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  1. February sports player of the month: Russell Westbrook




    King High School


    Russell Westbrook, NBA

    Point guard

    Oklahoma City Thunder


    Russell Westbrook continues to electrify the league with dynamic shooting and energetic athleticism. In the random absences of star Kevin Durant, …

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) as center Alex Len defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  AZMY101
  2. HomeTeam Hot Shots


    Audra Leipold, Academy at the Lakes

     Seffner Christian's Derek Webster
  3. Super Bowl prediction: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24


    With the NFL playoffs upon us, many around the nation are debating which team will emerge from the slugfest. Countless storylines have been swirling, including whether defending champion Seattle Seahawks will be able to reclaim their title and whether the aging Tom Brady can sustain another deep run in the postseason …

    Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks runs against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Divisional Playoff game in Seattle earlier this week. Our prediction is that the defending champ Seahawks make it back to the Super Bowl but come up empty.
  4. Leshawn Williams learns to cope with life after lost leg


    In the quiet home of Bonita Copeland and her son Leshawn Williams, life seems ordinary. A flat-screen television hums in the living room, where Williams, a walker by his side, sits on the plush red sofa, surrounded by Xbox controllers. But for the former athlete, adjusting to life as an amputee, nothing is ordinary.

    Leshawn Williams, whose injury during a Northeast High football game led to amputation of his leg, is upbeat. “I’m not starting my life over,” he says. “It’s just a little setback, and I’m just ready to start walking again. I’ll be all right.”
  5. Sporting spotlights: Skylar Martinez


    Long-time softball athlete Skylar Martinez didn't injure herself playing softball. It was during a middle school flag football game in January 2013 that Martinez damaged her shoulder, ending her softball career.

    After an arm injury left Skylar Martinez unable to play softball, the athlete is trying out soccer.
  6. Sporting spotlight: Sara Varsames


    Sara Varsames never planned on becoming a rower. The Berkeley Prep senior, who recently signed to Duke University, played several sports competitively before trying crew, on a whim, as a sophomore.

    Sara Varsames
  7. Picks for top high school athletes


    Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay football

    Armwood’s Jordan Griffin, left, a linebacker, has reopened his recruitment after a coaching change at Wisconsin. Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III, right, will be heading to Clemson.
  8. Tampa Bay Rays name Kevin Cash new manager


    The Tampa Bay Rays have officially named Kevin Cash as the team's new manager. The Tampa native was one of three candidates to take over after the departure of Joe Maddon.

    Kevin Cash new Tampa Bay Rays Manager attends the Major League Baseball winter meetings.
  9. Joe Maddon moves on


    Nine years ago a saving grace came to Tampa Bay to help a struggling baseball franchise that had become the joke of the American League East.

    Joe Maddon signs autographs before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 18, 2008, at Bright House Field in Clearwater.
  10. Gators football coach Will Muschamp says he has no hard feelings about his dismissal


    GAINESVILLE — Deep down, Will Muschamp knew after Saturday afternoon's overtime loss to South Carolina that his days as the Gators head coach were probably coming to an end.

    Florida Gators head football coach Will Muschamp talks to reporters at a news conference Monday, a day after school officials announced he would coach two more games but would not return next year. [University of Florida]

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