10/21/14 Lightning Strikes
EDMONTON — Coach Jon Cooper half-jokingly said Monday morning that touted wing prospect Jonathan Drouin was bound to make his anticipated debut soon because his team was running out of bodies at forward.
Turns out, that was what happened as Drouin was a late add to the lineup against the Oilers after wing Alex Killorn suffered an upper-body injury in the morning skate.
Drouin, 19, rated the league's top prospect, was as advertised, but the Lightning wasn't in a sloppy 3-2 loss to the Oilers, who picked up their first win of the season....
10/21/14 TV and Radio
Baseball, World Series Game 1: Giants at Royals 8 p.m. Ch. 13; 620-AM College football Arkansas St. at Louisiana-Lafayette 8 p.m. ESPN2 NBA preseason Rockets at Heat 8 p.m. TNT Clippers at Warriors 10:30 p.m. TNT NHL Flyers at Blackhawks 8:30 p.m. NBCSN Lightning at Flames 9 p.m. Sun Sports; 970-AM Soccer UEFA Champions League: Manchester City at CSKA Moscow noon FS1 UEFA Champions League: Athletic Bilbao at Porto 2:30 p.m. ESPND UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich at Roma 2:30 p.m. FSF UEFA Champions League: Ajax at Barcelona 2:30 p.m. FS1 UEFA Champions League: Maribor at Chelsea 2:30 p.m. FS2 UEFA Champions League: Paris St. Germain at APOEL (taped) 5 p.m. ESPND Women's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Costa Rica vs. Martinique 5 p.m. FS2 Women's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Mexico vs. Jamaica 7:30 p.m. FS1 Mexican Cup: Lobos BUAP at Merida 7:50 p.m. ESPND Mexican Cup: Guadalajara at Santos 10 p.m. ESPND CONCACAF Champions League: Cruz Azul at Alajuelense 10 p.m. Galavision Tennis WTA Championships 7:30 a.m. Tennis ATP: Swiss Indoors 11:30 a.m. Tennis WTA Championships 1:30 a.m. Tennis
LUTZ — More than a year after a hit and run accident that killed a Lutz teenager and injured another, Florida Highway Patrol investigators have arrested and charged the person they believe responsible for the crash.
Matthew West, 24, of Land O' Lakes, faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving involving a death, FHP troopers reported.
On Oct. 5, 2013, West drove into the parked sport utility vehicle of 17-year-old Frank Vasquez, who was returning from a concert with his girlfriend, Kaylee E. Baer, then 16, the Highway Patrol said. He then fled. Vasquez died the next day and Baer sustained serious injuries. ...
10/20/14 Lightning Strikes
By JOE SMITH
Times Staff Writer
EDMONTON — For wing Teddy Purcell, it felt like old times Sunday afternoon, watching football with most of the Lightning team during lunch.
But Purcell, 29, is now with the Oilers thanks to a June trade, so he made sure to treat a handful of his former Tampa Bay teammates, including good buddy Steven Stamkos, for dinner in their first night in Edmonton....
10/20/14 Lightning Strikes
EDMONTON — Considering how long touted wing prospect Jonathan Drouin had to wait for his NHL debut, it was fitting he got into the lineup at the last minute Monday night.
Drouin, 19, was called up Sunday from a two-game conditioning assignment with Syracuse in the American Hockey League, but wasn't supposed to play against the Oilers.
However, LW Alex Killorn suffered an upper body injury in a scary spill into the boards at Monday's morning skate and was a late scratch, thrusting Drouin into action....
10/20/14 Lightning Strikes
EDMONTON — Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be out 4-6 weeks, after surgery today on a fractured finger in his right hand.
Hedman, 23, suffered the injury blocking a shot during Saturday's 4-2 win over Vancouver. Though without its top defenseman potentially through November, Tampa Bay feels fortunate as it could have been worse.
"If it's ligaments, then you have no idea what you're dealing with (in recovery time)," coach Jon Cooper said. "If you're getting clean breaks, that's just a fix it up, stabilize and wait for it to heal and he'll be back. It's just really unfortunate for Heddy because how good a player he's becoming and what a great start he had. But injuries happen and we're going to have to weather the storm for a month."...
CLEARWATER — Barbara Homer says she didn't do it — she didn't send 3 a.m. campaign robocalls on behalf of any politicians, have an affair with anyone's husband or offer a free solar energy audit over the phone, but she has been accused of all three.
The 53-year-old Clearwater resident's name and phone number have appeared on answering machines around the state since Oct. 7 because, she says, she has fallen victim to a "caller ID spoofer." She said someone stole her phone information to disguise the source of their phony solicitations. ...
TEMPLE TERRACE — The St. Petersburg girls team was announced as the Class 3A-4 region runnerup Monday, securing their first team state tournament berth in school history.
Soon, though, the Green Devils' joy turned to nervousness.
The Green Devils — and team champion Steinbrenner — were announced before all golfers had finished. And as St. Petersburg coach Ed Pogorelc watched the leaderboard, he realized it might not have been over after all. Hillsborough was in striking distance. ...
TAMPA — Here's how bad things are in pro football's loser's bracket, otherwise known as the NFC South.
The 1-5 Bucs awoke Monday after their bye week to discover that despite slumbering through the first six games in the Lovie Smith era, they are only two wins out of first place in their division. That's because the Panthers (3-3), Saints (2-4) and Falcons (2-5) all lost on Sunday.
In lieu of a real victory, it was something to celebrate at One Buc Place....
ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has canceled the upcoming visit of 14 journalists from African countries, citing Ebola-related fears from faculty, students and staff.
The journalists, part of the U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow program, were scheduled to arrive in St. Petersburg on Oct. 31 for a five-day visit. Two of those journalists are from the Ebola-affected nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Salem Solomon, a Tampa-based journalist, wrote in an op-ed appearing in the Tampa Bay Times criticizing the university's decision....
TAMPA — The bye week was good for quarterback Josh McCown, who returned to practice Monday and had his first extensive throwing session since tearing a ligament in his right thumb in Week 3 at Atlanta.
McCown, 35, still wore a wrap but didn't appear to have any trouble making short and intermediate throws in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.
"He threw the ball fairly well today," coach Lovie Smith said. "And we're encouraged by his progress."...
TAMPA — Less than 48 hours after his record-setting day in USF's historic comeback win at Tulsa, senior WR Andre Davis was named American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week by the American Athletic Conference and collegesportsmadness.com Monday.
It was the first such honor for Davis (six receptions, 154 yards, three TDs), who eclipsed Carlton Mitchell's school record with his sixth career 100-yard receiving effort. He is tied with DeAndrew Rubin for USF's all-time record for TD receptions (14)....
TAMPA — Late one night in August, Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Noll after he walked into her Davis Islands home unannounced. Simpson, the wife of semiprofessional golfer Rhett Simpson, later told investigators that Noll was a former friend who had been stalking her and threatening to hurt her family.
When the home's alarm went off and she heard someone coming up the stairs, she grabbed a 9mm Ruger. When the door opened, she fired....
America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician Mat Franco beat singer Emily West for the championship. Franco won a $1 million prize and will headline the America's Got Talent show in Las Vegas. Hopefuls in Tampa should a have a 90-second set prepared to perform in front of the series' producers in hopes of making it to the main stage. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions. Open calls will be held at the convention center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 748-1291. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...