Saturday, September 22, 2018
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SOCCER

rowdies BLANK Orlando

ORLANDO — The Rowdies shut out Orlando City B 2-0 in Thursday's regular-season finale. Up next for Tampa Bay: a USL Eastern Conference quarterfinal Oct. 21 at Al Lang Stadium against an opponent to be determined. The Rowdies (14-7-11, 53 points) move up to second in the East and will finish at least fourth, depending on Saturday's results. On Thursday, Georgi Hristov scored off a header in the 74th minute and Sebastian Guenzatti scored in second-half stoppage time.

NBA

M.J.: Super teams hurting league

Hornets owner Michael Jordan said that NBA stars ganging up and playing for super teams will hurt competitive balance. "I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,'' Jordan told Cigar Aficionado. "You're going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they're going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.''

ET CETERA

GOLF: Justin Thomas, bidding to win his third straight CIMB Classic, managed 2-under 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Smith opened with 8-under 64 and leads a PGA Tour event after the first round for the first time in 64 starts. In LPGA play, Sung Hyun Park shot 6-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead with Min-Sun Kim and Minjee Leein in the KEB Hana Bank Championship at Incheon, South Korea. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome is four back at 2-under 70.

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Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular seaso...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
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Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
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Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Football: Armwood 24, Jefferson 14

SEFFNER — Armwood is becoming accustomed to winning close games.The Hawks fended off visiting Jefferson 24-14 in a defensive battle that featured a plethora of holding penalties in the second half.Armwood (3-1) earned two rushing touchdowns from juni...
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Football: Plant 44, Gaither 34

TAMPA — Seventy-eight points. Eight hundred and 40 yards in total offense. Five players surpassing the century mark in yardage.When the game was over Friday, Plant had the edge in every category — including the scoreboard as the Panthers (3-1) opened...
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Football: Robinson 28, Blake 25

TAMPA — Nevermind that Blake scored a go-ahead touchdown with 87 seconds left in the game.Forgive him, but part of Robinson junior Lateef Al-Shaa’ir was hoping it would happen just so it would set up a comeback.And it did.With 24 seconds left in the ...
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Football: St. Petersburg 23, Gibbs 6

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg’s Aumhryaun Brown’s two touchdowns helped overcome the ejection of quarterback Tonio Shavers as the Green Devils cruised to a 23-6 win against Gibbs on Friday.As time expired during the first half, with the Green Devil...
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Football: Plant City 24, East Bay 7

GIBSONTON — Plant City’s high-powered passing game gets most of the attention. But the Raiders’ defense is just as responsible for the team’s unbeaten start.In Plant City’s 24-7 road victory against East Bay in Class 7A, District 9 on Friday, the def...
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