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  1. Rockets dispatch Thunder in five

    Sports

    HOUSTON — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.  …

  2. Region tennis: St. Petersburg girls dispatch Steinbrenner 4-1

    Tennispreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the Warriors 4-1.  …

  3. North Korea decries U.S. carrier dispatch as parliament meets

    Military

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American strength.  …

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his parliament called the escalation of U.S. presence nearby “outrageous.”
  4. East Region: Florida silences doubters, dispatches East Tennessee State 80-65

    College

    ORLANDO — When analyst Seth Davis pegged fourth-seeded Florida as a potential first-round upset victim on CBS's Selection Sunday Show, the Gators were watching on their locker-room big screen TV. The volume was cranked up. They heard what Davis said.  …

    Florida Gators forward Devin Robinson (1) drives to the basket for a dunk during the first half of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 16, 2017 on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
  5. Region volleyball: Palm Harbor University dispatches Cinderella

    Volleyballpreps

    By Rodney Page Times Staff Writer PALM HARBOR — Both Palm Harbor University and East Bay brought its "B" games to Tuesday night's Class 8A region quarterfinal. For the Hurricanes, that was good enough. …

  6. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

    Home Team

    CRYSTAL RIVER – No. 3 Weeki Wachee upset county foe and second-seeded Hernando in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20) Tuesday night in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal  to advance to the  championship match Thursday night.  …

  7. Justice Department to dispatch team to Turkey for cleric inquiry

    World

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department will dispatch a team to Turkey in coming days to pursue allegations by the Turkish government of criminal activity by Fethullah Gulen, an Obama administration official said Friday. …

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is surrounded by his personal security and local officials after Friday prayers at Marmara University Theological School mosque in Istanbul.
  8. EMS professionals of the year honored by Pinellas County

    Publicsafety

    Three first responders were awarded the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners' Emergency Medical Services Professionals of the Year.  …

  9. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press

    College

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  10. Pasco doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises

    Publicsafety

    After shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is mandating his deputies work in pairs when they answer calls for service. …

    Sheriff Chris Nocco made the decision in response to killings of police officers.
  11. For former New York fire dispatcher, memories of 9/11 are etched forever

    Humaninterest

    BROOKSVILLE John Lightsey reported for duty at central dispatch for the New York City Fire Department at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't go home for four days. …

    John Lightsey, a New York City fire dispatcher on Sept. 11, 2001, will soon retire from Hernando County Fire Rescue. 
  12. Before battling Charlie Crist, Rep. David Jolly must first dispatch Mark Bircher in GOP primary

    Stateroundup

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly will almost certainly battle former Gov. Charlie Crist this fall in the 13th Congressional District in what will be a nationally scrutinized race. …

    Mark Bircher is seeking the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional District. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] 
  13. Orlando nightclub shooter told 911 dispatcher: 'I did the shootings'

    Crime

    The gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday called 911 and admitted to a dispatcher that he "did the shootings," according to a transcript released Monday by the FBI. …

    People hold candles at Sunday's candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub as they gather at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. [Associated Press]
  14. Dispatches from budding rap star G-Eazy's tour bus in Tampa

    Music

    TAMPA — G-Eazy hunches on his tour bus, elbows on thighs, mouthing lyrics he just wrote on his iPhone, as a woman's voice pops through a black Marshall speaker. "I don't charge Bebe for this verse, right?" the rapper asks his crew. …

    Rapper G-Eazy makes a FaceTime call to fellow artist Bebe Rexha moments after recording a verse on his tour bus for her upcoming solo album before his show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, June 17, 2016. Bebe Rexha was featured on G-Eazy's recent hit "Me, Myself & I". LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  15. Before shooting, prosecutor complained about Texas cop's conduct

    Nation

    DALLAS — The prosecutor's office investigating the death of a black teenager who was shot by a Dallas-area police officer had once filed a complaint over that officer's aggressive behavior, according to records obtained Thursday by the Associated Press.  …

    Jordan Edwards, 15, was shot and killed on Saturday.
  16. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m. Someone had poured gasoline and lit a flame. Three adults and an infant were sleeping inside. …

    The Fish and Wildlife agency fired Ryan Elliott Butler, 29.
[Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office]
  17. Sports in brief

    Sports

    hockey canada, sweden to play for gold COLOGNE, Germany — Two-time defending champion Canada and Sweden face off today in the world championship final (2 p.m., NHL) after winning their semifinals in contrasting styles Saturday.  …

  18. Texas police officer faces murder charge in 15-year-old Jordan Edwards' death

    Times News

    DALLAS — A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was fired, according to an arrest warrant issued Friday. …

    This undated family photo provided by the Edwards' family attorney shows Jordan Edwards, left, posing for a photo with his father Odell Edwards.
  19. Largo Walmart evacuated after reports of chemical smell inside store

    Publicsafety

    LARGO — Emergency hazardous materials crews were dispatched to a Walmart Supercenter on Friday afternoon after receiving reports of a chemical smell in the store, according to Largo Fire Rescue. …

  20. Volleyball: Berkeley Prep dispatches rival in straight sets

    Volleyballpreps

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep kicked off the season in style, easily dispatching visiting Tampa Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in both team's season opener on Thursday. …

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