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Neighbor says couple talked of martyrdom

The man who purchased the assault rifles used in the San Bernardino shootings tells the FBI that Syed Farook and his soon-to-be wife spoke of jihad before they married. Nation, 2A

Chicago mayor offers apology

Rahm Emanuel says the police shooting of Laquan McDonald "happened on my watch." Nation, 2A

Nelson, Rubio file opposing visa bills

Sen. Bill Nelson wants to slash the specialized visas for foreign workers. Sen. Marco Rubio wants to triple them. Nation, 7A

Oscar Ray Bolin's execution nears

A Lutz woman's claim that someone other than Oscar Ray Bolin tried to abduct her is at the center of his final appeal. Local, 1B

Stolen ball glove united generations

Julius Pfau got the glove from his aging grandfather on his sixth birthday. Now he prays for its return. Local, 1B

Stamkos tweet sets Toronto abuzz

The Lightning superstar feeds the Maple Leafs rumor mill with an accidental "like.'' Sports, 1C • Triplets line reunited. 2C

Market raises price of pitching

The Rays' pitching talent suddenly seems more valuable. Sports, 1C

Carrot Top talks props, punch lines

As he comes to the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, he's become one of comedy's most bankable acts. Etc, 2B

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    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.