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  1. Rays: Derek Jeter quote, story, connection of the day

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Yankees

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports, 620-AM

    Tickets: $21-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08)

    YANKEES: RH Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20)...

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on September 5, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) 477589395
  2. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Yankees at Rays7 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Marlins at Mets7 p.m.FSF
    Triple-A final: Omaha vs. Pawtucket7 p.m.NBCSN
    Brewers at Cardinals8 p.m.ESPN
    Reds at Cubs8 p.m.WGN
    Mariners at Angels10 p.m.MLB
    UEFA Champions League: FC Basel at Real Madrid2:30 p.m.FSF, ESPND
    UEFA Champions League: Arsenal at Borussia Dortmund2:30 p.m.FS1
    UEFA Champions League: Ludogrets Razgrad at Liverpool2:30 p.m.FS2
    Mexican Cup: Morelia at Puebla8 p.m.ESPND
    CONCACAF Champions League: Chorillo at Cruz Azul8 p.m.Galavision
    Mexican Cup: UNAM at Toluca10 p.m.Galavision
    CONCACAF Champions League: CD Olimpia at Portland10 p.m.FS1

  3. Zobrist walkoff hit gives Rays win over Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It took the Rays nearly 3½ hours to score a run Monday, but it was worth it, Ben Zobrist's bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning giving them a 1-0 win over the Yankees.

    "Walkoffs are still fun," manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought our guys celebrated well."

    Though it was only the Rays' 73rd win of a disappointing season, Maddon is pushing them for a .500 finish, noting they would be the first team to do so after being 18 games under. They need to win eight of their last 11 to do so....

    Ben Zobrist, right, and his Rays teammates celebrate his walkoff bases-loaded single that plated the game’s only run.
  4. Inspector rescued after fall in ship's hold in Tampa



    Ship inspector, 70, rescued after fall

    A 70-year-old ship inspector was rescued after falling in the hold of a phosphate carrier Monday, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

    The man, whose name was not available, was doing an inspection on the Mount Hope at the CSX terminal at 3701 Causeway Blvd., when he fell nearly 10 feet inside the hold just before 8 p.m.

    Tampa Fire Rescue sent its hazardous materials and heavy rescue team, which stabilized the man and lifted him out of the hold. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not available, but he was awake during the rescue, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said....

  5. Derek Jeter sidesteps question about Rays ownership


    ST. PETERSBURG — Retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter had high praise for Rays officials on Monday but wouldn't bite on a question about one day becoming their boss.

    Speaking before his final series at the Trop, Jeter reiterated that he eventually "would love" to get into an ownership/decision-making role. Asked if he'd consider that with the Rays since he'll be living in Tampa, he replied: "You're trying to get me in trouble. Is there a tampering rule the other way around? I haven't thought about anything specific."...

  6. Miami backup QB Kevin Olsen arrested


    CORAL GABLES — Miami QB Kevin Olsen is in trouble again — and this time he might not get another chance.

    Olsen, 19, was arrested just after midnight Monday after he approached South Miami police with bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He failed a field sobriety test and had in his wallet multiple IDs from different states, including at least one that he told police was fake....

    UH-OH: USF quarterback Mike White is hit during Saturday’s loss to North Carolina State. The Bulls allowed three sacks and nine pressures.
  7. Bucs minus Mason Foster for Falcons game; Gerald McCoy iffy


    TAMPA — The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle LB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

    Will DT Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?

    The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries.

    Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....

    Bucs Mason Foster (59) can't get to Carolina's qtr back Derek Anderson during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Panthers at Raymond James on Sunday afternoon 9/7/2014.
  8. Bucs defense lacking so far


    TAMPA — The winning formula that first-year coach Lovie Smith sold to the Bucs includes pressuring the quarterback using only four defensive linemen, forcing turnovers, solid special teams and creating a homefield advantage.

    Those key elements have been missing during an 0-2 start.

    The Bucs have only three sacks and are next to last in the NFL with one takeaway. In Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Rams, they had a punt and field goal blocked while losing their second straight at Raymond James Stadium....

    Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald gets to Rams quarterback Austin Davis, causing Davis to fall during Sunday’s game. But Tampa Bay has just three sacks in two games.
  9. Gators secondary out of synch for Alabama game


    GAINESVILLE — When Florida plays at No. 3 Alabama on Saturday, the Gators will face one of the nation's top wide receivers in Amari Cooper, who leads the SEC in receptions per game (11) and has 454 receiving yards in three games. For a Gator secondary that struggled against Kentucky last week, including giving up six completions that yielded 173 yards, correcting those mistakes is of utmost importance. And coach Will Muschamp insists they can be corrected....

    Alabama's Amari Cooper, who  leads the SEC in receptions per game  (11) and has 454 receiving yards in three games. [Getty Images]
  10. Nick Franklin to make Rays starting debut today

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays will get their first up-close look at another part of the David Price deal today.

    Manager Joe Maddon plans to put INF Nick Franklin at second base tonight, a day after Franklin joined the club after the end of Triple-A Durham's season. Maddon plans to juggle the infield without shutting anyone down to give his new utility player plenty of opportunities....

    Seattle Mariners' Nick Franklin in action during a a spring exhibition baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  11. GreenPal app lets people hire lawn services


    Bryan Clayton knows not everyone likes to mow their lawn. But they also don't know who to hire and don't have the time to gather bids.

    That's where his service comes in.

    GreenPal connects homeowners with lawn care companies using a smartphone or desktop computer. Clayton cites Uber, a car service app, as its inspiration.

    GreenPal works like this. A homeowner posts his lawn job and companies vetted by GreenPal bid for the work. The customer chooses one and reserves with a credit card. Once the job is done, the company uploads a photo of the finished product and the customer approves the payment....

  12. Marriott to guests: Please tip the maids


    TAMPA — Evelyn Thomas, 60, spent two decades cleaning up after people as a maid. But the 15 years of it she spent cleaning up after hotel guests were hardest.

    "I don't care where you go, being a maid is a hard job at any hotel," she said, "because you have to clean up after people who don't care."

    The Marriott hotel chain thinks it has a way to make people care more: encourage them to tip their housekeepers....

    Marriott properties will place envelopes bearing the names of housekeepers in rooms.
  13. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik withdraws plan for office project near Amalie Arena

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Back to the drawing board for Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.

    After losing Syniverse as a prospective high-profile tenant, Vinik's real estate development team has withdrawn a rezoning application to build an office building near Amalie Arena.

    It also is dropping, at least for now, a related request to close Eunice Avenue for the project.

    Both withdrawals came in a letter to City Hall last week....

  14. Belleair police chief resigns

    Public Safety

    BELLEAIR — Police Chief Tom Edwards resigned Monday morning amid complaints from officers about his management style, a town official said.

    The departure comes several weeks after a detective, backed by several officers, submitted an email criticizing Edwards, said Mayor Gary Katica. He said Town Manager Micah Maxwell hired an expert, who concluded that the allegations were untrue.

    Edwards, on the force for about seven years, quit anyway, effective in about a week, the mayor said....

  15. Video: Unique dance crew shows off their moves

    Human Interest

    "When I dance, it feels like I'm free," says Chapter 7 Dance Crew founder Javier "JJ" Bailey." Made up of seven area teenagers from Lakewood and Gibbs high schools in St. Petersburg, the group dances for fun and to entertain. "We inspire kids to not give up on their dreams," said Bailey.

    According to Bailey, the name represents the seven members in the crew, "so we are chapter 7 and there are 7 letters in the word chapter."...