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  1. Sunday forecast: Showers and strong thunderstorms likely during afternoon

    Weather

    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. ...

  2. Bucs' coach Koetter unlikely to give up play-calling duties

    Bucs

    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....

  3. Weather cancels second day of Black Heritage Music Fest in Tampa

    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. ...

    David Sanborn was the scheduled headliner of Sunday's Music Fest in downtown Tampa, but the city has called off the outdoor concert due to the likelihood  of severe weather. [Getty Images for Syracuse University]
  4. Lightning falls to Coyotes (w/ video)

    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....

    Goalie Ben Bishop turns his back to the puck as center Martin Hanzal cheers the Coyotes’ first goal, by Tobias Rieder (not seen).
  5. Sports in brief

    Sports

    ALPINE Skiing

    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....

  6. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    College basketball
    St. John's at Seton HallnoonFS1
    Women: Notre Dame at North CarolinanoonESPNU
    Women: Virginia at Pittsburgh12:30 p.m.Fox Sun
    Northwestern at Ohio State1 p.m.Big Ten
    Women: Florida at Georgia1 p.m.SEC
    Women: Tulane at Connecticut1 p.m.ESPN2
    Georgetown at Xavier2 p.m.CBS
    La Salle at VCU2 p.m.NBCSN
    St. Louis at Dayton2 p.m.CBSSN
    Women: Louisville at USF2 p.m.ESPNU; 1040-AM
    Women: Miami at Syracuse2:30 p.m.Fox Sun
    Women: Rutgers at Maryland3 p.m.ESPN2
    Women: Kentucky at Auburn3 p.m.SEC
    UCF at Memphis4 p.m.CBSSN
    Women: Vanderbilt at Tennessee5 p.m.ESPN2
    Women: LSU at Texas A&M5 p.m.SEC
    Women: Purdue at Michigan State5 p.m.Big Ten
    East Carolina at Connecticut6 p.m.CBSSN
    Virginia Tech at Clemson6:30 p.m.ESPNU
    Arizona State at USC8:30 p.m.ESPNU
    Figure skating
    U.S. Championships: men's final4 p.m.NBC
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Abu Dhabi Championship3:30 a.m.Golf
    PGA: CareerBuilder Challenge1:30 p.m.Golf
    NBA
    D-League: Westchester vs. Canton10 a.m.NBA
    Warriors at MagicnoonFSF
    D-League: Reno vs. Salt Lake City12:30 p.m.NBA
    D-League: Texas vs. Los Angeles3 p.m.NBA
    NFL playoffs, conference title games
    NFC: Packers at Falcons3 p.m.Fox; 102.5-FM
    AFC: Steelers at Patriots6:30 p.m.CBS; 102.5-FM
    NHL
    Rangers at Red Wings12:30 p.m.NBC
    Bruins at Penguins3 p.m.NHL
    Canucks at Blackhawks7:30 p.m.NHL
    Soccer
    EPL: Leicester City at Southampton7 a.m.NBCSN
    EPL: Burnley at Arsenal9:15 a.m.NBCSN
    German: Hertha Berlin at Bayer Leverkusen9:30 a.m.FS1
    EPL: Hull City at Chelsea11:30 a.m.NBCSN
    German: Koln vs. Mainz11:30 a.m.FS2
    Mexican: Chiapas at Toluca1 p.m.Univision
    Tennis
    Australian Open9 p.m.ESPN2
    ...

  7. Girls basketball: Seffner Christian's 20-0 run blows over PHU

    Preps

    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."...

  8. Lightning's Hedman (ill) returns after three-game absence

    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. ...

    Defenseman Victor Hedman missed the first three games of the Lightning’s six-game trip after feeling ill Monday.
  9. A calmer Gasparilla parade for the kids sans beer and sin

    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....

    Thousands of families line up to catch beads while enjoying the beautiful weather during Saturday’s parade, which featured 100 floats.
  10. PolitiFact: No, Donald Trump's inauguration wasn't the largest ever

    National

    The statement

    "That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."

    Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, Saturday in a press briefing

    The ruling

    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....

    This pair of photos shows a view of the crowd on the National Mall at the inaugurations of President Barack Obama, above, on Jan. 20, 2009, and President Donald Trump, below, on Jan. 20, 2017. The photo above and the screengrab from video below were both shot shortly before noon from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
  11. No. 19 Florida stunned at home by Vanderbilt

    College

    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. ...

  12. Lineups for the Sunday TV news shows

    Politics

    News shows

    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. ...

  13. East-West Shrine Game: West beats East 10-3 in defensive battle

    College

    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." ...

    East tight end Antony Auclair of Universite Laval in Quebec is tackled in midair by West cornerback Tyquwan Glass (Fresno State) and linebacker Calvin Munson (San Diego State, hidden) in the second half.
  14. Rays still seeking bench, bullpen help

    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....

    Veteran slugger Mark Reynolds could provide a versatile right-handed bat off the bench.
  15. East-West Shrine Game: Strawberry Crest's Karel Hamilton stands out

    College

    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."...

    West running back Eli McGuire (1) celebrates his touchdown in the second half with wide receiver Karel Hamilton (4) during the 92nd East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The West defeated the East 10-3. [Andres Leiva   |   Time]