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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. The story of the viral 'best little baby' and the state trooper who rescued him

    Human Interest

    Derek Graham encountered the woman and child on Tuesday evening.

    Derek Graham and the baby, mid-bath. [Courtesy West Virginia State Police]
  2. Charles Osgood signing off as host of CBS' 'Sunday Morning'

    The Feed

    NEW YORK — Charles Osgood, who has said "good morning" to his audience every Sunday for 22 years, is about to say "goodbye" as host of "CBS News Sunday Morning" in September.

    Charles Osgood informed the audience during Sunday's broadcast that he'd be leaving "Sunday Morning" in September. [Associated Press File]
  3. 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.

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

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:46: Rays lineup, with Forsythe getting a day off, Longoria a DH day and Dickerson at the top. ... Snell said ankle feels better today and he expects to make next start. ... Rays are on track to activate Cobb on Monday; his final rehab start went well.

    Rays lineup:

  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.
  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

UPDATE, 12:46: Rays lineup, with Forsythe getting a day off, Longoria a DH day and Dickerson at the top. ... Snell said ankle feels better today and he expects to make next start. ... Rays are on track to activate Cobb on Monday; his final rehab start went well.

Rays lineup:...

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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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