Sports Shorts

*Espo update: Alex Ovechkin, now in his 15th year with the Washington Capitals, recently became the eighth player in NHL history with 700 career goals. If he gets 18 more this season, he would move into sixth place by passing Lightning-founder Phil Esposito, whose statue greets Lightning fans in front of Amalie Arena.

* The Rays were No. 1 in Baseball America’s annual ranking of MLB minor league talent.

* Defending Class 6A state baseball champion Jesuit High School is ranked No. 1 in the country by Collegiate Baseball and the scouting service Perfect Game.

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