David Price talks about throwing a complete game, striking out 12, in the Rays' 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
04/22/14 Lightning Strikes
Late in the second period Tuesday night and Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos was zooming all alone into the Montreal zone.
As the puck worked its way toward him, Stamkos cocked his stick and was about to unleash a wicked one-timer that you just know was going to end up in the back of the net.
Instead, Stamkos' stick snapped in half and the puck strayed harmlessly into the corner. Stamkos furiously whipped what was left of his splintered weapon against the boards....
LARA CERRI | Times
"This is awesome," 9-year-old Madison Batchelder of Largo said Tuesday as she photographed numerous plants and flowers in the Florida Botanical Gardens' herb section in Largo. Her father, Scott Batchelder, took her to the gardens, where she took so many photos that her Kurio Tablet battery died during her Earth Day excursion. Madison said she loves nature trails, gardens and animals. "We're going to make a jungle room in my bedroom with plants all over the place," she said. "It's like living in the jungle." She told her dad she also wants a waterfall in her room. "That's highly unlikely," said Scott, who then asked her, "What about a painted waterfall?" As she held up her camera to photograph another flower, she told him, "Call Bob Ross then."...
04/22/14 TV and Radio
>Marlins at Braves noon FSF
Diamondbacks at Cubs 2 p.m. MLB, WGN
Twins at Rays 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM
Yankees at Red Sox 7 p.m. ESPN, ESPND
>Florida A&M at Florida 7 p.m. FSF
Iowa at Creighton 7:30 p.m. CBSSN
>Villanova at Johns Hopkins 7 p.m. ESPNU
High school softball
>Class 4A region quarterfinal: Titusville Astronaut at Montverde 7 p.m. BHSN
NBA playoffs, conference quarterfinals
>East, Game 2: Bobcats at Heat7 p.m. TNT
West, Game 2: Mavericks at Spurs 8 p.m. NBA
West, Game 2: Blazers at Rockets 9:30 p.m. TNT
NHL playoffs, conference quarterfinals
>East, Game 4: Penguins at Blue Jackets 7 p.m. NBCSN
West, Game 4: Ducks at Stars 8 p.m. CNBC
West, Game 4: Blues at Blackhawks 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
>2014 schedule release 8 p.m. ESPN2, NFL
>UEFA Champions League semi: Bayern Munich at Real Madrid 2:30 p.m. FS1
CONCACAF Champions League final, Leg 2: Cruz Azul at Toluca 8 p.m. FS1, Unimas
>ATP: Barcelona Open 7:30 a.m. Tennis
TV: FSF: Fox Sports Florida; FS1: Fox Sports 1; CBSSN: CBS Sports Network; BHSN: Bright House Sports Network; ESPND: ESPN Deportes....
ST. PETERSBURG — When given the choice of playing Tuesday's Class 8A, District 8 semifinal against Palm Harbor University at either Gibbs or spacious Huggins-Stengel Field, St. Petersburg players unanimously chose the latter.
It was clearly a good decision. The Green Devils know how to play at Huggins-Stengel.
Using small ball on the large field, St. Petersburg stole home for one run and had a fielder's-choice ground out for another. That proved to be enough in a 2-0 win over the Hurricanes....
TAMPA — For the past six months, Bloomingdale coach Kris Wilken had planned for the very situation in which the Bulls found themselves Tuesday. All he wanted to do was make sure his team made the district semifinals and could put the ball in Logan Crouse's hands. The Bloomingdale ace, Wilken believed, could take care of the rest.
What Wilken couldn't plan for, though, was Alonso ace Alex Faedo standing between the Bulls and their region berth. And for the first six innings of Tuesday's Class 8A, District 7 semifinal, it was a pitchers' duel, with Crouse and Faedo combining for 12 strikeouts....
TAMPA — After Robinson lost its first two games to Jesuit by a combined three runs, the Knights will get one more shot at the perennial powerhouse Tigers.
Robinson blew out Spoto 8-0, and Jesuit gave coach Richie Warren his 200th career victory with a 13-0 win over Middleton in five innings in Tuesday's Class 5A, District 9 semifinals. That sets up a showdown Thursday at Jesuit for the championship....
04/22/14 The Heater
Rays vs. Twins
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time
RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 5.63)
TWINS: RH Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.98)...
CHERIE DIEZ | Times
Hillsborough High School students snap photos Tuesday after releasing about 80 butterflies in the school's Positive Park garden during the Earth Day celebration. The school's Environmental Awareness Club and other students joined members of the Hillsborough High alumni association for refreshments in the garden and to spread awareness about the individual's role in protecting the planet....
04/22/14 Lightning Strikes
MONTREAL — Cedric Paquette hung his head and spoke even more quietly than usual Tuesday night.
It was his tripping penalty that led to the winning power-play goal in the Canadiens' 4-3 win at the Bell Centre that ousted Tampa Bay from the playoffs in a four-game sweep.
"It was a bad play," the Lightning's rookie center, playing just his sixth NHL game, said of using his stick to pull the leg of Montreal's Michael Bournival with whom he had been wrestling in a corner of the offensive zone. "I just tried to be too aggressive."...
04/22/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Rays left-hander David Price impressively earned a complete game in a 7-3 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.
But his protective cup deserves a save.
Price's night was nearly derailed in the fourth, when Joe Mauer's line drive drilled him in the groin, but the cup cushioned the blow and somehow remained intact.
"I guess it's the best place to hit me," Price said. "I don't know how I didn't really feel it or it didn't break my cup."...
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio makes it clear where he stands on Edward Snowden's exposure of the National Security Agency's spying programs: The situation couldn't be more dire.
"The single most damaging revelation of American secrets in our history," Rubio said when asked about the matter after a foreign policy speech at the University of Texas on April 15.
"I can say to you unequivocally that there are Americans whose lives are at risk because of those disclosures," Rubio said....
TAMPA — The awards known as the Bollywood Oscars have gone all over the world — Toronto, Bangkok, Singapore, Johannesburg — but tonight's IIFA Stomp is a first.
The Stomp will be a free, public music festival from 7 to 11 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.
"I came up with this idea to actually just kick-start the party," said Viraf Sarkari, a director of the International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual Weekend & Awards. "We said, why don't we try to give the people of Tampa a great time and a flavor of Bollywood music and dance?"...
04/22/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — With OF David DeJesus entering Tuesday in a serious slump, manager Joe Maddon moved him down to seventh in the order to "give him some breathing room."
"We were keeping sharp objects away from him more recently," Maddon joked.
"After (Yankees SS) Dean Anna got him out," LHP David Price said, "I was hoping I wouldn't find him on the Skyway."...
TAMPA — USF 6-foot-10 center John Egbunu, who set a school freshman rebounding record and made the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team, has been granted his release.
The cornerstone of a nationally-lauded 2013 signing class, Egbunu becomes the fifth scholarship player to exit since coach Stan Heath's dismissal in mid March. Walk-on Shemiye McLendon, who averaged nearly 20 minutes last season, isn't expected back either....