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Athletes take part in the archery competition at the 2019 Warrior Games at the Tampa Convention Center.
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Covas stood with his eyes closed, pointing an air rifle at a target. He took three deep breaths, opened his eyes, and then pulled the trigger.

Covas is one of the 300 athletes competing in the 2019 Warrior Games.

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Tampa Bay sports fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming months and years -- the promise of a new head coach for the Bucs – hosting the “Frozen Four” in 2016 -- and college football's "championship game" the following year.

Yet, a major sporting event is happening today through Sunday in Tampa. It's the International Quad Rugby Tournament. Six teams from Germany, Brazil, and throughout the U.S., including the Tampa Generals will compete.

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More than 550 wheelchair athletes are in Tampa for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public places have to be accessible to them. But one group of athletes from South Florida found some places are more accommodating than others. 

Shannon Buchholz traveled from Aventura with a group of athletes that included her husband Harvey, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a motorized wheelchair. Shannon said she made a reservation for 10, including four people in wheelchairs and one service dog, at Bern's on Saturday night after opening ceremonies for the games.