Thursday, December 14, 2017
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NBA

Wade speaks out on guns

Dwyane Wade has lashed out against Chicago's gun laws, calling them weak and saying he has urged officials in his hometown to act.

The Bulls and former Heat star whose cousin was shot dead last week also said his children are afraid of police officers as he was growing up. Wade, during an interview with ABC that aired Friday, added he had "a bad taste" in his mouth when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted about his cousin's murder. The funeral for Nykea Aldridge, 32, a mother of four who was killed on a Chicago street, is today.

"For our family, it was very tough," Wade said.

Aldridge was one of 90 people killed in August in Chicago, a city ravaged by gun violence that once had some of the nation's strictest gun-control laws.

Soccer

Big day for Besler: Baby and a goal

Matt Besler scored his first international goal just hours after the birth of his daughter and 17-year-old Christian Pulisic added two late strikes as the United States routed host St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 in World Cup qualifying. Besler, 29, a defender with Sporting KC in MLS who started at the 2014 World Cup, made his 36th international appearance. Just before kickoff, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced that his wife Amanda gave birth to Parker Besler earlier Friday. After the goal, Besler was surrounded by five teammates in a rocking baby celebration. The Americans, 3-1-1 in the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying, face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday in Jacksonville.

England: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss the upcoming derby against Manchester United after receiving a three-match ban from the English Football Association for elbowing an opponent. Aguero wasn't punished during last week's win against West Ham for the incident but the FA handed down its decision after seeing video. The Manchester rivals meet Sept. 10.

Autos

Local secures ride for two races

New Port Richey's RC Enerson, 19, will drive the No. 19 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing for the rest of the IndyCar season. The former Gulf High student was 20th in a 22-car field Friday in the first practice session for Sunday's race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. He will also race Sept. 18 in the series finale in Sonoma, Calif.

Times wires

Running ranking cites Tampa

The opportunity to jog along the waterfront while spotting manatees landed Tampa on Runner's World's list of 50 best running cities. Tampa ranked No. 32. "You can't beat the scenery along Bayshore Boulevard," the magazine said. "This popular route offers 9 miles of continuous sidewalk." While waiting for the sun to reappear, check out runtampa.com, the Run Tampa club's website.

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USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

Bulls fans who believe QB Quinton Flowers wasn't afforded enough latitude in the 2017 offense got some figurative fuel for their argument Thursday.Or more specifically, kerosene in the form of a conversion. That game-tying two-point play in the wanin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

Bulls fans who believe QB Quinton Flowers wasn't afforded enough latitude in the 2017 offense got some figurative fuel for their argument Thursday.Or more specifically, kerosene in the form of a conversion. That game-tying two-point play in the wanin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes. Some couldn’t help but wonder if that might have been the difference in missing the playoffs by a point. But Tampa Bay continued ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the dynamic Lightning defenseman. They both were top 10 picks in 2016, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cavs ride LeBron’s triple double vs. Lakers

Cavs ride LeBron’s triple double vs. Lakers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple double in front of Lonzo Ball and his brothers, Kevin Love scored 28 and the Cavaliers won for the 16th time in 17 games, 121-112 over the Lakers on Thursday. James finished with 25 points, 12 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingSuper lightweights: Vargas vs. Herrera10 p.m.FS1College basketballWomen: Southern at USF7 p.m.1040-AMMaryland-Eastern Shore at Creighton8 p.m.FS1College footballDivision III, final: Mount Union (Ohio) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)7 p.m.ES...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Caps continue to dominate Bruins

BOSTON — Alex Chiasson scored two third-period goals, the second on a shorthanded breakaway with 8:29 left, and the Capitals beat the Bruins 5-3 on Thursday night. Patrice Bergeron scored twice for Boston, moving past Bobby Orr on the team’s all-time...
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Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
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Sports in Brief

autosJudge rules driver’s family can sue StewartUTICA, N.Y. — A federal judge ruled the family of race car Kevin Ward Jr., who was fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart’s sprint car, can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star. In a 28...
Updated: 2 hours ago