Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: April weather, with high temps in the low 80s. Also: PolitiFact's Lie of the Year and a planned SpaceX launch

You should be getting used to this by now: A morning in the 60s, a partly sunny afternoon in the low 80s, a pleasant evening dipping back into the upper 60s. This week looks like it'll follow that familiar pattern, according to WTSP 10Weather.

Drumroll, please. PolitiFact will name its 2015 Lie of the Year today at lunchtime. The nominees were plentiful, so watch PolitiFact.com and follow @PolitiFact on Twitter for the big announcement.

SpaceX's planned launch of commercial satellites on Sunday night from Cape Canaveral was rescheduled for today, when the weather is expected to present a better opportunity to land the first stage of its rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said analysis showed better odds on tonight of landing the rocket booster back at Cape Canaveral. Being able to reuse a rocket would lower the cost of space travel.

• Five months after Cecil the lion was shot and killed in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist, the Obama administration is putting higher restrictions on hunters who want to bring lion trophies into the U.S. They'll fall under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, resulting in stricter criteria for the import of live lions and lion parts, like heads, paws or skins.

• After the Bucs' long weekend, coach Lovie Smith talks to reporters at 10:30 this morning. Follow our beat writers @NFLStroud and @GregAuman for highlights.

• USF takes on Willie Taggart's alma mater Western Kentucky at 2:30 this afternoon in the Miami Beach Bowl. Follow our live blog throughout the game at tampabay.com/bulls.

• Plan your week: Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay this week, including Vodka Latke, the biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples. Also look for the Outback Bowl players, their marching bands and cheerleaders to hit the beach for some light-hearted fun before the big game. And Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker takes the stage.

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Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Updated: 6 hours ago
For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 7 hours ago