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Florida loses region final to South Carolina to fall short of Final Four

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Romano: You can fret, you can rejoice or you can get used to baseball in St. Petersburg

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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 27-April 2.

    Events

    Cuban Sandwich Festival: Contenders for sandwich bragging rights will set up at HCC's Ybor City campus. Saturday, they'll try to make the world's biggest Cuban sandwich at 135 feet (noon to 6 p.m.). Smackdown Sunday will bring the judging. Free. thecuba …

    TAMPA -- A stack of award-winning Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwiches from The Floridian, the reigning champion in the Historic category at the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, held this year on March 20. Taken 3-4-16 by Scott Purks
  2. Clearwater police investigating death of man found in woods

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Detectives are investigating the death of a man found in a wooded area off S Hercules Avenue.

  3. Defense, personality endearing catcher Jesus Sucre to Rays

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Every morning, catcher Jesus Sucre sits at his locker inside the Rays' spring training clubhouse and dodges pingpong balls slammed off the pingpong table that fills that end of the room.

    He smiles.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) and catcher Jesus Sucre (45) laugh on their way to the dugout for the start of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
  4. Florida loses region final to South Carolina to fall short of Final Four

    College

    NEW YORK — Florida's surprising run ended just shy of the Final Four.

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks shoots the ball against Kevarrius Hayes #13 of the Florida Gators during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) 686517751
  5. Police: USF defensive back Hassan Childs injured in Tampa shooting

    Crime

    TAMPA — University of South Florida football player Hassan Childs, 22, was injured in a shooting Saturday night, Tampa police said.

    USF safety Hassan Childs, shown in the 2013 game, practiced with the team on Saturday, hours before the shooting incident.
  6. Judge says Pulse lawsuit may be tossed out of federal court

    Courts

    ORLANDO — A judge says a lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife may be tossed out of federal court.

    in Orlando on July 12, 2016, one month after a gunman killed 49 inside the gay club. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  7. Coast Guard seeks source of hoax distress calls off Florida

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Coast Guard wants to find the source of what authorities say are hoax distress calls coming from Florida's Gulf coast.

  8. Photos: Tampa Pride on display during Ybor City parade

    Human Interest
    Thousands lined Seventh Avenue in Ybor City on Saturday to catch beads and watch the third annual Tampa Pride Parade. 
See more photos here: http://www.tbtim.es/194k.
  9. Cobb scratched from minor-league start due to back tightness

    Blogs

    Rays RHP Alex Cobb was scratched from a planned minor-league intrasquad start this morning in Port Charlotte due to lower back tightness.

    Manager Kevin Cash said they did not expect the issue to disrupt their season-opening pitching plans, as Cobb is slated to pitch Game 3 on April 5.

    "I don't …

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam and the $75,000 a month consulting firm

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has raised more than $9.4 million for a 2018 governor’s race he has yet to announce and, in the last two years, spent $1.8 million of it on a Lakeland-based political consulting firm that has failed to disclose how the expenses were paid....

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Cobb scratched from minor-league start due to back tightness

Rays RHP Alex Cobb was scratched from a planned minor-league intrasquad start this morning in Port Charlotte due to lower back tightness.

Manager Kevin Cash said they did not expect the issue to disrupt their season-opening pitching plans, as Cobb is slated to pitch Game 3 on April 5.

"I don't think it changes anything,'' Cash said.

Sunday was to be Cobb's long start of the spring, when he was to throw 100+ pitches, and then make an abbreviated outing on Friday in Clearwater.

The Rays probably won't know until seeing how he feels on Monday how best to proceed, but Cobb could just skip this start, pitch Friday and head into the season.

Cobb said via text he "definitely could have pitched today" and "this is really nothing.''...

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Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Photos: Maestro Anton Coppola celebrates 100th birthday with Opera Tampa and Coppola family

Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Coppola conducted the world premiere of his revised duet and finale of Puccini's opera Turandot and also selections from Copola's opera Sacco and Sacco and Vanzetti....

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