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NHL: Penalties Kill Tampa Bay Lightning in 3-0 Shutout Loss to Carolina Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena Tuesday. Photo: Doug Clifford/Tampa Bay Times.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Although our Florida National News fans voted in the game day poll for a Tampa Bay Lightning win, Carolina topped Tampa Bay 3-0. The Hurricanes came out in the first period with an early and successful shot on goal by Max McCormick, which set the tone for the game. The Lightning struggled and beat themselves in the six penalties they racked up.

The six penalties cast an even larger shadow on tonight’s match-up, given Coach Jon Cooper’s assertion that penalties were a highly emphasized situation in training camp. One Lightning player that didn’t disappoint with penalty situations was Mitchell Stephens. Coach Cooper said that Stephens was on the puck quite a bit. When asked about the penalty kills in the locker room, Stephens said, “I worked on face offs a lot this offseason,” and it showed.

Lightning forward Danick Martel had a similar response about the penalties and the need to correct them moving forward, but for his own performance in the game, Martel said, “I just need to skate harder, even if I mess up, I got to get up a skate.” It’s just game one of the preseason and the team faces the Hurricanes again tomorrow night in Carolina with a chance to build off tonight’s lessons.

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Kasey Hudson is a Florida National News sports contributor. | social@floridanationalnews.com

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2023 Super Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs

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NEW YORK, NY – It’s official, the Philadelphia Eagles will be meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LVII. The NFL teams will match up at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12, 2023, on Fox.

The Eagles dominated the San Francisco 49ers in the 2023 NFC Championship Game with a final score of 7-31. The NFC East team last won Super Bowl LII in 2017 when they faced the New England Patriots. Their previous Super Bowl appearances were in 2005 against the Patriots and in 1980 against the Oakland Raiders, both games in which they lost.

 

The Chiefs are headed to another Super Bowl and hoping to win their third win at the championship game. Patrick Mahomes led his team to a win at the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals and it was a field goal kick that gave the Chiefs the 3-point advantage in a close game that ended with a score of 20-23.

Their last win at the Super Bowl was in 2020 when they faced the 49ers and won. Previous to that, the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV when they faced the Minnesota Vikings in 1970. The Chiefs last appeared in a Super Bowl in 2021 when they lost against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On the entertainment side, country music star Chris Stapleton will perform the National Anthem and Babyface will sing “America the Beautiful” before kickoff. Additionally, Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph will be singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during the pre-show.

The Halftime show will be headlined by Rihanna, the first show produced under the new Apple Music sponsorship, who replaced Pepsi.

Roc Nation founder Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter said, “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games

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Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39)runs during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.

Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.

In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.

The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.

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XFL: Orlando Guardians Sign Former NFL QB Paxton Lynch

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Former NFL quarterback Paxton Lynch joins the Orlando Guardians. Photo: NFL.
Former NFL quarterback Paxton Lynch joins the Orlando Guardians. Photo: NFL.

ORLANDO (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando Guardians // The XFL announced today that quarterback Paxton Lynch has signed with the Orlando Guardians.

 

Lynch, 28, joins the XFL after playing for the USFL in 2022, playing six games. Lynch was a first-round selection of the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft, spending two seasons with the club. He also has experience with the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.

 

Lynch was a three-year starter at the University of Memphis, where he ranks No. 3 all-time in pass completions (758) and passing yards (8,863), No. 4 in touchdowns responsible for (76) and touchdown passes (59). He holds the school record for single-season completion percentage (.668/2015) and ranks No. 3 on the Tigers’ single-season passing yards list (3,776/2015). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Memphis in May of 2016.

 

Lynch is a native of Deltona, Fla. and a graduate of Trinity Christian Academy.

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