Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief


Related News/Archive


KAPALUA, Hawaii — The PGA Tour season finally got under way Monday, and Dustin Johnson wasted no time taking control in the Tournament of Champions.

Johnson had not played the Plantation Course at Kapalua since Thursday. Once he got started, he didn't miss many shots. He had four putts at eagle on the back nine in the second round. He missed only three greens in regulation. And when his 36-hole day ended, Johnson had rounds of 69-66 to take the lead into the final round today.

Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the season started on the day its opener was supposed to end. Johnson was at 11-under 135 for a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker.


Rays reshuffle scouting staff

The Rays made several moves in their scouting department, including the promotion of Carlos Rodriguez to Director of Latin American Scouting; he had been a pro scout. Carlos Alfonso was named special assistant for international operations and Bobby Heck and Fred Repke were made special assignment scouts. See for a complete rundown.

RANGERS: Lance Berkman took a $10 million, one-year deal to be DH.


Wambach wins, Messi first to four

Capping a year in which she won Olympic gold, Abby Wambach became the second American ever named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. "It's humbling to know that the majority think you are one of the best in the world," said Wambach, the former Florida star who joins Mia Hamm as Americans to win the award in voting by national team coaches and captains and select media. Lionel Messi, who set a world scoring record with 91 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, was the men's winner for an unprecedented fourth year in a row.

ROWDIES: Tampa Bay, the defending NASL champion, signed defender Jay Needham, 28, to a three-year deal through 2015. He played the past two years for Puerto Rico in the NASL.


AUTOS: The first NASCAR event of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway is now called the Sprint Unlimited. The nonpoints race, formerly the Budweiser Shootout, is scheduled at 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

TENNIS: Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka are the top seeds for the Australian Open, which starts next week. Djokovic is followed by Roger Federer and Andy Murray; Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams follow Azarenka in the women's seedings. … Li Na reached the second round of the Sydney International and Tampa resident Sam Stosur lost.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 10:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Sign up for the daily News at Noon email newsletter


    The Tampa Bay Times has launched a daily newsletter called News at Noon. It'll be the perfect way to catch up with the latest breaking news and our top stories right in your inbox each weekday.

  2. Video shows ex-Bucs DT Brian Price going through glass door


    More and more stories are coming forward of former NFL players and the sad, stunning effects of CTE after their football careers, and a new video shows former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price running …

    Former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price, shown arriving at One Buc Place for training camp in the 2012 preseason, is shown in a video from a Michigan TV station running through the glass door of an auto parts store.
  3. HomeTeam 100: Players 11-20


     Rising senior DE/TE Judge Culpepper (right) tackles OL Bryce Love during practice at Plant High School in Tampa, on Tuesday May 2, 2017.
  4. Rays get relief help, acquire LHP Dan Jennings from White Sox


    The Rays got the relief help they were looking for, acquiring LHP Dan Jennings from the White Sox for prospect 1B Casey Gillaspie.

    Jennings, 30, is 3-1, 3.45 in 48 games this season for the White Sox, and is tough on lefty hitters, holding them a .169 average and .497 OPS. He was better last season, posting a …

    Dan Jennings is 3-1, 3.45 in 48 games this season for the White Sox.
  5. Rays series preview: Who are the Yankees?


    To make the playoffs for the first time since 2013, the Rays will have to beat a lot of other contenders. Their eight-game road trip pits them against two of the AL's strongest teams, starting with the Yankees. Here's the information you need to know about Baltimore before the action kicks off.


    As outfielder Aaron Judge, right, has struggled in the second half, shortstop Didi Gregorius, middle, has picked up the slack.