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  1. Wednesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Baseball, NL wild card game
    Giants at Pirates8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM
    Middleweights: Stevens vs. N'Dam9 p.m.ESPN2
    College volleyball
    Missouri at Mississippi7 p.m.SEC
    Georgia at Auburn9 p.m.ESPNU
    LPGA: Reignwood Classic11 p.m.Golf
    NHL, preseason
    Penguins at Red Wings8 p.m.NHL
    UEFA Champions League: Juventus at Atletico Madrid2:30 p.m.ESPN2
    UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid at Ludogorets Razgrad2:30 p.m.FSF, ESPND
    UEFA Champions League: Galatasaray at Arsenal2:30 p.m.FS1
    UEFA Champions League: Liverpool at Basel2:30 p.m.FS2
    Mexican: Cruz Azul at Tijuana11 p.m.ESPND
    ATP: China Open9 a.m.Tennis
    ATP: China Open and Japan Open10 p.m.Tennis

  2. Hernando's Business Digest for Oct. 3


    Business digest

    Who's news

    SURGEON JOINS BROOKSVILLE PRACTICE: Dr. Utpal Patel has joined the practice of Drs. Sunanda Singh and Anjali Singh.

    Patel is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has completed an American College of Mohs Surgery fellowship at the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Mo. He comes to the practice from the University of Florida Department of Dermatology and Zephyrhills Skin Center....

  3. Hernando County entertainment calendar



    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  4. Jonathan Drouin back on ice in first step toward return

    Lightning Strikes

    DALLAS — Lightning wing prospect Jonathan Drouin has been encouraged by progress with his fractured right thumb, making a small step Tuesday of taking the ice for practice in a red (no-contact) jersey.

    Though Drouin, 19, is still limited — he watched most drills Tuesday — he hopes to be ready by the regular-season opener, Oct. 9 against the Panthers.

    "I'm feeling better," he said. "There's still a little bit of pain, but we're going in the right direction. A couple weeks left and I'm sure I'll be fine by then. Progress has been really good."...

    Though Jonathan Drouin is still limited - he watched most of the drills Tuesday - he remains hopeful he'll be ready by the opener Oct. 9 against the Panthers. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Volleyball: PHU sweeps past St. Petersburg

    Volleyball Preps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Palm Harbor University didn't have a dominant player when the season began. Yet coach Tara Kuk, in her 12th season, was quietly confident that this could be one of her best teams.

    That's because the Hurricanes have talented players all over the court.

    The depth was on display Tuesday night when PHU swept past Class 8A, District 8 opponent St. Petersburg 25-7, 25-16, 25-11. They improved to 14-1 and it was their ninth sweep....

  6. Things to do in Hernando County



    Peace Week


    PHSC North Campus Events: Pasco-Hernando State College hosts its seventh annual Peace Week from Monday thought Thursday. This year's theme is "Resilience." Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. 1-877-879-7422. For a full schedule of events at all PHSC campuses, visit the website at phcc.edu/peace....

  7. Volleyball: AHN tops Berkeley Prep in four

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — The last time Berkeley Prep and Academy of the Holy Names met on that court, the Jaguars defeated the Bucs in three sets to win the Class 4A, District 10 title, ending Berkeley Prep's 11-year championship streak.

    So Tuesday, when the district rivals met again, the dramatics were no surprise.

    AHN took the first two close sets before the Bucs staged a comeback in the third. The rally was short-lived, however, as the Jaguars beat Berkeley Prep 26-24 in the fourth to win the match 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 13-25, 26-24)....

  8. Lightning's Jason Garrison settles into new surroundings

    Lightning Strikes

    DALLAS — Turns out, Jason Garrison is versatile at the blue line — and on the red carpet.

    The new Lightning defenseman joined actor girlfriend Katie Cassidy (Arrow, Taken) last month at New York Fashion Week, catching a few shows and after parties. One day he went stylish with a tux, the next day a simple T-shirt, jeans and a cap.

    "I actually enjoy it," Garrison said. "And I kind of have a sort of interest in that kind of stuff. So it was a good little weekend getaway."...

    Jason Garrison joins the Lightning this season after having played for his hometown team (the Canucks) as well as the Panthers.
  9. With Vols next, Gators feel urgency


    GAINESVILLE — The week off has proved beneficial for the Gators secondary, according to S Jabari Gorman. After a 42-21 loss to Alabama in which the secondary was shredded by the Tide's offense, coach Will Muschamp told the players no job was safe. Gorman said it sent a message that's been received loud and clear as the team prepares for Tennessee this weekend. "It makes us better because it starts a competition all over again like in camp," he said. "Things like that make me a better player, makes me more hungry and anticipate more of what's going on. … You can see the work ethic increase since. … We realized you can't be complacent."...

    Derrick Henry and the Tide offense gave Jabari Gorman, left, and the rest of the UF secondary a hands-on lesson Sept. 20.
  10. Off on another adventure (w/video)


    SCOTT KEELER | Times

    Indiana Jones, a young loggerhead, gets the paparazzi treatment as Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers release her and another rehabilitated sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto Park's North Beach on Tuesday. In April, the aquarium's nesting patrol found her half-buried on Indian Shores. She was emaciated, covered in barnacles and barely able to lift her head to breath, according to aquarium officials. Indy weighed 66 pounds when she was found and now tips the scales at around 100 pounds. An IV drip of nutritional supplements and fluids started her recovery. Jumanji, a Kemp's ridley turtle, was also released. For video, go to tampabay.com/video....

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers released two rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico at the north beach, Ft. DeSoto Park, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. "Indiana Jones," a sub-adult Loggerhead, front, moves toward the surf using her flippers. She was found half buried on Indian Shores, April 25, 2014 by the aquarium's nesting patrol. The turtle was emaciated, covered in barnacles, and was barely able to lift her head to breath according to aquarium officials. She weighed 66 pounds when she was found and now weighs around 100 pounds. She was administered an IV drip for supplements and nutrition. "Jumanji," a Kemp's Ridley turtle, was also released.
  11. Graduation guests can expect gentler treatment in Hillsborough


    TAMPA — High school graduations will be calmer this spring, with a slightly more manageable schedule and gentler treatment of guests, district officials told the Hillsborough County School Board Tuesday.

    Instead of four graduations each day, on most days there will be three. On days when there are four, they will begin at 9 a.m. to allow more time for guests to come and go, said Tanly Cabrera, the district's director of administration....

  12. Kenneth City Council tentatively approves budget

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — After weeks of disagreement, council members here tentatively approved a budget Tuesday — the last day of the fiscal year. Technically, Kenneth City will begin the 2014-15 fiscal year without a budget. The budget and tax rate won't be official until given final approval, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in the Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N. The meeting is open to the public. The main hangup to an agreement over the budget concerned raises for six employees. The 3-1 compromise vote gives 6 percent raises for those six positions. Four of the employees who hold those positions also will get a 4 percent one-time bonus. The two positions that will not get bonuses are vacant. Council member Barbara Roberts was the lone dissenting vote....

  13. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 2-8


    1 Movies in the Park: Just in time for the cooler evenings of October, we get free movies in the parks. St. Petersburg's popular date night/family picnic scene on the downtown waterfront returns this week with Robin William's great Dead Poets Society. Brazilian music by Rio Bossa starts at 6 p.m. today and the movie begins at dark. On Oct. 9, Denzel Washington leads a racially divided football team to victory in Remember the Titans, with the Kimi Tortuga Duo providing music beforehand at North Straub Park on Beach Drive between NE Fourth and Fifth avenues. Some of the Saturday Morning Market's most popular vendors will be selling food, and a free and secure valet bicycle parking will be available on site thanks to St. Pete Bike Co-Op. Over in Pioneer Park in Dunedin, family movies will be playing at 7 p.m. Fridays at Main Street and Douglas Avenue. This week it's Mary Poppins. Bring a blanket or a low-slung chair. Free. ...

    TP 157786 - - DELIVER TO: Sports - - 4/10/2003 - - TAMPA - - ThunderBug, the mascot for the Tampa Bay Lightning, waves to hockey fans from the roof of the St. Pete Times Forum Thursday night before the start of the first playoff game aginst the Washington Capitals. - - Times Photo by Carrie Pratt - - Story By:Damian Cristodero - -  RUN DATE: 4/11/2003
  14. USF point guard Anthony Collins healthy, ready



    On more than one night during the worst winter of his life, Anthony Collins would sit in front of the TV in his off-campus apartment, living vicariously through the college or NBA guards slashing and spotting up on the screen.

    Sometimes, he'd break down in tears, not so much from the throbbing knee but the aching psyche. Only two years after his burst and ball distribution had propelled the Bulls into unprecedented NCAA Tournament realms, the point guard couldn't walk the ball upcourt without wincing....

    South Florida guard Anthony Collins (11) reacts to assist made to center John Egbunu (5) in the first half at the Sun Dome in Tampa on Monday, November 25, 2013. Oklahoma State defeated South Florida 93 to 67.
  15. Pasco's Business Digest for Oct. 3


    Business digest


    CAREERSOURCE FLORIDA NETWORK RECOGNIZED: CareerSource Pasco Hernando announced Florida's selection for National Association of State Workforce Agencies' 2014 State Excellence Award for Leadership in recognition of the stateside branding effort which prompted the February 2014 launch of the CareerSource Florida network. Judges selected the branding effort as 2014's top workforce initiative because of the service and performance improvements facilitated by its launch....