Sports Shorts


* Overall, it was an historically successful season for the USF men’s basketball team, now in its 53rd season. First national ranking. First regular-season conference championship. A 15-game winning streak. Next hurdle: an NCAA Tournament invite. Last one was in 2012. Go, Bulls.

* Back in the day, legitimate “student-athletes” found free tuition and room and board, pride of university representation and networking benefits sufficient. That was then; this is NIL (name, image, likeness compensation) and transfer-portal roulette.

*The Rays averaged 17,781 fans per game last season. The MBL average: 29,295.

* The Rays are one of four teams to make the playoffs the last five seasons.

* Countries, in order, that produce the most MLB players: USA, Dominican Republic.

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