Tom Jones was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied English at the University of South Florida from 1982 to 1986.
He began his writing career with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1985. He then went on to work for the St. Petersburg Times from 1987 to 1991, the Tampa Tribune from 1991 to 1996, the St. Petersburg Times again from 1996 to 2000 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from 2000 to 2003. He then rejoined the St. Petersburg Times for a third time in his career in 2003, where he worked ever since.
Jones has spent most of his career covering the NHL, including being a beat writer for more than 15 years of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Minnesota. Wild. He also spent two years on the Tampa Bay Rays beat. He then become a columnist at Times starting in 2007. Jones has won several national and state writing awards, including a top 10 game story in the nation in 1998 as named by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Over the course of his career, Jones has covered the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, baseball and hockey all-star games, the NCAA basketball tournament and the Frozen Four.
Jones lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Patty, and sons, Sam and Andy.
With over two decades of reporting on professional and collegiate sports for the Tampa Bay Times, through performance and work experience in journalism and broadcasting in television and radio, Rick Stroud has cultivated an impressive list of sources and utilized his knowledge to produce an outstanding body of work in both print and electronic mediums.
During his career, Stroud has reported on national sporting events including 22 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball Playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud’s stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. The stories for which Stroud won second place for Best Investigative Reporting from the Associated Press Sports Editors, led to sanctions against both Gators programs.
Since 2004, Stroud has appeared as an NFL Insider for ESPN2’s First Take and is a regular contributor to ESPN’s SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. He also contributes to NFL Network’s Total Access.
Stroud becan covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Football League in 1990. Since then, the Bucs have undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum. They also celebrated a Super Bowl XXVII victory. His reporting was referenced in Tony Dungy’s best seller, Quiet Strength, particularly because it was Stroud who informed Dungy of the Bucs’ plan to replace him with Giants Super Bowl coach Bill Parcells.
A former Div. I-A baseball player at Arkansas , Stroud brings a unique perspective to sports reporting. During the NFL lockout in 2011, he also served as one of the Times’ beat writers responsible for covering the Tampa Bay Rays.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods has a quick answer — "No" — as to whether he plans to make amends with Sergio Garcia.
Woods was at Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C., on Monday to look ahead to next month's AT&T National, which benefits his charitable foundation.
He's also planning for the upcoming U.S. Open at Merion near Philadelphia and says his "game is coming around" after winning four times on the PGA Tour already this year.
But there's still some buzz from his last tournament — The Players Championship — when Woods and Garcia went back-and-forth over what Woods did to disrupt the Spaniard's swing when they were paired together during the third round.
Woods' expression Monday made it clear they won't be calling a truce any time soon.
Meet Alexis Normand as she sings the American National Anthem before the 2013 Memorial Cup game between the Portland Winterhawks and the Halifax Mooseheads. Watch and enjoy.
As far as the game, Ty Rattie had three goals to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-1 Game 6 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings to claim the Western Hockey League title on Sunday.
It was the third straight year the Winterhawks had advanced to the final, but first time they've claimed the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Two of Rattie's goals came while the Winterhawks were short-handed. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Taylor Leier also had goals for Portland.
Travis Ewanyk had the lone goal for Edmonton.
The Western Hockey League in November suspended Winterhawks coach and general manager Mike Johnston for the rest of the season, fined the team $200,000 and took away several draft picks Wednesday because of player-benefit violations over the past four seasons.
The Winterhawks advanced to the Memorial Cup later this month in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
You don't know how much fun singing at game meant to me. The promises keep coming true. Surviving isn't really living a good life— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) May 18, 2013