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  1. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome


    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.  …

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.
  2. Brooksville man dies in off-road motorcycle crash


    A Brooksville man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Gary Lee Mitchell, 42, was driving his 2015 KTM 350 on his private property at 26070 Hayman Road when he lost control of the off-road motorcycle and it overturned. …

  3. USF student, 22, dies in motorcycle crash near Tampa campus


    TAMPA — A University of South Florida student was killed Friday morning in a motorcycle accident on Fletcher Avenue, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. …

  4. Odessa man killed in motorcycle accident


    An Odessa man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning. Hee Soong Lee, 54, was riding his 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager when, at 9:31 a.m., he was involved in an accident at the corner of Tarpon Springs Road and Tyler Road in Odessa with a van driven by Nicholas De Santo. …

  5. Fans in Florida and beyond won't forget Gregg Allman


    The end can come quickly for those who live fast and live hard, who create worlds with their talent and sometimes come close to throwing them away. …

    This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)
  6. Sports in brief


    epl soccer chelsea title completes turnaround WEST BROMWICH, England — Chelsea is back at the summit of English soccer, completing a wild roller-coaster ride over the past three years.  …

  7. Exoskeletal suit helps Haley veteran regain ability to walk


    There is a magical moment for every new child when they take those first wobbly steps in life. It is a transcending experience. But for 48-year-old, retired Marine Veteran, James Smith; those golden steps mean more now than then he could ever imagine. …

    Paralyzed veteran James Smith walks with the help of a exoskeletal suit as therapist Brittney Durant looks on.
  8. Neighborhood Profile: Avelar Creek, Riverview


    RIVERVIEW Matt Bilancia sits on the edge of the sofa, his knees protruding forward from his shorts, bright sneakers on his feet. He looks like any fit and healthy 37-year-old — until he points out the large, horizontal scar on his right knee. …

    Matt Bilancia and his dogs, Amelia, an Italian greyhound, and Storm, a Jack Russell, have found just the place to be — in Riverview’s Avelar Creek. It’s quiet for Bilancia and fairly traffic-free for the spirited little dogs.
  9. Brandon ekes out an emotional 17th straight state wrestling title


    KISSIMMEE — Brandon saw runs of 41 district and 26 region titles end last season, but the stakes were even greater Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena. Nemesis Lake Gibson, which last season made Brandon a runnerup in district and region tournaments, headed into the Class 2A state finals with a 100.5-99 lead over the Eagles. …

    KISSIMMEE - Brandon senior Alex Popke, who dedicated this season to his father who died in a motorcycle accident last September, gets a huge reaction from head coach Russ Cozart (jumping behind right) moments after gaining a key pin in the Class 2A 182-pound title match. The Popke victory was vital to Brandon winning an 17th straight team title. Brandon won 110.5 points, just 3.5 ahead of runner-up Lake Gibson. Taken 3-4-17 by Scott Purks
  10. One big fan missing in the crowd for Brandon wrestler Alex Popke


    BRANDON — His dad was always there for him, pushing him, encouraging him, celebrating his victories and picking him up when he fell in defeat. Then, suddenly, his dad was gone. …

    Brandon senior Alex Popke has a 71-4 record this season and is among the favorites to win the Class 2A state title at 182 pounds. Popke, who has become a leader among the Eagles, is dedicating his season to his father, Kevin Popke, who died last September after crashing his motorcycle.
  11. Readers respond to young violist with generosity and support



    Adán Martinez, 16, tries a cello at Violin Shop Tampa after a reader and the shop pledged $3,000 to help him add the second instrument he needs to qualify for the Juilliard music school in New York.
  12. Voters call debate 'cringe worthy'; some won't cast ballot


    LAS VEGAS — Days after explosive revelations about Donald Trump's predatory comments about women and Hillary Clinton's closed-door speeches to banking executives, some people who watched the U.S. presidential debate Sunday night were so disgusted they said they wouldn't vote or were weighing a third-party candidate or write-in option.  …

  13. Experts point to brain injury in N.C. police shooting


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Keith Lamont Scott was a different person after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident last year. Friends say his medications made him zone out, slurring his words and forgetting what he was saying in the middle of a conversation.  …

    Flowers and incense left in the parking lot where Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by police the day before in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21. [New York Times]
  14. Digging up roots of adoption is difficult but possible


    We often hear that unsealing an adoption file is impossible. The story of an adoptee's unsuccessful nightmare often scares others considering their own quests. …

    While little Robert’s original birth certificate and adoption file show many sad events and decisions of his birth parents, this picture shows a happily adopted little Emory.
  15. Video shows deadly encounter between Charlotte police, black man


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A cellphone camera video made by the wife of Keith Lamont Scott as he was fatally shot by police here shows the moments before and after the shooting, including the wife's pleas to her husband to get out of his truck and her pleas to the officers not to shoot him. …

    The video, recorded by the wife of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, does not show the shooting, but gunshots can be heard. After the gunshots, Scott can be seen lying on the ground.
  16. Hudson man wanted in attack on employer turns himself in at jail


    HUDSON — A 26-year-old Hudson man turned himself in to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Monday, a day after he cut his boss and damaged the motorcycle dealership where they worked, authorities said. William Engle faces charges of aggravated battery, trespassing and business burglary. …

  17. Movie planner: 'Don't Think Twice,' 'Ben-Hur,' movies with causes



    Jack Huston dons the tunic as Judah Ben-Hur, learning from Sheik Ilderim (Morgan Freeman).
  18. Fierce on the field, benevolent off it


    For the past week, Jordon Litowchak has been the big man on campus at Palm Harbor University. The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker was inundated with congratulatory phone calls and emails after diving into a retention pond to rescue a 71-year-old man from a sinking car. …

    Palm Harbor University linebacker Jordon Litowchak recently saved a 71-year-old man from drowning.
  19. Tony Dungy's impact on those who knew him


    The impact of Tony Dungy, who was inducted Saturday night into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, reached far beyond Tampa Bay and the NFL. Here are a few stories of how he touched the lives of many who never played for him but came to know Dungy as a friend in the 20 years since he took over as Bucs coach. …

    Craig Altman
  20. Family success proves dividends of Tony Dungy's haul of fame


    TAMPA More than a half dozen times since retiring from coaching in the NFL, Tony Dungy has been asked if he would consider a return to the sideline. It includes an overture from the Buccaneers, his former team which is on its fourth head coach in six years. …

    SP 39687 - - DELIVER TO: sports - - 12/22/96 - - Tampa - - STORY SUMMARY:  - - CAPTION INFO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears at Houlihan s Stadium.   3) Buc s head coach Tony Dungy closes his first season with a 6-10 record. - - Times Photo by: Victor Junco - - Story By:  - - SCANNED BY: mr - -  RUN DATE:

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