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  1. Clearwater man stabbed to death in domestic dispute, police say

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    A 58-year-old man is dead after he was stabbed in a domestic dispute at 1710 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater police said.

  2. Gulfport man dies in head-on crash on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor

    Accidents

    A Gulfport man died Saturday evening in a head-on collision on U.S. 19 near Lake Tarpon Drive in Palm Harbor.

  3. Lightning blows lead against Penguins, loses seventh in eight games

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Jonathan Drouin outhustled Ian Cole to a loose puck in front of the Penguins net and did what playmakers do. He put a nifty move on goalie Matthew Murray and backhanded a shot off the post and into the net.

    Left wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates his second goal of the game, which briefly gives the Lightning a 3-1 lead that it coughs up.
  4. What to expect next as Rays still look to deal

    The Heater

    The Rays came away from the winter meetings with a new star catcher*, a long shot bullpen candidate and an impressive spin rate for the pitches exchanged in extensive and excessive talks on what they might do next.

    Chris Archer, with his upside and team-friendly contract, would be the Rays’ most coveted starter and the least likely to be dealt.
  5. Lightning says better defense is key to better offense

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning entered Saturday's game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins having scored once in each of its previous three games.

    Ryan 
Callahan
  6. Devin Robinson overcomes injury, leads Gators basketball

    College

    GAINESVILLE — After his sophomore season had ended and he declared for the 2016 NBA draft, Devin Robinson's left foot started hurting.

    Florida forward Devin Robinson (1) shoots, and is fouled by North Florida center Romelo Banks (33), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough) FLGM104
  7. Bucs activate RB Sims, WR Dye

    Bucs

    TAMPA — As expected, the Bucs activated RB Charles Sims from injured reserve Saturday and promoted WR Donteea Dye from the practice squad before today's game against the Saints. Sims hasn't played in 10 weeks since injuring his knee, while Dye was called up to replace Adam Humphries, who is out with a concussion. …

  8. Louisville's Lamar Jackson becomes youngest Heisman Trophy winner

    College

    NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson in a landslide vote Saturday night and become the first player since Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown in 1987 to lose his final two games and win the award.

    Louisville’s Lamar Jackson holds up the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday in New York.
  9. Jones: Four Bucs games remain — today's could be the key

    Bucs

    Four games.

    That will decide whether or not the Bucs make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

    DT Gerald McCoy and the Bucs have four games left: at home vs. Saints and Panthers, on the road vs. Cowboys and Saints.
  10. Former Tampa chief Jane Castor 'behind schedule' as monitor of Miami's federal policing pact

    News

    Miami's police chief says the city's 1,300-member department has met every standard under a new community policing agreement signed with the U.S. Department of Justice in the wake of a spate of shootings that roiled racial tensions.

    Jane Castor has yet to publish a review of the department’s progress on new federal standards.
  11. Matt Baker: Why Lamar Jackson got my Heisman Trophy vote

    College

    One of the most impressive highlights from the most outstanding player in the country happened right in front of me.

    And I missed it.

    Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Saturday night’s Heisman winner, leaps over FSU’s Matthew Thomas during a rout in September.
  12. Photo gallery: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Blogs

    View a gallery of images from the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

    Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates beating Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for the tying goal during the third period of Saturday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  13. Trump expected to pick ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson as secretary of state

    National

    President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil who has worked extensively around the globe and built relationships with such leaders as Russian President Vladimir Putin, as his secretary of state, three people close to the transition team told the Washington Post

    ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson could get grilled on Russia during confirmation to become secretary of state.
  14. The Buzz: Former mayor Rick Baker mentioned among maybes for governor in 2018

    Politics

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's ongoing sewer problems should make aspiring mayors more optimistic about their prospects for beating him when he runs for a second term next year. But the opponent Kriseman fears most, former Mayor Rick Baker, seems to have his sights on a loftier goal.

    Hillsborough School Board D-7 candidates Joseph Caetano, Alan Clendenin, Carlos Frontela, Lynn Gray, Stanley Gray, Cathy James, Norene Miller,