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rip tide risk increases as beach beckons

A high surf advisory goes up, but visitors and locals alike are drawn to the big waves along gulf beaches. Meteorologists advise caution and tell what to do if a swimmer gets caught in a strong current. Local, 1B

Benefactors shine on Florida schools

2015 was a banner year for philanthropic gifts to state universities, including the University of South Florida, which got three major donations. Local, 1B

'The Force' eludes Disney's ESPN

Not even Star Wars can shield Disney from rebellious viewers who are cutting their ties with cable TV — and the flagship sports network. Business, 4B

Flooding threatens Missouri towns

The Mississippi River and its tributaries were threatening to overtop 19 levees in the St. Louis area as 18 die in flooding. Daily Briefing, 5A

Just listen as Eric Striker expounds

The Armwood High alum, now an Oklahoma Sooner, is in rare form as his team prepares for the Orange Bowl. He's one of the best football players to come out of Tampa Bay, and he talks a good game too. Sports, 1C

Gators try to end on a high note

No. 19 Florida, and its flailing offense, prepares for the Citrus Bowl with hopes of avoiding a three-game losing streak. Sports, 1C

Florida vs. Michigan: 1 p.m. Friday, Orlando. TV/radio: Ch. 28; 1250-AM.

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  1. Anthem protest, the latest: Jerry Jones joins Cowboys on field in show of solidarity

    Bucs

    As President Donald Trump continued tweeting Monday about his displeasure with NFL players for staging demonstrations during the national anthem, the Cowboys took a knee on the field just before the anthem was performed on Monday Night Football. Dallas players were joined by owner Jerry Jones, and they quickly …

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center, joins the team in taking a knee before the national anthem Monday night. They stood and linked arms for the anthem.
  2. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says players who kneel have team's support

    Sports

    TAMPA — Receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson were the only Bucs players kneeling during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Vikings, but DT Gerald McCoy said the team supports their protest "100 percent."

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate pulls in a touchdown catch as Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo (34) hits him in the back of the head.
  3. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.
  5. Four questions the Lightning still has to answer

    Lightning Strikes

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The Lightning made its biggest round of cuts Monday, with some of the big-name prospects heading out.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) looks on from the bench during a shift change at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17). In background on right is Nikita Kucherov (86). DIRK SHADD   |   Times