Orlando's Stan Van Gundy and Minnesota's Kevin Michael named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month
NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2009 – The Orlando Magic’s Stan Van Gundy and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin McHale today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.
Van Gundy guided the Magic to the best winning percentage for Eastern Conference teams in January (.769) by virtue of its 10-3 mark for the month. Orlando bested the Spurs, Lakers and Nuggets on the road as well as the Cavaliers at home. The victories in San Antonio and Los Angeles helped Orlando to record its first season-series sweeps in franchise history over those teams. Orlando outscored its January opponents by 10.2 ppg.
Orlando's Jameer Nelson set to Compete in Playstation® Skills Challenge New Jersey’s Harris, Orlando’s Nelson, San Antonio’s Parker and Chicago’s Rose to Vie for Title
NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2009 – A new PlayStation® Skills Challenge champion will be crowned as the New Jersey Nets’ Devin Harris, the Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson, the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose will take the floor on Feb. 14, as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at US Airways Center in Phoenix.
The PlayStation® Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and consists of four players competing in a two-round timed “obstacle course” consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course. The two players with the fastest times from the first round advance to the finals with the order of competition determined by inverse order of the first round times. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
Clearwater FL, (January 30, 2009) – Super Bowl XLIII Photos by Wayne Cathel of Belleair Images
Kick off is Sunday February 1, 2009 at 6pm at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa FL. There will be plenty of football action between the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be performing at half time, and this year's new Super Bowl commercials are sure to be memorable, starting at $3 million for a 30 second spot.
Tampa FL, (January 23, 2009) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that season ticket prices for the upcoming 2009 National Football League campaign will remain the same as the 2008 season.
General season ticket prices for the 2009 season at Raymond James Stadium will be $99, $89, $85, $75, $65, $55, $50, and $42 per game. The $42.00 general season ticket price remains one of the lowest-priced tickets in the NFL. Club seat season pricing will also remain the same for 2009.
Fans are reminded that season ticket packages will reflect just nine games at Raymond James Stadium because of Tampa Bay’s game against New England in London on October 25, 2009.
Tampa FL, January 17, 2009 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have named Raheem Morris head coach and Mark Dominik general manager.
Morris, who spent the past two seasons as the Buccaneers defensive backs coach, was promoted to defensive coordinator on December 25, 2008 before being named head coach. Overall, he has spent six seasons on the Buccaneers sideline in two stints with the club.
Morris has quickly risen through the Buccaneers coaching ranks during his time with the team, serving as defensive quality control coach in 2002,defensive assistant in 2003 and assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-2005 before taking over as defensive backs coach in 2007. During his first stint with the club, Morris worked closely with former Bucs defensive backs coach and current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the development of one of the NFL’s top secondaries while also helping the Buccaneers capture their first ever world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. In between stints in Tampa Bay, he spent 2006 as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator.
Buccaneers CB and G Joseph Added to Po Bowl Roster
Tampa FL, January 13, 2009 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that CB Ronde Barber and G Davin Joseph have been added to the NFC squad for the 2009 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. The annual all-star game will take place Sunday, February 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Barber, the NFC’s first alternate, replaces Green Bay CB Charles Woodson, while Joseph, also the first alternate, will take the place of Dallas G Leonard Davis.
Barber’s appearance will be the fifth of his career following a season in which he ranked fifth on the team with 100 tackles and led the defense with 16 passes defensed. His four interceptions tied for the team lead and he extended his consecutive games streak to 176 contests, including 151 straight starts, most in the NFL among cornerbacks. Barber also was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. His five Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fourth-most in team history by a defensive player along with John Lynch and Hardy Nickerson.
Bulls Set to Host the USF Under Armour Series
Tampa FL, January 13, 2009 - University of South Florida Softball is hosting The USF Under Armour Series, which is a series of two individual events that will bring two of the largest NCAA Division I softball tournaments to the Tampa Bay area.
"We feel very fortunate that the City of Clearwater, the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission and Under Armour have teamed together to bring two national caliber tournaments to the Bay Area," said USF head softball coach Ken Eriksen. "The USF-Under Armour Series has turned into a yearly event for fastpitch aficionados. It will be a great opportunity for our hometown to be able to see some of the nation's best collegiate players competing for a tournament championship."
The 20th Annual “Say No to Drugs” Holiday Classic 5K - 10K Run
Clearwater Florida, December 20, 2008 - Once again, a team of over 200 volunteers ranging from local business executives to children of the community worked together to orchestrate what has become one of the premier races in the Tampa Bay area. Top runners in prior years have included six-time World Ironman Triathlon Champion Mark Allen, Canadian Olympian Peter Maher, American Olympian Ronnie Holassie, Swiss Olympian Dan Otz as well as local Clearwater stars Mary Level-Menton and Judy Mercon-Maguire.
This year Heather Gollnick, 5-time Ironman champion and past national and world champion at national and world duathlon level, placed 4th overall.
The 20th Annual Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic drew 940 runners. “Last year we had 805, which was our previous highest ever year. What makes this [statistic] even more spectacular is that, this year, we were up by 140 runners with 3 other races taking place the same morning in Tampa, St. Pete and Tarpon Springs – with one of them sponsored by ESPN! Last year we were the only race on that day, so [this year] we’re especially pleased…” Race Director Chris Alexander proudly remarked.
Despite Rumors 2009 AFL Season Not Suspended
Tampa FL, December 12, 2008 - The Arena Football League Board of Directors met late Wednesday night and voted not to suspend the 2009 AFL season.
“This is a big step in the right direction for the fans, players and our league,” said Majority Owner Dr. Bob Nucci. “Additionally, we are excited about our continuing relationship with the St. Pete Times Forum.”
Tampa FL, December 14, 2008 - The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned left wing Radek Smolenak to Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.
Smolenak, 22, has skated in six games with the Lightning since being recalled on December 2, recording an assist and 10 penalty minutes while averaging 8:20 in ice time. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, was drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 73rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Florida Panthers, December 13, 2008 - Coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday afternoon in Vancouver he’s learned a lot recently about his Panthers, who’ve gone from basement dwellers to playoff contenders in all of two weeks.
“I’ve learned we’ve got some character people in the dressing room,” DeBoer said.
Never has that been more evident than in the Panthers’ last 10 games. Despite missing several of their most skilled players, including Cory Stillman, David Booth, Nathan Horton and Richard Zednik, the Panthers are riding high.
As they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Canucks, the Panthers are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games – have accumulated 16 of a possible 20 points in those games – and are riding a five game winning streak on the road.
NFL Jacksonville Jaguars 2009 Season Tickets No Price Increase
Jacksonville FL, December 10, 2008 - The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today that there will be no increase in season ticket prices for the general bowl and all multi-year premium seats for the 2009 season.
“Our team is fully aware of the economic challenges that our fans are facing, and maintaining our current pricing structure is the appropriate thing to do,” said Jaguars Senior Vice President/ Business Development Tim Connolly. “The Jaguars are generally recognized for having one of the NFL’s lowest average ticket prices, and we understand how important that is to many of our fans.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Announce Season Ticket Payment Plans for Playoff Games
Tampa FL, November 26,2008 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today they will be offering a new credit card payment plan for season ticket holders to purchase their tickets for potential home playoff games. In past seasons, it was necessary to pay for both potential home playoff games in advance. This year, season ticket holders will not be charged for the second game until the Buccaneers are guaranteed to host the NFC Championship.
"We have the best fans in the NFL and we knew this was the right thing to do after consideration of current economic conditions," said Jason Layton, Director of Ticketing and Sales.
RB SMITH NAMED NFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Tampa FL, December 4, 2008 - The National Football League today announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Clifton Smith was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. During the month of November, Smith had 11 punt returns for 199 yards (18.1 avg.) and one touchdown. He also registered 16 kickoff returns for 498 yards (31.1 avg.) and one touchdown. Smith’s punt return average of 18.1 yards this season ranks first in the NFL and his 31.1 yard kickoff return average ranks second in the NFL. He is also the only player in the NFL to have a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown this season.
BUCCANEERS & PATRIOTS TO PLAY IN LONDON IN 2009
Tampa FL, December 1, 2008 - The NFL’s International Series of regular-season games will return to the United Kingdom in 2009 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New England Patriots, the NFL announced today. The game will be played on Sunday, October 25 at Wembley Stadium in London with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Time Change on Dec 21, 2008
Buccaneers Game Against San Diego On December 21 Moved to 1:00pm ET
The National Football League today announced that the Tampa Bay - San Diego game on December 21 at Raymond James Stadium will now kickoff at 1:00pm ET instead of the originally scheduled time of 8:15pm. The game will air on CBS.