than the San Antonio Spurs, whom he faces for all of the marbles in tonight's NBA finals, or any other team he might face in the future, James' biggest foil is actually Michael Jordan, The Greatest Basketball Player Ever.™

We'll let LeBron James do the talking. He said about the sixth game of the NBA finals between the Heat and Spurs:

"It's by far the best game I've ever been a part of."

And it certainly was a stunner: The Heat's Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with just 5.2 seconds on the clock to tie the game, denying the Spurs their fifth NBA title. The game went into overtime and remained airtight, but eventually the Heat prevailed 103 to 100.

ESPN has highlights:

The Spurs were red hot Tuesday night, not the Heat.

San Antonio blew out Miami in Game 3 of the NBA finals, winning 113-77 and taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Led by Danny Green and Gary Neal, the Spurs went on a tear — hitting a Finals record 16 shots from beyond the three-point arc. As NPR's Tom Goldman said on Morning Edition, "Miami melted into the hardwood like the wicked witch of the west" as San Antonio hit shot after shot.

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