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  1. Monday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Rays at Orioles7 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Yankees at Red Sox7 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    Marlins at Braves7 p.m.FSF
    Giants at Dodgers9 p.m.MLB
    U.S. Open1 p.m.ESPN
    U.S. Open6 p.m.ESPN2

  2. Young offensive line struggling for Bucs


    TAMPA — It's preseason, and that's the only excuse you can make. Truth is, the Bucs offensive line already is the worst in the NFL at protecting the quarterback.

    Not just any quarterback. We're talking about the No. 1 overall draft pick, Jameis Winston, who is one hit from turning this Bucs season from one of hope to nope.

    Tampa Bay has allowed 13 sacks in three games, more than any team in the league. Winston has been flattened on seven occasions, making him the biggest pinata in pro football. No other passer has absorbed more sticks....

    Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant sacks Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston on Saturday.
  3. Rays' Kiermaier excels despite injured thumb

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — For a guy taking a less-is-more approach with his swing due to a sprained right thumb, CF Kevin Kiermaier is sure hitting the ball well — and hard.

    Kiermaier's sixth-inning go-ahead homer in the Rays' 3-2 win over the Royals on Sunday was his second in two games, clocking at 110 mph off the bat, per MLB's StatCast. His homer against the Royals on Saturday was measured at 111 mph, matching Steven Souza Jr. for the hardest hit by a Ray all season....

    Kevin Kiermaier, celebrating his go-ahead home run with Rene Rivera, is batting .367 in 19 games since he sprained his right thumb.
  4. Bucs' Will Gholston taking to transition to tackle


    TAMPA — Third-year pro Will Gholston, moved from primarily playing defensive end to defensive tackle, has handled the transition well, leading the Bucs with three tackles for loss in the preseason.

    "I think he's handled it very well, and wherever we've put him, he's handled it well," coach Lovie Smith said after Saturday's 31-7 loss to the Browns, in which Gholston had four tackles. ...

    Bucs outside linebacker Danny Lansanah (51) celebrates his interception of  Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III with Will Gholston (92) during the first half  in Landover, Md., on Nov. 16, 2014. (Associated Press)
  5. Sunday Morning QB: Week 1 bonus cuts


    New coaches soar in Week 1

    Bishop McLaughlin and Middleton — which posted 2-8 and 0-10 records, respectively, a year ago — both went through coaching changes in the offseason. Jeff Swymer, the Hurricanes’ baseball coach, took on the football team, too, and Fred Reid, a former King High standout, took over a Middleton program that hasn’t won more than two games in a season since 2010....

    Sunlake's Nick Valdes
  6. Rays-Orioles Monday preview

    The Heater

    Rays at Orioles

    When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Chris Archer (11-9, 2.77)

    ORIOLES: LH Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.17)

    On Archer: Coming off a 12-strikeout game he lost to Twins. Has 10 or more K's in team-record-tying nine starts. Is 1-4, 5.06 in eight games (seven starts) vs. O's, winless in his past six, 0-2, 4.08 in three this season....

    SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 01:  Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles poses on photo day at Ed Smith Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  7. Hillsborough deputies looking for two suspects in shooting of Riverview bicyclist



    Deputies seek two shooting suspects

    A man riding his bike was targeted by gunfire Sunday evening, according to the Hills­borough County Sheriff's Office.

    The victim told deputies he was confronted by two male suspects about 6:30 p.m. in the area of Camden Field Parkway and Falkenburg Road South, near Giunta Middle School.

    The suspects fired at the victim multiple times, hitting him at least twice, deputies said. Then, they ran away....

  8. They're calm before the storm

    Human Interest

    DIRK SHADD | Times

    Anesha Murchison, left, 5, of Gulfport plays with her new friend Ben Hardt, 4, of St. Petersburg as she tries to keep her balance while standing on her body board in the shallow water at Pass-a-Grille beach Sunday evening. Anesha came to the beach with her three older brothers as well as her parents and grandfather. "It's so beautiful man," her father Noel Murchison said. "I love it." The family was getting in some beach time before the evening storms rolled in. Ben was accompanied by his older brother and parents....

    Anesha Murchison (left), 5, from Gulfport, plays along with her new friend Ben Hardt, 4, from St. Petersburg, as she tries to keep her balance while standing on her body board in the shallow water at Pass-a-Grille beach Sunday evening (08/30/15). Anesha came to the beach with her three older brothers as well as her parents and grandfather. It's so beautiful man," her father Noel Murchison said. "I love it." The family was getting in some beach time before the evening storms rolled in. Ben Hardt was accompanied by his older brother and parents.
  9. Strengthening Tropical Storm Fred expected to become a hurricane overnight


    Tropical Storm Fred continues to strengthen, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday night, and was expected to become a hurricane overnight.

    The storm formed in waters near the African coast. Fred was only the fourth tropical storm to form east of the 19th meridian in the center's records.

    THE LATEST: See the most current updates on this storm
    BE PREPARED: Read our useful hurricane guide


  10. Uncertain future for St. Petersburg's sewage plant next to Albert Whitted


    ST. PETERSBURG — When the city pumped more than 16 million gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage into Tampa and Boca Ciega bays this month, it thrust a coveted piece of waterfront property back into the public eye.

    Nestled next to Albert Whitted Airport is the city's oldest sewage treatment plant, closed since April. The decision to shutter the plant, made several years ago, was triggered by a state regulatory change that made the plant obsolete....

  11. Bush's Planned Parenthood jab unfounded

    State Roundup

    Planned Parenthood is not involved in women's health issues, said Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

    At a town hall in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, an audience member asked Bush about his record on women's health, as well as what he would do for women's health, particularly for veterans, as president.

    "When I was governor, we expanded those programs through community-based organizations, and that's something I think the federal government needs to continue to do," Bush said. "I, for one, don't think Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny, though. And that's the difference because they're not actually doing women's health issues. They're involved in something way different than that."...

  12. Business leaders to gather as Florida's retail industry sizzles


    Dale Scott can't keep up with the demand for new retail development — from new grocery stores to mixed-use condos and storefronts — spreading across Florida right now.

    Scott, an ambassador with the International Council of Shopping Centers and a director with Hawkins Construction, is happy to be busy after development suffered during and after the Great Recession. Scott says that this new momentum will be the theme of ICSC's Florida conference this year, which was set to kick off at the Orlando Convention Center on Sunday. ...

    Dale Scott is an ambassador with the International Council of Shopping Centers.
  13. Hillsborough board to tackle policies on Tuesday


    With the kids back in school and Erika a memory, the Hillsborough County School Board will spend much of Tuesday at policy workshops.

    The 9 a.m. sesion will cover a variety of topics including how to allow teachers to use social media without violating student confidentiality, the right way to name a new school or gymnasium, and the recurring issue of athletic transfers. Hillsborough policy considers a student who moves after the start of high school to be a transfer student. That student is expected to wait a year before playing a team sport, but he or she can get an exception after demonstrating to a committee that the transfer was for a good reason. The approved list of reasons includes marriage, a parent's military deployment, a district-approved transfer for school choice or to comply with an individual educational plan (IEP), or a "full and complete move" by the student's family. The idea is to prevent coaches from recruiting the strongest players from other schools, and the committee's decision is final, according to the policy under consideration. ...

  14. Fact-checking Bernie Sanders and Bobby Jindal on the Sunday news shows


    Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to so far skip the Sunday talk show circuit is affording her primary rival Bernie Sanders plenty of opportunities to make his political case.

    Sanders appeared on ABC's This Week and CNN's State of the Union on Sunday to discuss his campaign centered on income inequality and middle-class wage growth. ABC's Martha Raddatz, however, asked Sanders to discuss a topic that isn't even mentioned on his campaign website — foreign policy....

  15. FAMU recruitment event is this week at Blake High


    High school juniors and seniors can find out about scholarships to Florida A&M University this week.

    The university will hold a scholarship and recruitment program Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Blake High School, 1701 North Boulevard in Tampa.

    Numerous levels of scholarship assistance are available.

    To attend Thursday's program, RSVP at 850-599-8183....