Monday, January 22, 2018
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Tampa Bay Sports Commission's greatest hits

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission has been involved in hosting several big events since Rob Higgins became executive director. Some of the biggest:

Super Bowl XLIII, Feb. 2009: The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied to beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23, getting a touchdown grab from Santonio Holmes with just 35 seconds remaining. Kurt Warner had given Arizona the lead on a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald with 2:37 left, but Ben Roethlisberger gave Pittsburgh its sixth Lombardi Trophy.

2008 Women's Final Four: Tennessee won its eighth national championship — and last under legendary coach Pat Summitt — beating Stanford easily in the final behind All-American Candace Parker. The event returns to Tampa in 2015.

2012 NCAA Frozen Four: The event had never been held in the South, but more than 18,000 fans watched in the Tampa Bay Times Forum as Boston College beat Ferris State. The host school — closest with an NCAA Division I hockey program — was Alabama-Huntsville.

2008 NCAA men's basketball opening rounds: Best known for its amazing upsets, with four teams seeded 12th or lower all winning at the same site. Wild finishes, too — Western Kentucky hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in overtime to upset Drake, and San Diego hit a shot with 1.2 seconds left in overtime to knock off UConn.

2007 ACC men's basketball tournament: Sellout crowds of 22,269 watched as North Carolina won the ACC crown on the way to an Elite 8 appearance. Tenth-seeded N.C. State knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, but lost in the final to the top-seeded Tar Heels.

2009 SEC men's basketball tournament: Mississippi State, 9-7 in conference in the regular season, won four games in four days, knocking off LSU in the semifinals and Tennessee in the final. With Florida and fan favorite Kentucky out of the tournament before the semifinals, the final drew an announced 10,093.

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Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Published: 01/20/18
Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Published: 01/15/18

Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Published: 01/15/18
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Mond...
Published: 01/15/18
Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, died Friday night. He was 89.In a 52-year broadcasting career, Mr. Jackson covered a wide variety of sports for radio ...
Published: 01/13/18
No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State squandered a double-digit halftime lead for the second straight game. This time, it was able to overcome that.The 23rd-ranked Seminoles scored the first six in the second overtime to propel them to a 101-90 victory over Sy...
Published: 01/13/18

Florida manhandled in paint by Ole Miss for first SEC loss

OXFORD, Miss. — Florida came into its matchup focused on stopping a talented group of Ole Miss guards.But it was the play of the frontcourt that did in the Gators on Saturday afternoon.Bruce Stevens scored 22, Deandre Burnett added 20 and Mississippi...
Published: 01/13/18
South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a new six-year, $28.2 million contract after a nine-win season that culminated with a victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp’s contract was approved Friday by the school’s boar...
Published: 01/12/18
Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

We’ve been a little busy lately.What with Dirk Koetter staying and Evan Longoria going. We’ve been distracted by UCF and amazed by Alabama. There has been Jon Gruden news and what is shaping up to be a very special season for the Lightning.With all t...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha, Neb. — his fourth city in a week — to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football ...
Published: 01/11/18