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  1. Rays fall behind early, get swept by Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays finished a rough series against the Yankees on Sunday, losing 5-3 to get swept at Tropicana Field by New York for the first time in a decade.

    The troubles started early, when Matt Andriese's second career start ended up even shorter than his first. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 31/3 innings before being replaced by reliever Steve Geltz....

    Rays manager Kevin Cash, right, takes the ball from starting pitcher #35 Matt Andriese, center, in the top of the fourth inning after he gave up four runs to the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field, Sunday, April 19, 2015.
  2. Tampa store clerk shoots at man to foil robbery


    TAMPA — The robber entered the ABC Liquor store Sunday, pulled a gun and ordered the two clerks to the ground. One of them ignored the command and pulled his own gun.

    The clerk fired at the robber, police said, but wasn't sure if he hit his target. The robber fired back, just grazing the clerk in the face.

    Then the assailant made what might have been his best decision during the 2:55 p.m. robbery — he fled on foot....

  3. Victim in Clearwater motorcycle crash identified as Tampa woman


    CLEARWATER — Police named the woman who was killed in a Clearwater motorcycle crash Saturday evening as Rachel Nicole Perkins, 22, of Tampa.

    Perkins was riding with motorcycle driver Jerome Roberson when the bike veered off Court Street and hit a curb, Clearwater police said. Both were thrown from the bike.

    Rescue workers found Perkins dead at the scene at about 5:15 p.m near Prospect Avenue in downtown Clearwater. She had not been wearing a helmet....

  4. Hillsborough deputy arrested on domestic violence charge


    TAMPA — A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence charge, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Keron Lucius, 34, was charged with one count of domestic battery at about 1 p.m. Saturday, according to jail logs.

    According to an arrest report, Lucius pushed the victim to the floor multiple times during a verbal argument, causing the victim to receive scratches to the neck, abrasions to the knees, elbows and a toe, and contusions to the hands, elbows and knees....

  5. Orphan Black recap: Welcome back, #CloneClub!


    A baby shower from my nightmares ... that’s just how I thought Orphan Black would open its third season. Okay, not really. But it was funny to see Felix looking like he walked straight off the set of Mad Men. This episode kept the fast-paced story going with lots of sexy manipulation, wigs and a talking scorpion. Here’s a little recap and highlights:

    Favorite line: “Oh yeah, I’m like, way better thanks to science,” says Cosima at Helena’s baby shower. Science: creating and saving lives....

    Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and Rudy (Ari Millen) during a scene from Orphan Black.
  6. Gyrocopter pilot returning home to uncertainty after D.C. protest stunt (w/video)


    Flying in from the north over the buildings of Washington, D.C., Doug Hughes could make out a white tower in the distance, the most notable spire on the skyline. When he got close enough to see the Potomac River, he knew what he was looking at: The Washington Monument.

    He was freezing, his face and hands going numb. He wore a heavy U.S. Postal Service jacket, but he hadn't expected it to be so cold at 300 feet. He'd been buzzing through the gray sky at 45 mph for more than an hour, having left an airport in Gettysburg, Pa., at noon on Wednesday....

    A bomb squad technician walks past the gyrocopter that Doug Hughes landed on the grass in front of the United States Capital Wednesday, April 15, 2015. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  7. Hillsborough deputies investigating stabbing, arson at Tampa mobile home


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies were investigating a stabbing and arson at a Tampa mobile home Sunday morning.

    Emergency personnel responded around 10 a.m. to a report of a stabbing and fire at 5507 Baptist Church Road, located off Interstate 4 between Tampa and Seffner. They found at least two people with stab wounds and a mobile home on fire, authorities said.

    The fire was extinguished and the victims, who were not immediately identified, were transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office....

  8. Car crash closes northbound lanes of I-75 in Hillsborough


    A car crash Saturday morning closed northbound lanes on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County for several hours, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

    Dennis Barefoot, 67, was driving northbound in the outside lane on I-75 near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard around 11:50 a.m., while Sarah Suh, 19, was in the inside lane and both tried to merge into the center lane at the same time, authorities said. Suh drove back into the inside lane to avoid a collision but lost control and struck Barefoot's car in the center lane, according to Florida Highway Patrol....

  9. Man crashes car on I-75 in Pasco County after falling asleep


    A Dade City man crashed his car on Interstate 75 in Pasco County on Saturday after falling asleep while driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Logan Guess, 31, was driving northbound on I-75 near State Road 52 in the outside lane around 5:45 p.m. when he fell asleep and traveled into the inside lane, authorities said.

    He then woke up, lost control of his car when he overcorrected into the outside lane and collided into a concrete median wall in a construction zone, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Guess was not injured and was charged with careless driving, authorities said....

  10. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

  11. 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,, 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)
  12. Rays routed by Yankees, cut Grant Balfour (w/ video)

    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....

    Rays rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. leaps at the wall as a drive by the Yankees’ Brian McCann bounces high off the railing and back onto the field, going for a two-run triple off Jake Odorizzi in the sixth inning that breaks a scoreless tie.
  13. 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.
  14. 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."...

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


    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).