TAMPA — USF heads into Friday afternoon's neutral-site encounter with No. 1 Kentucky lacking an outside threat, solid depth and, according to most, a prayer. But at least one intangible won't be lacking.
NAIROBI, Kenya — Headlines here call him the "Pope of Hope." Because of him, Kenyans say they are more enthusiastic about going to church, praying regularly and treating others kindly. They want him to preach about corruption, living in peace and governing fairly.
TAMPA — You can count on one hand the number of players in the world who can score a goal like Steven Stamkos did in Saturday's second period.
Okay, maybe two fingers.
BRANDON — The man named as an early suspect in the Halloween night murder of a Brandon mother outside her home was arrested late Tuesday.
It's great to be a Florida Gator.
And a Florida State Seminole.
And a USF Bull.
In Florida, it's great to be a college football fan. Unless you're UCF or Miami, but we'll get to those guys later.
You like winners? You like bowl games?
It's hard to spend much time around UCF without seeing reminders of the football program's peak — the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. A sign commemorating that 52-42 win over Baylor even sits on the scoreboard at Bright House Stadium. • To see how far the Knights have fallen in the 22 months since then, pan …
TAMPA — Sunday's record-breaking performances by Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RB Doug Martin have both in contention for the NFL's top weekly honors.
TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Fred Costello is having his Ormond Beach home fitted with solar panels. He has invested in a company that is seeking a patent on new energy generation technology. He considers himself an energy wonk.
A series of recent sound bites, from commentators and coaches alike, has ignited speculation over who has orchestrated the Bulls' staggering offensive resurgence.
Many people pray before meals. On Tuesday, the prayers came before the meals were delivered.
CHICAGO — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.
BELLEAIR — Police officer Roy Olsen feared for his life when he saw Jamaal Bishop's weapon Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.
PARIS — The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.
MOSCOW — Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it said ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria, killing at least one of the two pilots in a long-feared escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a "stab in the …