Ben Montgomery
Jun 27, 2022 - Sports

Erriyon Knighton's road to breaking records

Erriyon Knighton competes in the men's 200-meter first round during the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday.
Erriyon Knighton (center) competes in the first round of the men's 200 meter at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday. Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Erriyon Knighton, a phenom sprinter from our own Hillsborough High School, almost secured a national title with a 19.69-second 200 at the U.S. track and field championship finals in Oregon on Sunday.

Ben Montgomery
Jun 23, 2022 - Sports

Nude pickleball takes over Tampa Bay

Photo illustration of Michelangelo's Statue of David holding a pickleball paddle.
Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images

Tampa Bay nudists have been working on their groundstroke.

State of play: Pickleball — that mash-up of tennis, badminton and ping-pong — has exploded in popularity lately.

Bucs fans don't buy Gronk's retirement

Illustration of Rob Gronkowski's football HOF bust with sunglasses and bandana.
Illustration: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Fool Champa Bay once, shame on you. But Champa Bay cannot be fooled again.

What's happening: Rob Gronkowski formally announced his retirement from the NFL Tuesday.

Scoop: Only Gems brings trading cards to the crypto world

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Graphic courtesy of Only Gems

Matt Mudano used to beg his mother to buy him Pokémon cards. Two decades later, he stands in a flood- and fireproof vault guarded with two layers of retinal-scan and heat-map technology — surrounded by half a million dollars' worth of trading cards.

Driving the news: Mudano's company Only Gems launched today, bringing old-school card trading to the world of cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain.

Rays' advocacy efforts get mixed reviews

Illustration of a baseball being thrown through a newspaper.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The Tampa Bay Rays have been striking out in the headlines.

Driving the news: After the controversies sparked by the team speaking out against gun violence last week, its LGBTQ Pride night drew attention to players who chose not to wear rainbow attire.

Ben Montgomery
Jun 1, 2022 - Sports

Lightning head into Eastern Conference final more rested than Rangers

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Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) takes a break between plays during a game against the Calgary Flames on March 10. Photo: Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Y'all ready for some more hockey?

What's happening: The two-time defending Stanley Cup champs, fresh off a sweep of their rival Florida Panthers, are rested and ready to continue the quest for a three-peat as they open the Eastern Conference final Wednesday at the New York Rangers.

Ben Montgomery
May 17, 2022 - Sports

Hillsborough High student is on track to become the world's fastest man

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Erriyon Knighton winning the men's 200 meters semi-final at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

A senior sprinter at Tampa's Hillsborough High School continues to astonish track and field fans on the national stage and could soon be the fastest man in the world.

Driving the news: Erriyon Knighton ran the 200 meters at the LSU Invitational on April 30 a half-second faster than Usain Bolt's time at the same age, 18.

St. Pete cycler to be honored at National Senior Games

Rosie Ray in a wind tunnel getting fitted for her bike for the time trial event in this year's National Senior Games. Photo courtesy of Coyne PR

Rosie Marie Ray is living proof that you never forget how to ride a bike.

She started riding a fat tire cruiser with a basket at 10 years old. Now, at 81, she's riding a custom aerodynamic bike "set up for speed" and has competed in more than 40 triathlons.

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