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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Strikers will play the first game of their inaugural season in the National Indoor Soccer League on Jan. 29, 2 p.m., against the Columbus Rapids at Yuengling Center.

Recreational hockey is where young players learn the basics, while travel hockey gives the elite skaters opportunities to excel against the best opponents. There is a level in between, however — rec-select — and AdventHealth Center Ice recently hosted a tournament for that group.

ST. PETERSBURG — There won’t be any palm trees or pelicans. And certainly no view of sailboats over the left field wall. But 15 years after their final exhibition game at picturesque Al Lang Field, the Rays will have spring training games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg in 2023.

TAMPA — In the past 22 years, Tampa Catholic had won district titles, sent players to storied college football programs and even made a state championship game appearance. But during that time, the one thing the Crusaders couldn’t do was beat a team 3 miles down the road.

HOUSTON — As the Rays loudly and wetly celebrated their fourth straight playoff berth and eighth in 15 years, baseball operations president Erik Neander stepped outside the fray Friday night to offer some perspective — and wishful thinking.