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


ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies were only too glad to extend Minnesota's late-game misery Wednesday, pulling off a crucial 2-2 draw when Keith Savage scored in the 92nd minute. The teams stay tied for fourth place and the final NASL playoff spot, but the Rowdies have a game in hand.

"It means we're still in it. Every point counts," Savage said.

Minnesota (10-11-7, 37 points) had lost four straight and given up a goal in the final 10 minutes of the previous three. It looked as if it wouldn't happen Wednesday despite the Rowdies (9-8-10) playing the last half-hour almost entirely in Minnesota's end and making two offensive-minded substitutions (Carlos Preciado and Kalif Alhassan) and pushing D Neill Collins up front in the final 20. With five minutes of stoppage time, the Rowdies came through when Savage pounced upon a loose ball served in by Georgi Hristov.

Savage "absolutely" was exhausted, starting for the first time in eight games. "I was going to go forward there no matter what. I'm just glad it fell to my feet," he said.

For more, visit


AUTOS: Team Penske added Josef Newgarden to its roster, giving the organization the top four finishing drivers in this season's standings. Newgarden, who finished fourth this year in the series, was the top free agent in IndyCar and becomes the first American driver on Penske's open wheel roster since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2007.

BOXING: Troubled heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he has been on a cocaine and alcohol binge to deal with manic depression. The British boxer has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

GOLF: U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker said he has chosen Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup captain Davis Love and three-time Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples to be his assistants for the matches next year. International team captain Nick Price said his assistants would be Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Tony Johnstone.

MMA: UFC fighter Josh Samman died from a probable drug overdose after spending nearly a week in a hospital in Hollywood, Fla. He was 28.

NBA: Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt accepted a championship ring from the team despite being fired midway through his second season.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Andy Murray dispatched Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1 to set up China Open quarterfinal against his British Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund in Beijing.

Darek Sharp, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief 10/05/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 11:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    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.