Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

A fourth-generation Floridian, Joey Knight was born in Tampa and raised in Zephyrhills, where he still resides. He moved to the Times in July 2006 after 15 years at the Tampa Tribune, which included a seven-year stint (1997-2004) as University of Florida beat writer. He began covering the University of South Florida athletic department for the Times in 2013. A married father of three, he enjoys running, classic television and classic heavy-metal music.

LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times Dominique Jones shoots over Ron Anderson Jr. during a practice last summer for the Tampa Bulls, a team comprised of past USF players. Jones and some other former Bulls are competing in a national tourney this summer with a $2 million winner-take-all purse.

Team featuring USF hoops alumni advances in national tourney

For the second year in a row, a team consisting of several former USF men's basketball players is among the final 16 competing for a $2 million purse.Led in part by Bulls alumnus Dominique Jones' 24 points, sixth-seeded Team DRC topped...
Published: 07/15/18
Here's our Mount Rushmore of Tampa Bay college sports (from left): Freddie Solomon, Matt Grothe, Quinton Flowers and Charlie Bradley. [Times files]

Here’s our Mount Rushmore of Tampa Bay college sports

Of all the Mount Rushmores being chiseled on our previously prostrate landscape, we defy you to find one encompassing more ESPY-worthy clips...
Published: 07/13/18
CHARLIE KAIJO   |   TimesUSF wide receiver Rodney Adams (87) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against UCF at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

Full disclosure: My ballot for the AAC 5-year anniversary team

A few hours remain to cast your fan ballot for the American Athletic Conference's five-year anniversary team, which will be announced at...
Published: 07/13/18
USF quarterback Brett Kean drops back for a pass in the third quarter during the spring game at  Corbett Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

As USF preseason camp nears, confusion abounds over QB Brett Kean’s status

In simpler times, USF's 2018 quarterback derby shaped up as a two-player dead heat. The prevailing buzz word surrounding the competition was intriguing.Today, it's downright confusing.The
Published: 07/12/18
CHRIS URSO | Times Rays first baseman C.J. Cron's three-run home run lifted Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory Wednesday against Detroit at Tropicana Field.

Rays complete sweep of Tigers for 5th win in a row

ST. PETERSBURG — A bizarre season of unprecedented pitching schemes, unenviable scheduling and several unrecognizable names has yielded an unthinkable result.The Rays will enter the all-star break no worse than...
Published: 07/11/18
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39), facing, hugs Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) after Kiermaier hit a solo homer against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in St. Petersburg. CHRIS URSO   |   Times

Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier coming around after swoon

ST. PETERSBURG — About a half-decade ago, Kevin Kiermaier made a personal, professional vow regarding his plate approach: worry about the sweet spot and forget the stats."I said I'm not gonna worry about what I hit," he said.
Published: 07/11/18
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (48) delivers in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The Rays won 4-2 giving Yarbrough the win over the Detroit Tigers. CHRIS URSO   |   Times

Joey Knight’s takeaways from the Rays’ 4-2 win over Detroit

ST. PETERSBURG —Takeaways from the Rays' 4-2 victory over Detroit Wednesday to complete a three-game series sweep:* Very quietly, Rays rookie Joey Wendle has hit safely in 11 consecutive games, tied for the club's second-longest...
Published: 07/11/18
Blake Snell makes his first start since being passed over for American League All-Star honors on Thursday when he faces the Twins at Target Field. [Associated Press]

Rays-Twins: A look at Thursday’s series opener at Target Field

A look at the 8:10 p.m. Thursday opener of the three-game Rays-Twins series:Time/place: 8:10, Target Field, MinneapolisTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Probable...
Published: 07/11/18
Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado reacts to Tampa Bay beating the Astros on June 29, 2018.  (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

For starters: Tigers at Rays, 12:10 p.m.

Your Rays lineup for today's matinee vs. the Tigers:CF Kevin Kiermaier3B Matt DuffyLF Jake Bauers1B C.J. CronDH Ji-Man ChoiSS Willy Adames2B Joey WendleC Jesus SucreRF Mallex SmithRHP Hunter...
Published: 07/11/18
CHRIS URSO   |   TimesUSF infielder Coco Montes (5) anticipates the throw as Tulane infielder Sal Gozzo (4) slides into second base on a steal attempt during sixth inning of their American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater. The Bulls won 7-6.

USF’s Coco Montes continues hitting tear at pro level

Former Bulls SS Coco Montes' professional career is commencing the way his collegiate one ended.On a mesmerizing tear.Through 21 games with the Colorado Rockies' rookie league affiliate in Grand Junction, Colo., Montes is hitting...
Published: 07/09/18