Saturday, December 16, 2017
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soccer

blunder does in rowdies, who fall 1-0

OKLAHOMA CITY — A goalkeeping blunder led to a 1-0 Rowdies loss to Rayo OKC on Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay (5-4-6) next plays at the Ottawa Fury on Saturday.

Late in the first half, goalkeeper Matt Pickens misplayed a ball and Billy Forbes scored on a header.

The Rowdies controlled much of the first half and long portions of the second, but couldn't find the equalizer.

Tampa Bay coach Stuart Campbell and assistant coach Raoul Voss served one-game suspensions after their dismissal from Tampa Bay's match last Saturday.

Assistant Stuart Dobson served as head coach Wednesday.

olympics

Retests show 11 positive results

The International Weightlifting Federation said 11 more weightlifters, including six silver and bronze medalists, have tested positive in retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics.

The IWF said in a statement that all 11 athletes, who include four Russians, have been provisionally suspended until their cases are closed.

MORE OLYMPICS: Basketball center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back. The Warriors said Varejao should be ready for the start of NBA training camp. … Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, No. 16 in the WTA rankings, is pulling out of the Games because she is not completely ready even though a left wrist injury is healed.

ET CETERA

NHL: Mike Hoffman, the Senators' leading scorer last season, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract worth nearly $21 million. … The Red Wings announced a two-year, $8 million contract with goaltender Petr Mrazek. … The Hurricanes signed coach Bill Peters to an extension through the 2018-19 season. He is 65-72-27 in two seasons while leading a rebuilding project.

AUTOS: The Daytona 500 is moving back to its traditional weekend in 2018. The race had been held on Presidents Day weekend from 1968 to 2011, then NASCAR officials tweaked the date beginning in 2012, anticipating changes to the NFL schedule that could have ended up putting the Super Bowl on the same weekend as NASCAR's season opener. Now, with the NFL unlikely to expand its schedule anytime soon, NASCAR's biggest race is moving back to its original calendar spot. … NASCAR suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or a $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

cycling: There were no were no cases of riders using hidden motors inside their bikes on this year's Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said. The UCI said 3,773 tests using magnetic resistance technology were carried out throughout the 21 stages.

horses: The Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry will resume in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Preakness winner Exaggerator will be entered today. Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby.

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Comments

Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
Updated: 4 hours ago

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
Updated: 5 hours ago