Showers and strong thunderstorms — some with the possibility of damaging winds — are expected to push through the Tampa Bay area Sunday ahead of a cold front, according to the National Weather Service.
The best chance of bad weather is expected mid to late afternoon, the weather service said. The chance of rain is 80 percent.
Winds out of the south will likely be in the 10 to 20 mph range, but there could be gusts to 30 mph or higher, forecasters said. ...
TAMPA — When Dirk Koetter dropped a bit of a stunner in his season-ending news conference by saying he was considering giving up the Bucs' play-calling duties, I suggested the head coach might have been just talking out loud.
It was an emotional time, and while he might have regretted not being able to spend as much time in the quarterback meeting room this season, Koetter excels at play-calling and truly loves that aspect of the game. That's how he became head coach....
01/21/17 Music & Concerts
An expectation of bad weather has canceled the second day of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest in downtown Tampa.
Sunday's concert at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park was to be headlined by jazz saxophone great David Sanborn.
However, Sunday's forecast calls for the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service. ...
01/21/17 Lightning Strikes
GLENDALE, Ariz. — This has to be rock bottom.
For the Lightning, Saturday was a must-win game. It had picked up just three points in the first three games of this make-or-break six-game trip. Arizona is next-to-last in the NHL, having lost 13 of 15 entering the day.
And the Coyotes thumped Tampa Bay 5-3. The Lightning, the preseason Stanley Cup favorite, has fallen to last place in the Atlantic Division. It has the lowest points-per-game percentage in the Eastern Conference....
Vonn returns to top after taking first in downhill in Germany
Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm.
The American edged defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut to win a downhill event Saturday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and claim victory No. 77, moving her within nine wins of the career record (man or woman) by Ingemar Stenmark....
01/21/17 TV and Radio
College basketball St. John's at Seton Hall noon FS1 Women: Notre Dame at North Carolina noon ESPNU Women: Virginia at Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. Fox Sun Northwestern at Ohio State 1 p.m. Big Ten Women: Florida at Georgia 1 p.m. SEC Women: Tulane at Connecticut 1 p.m. ESPN2 Georgetown at Xavier 2 p.m. CBS La Salle at VCU 2 p.m. NBCSN St. Louis at Dayton 2 p.m. CBSSN Women: Louisville at USF 2 p.m. ESPNU; 1040-AM Women: Miami at Syracuse 2:30 p.m. Fox Sun Women: Rutgers at Maryland 3 p.m. ESPN2 Women: Kentucky at Auburn 3 p.m. SEC UCF at Memphis 4 p.m. CBSSN Women: Vanderbilt at Tennessee 5 p.m. ESPN2 Women: LSU at Texas A&M 5 p.m. SEC Women: Purdue at Michigan State 5 p.m. Big Ten East Carolina at Connecticut 6 p.m. CBSSN Virginia Tech at Clemson 6:30 p.m. ESPNU Arizona State at USC 8:30 p.m. ESPNU Figure skating U.S. Championships: men's final 4 p.m. NBC Golf PGA Europe: Abu Dhabi Championship 3:30 a.m. Golf PGA: CareerBuilder Challenge 1:30 p.m. Golf NBA D-League: Westchester vs. Canton 10 a.m. NBA Warriors at Magic noon FSF D-League: Reno vs. Salt Lake City 12:30 p.m. NBA D-League: Texas vs. Los Angeles 3 p.m. NBA NFL playoffs, conference title games NFC: Packers at Falcons 3 p.m. Fox; 102.5-FM AFC: Steelers at Patriots 6:30 p.m. CBS; 102.5-FM NHL Rangers at Red Wings 12:30 p.m. NBC Bruins at Penguins 3 p.m. NHL Canucks at Blackhawks 7:30 p.m. NHL Soccer EPL: Leicester City at Southampton 7 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Burnley at Arsenal 9:15 a.m. NBCSN German: Hertha Berlin at Bayer Leverkusen 9:30 a.m. FS1 EPL: Hull City at Chelsea 11:30 a.m. NBCSN German: Koln vs. Mainz 11:30 a.m. FS2 Mexican: Chiapas at Toluca 1 p.m. Univision Tennis Australian Open 9 p.m. ESPN2
ST. PETERSBURG — Here's a tip for any team playing Seffner Christian: Be prepared to play hard for 32 minutes. The Crusaders do not let up.
That was on display Saturday in a 68-53 win over Palm Harbor University at the Spectrum Shootout at Northeast. Seffner Christian (23-1) fell behind early, had a narrow halftime lead and blew the game open in the second half.
"It's 32 minutes of basketball and you have to fight every second against them," PHU coach Darian Dublin said. "That's a good team. They can all play. They can all shoot."...
01/21/17 Lightning Strikes
GLENDALE, Ariz. — D Victor Hedman is finally back.
The All-Star returned to the Lightning lineup for Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Coyotes after missing three games with an illness.
But fellow D Jason Garrison had to sit out because he is now sick.
Though Hedman declined to elaborate on what ailed him, clearly it was bad enough for him to be sidelined for the first three games of a make-or-break six-game trip. Hedman tried to play Monday in Los Angeles but left warmups early. ...
01/21/17 Human Interest
TAMPA — This one is for the tykes and tots. No drinking. No melees. No sins of excess.
There will be time enough for all that next week.
Thousands of children with their parents in tow crammed Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday for the Children's Gasparilla Parade. Kids and, yes, their moms and dads, too, scrambled to collect a shower of beads during a parade of 100 floats. Tiny pirates under scallywag hats went to battle with plastic swords beneath clear blue skies....
"That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, Saturday in a press briefing
At the first press conference of the new administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer blasted the media, saying they deliberately misled the public about the size of President Donald Trump's inauguration crowd....
GAINESVILLE — Matthew Fisher-Davis' best game in weeks helped Vanderbilt and first-year coach Bryce Drew notch their biggest victory of the season.
Fisher-Davis scored 19, Nolan Cressler came up huge in the final minute and the Commodores upset No. 19 Florida 68-66 Saturday. Vandy snapped a four-game losing streak and won consecutive games in Gainesville for the first time since 1991. ...
Here is a listing of today's television news shows.
Ch. 10, 8:30 a.m.: 10News Sunday Morning With the Tampa Bay Times — Performing arts critic Andrew Meacham discusses the American Stage theater company's commitment to performing all 10 plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle and its latest offering, Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Ch. 13, 9 a.m.: Fox News Sunday — Reince Priebus, President Donald J. Trump's chief of staff; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Ch. 28, 9 a.m.: This Week — Kellyanne Conway, adviser to Trump; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — Eli McGuire finally got into the end zone and the West's defense did the rest, forcing a fumble inside the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter and holding on for a 10-3 win at the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
"Defense wins championships, and both defenses showed up," said San Diego State linebacker Calvin Munson, who recovered the late fumble. "It was fun getting after them and just a good time all around. It was challenging learning a new defense, but everybody rallied together. It wasn't, 'I'm going to do better than you.' Everybody helped each other out." ...
01/21/17 The Heater
The Rays actually have had a busy offseason, what with three major-league free agent additions (C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Shawn Tolleson), four trades, several waiver claims and the usual assortment of minor-league deals.
But even though it's mid January and there look to be 14 new faces on the 40-man roster, they are likely not done.
With prices dropping on dozens of free agents still on a market that was stalled until resolution of the CBA, the Rays are in position to add another veteran or two to a squad currently costing around $65 million....
ST. PETERSBURG — Karel Hamilton had to wait until after his college career was over for a homecoming, and the Strawberry Crest graduate celebrated a return to the Tampa Bay area, getting two long catches to help the West to victory in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.
"It felt great coming back home and having a lot of people come out to support me," said Hamilton, who estimated he had more than 150 friends and family in attendance. "It was a great feeling having camaraderie with these boys — we were able to buy in and come together and be like one team. That's what gave us the edge this week."...