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Could USF, UCF expand Big 12's recruiting footprint into Florida?

As the Big 12 weighs as many as 20 expansion candidates, programs sound like college recruiters, pitching their academics, brand names, attendance and potential. Perhaps USF and UCF should s …

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Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?

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Invest 99L will drench South Florida, but what about Tampa Bay?

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 28

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 28

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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  1. Hurricane Gaston strengthens but poses no threat to land

    Weather

    MIAMI — Hurricane Gaston is gathering strength as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic, but forecasters say it poses no threat to land.

  2. For starters: Rays at Astros, in avoid mode

    Blogs

    The Rays wrap up their weekend series in Houston this afternoon, and there are two big things they are trying to avoid:

    * Having already lost a series to the Astros for the first time since 2008, the Rays are trying to avoid getting swept.

    * And starter Chris Archer is seeking to avoid his 18th …

  3. Review: Drake works Tampa fans hard in magnetic concert at Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    From the moment Drake emerged in a Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, sparks blasting behind his back, he had them.

    Drake performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 27, 2016.
  4. Snell hit hard, hurt in Rays' loss to Astros (w/video)

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — Rookie left-hander Blake Snell was having enough problems Saturday, allowing the Astros four runs on eight mostly hard hits in three innings.

    Bobby Wilson throws high to first on Marwin Gonzalez’s shot off Blake Snell’s leg, which knocks the rookie from the game.
  5. Could USF, UCF expand Big 12's recruiting footprint into Florida?

    College

    As the Big 12 weighs as many as 20 expansion candidates, programs sound like college recruiters, pitching their academics, brand names, attendance and potential.

  6. Experience let Rays' Nick Franklin know he was healthy

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — INF/OF Nick Franklin had gone through this routine twice before, so he knew what to expect and which signs were promising, and he knew that he was ready, after 10 days, to return from his latest concussion.

    Nick Franklin has experience with concussion protocol: He missed two months in the minors in 2011 but no time with the Mariners in 2013 after being conked in the head.
  7. Dwyane Wade speaks out after fatal shooting of cousin in Chicago

    Nation

    CHICAGO — NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.

  8. In spread of Syria war, Kurdish forces clash with rebels backed by Turkey

    World

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted conflict.

  9. Signups for Obamacare are not half of original projection

    Nation

    Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Barack Obama's signature health care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses.

  10. Clinton, Trump prepping for debates showdown

    National

    Hillary Clinton is methodically preparing for the presidential debates as a veteran lawyer would approach her biggest trial. She pores over briefing books thick with policy arcana and opposition research. She internalizes tips from the most seasoned debate coaches in her party. And she rehearses, over and over again, to …

    Hillary Clinton must not only prepare for an expected stream of zingers and innuendo from an unpredictable opponent, but also overcome a perception that she is not trustworthy.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Beruff’s political consultants. A new Mason-Dixon poll showed Beruff trailing Marco Rubio by 39 percentage points in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Beruff might be wondering what he's getting for the $8 million he poured into the race. His paid political consultants? They’re just thankful Beruff has kept the faith for so long....

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For starters: Rays at Astros, in avoid mode

The Rays wrap up their weekend series in Houston this afternoon, and there are two big things they are trying to avoid:

* Having already lost a series to the Astros for the first time since 2008, the Rays are trying to avoid getting swept.

* And starter Chris Archer is seeking to avoid his 18th loss, which would tie Tanyton Sturtze for the dubious team mark. Sturtze lost 18 during the miserable 2002 season.

After losing starter Blake Snell to a leg bruise one batter into the fourth on Saturday night, the Rays made a roster move to add an arm to their taxed bullpen, calling up RHP Steve Geltz from Durham and sending down OF Mikie Mahtook.

Geltz's stay is likley to be short, however, as the Rays have to make room on Monday to activate RHP Alex Cobb, who is at the end of his rehab assignment and has to come off the DL....

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Bryan Anger wins punting job as Bucs release Schum

The Bucs have chosen a winner in their preseason battle at punter, with free agent Bryan Anger winning the job as Tampa Bay released former starter Jake Schum on Sunday morning as part of their initial cuts....

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