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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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    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
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    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

  4. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
  5. USF baseball rallies to beat Tulane in AAC tournament opener

    College

    CLEARWATER — With Tulane runners on first and second and two out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, USF's dugout watched as burly American Athletic Conference co-player of the year Hunter Williams' fly to left went deep.

    USF outfielder Chris Chatfield is congratulated by third-base coach Chris Cates after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, tying the score at 3.