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  1. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Autos
    F1: Bahrain Grand Prix11 a.m.NBCSN, TeleFutura
    Sprint Cup: Food City 500 1 p.m.Ch. 13; 102.5-FM
    IndyCar: Grand Prix of Long Beach4 p.m.NBCSN
    Baseball
    Yankees at Rays1 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Marlins at Mets1 p.m.FSF
    Padres at Cubs2:20 p.m.MLB
    Reds at Cardinals8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM
    Basketball
    D-League playoffs: Fort Wayne at Canton6 p.m.ESPNU
    D-League playoffs: Austin at Santa Cruz8:30 p.m.ESPNU
    College baseball
    Alabama at Missouri1 p.m.SEC
    St. John's at Creighton1 p.m.CBSSN
    Indiana at Illinois1 p.m.Big Ten
    USF at Memphis2 p.m.1010-AM
    Florida at Mississippi State3 p.m.ESPNU
    Arkansas at Texas A&M4 p.m.SEC
    College softball
    Florida at Georgia1 p.m.ESPNU
    Oregon at Stanford3 p.m.ESPN
    Texas A&M at LSU7 p.m.SEC
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Shenzhen International6 a.m.Golf
    PGA: RBC Heritage1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: RBC Heritage3 p.m.Ch. 10
    Champions: Greater Gwinnett Championship3 p.m.Golf
    Lacrosse
    MLL: Florida at Chesapeake4:30 p.m.FSF
    NBA playoffs, first round
    East, Game 1: Celtics at Cavaliers3 p.m.Ch. 28; 1250-AM
    East, Game 1: Nets at Hawks5:30 p.m.TNT
    West, Game 1: Blazers at Grizzlies8 p.m.TNT
    West, Game 1: Spurs at Clippers10:30 p.m.TNT
    NHL playoffs, first round
    East, Game 3: Capitals at IslandersnoonCh. 8
    West, Game 3: Predators at Blackhawks3 p.m. Ch. 8
    East, Game 3: Canadiens at Senators7 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    EPL: West Ham at Manchester City8:15 a.m.NBCSN; 1470-AM
    FA Cup: Liverpool vs. Aston Villa10 a.m.FS1
    EPL: Tottenham at Newcastle10:30 a.m.CNBC
    Mexican: Santos Laguna at Pumas1 p.m.Univision
    MLS: New England at Philadelphia5 p.m.ESPN2
    MLS: Portland at New York City7 p.m.FS1
    ...

  2. Rays-Yankees preview

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Yankees

    When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

    Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

    Promotion: Evan Longoria rubber duck for kids 14 and under

    Probable pitchers Rays: RH Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86) ...

    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on February 27, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa,Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  3. Rays routed by Yankees, cut Grant Balfour

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — What started as a dazzling duel between Jake Odorizzi and the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka ended with an ugly 9-0 loss for the Rays and the dismissal of veteran reliever Grant Balfour.

    After Balfour's poor pitching played a key role in the Yankees' seven-run seventh inning, the Rays designated him for assignment, a procedural step to likely releasing him and eating the remainder of his $7 million salary. Brandon Gomes was called up and will take his place in the bullpen....

    Grant Balfour, making $7 million this year, has an ERA of 6.23.
  4. Rays rookie Ryan Brett playing with one kidney

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Friday's callup was a significant accomplishment for INF Ryan Brett.

    He isn't very big, measuring barely 5 feet 9. He grew up in the Seattle area, far from a baseball hotbed.

    And he has only one kidney.

    Brett, 23, had his left kidney removed in November 2012, after repeated episodes of pain while playing in the minors led to the discovery of a significant blockage in his ureter, the tube from the kidney to the bladder. (Due to a complication, he also had to have hernia surgery two months later.)...

    Ryan Brett had a kidney removed in November 2012.
  5. Lightning: Stamkos' 'fake' teeth bite or no bite; octopus at Amalie Arena

    Lightning Strikes

    Rumor of the day

    An Internet rumor surfaced that Steven Stamkos bit a Red Wing during a Game 2 scrum. Stamkos got a kick out of it: "My teeth, they're all fake. They'll fall out if I bite somebody." Judge for yourself; see a photo of the alleged bite on 14C.

    Quote of the day

    "I'll be in the hot tub by 10 tonight. The sun's going to come up tomorrow. We've got a five-game series against Tampa. Looks like it's going to be fun."...

  6. District baseball preview: Can a local team go the distance?

    Baseballpreps

    This time last year, Jesuit limped into the Class 5A playoffs, losers of three of its last five games with nine players suspended for violating a school policy. Of course, the Tigers went on to win seven straight and a state championship.

    Do they have another run in them this season? Does any team in Tampa Bay have a chance to be this year's Jesuit? Tampa Bay has had several state champions in the past decade, including Alonso (2011, 2009), Dunedin (2008) and Clearwater Central Catholic (2007). And though there are many teams that have the potential to make a run this year, predicting just who that will be could be a challenge thanks to extreme parity....

    Entering districts, Jesuit looks to defend its state title with a strong pitching staff which includes No. 2 starter Bobby Hearn (4-3, 1.56 ERA).
  7. Lawsuit against Jameis Winston doesn't surprise Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA

    There never has been a player entering the NFL draft more thoroughly investigated by the Bucs than Jameis Winston.

    "You wouldn't believe how many people we've talked to and how much research we've done," coach Lovie Smith said.

    That's why none of the information contained in Winston accuser Erica Kinsman's civil suit filed Thursday — two weeks before the draft — was new to the Bucs or most likely any NFL team. Not the reference to the plaintiff's victim advocate at Florida State informing Kinsman "that a second woman had come forward and reported being sexually assaulted by Winston." Not claims that the cab driver "observed the Plaintiff appeared to be impaired,' as Kinsman alleges in her complaint....

    NFL teams, including the Bucs, have spent months (if not years) looking into the background of FSU Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston, still considered the favorite to be selected first overall by Tampa Bay in next week’s draft.
  8. HomeTeam Hot Shots

    Sports

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span April 11-17. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday at tampabay.com/hometeam.

    Female nominees

    Lindsay Boynton, softball, Steinbrenner: The senior had an RBI single that turned out to be the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Wiregrass Ranch in the Class 7A, District 8 tournament. It was the Warriors' first district title since 2010, their inaugural season....

  9. Lightning's Andrej Sustr scores first goal in year

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — D Andrej Sustr is a very popular player in the Lightning locker room.

    But teammates have made it a running joke in reminding the 6-foot-7 Czech of his goal drought, with zero goals in this regular season and just one in 117 career games. Needless to say, when Sustr scored with five minutes left in the second period of Saturday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, the bench erupted....

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) (center) celebrates his goal as he returns to the bench during second period action in game two of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday afternoon (04/18/15).
  10. Lightning's Ben Bishop has turnaround performance in Game 2

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Goalie Ben Bishop tried to treat his playoff debut Thursday as any other game but admitted to feeling some nerves.

    In his second start Saturday, Bishop felt comfortable on the ice again and delivered a bounce-back performance in the Lightning's 5-1 win.

    "Obviously a little bit nervous last game," said Bishop, who had 23 saves. "(Saturday) was a lot better — night and day, almost."...

    Anton Stralman congratulates goalie Ben Bishop, who gives up one goal in Game 2 after yielding three on 14 shots Thursday.
  11. Youngsters needed, playing well for Rays

    The Heater

    The 25-man squad that took the field against the Yankees on Saturday included a majors-most nine rookies, the first time the Rays have had that many before Sept. 1. That includes four who made, or will make, their major-league debuts.

    "We are always going to need to rely upon young players, and especially with the injuries we've had we are relying on even younger and less-experienced players," baseball operations president Matt Silverman said. "With that lack of experience comes questions but also some upside. Many of these players are getting an opportunity before they may have expected it. Hopefully they'll contribute and be better for it in terms of their futures."...

    Associated Press
  12. Hundreds rally for peace in Sulphur Springs

    Crime

    TAMPA

    The ralliers kept calling themselves snitches, loud and proud, among a crowd that offered soulful "amens" and "mhmms" in return.

    The mayor, preachers, the City Council members, the mother of an 18-year-old boy shot dead in 2005 — each addressed the crippling "no snitch" culture that keeps police from solving crime and neighborhoods from overcoming it.

    "I don't want to see another mother in my situation, another father upset," said Darla Saunders, whose son was found dead in a field 10 years ago. "Snitch every day."...

    Tampa police Lt. Randy Peters, 42, left, Elizabeth Bogan, 67, and Tina Edwards, 48, release balloons of remembrance during the rally on Saturday in Sulphur Springs. Activists, politicians and Tampa police Chief Jane Castor joined community members.
  13. Business interests influencing Hillsborough environmental chief search, conservation groups say

    Environment

    TAMPA — Prominent environmentalists in Tampa Bay are unhappy with how Hillsborough County is trying to replace the longtime executive director of the Environmental Protection Commission.

    The 13-member panel charged with recommending a new leader to the Hillsborough County Commission has three people representing business interests, including a local oil executive and an attorney for developers, but just one designated appointee from the environmental community....

  14. Woman killed, man injured in Clearwater motorcycle crash

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — Police were investigating a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday evening at Court Street and Prospect Avenue.

    A man and woman were riding the motorcycle, heading west on Court Street about 5:13 p.m., when the bike veered off the road and hit a curb, Clearwater police said. Both were thrown from the bike.

    Rescue workers found the woman dead at the scene, police said. She was not wearing a helmet when the crash happened....

  15. Lightning rolls over Wings, evens series at 1

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos wouldn't go as far as to call Saturday a "must-win" game.

    But you could tell from the start of Tampa Bay's 5-1 win over the Red Wings in Game 2 how much the Lightning felt it needed this one, tying the best-of-seven first-round playoff series at 1.

    With the sting of last year's first-round sweep by the Canadiens still fresh in its psyche, the Lightning couldn't afford a here-we-go-again moment....

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) is congratulated by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6) at the conclusion of Saturday?€š€™s (4/18/15) game two of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Detroit Red Wings at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. Tampa defeated Detroit 5-1.