Ben Montgomery
Feb 3, 2023 - Sports

University of South Florida tennis teams to train with VR technology

A female uses virtual reality headset and raquet to practice tennis.

USF assistant coach Vanja Klaric tries Sense Arena's new technology. Photo: Courtesy USF Athletics

How about a tennis match in the metaverse?

What's happening: The University of South Florida men's and women's tennis teams have partnered with sports virtual reality company Sense Arena to use VR tools to supplement IRL training.

Tom Brady's retirement means the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can move on

Photo illustration of Tom Brady at the helm of a pirate ship, tipping his hat towards the shoreline.

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

It's that time of year again: Tom Brady retirement season.

Yes, but: In his Wednesday announcement, Brady swore it's for real this time.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 4, 2023 - News

Big developers pitch Tropicana Field site plans to St. Pete

Tropicana field at Sunset

Aerial view of the Tropicana Field on May 28. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Four vastly different visions for 86 acres in downtown St. Pete will be on display tonight as developers try to win the favor of residents and leaders in hopes they'll be picked to redevelop prime city-owned land around Tropicana Field.

Why it matters: The multibillion-dollar Trop redevelopment is expected to be one of the largest construction projects in the country and will have a big impact on the future of Florida's fifth-largest city.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 3, 2023 - Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers bound for the playoffs

Tom Brady spikes a football.

Tom Brady spikes the ball after rushing for a touchdown during the fourth quarter. Photo: Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

With a 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched the NFC South division for the second year in a row and secured a spot in the NFL playoffs.

Driving the news: Tom Brady's still making it happen, Cap'n.

Ben Montgomery
Dec 6, 2022 - Sports

Nick Bollettieri, legendary tennis coach, dies at 91

Bethanie Matek Sands of the United States takes a selfie with tennis coach Nick Bollettieri after taking part at the Kids Day event

Tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands takes a selfie with tennis coach Nick Bollettieri (center) at the Miami Open in 2018 in Key Biscayne. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Nick Bollettieri, who called himself the "Michelangelo of Tennis" and taught many of the world's tennis stars when they were teens at his Bradenton academy, died Sunday night. He was 91.

Why it matters: The Tennis Hall of Fame-inductee trained some of the best β€” Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova and Tommy Haas.

Ben Montgomery
Nov 14, 2022 - Sports

The biggest winner in the Bucs' victory in Germany: Sports science

The buccaneers players pose for the camera.

Donovan Smith, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and William Gholston celebrate after the final play at Allianz Arena yesterday in Munich, Germany. Photo: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

The Bucs held off a late scare to beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 on Sunday in Munich, Germany β€” the team's first international win, and the second victory in a row.

  • Quarterback Tom Brady became the first NFL player to win in four countries.
Ben Montgomery
Oct 14, 2022 - Sports

Tom Brady co-owns a Major League Pickleball team

Tom Brady in 2019. Photo: Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Hold the phone. Two things:

  1. Major League Pickleball exists.
  2. Tom Brady is a part-owner of a team.
Ben Montgomery
Oct 7, 2022 - Sports

The casual fan's guide to the Tampa Bay Rays playoffs

SEPTEMBER 15: Rene Pinto #50, Yandy Diaz #2, Wander Franco #5, Isaac Paredes #17, David Peralta #6, Harold Ramirez #43, Jose Siri #22, Manuel Margot #13, and Randy Arozarena #56

The Tampa Bay Rays fielded the first all-Latino lineup in MLB history on Sept. 15 and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-0. They are (from left) Rene Pinto, Yandy Diaz, Wander Franco, Isaac Paredes, David Peralta, Harold Ramirez, Jose Siri, Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena. Photo: Mark Blinch/Getty Images

If you haven't paid a stitch of attention to baseball this season, now's the time to pop open some Cracker Jack and tune in. And we're here to help!

Leading off: The Tampa Bay Rays enter the Major League Baseball playoffs as the American League's No. 6 seed and will face the Cleveland Guardians at 12:07pm today in a best-of-three Wild Card series.

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