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  1. Football: Clearwater 22, Tarpon Springs 10


    TARPON SPRINGS — Everyone knows the old adage about when life gives you lemons, but Clearwater had to work hard to make lemonade out of its Week 1 matchup at Tarpon Springs. …

  2. Captain's Corner: You can't beat nearshore fishing


    Water temperatures are back up this week. With the hot water and high morning tides, the redfish bite has cooled. Fortunately we have tremendous nearshore fishing this time of year. Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, tripletail, flounder, sea trout and others are holding on rock jetties, rubble piles and bridge pilings. Avoid the hot part of the day and capitalize on the early outgoing tide. Leaving the dock while it's dark will give you a chance at an amazing bite. Cast-net bait along bridge shadow lines at night. There is way more smaller bait now than bigger stuff so use a quarter-inch mesh cast net. Use microbaits for chumming and medium baits for the hook, while saving larger baits for targeting snook or redfish along the jetty. Keep an eye out for floating debris and scan crab traps and other buoys for tripletail. A small pilchard under a float, cast uptide of the fish, usually gets the job done. …

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  4. Countdown to kickoff: Follow these college stories


    The clock continues to count down toward what's expected to be a great college football season. Here are some of the pressing questions we're looking forward to teams answering as opening day looms: Will they or won't they? …

  5. Captain's Corner: Hot weather options


    It is hot. Not the fishing so much, just the temperature. If you were to pick the best season for fishing the North Suncoast, late August would not be in the running. Extremely high afternoon water temperatures make most shallow-water fishing very slow. There are still a few viable options for the persistent angler. A few tarpon are hanging around beaches and sandbars. Find a clear spot with sandy bottom that is in the regular flow of the fish and you can still get shots at big fish. Expect to see occasional single fish or small strings of three or four at a time. This is a patience game and not for the easily bored. Sometimes you will only get a few casts at fish in an entire morning. The payoff, however, can be spectacular as full grown tarpon take to the air. Another viable gamefish target is big snook around the passes. For the last few hours of daylight, when there is a strong outgoing tide, huge snook will feed along deep channel edges. The fish sit on the bottom so use baits that dive, such as pinfish. Adding a small amount of weight is okay but not enough to stop it from drifting at the same speed as the tide. Normally the fish will be in a school, so once you hook one, you have an idea where there are gathered. Concentrate your casting up-current of that specific zone and let your bait drift by repeatedly. …

  6. Alabama tops AP preseason football poll: FSU No. 4, UF No. 25


    Florida State and Florida are in the preseason Associated Press top 25 football poll, which came out Sunday, with the Seminoles ranked fourth and the Gators 25th. The last time FSU opened in the top five was in 2014, when it was the preseason No. 1. It's the 16th time FSU opens in the top five. …

  7. Ticket window: Martina McBride, Paul Anka, Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue


    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week: • Paul Anka, 7 p.m. March 12 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $55-$118.75, on sale at noon Saturday at the box office, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, or by calling (727) 791-7400. …

    This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Miles Teller, left, and Jonah Hill in a scene from, "War Dogs." (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  8. Another voice: Trump's disturbing obsession


    Donald Trump spent the first half of a foreign policy address Monday attacking President Barack Obama, on whom he placed primary blame for a variety of global problems. Then he proposed a strategy to defeat the Islamic State that was strikingly similar to, well, Obama's. …

  9. USF study: Water from deep in gulf may keep away red tide


    TAMPA — Beaches in the bay area may seem a little more pleasant next summer with fewer dead fish and more tourists lying on the shore. …

    Dead fish, the result of a toxic Red Tide bloom, washed up just north of Johns Pass in Madeira Beach in April.
  10. Del Rio, Appleby at key juncture in Gators QB competition


    GAINESVILLE — Gator football coach Jim McElwain called Friday's scrimmage "moving day" for his players, meaning some have a chance to move up the depth chart while others were in danger of moving down. …

    Luke Del Rio readies the offense during UF’s spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. He is competing with Austin Appleby to start at quarterback, with a decision expected Friday.
  11. USF receiver Legree, UF guard Riles both likely out for season


    TAMPA — Senior receiver A.J. Legree, who appeared poised to finally emerge from USF's logjam at receiver, is expected to miss the season after tearing his ACL during a recent practice, coach Willie Taggart confirmed. …

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  13. Captain's Corner: Summer fishing remains strong inside Tampa Bay


    Summer fishing continues to be awesome inside Tampa Bay with snook, tarpon and mangrove snapper all on fire. Snook fishing has been phenomenal with plenty of juvenile fish caught every day. This is great news considering that the 2010 cold fronts almost wiped out our populations. Tarpon fishing inside the bay has picked up as our resident fish have pushed into the bay and have been feeding on the millions of glass minnows around the channels. The key with tarpon is to pick the right tides. Typically you will find success fishing the outgoing tides around the new and full moons. These are peak times as tides seem to flow best. Mangrove snapper have been productive around the wrecks and rocky structure in the bay. Snapper fishing in the summer is great and on a good day you can have your limit in about an hour. Smaller bait have moved into the flats. This is great snapper bait. Make sure to load up with plenty of chum bait, both dead and alive. …

  14. Christ the Redeemer: the many meanings of Rio's massive Jesus statue


    The 125-foot, concrete statue on a mountain overlooking Rio couldn't appear more straightforward: It's a giant Jesus with His arms outstretched. …

    Brazil's former volleyball player Isabel Barroso Salgado, right, and Rio de Janeiro's Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta hold the Olympic torch in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue on its way for the opening ceremony of Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 5. [Felipe Dana | Associated Press]
  15. For the boatless, check out these (mostly free) fishing piers


    As the sun beats down in another sweltering summer afternoon, a handful of fishing optimists cast lines off the north Skyway fishing pier. With the tide ripping out into the Gulf of Mexico, baits are drifted into the 20- to 25-foot deep water. …

    Kevin Chiem, 30, of Tampa shows off a grouper he caught on the north Skyway Pier in June. Chiem is a Pier regular who tries to fish there at least once a week. (Rodney Page | Times)
  16. Remember the flood insurance scare of 2013? It's creeping back into Tampa Bay and Florida


    Three years ago, Tampa Bay was roiling over massive flood insurance rate hikes. Home sales in some neighborhoods literally stopped. Real estate agents warned the market could collapse. Lawmakers held town halls and rallied from Tallahassee to Washington for help. …

    Historic flooding in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — plus Superstorm Sandy  in the Northeast — contributed to a $23 billion deficit within the National Flood Insurance Program. To make up the shortfall, the program is aggressively raising flood insurance rates for properties that had been subsidized with lower rates for decades.
  17. A burst of hiring helps dispel concerns about US economy


    WASHINGTON — Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.  …

    Reina Borges, left, stands in line to apply for a job with Aldi at a job fair in Miami Lakes last month.
  18. 'Bama defends limiting transfer options for DB


    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama opened preseason camp facing backlash over a decision to prevent recent graduate defensive back Maurice Smith from transferring to another SEC school — in this case Georgia, coached by former Tide assistant Kirby Smart.  …

  19. Captain's Corner: Beat the heat in cooler waters around nearshore artificial reefs


    Summer temperatures on the flats have been in the low 90s by midday, forcing anglers to seek cooler water around the nearshore artificial reefs in north Pinellas. Loading the baitwell in the early morning with small to medium whitebaits and heading a few miles offshore can guarantee rod-bending action. Rocky hard bottom and the structure of the reefs hold a variety of fish to catch. Mangrove snapper, small grouper, grunts and flounder are available. Using a heavy split shot, 30-pound leader and a small hook, drop bait to the bottom and reel one rotation to suspend the bait slightly. Light tackle rods can usually handle most of the nearshore species; however, a large grouper or cobia can sometimes get the upper hand. Mackerel are starting to show up, chasing the hordes of small hatchling baits around the reefs. Long shank hooks or a short length of light wire can prevent most breakoffs. Though the flats are warm, the grasses nearer the passes have held high numbers of trout, small mackerel and ladyfish. The beaches are still holding a few snook, though the numbers are dwindling as the snook begin to transition inshore after the spawn season. Incoming tides are cooler than outgoing, and morning bites are best before the sun gets too high. Always hydrate well, even on days with cloud cover and rain.  …

  20. East Bay Fishing Report for Aug. 5, 2016


    Here comes the sun: Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid morning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may be wondering what to do when your bait becomes unhappy. You need to get them in some moving water. The simple answer is you go mackerel, snapper, and trout fishing. …

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