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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. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  2. It's Rays' turn to pound Orioles pitching (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG - Ah, the fantastic four.

    The Rays smashed the reeling Orioles 15-5 on Friday, scoring a season-high in runs, to climb four games above .500 for the first time since July 1, 2015.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria scores on a triple by Logan Morrison during the first inning against the Orioles.
  3. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary season

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    John Tortorella, in Tampa in 2014 for the 10-year Stanley Cup win party, will return next season for the team’s anniversary event.
  4. Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

    Matt Duffy is expected to resume his baseball activities once the stitches heal.
  5. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote

    Blogs

    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.