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It was February 1985 and Dwight Gooden was already the talk of the town as the New York Mets opened up their spring training camp at Huggins-Stengel Field at Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg.

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CLEARWATER — When Major League Baseball officials announced in October 2019 the league was planning a restructuring of the Minor League Baseball system, a process that would include the elimination of more than 40 affiliates, minor league franchise owners around the country waited and wonder…

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Larry Bowa has a well-deserved reputation of having a fiery personality, as a player, coach and manager. Who could blame him for having an attitude like that? After all, he never made his high school baseball team, went undrafted after two terrific all-conference years at a junior college, a…

The inaugural LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship held Nov. 19-22 at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair featured a little bit of everything you want in a big-time golf tournament.

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BELLEAIR — In a normal year, this week’s inaugural LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship would’ve drawn thousands of visitors to Pinellas County, as a top-notch field featuring local favorites and international stars play the newly remodeled Pelican Golf Club in Belleair on Nov. 19-22.

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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Mike Shannon was really in the groove during spring training in March of 1970. A few weeks out from the start of the season, Shannon was hitting over .300 and looking forward to a solid year. He was feeling awfully good in general coming off the 1969 season …

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The abrupt halt to the 2020 spring training season in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic dealt a huge economic blow to Pinellas County, where the Toronto Blue Jays play in newly refurbished TD Ballpark in Dunedin and the Philadelphia Phillies have trained in Clearwater for more th…

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EAST LAKE — On a recent mid-June morning, small groups of prospective East Lake High School football players gathered at the Eagles’ field, but there were no group huddles to be seen, no cracking of pads or clanging of weights to be heard and not a football in sight.

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The coronavirus pandemic means Belleair will have to wait a little longer for its moment in the sun. In an announcement that came to no one’s surprise, the LPGA said April 3 that the Pelican Women's Championship that was scheduled to take place in May has been rescheduled to Nov. 9-15.

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When Major League Baseball, along with other professional sports leagues, ceased operations as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mid-March, the move resulted in a premature end to spring training and left thousands of fans who traveled to the Sunshine State for the 2020 Grap…

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The coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to the sports world March 12-13, as organizations one by one began postponing and canceling events and entire seasons across the country, including the NBA season and NCAA basketball tournament.  

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ST. PETERSBURG — The future of this year's annual Grand Prix in St. Petersburg is in the air as cities, states and the nation struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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There’s little doubt the Toronto Blue Jays will field an exciting team this year, thanks to plenty of young superstars. But as the team entered the 2020 Grapefruit League home opener against the Braves on Feb. 24, all eyes were on the field itself — or rather, the new ballpark surrounding it.

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» Phillies open spring training in Clearwater with some new faces on field, features at stadium

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Turf is being watered, landscaping is being installed, and wiring is snaking into place as the $102 million overhaul of what is now TD Ballpark and the team’s nearby Player Development Center inches toward completion.

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Jack Nicklaus visited Clearwater recently to help rededicate the Nicklaus Family Center at pal Chi Chi Rodriguez’s Golf Academy, a school born of a unique public-private partnership that utilizes golf to teach life lessons.

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SEMINOLE — As the Seminole High School Warhawks soccer program gears up for its 2019-2020 season, the program will host a fundraiser at Mickey Quinn’s Pub, 13071 Park Blvd. N., Friday, Nov. 22.

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After years of planning, the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch in Pinellas Park is poised to enter its final phase of construction next year. The WWAR is designed to help rehabilitate veterans wounded during military service.

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Local fans of the Toronto Blue Jays and visitors from Canada have a lot to look forward to this spring. The team will be playing in a stadium and training facility that have been renovated to the tune of $102 million, a project that has the team’s director of Florida operations “extremely excited” about the team’s future here.

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