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  1. FHP: Zephyrhills man dead after car hits fence, tree in Pasco County


    A 23-year-old man died after his car veered off the road Saturday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    Aaron Kyle Batts, of Zephyrhills, was driving east on State Road 52 toward Rice Road just west of Interstate 75. For unknown reasons, Batts' 2006 Toyota Sequoia crossed into the westbound lane then onto grass shoulder.

    The car hit a barbed wire fence, then a tree, before it stopped on the side of the road facing east, troopers said. Batts was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he died from his injuries....

  2. St. Petersburg police: Man in surgery following shooting during argument


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man is in surgery after he was shot during an argument early Sunday, according to St. Petersburg police.

    At about 4 a.m., two men were arguing at a home at 8201 36th Ave. N when the shooting broke out, injuring one man. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for surgery, police said. His condition is unknown.

    Officers did not release names of anyone involved and have not made an arrest. Police spokesman Rick Shaw said investigators are working to obtain a search warrant for the home....

  3. Rays-A's Sunday preview

    The Heater

    Today: at A's

    4:05, Oakland Coliseum

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 1550-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: LH Blake Snell (1-4, 3.69)

    A'S: RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.49)

    On Snell: Coming off impressive six-inning outing at Colorado, allowing one hit while fanning nine. Has 36 strikeouts in 372/3 innings over his seven starts. Has not faced A's....

    MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 29:  Pitcher Jesse Hahn #32 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
  4. Computer security stymies volunteers' efforts to find homes for dogs at county shelter

    Local Government

    HILLSBOROUGH — Pickle, a 1-year-old, brown pit bull terrier, faces euthanasia after spending a month in an animal shelter with little hope of adoption.

    It seems that Pickle didn't make the inventory list sent out each night to rescue groups in the area from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.

    The reason: Volunteers no longer have access to the computer system that keeps track of animals at the county shelter, so they can't contribute to the inventory....

    In addition to animals that come directly to the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, the shelter takes the overflow from the private, nonprofit Humane Society shelters in Tampa.
  5. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Action sports
    CrossFit Games3 p.m.ESPN2
    CrossFit Games7 p.m.ESPN2
    Arena Football
    Cleveland at Arizona9 p.m.ESPN2
    F1: Hungarian Grand Prix8 a.m.NBCSN, Unimas
    NHRA: Mile High Nationals3 p.m.Ch. 13
    Sprint Cup: Brickyard 400 3 p.m.NBCSN; 102.5-FM
    Giants at Yankees1 p.m.TBS
    Mets at Marlins1 p.m.FSF
    Rays at A's4 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AM
    Dodgers at Cardinals8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    USA Showcase, pre-Olympic exhibition: China at United States8 p.m.NBA
    Tour de France, Stage 2110:30 a.m.NBCSN
    Senior British Open8:30 a.m.Golf
    LPGA: International CrownnoonCh. 8
    PGA: Canadian Open1 p.m.Golf
    LPGA: International Crown2 p.m.Golf
    American Century Championship3 p.m.Ch. 8
    PGA: Canadian Open3 p.m.Ch. 10 Utah Championship6 p.m.Golf
    High school basketball
    Adidas Uprising4 p.m.ESPNU
    Adidas Uprising6 p.m.ESPNU
    MLS: New York City at New York Red Bulls1 p.m.Ch. 13
    MLS: Seattle at Kansas City3 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    International Champions Cup: Internazionale vs. Paris Saint-Germain5 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    WTA: Bank of the West Classic5 p.m.ESPN2

  6. Rowdies tie New York Cosmos, coach rips officials


    ST. PETERSBURG — Sometimes there are ties that feel more like a loss. And then there are ties like Saturday night's 2-2 match between the Rowdies and New York Cosmos.

    For the Rowdies, it very much felt like a win.

    Trailing 2-0 late, Tampa Bay rallied to tie its nemesis thanks to an own goal in the 84th minute and a Joe Cole penalty kick in the sixth minute of extra time in a game marred by eight yellow cards....

    Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Keith Savage tips in a ball past New York Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer for a goal during the Tampa Bay Rowdies game against the New York Cosmos on Saturday night, July 23, 2016 in downtown St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Rowdies tied the New York Cosmos 2-2, with a penalty kick goal from Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole in stoppage time. ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times
  7. Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows


    News shows

    Here is a listing of today's television news shows.

    Ch. 10, 8:30 a.m.: 10News Sunday Morning With the Tampa Bay Times — Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet handicaps the presidential race and examines how the growing Hispanic electorate in Central Florida could impact the vote.

    Ch. 13, 9 a.m.: Fox News Sunday — Joel Benenson, chief strategist for Clinton....

  8. Colome gives up two homers in ninth as Rays lose to A's

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Drew Smyly, finally, gave the Rays a good start. And then Alex Colome, finally, turned in a bad ending.

    After Smyly pitched well enough for his first win since mid May and Matt Andriese worked two strong innings, Colome made a mess in the ninth as the Rays walked off losers to the A's for the second straight night, this time 4-3.

    Colome got off to a bad start, walking Khris Davis. With one out, he allowed a two-run homer on a fat first-pitch fastball to Jake Smolinski. After a second out, he gave up another homer on a fastball to Ryon Healy....

    Tampa Bay Rays' Alex Colome, left, walks off the field after giving up the game-winning home run to Oakland Athletics' Ryon Healy in a baseball game Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The A's won 4-3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) OAS112
  9. Rays likely to take trade talks right to deadline

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Rays' starting pitchers are going to be popular topics of conversation for another week.

    With reports suggesting everything from the Rays were locked into talks with the Rangers keyed on getting INF Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar to they were still identifying potential trade partners in advance of the Aug. 1 deadline, the reality was somewhere in the middle. Discussions are ongoing with at least 10 teams....

    Matt Moore, left, and Jake Odorizzi could be former members of the Rays rotation by the Aug. 1 deadline for nonwaiver deals. The Rays have reportedly been in talks with several contenders who need starting pitching.
  10. Bucs GM Jason Licht raring to go as camp gets set to start


    TAMPA — He flew away with his bride to Colombia and Panama to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. He joined a family reunion in Nebraska. He hiked the Rocky Mountains with his kids. He snuck away for a couple's weekend in Chicago, watched the Cubs at Wrigley Field and dined with manager Joe Maddon.

    Then last week, Bucs general manager Jason Licht got that faraway look in his eyes, a clear indication that the NFL season was finally in sight....

    New coach Dirk Koetter is credited with much of the offense’s development from when he was coordinator last season.
  11. Sizing up USF's chances vs. rest of Big 12 suitors


    Imagine an idyllic expansion scenario in which all Big 12 aspirants are assessed strictly on their merits and potential, with no political wrangling or rhetoric involved.

    Hey, we told you this was idyllic.

    As recent reports out of Texas — and tweets from actual governors — have shown, politics very well could play a role in determining which schools ultimately are chosen for Big 12 membership. But play along for a moment and presume otherwise....

  12. Bucs training camp info


    Bucs preseason training camp

    One Buc Place; players report Wednesday

    Cost: Admission and parking are free

    Public practices: There are 11 open to the public (8:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., unless noted): Saturday, July 31, Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 6, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 13, Aug. 15, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns)

    Kids day: The Bucs open Thursday's practice to kids 14 and under who register for the Bucs Squad youth program. Get more information and sign up at

  13. Rays Tales: Current Rays' trade stories

    The Heater

    Trades are hot topics right now, with Rays at the center of myriad rumors. When the deals are made, the focus is usually on how it impacts the teams — how much better off one is for whom it added or how much worse off the other is for whom it gave up. Lost in the stats and the projections and the analysis is the impact on the individual players, starting from the moment they get the call — or sometimes before. Of the 25 Rays on the active roster, 15 have been traded at some point. Here are the stories of how some found out they were on the move:...

    A call to Erasmo Ramirez made him worry that he’d overslept.
  14. Drunk driver hits and kills a man on a scooter in New Port Richey


    NEW PORT RICHEY — A man died early Saturday after a drunken driver crashed into his scooter while fleeing the scene of another accident, police say.

    Marc Thomas Boysen, 43, crashed his sedan into the back of a car stopped at an intersection of Main Street and U.S. 19 and then fled the scene around midnight.

    The New Port Richey Police Department said Boysen then hit a man on a scooter, killing him instantly. But he continued driving with the man's body on the hood of his sedan and sideswiped another car. ...

  15. Bucs waive guard Robertson who was shot last month; claim ex-Eagles receiver Krause


    TAMPA -- Two days before rookies report for training camp, the Bucs have waived guard Dominique Robertson, who was shot twice in the leg last month while visiting relatives in California.

    Robertson, 22, who had gotten a $7,500 signing bonus as an undrafted rookie, was waived with a nonfootball injury designation. The Bucs filled the opening by claiming receiver Jonathan Krause, who had been waived by the Eagles....