03/15/14 TV and Radio
Autos Sprint Cup: Food City 500 practice 9 a.m. FS1 United Sports Car: 12 Hours of Sebring 10 a.m. FS1 Nationwide: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 qualifying 10 a.m. ESPN2 Nationwide: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 2 p.m. ESPN2 NHRA: Gatornationals qualifying (taped) 1 a.m. Sunday ESPN2 Baseball, spring training Blue Jays at Rays (ss) 1 p.m. 620-AM Yankees (ss) at Orioles 1 p.m. MLB Cubs vs. Mets 4 p.m. WGN Reds at Brewers 4 p.m. MLB Phillies at Red Sox 7 p.m. MLB Dodgers at White Sox 10 p.m. MLB Boxing Heavyweights: Adamek vs. Glazkov 9 p.m. NBCSN Welterweights: Garcia vs. Herrera 9 p.m. Showtime College baseball Mississippi State at Georgia noon Sun Sports Texas Tech at Baylor 1 p.m. FS1 LSU at Vanderbilt 3:15 p.m. FSF Rhode Island at USF 5:45 p.m. 1010-AM Arkansas at Florida 7 p.m. FSF College basketball America East final: Albany at Stony Brook 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 C-USA final: Tulsa vs. Louisiana Tech 11:30 a.m. Ch. 10; 1010-AM ACC semi: Virginia vs. Pittsburgh 1 p.m. ESPN, Ch. 44 SEC semi: Florida vs. Tennessee 1 p.m. Ch. 28; 1250-AM Big Ten semi: Michigan vs. Ohio State 1:30 p.m. Ch. 10 Atlantic 10 semi: St. Bonaventure vs. St. Joseph's 1:30 p.m. CBSSN ACC semi: N.C. State vs. Duke 3:30 p.m. ESPN, Ch. 44 SEC semi: Kentucky vs. Georgia 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28 Big Ten semi: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State 4 p.m. Ch. 10 Atlantic 10 semi: VCU vs. George Washington 4 p.m. CBSSN Women's WAC final: Idaho vs. Seattle 4 p.m. ESPNU SWAC final: Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M 4:30 p.m. ESPN2 Mountain West final: San Diego State vs. New Mexico or Boise State 6 p.m. Ch. 10 American final: Louisville vs. UConn 6 p.m. ESPN MEAC final: North Carolina Central vs. Morgan State 6 p.m. ESPNU Pac-12 final: Arizona vs. UCLA or Stanford 6 p.m. FS1 Women's Patriot final: Holy Cross vs. Army 6 p.m. CBSSN MAC final: Western Michigan vs. Toledo 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 Big Sky final: North Dakota vs. Weber State 8 p.m. ESPNU Women's C-USA final: Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee 8 p.m. CBSSN Southland final: Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 Big East final: Providence vs. Creighton 8:30 p.m. FS1; 98.7-FM Big 12 final: Iowa State vs. Baylor 9 p.m. ESPN; 620-AM WAC final: Idaho vs. Cal-Bakersfield or New Mexico State 10 p.m. ESPNU Women's Mountain West final: Colorado State vs. Fresno State 10 p.m. CBSSN Big West final: Cal Poly vs. Long Beach State or Cal State Northridge 10:30 p.m. ESPN2; 1010-AM College lacrosse Syracuse at Johns Hopkins noon ESPNU North Carolina at Duke 2 p.m. ESPNU College hockey Minnesota at Michigan 7 p.m. Big Ten Golf PGA: Valspar Championship 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Valspar Championship 2 p.m. Ch. 8 Champions: Toshiba Classic 7 p.m. Golf NBA Nuggets at Hawks 7:30 p.m. NBA Kings at Bulls 8 p.m. WGN NHL Penguins at Flyers 1 p.m. NHL Devils at Lightning 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 970-AM Senators at Canadiens 7 p.m. NHL Paralympics Sled hockey: United States vs. Russia noon Ch. 8 Soccer EPL: Manchester City at Hull City 8:45 a.m. NBCSN; 1040-AM EPL: Crystal Palace at Sunderland 11 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Chelsea at Aston Villa 1:30 p.m. NBCSN MLS: Toronto at Seattle 4:30 p.m. NBCSN Mexican: Tijuana at Cruz Azul 6:55 p.m. Univision Tennis ATP: Paribas Open 3 p.m. ESPNEWS
CLEARWATER — Three weeks ago, Dunedin was in a funk with three straight losses, the final one by a run against district rival River Ridge.
That loss to the Royal Knights, who were undefeated at the time and No. 3 in Class 6A, was a catalyst for the Falcons' turnaround. Since then, Dunedin had won four straight.
The winning streak continued Friday in the first round of the Lady Canes tournament as the Falcons took advantage of early miscues to beat Jefferson 2-1....
Why we picked her: Defense has always been Palm Harbor University's strong suit, and this season was no different. The Hurricanes allowed just four goals during the regular season and were undefeated. Trouble was, the offense was not coming through. The inability to score resulted in five ties and dropped PHU to the third seed in one of the toughest districts in the state. That was when Mouton went on a tear, scoring a combined 10 goals in six district and playoff games to lead the Hurricanes to the Class 8A state semifinals, where they lost 1-0 to Vero Beach. It was the first time PHU had advanced to the state semifinals during Mouton's career at the school. Her scoring binge continued in the Pinellas-Hillsborough senior all-star game with two goals that erased a 2-0 deficit and sent the game into overtime, with Pinellas eventually winning....
BRANDON — Plant's new season was much awaited. But before long, all the Panthers wanted to do was forget.
Plant began the season 0-2 after back-to-back losses to Brandon and Plant City. After the second stumble, coach Dennis Braun gave his team new instructions.
"Coach Braun tells us to be forgetful," designated hitter Matt Vaka said. "We forgot about the two games, took it one day at a time. Even when something good happens, just be forgetful, take it day by day, pitch by pitch."...
Saladino All-Tournament team
C Alejandro Martinez, Jr., Jefferson
1B Jake Bak, Jr., Plant
INF Kevin Merrell, Jr., Steinbrenner
INF Randy Oliva, Sr., Gaither
INF Logan Fernandez, So., Strawberry Crest
OF Donnell Taylor, Sr., King
OF Ryan Anderson, Sr., Brandon
OF Conrado Skepple, Jr., Bloomingdale
P Zach Rose, Jr., Plant
P Mark Moclair, Jr., Strawberry Crest...
Why we picked her: Gutsche was the most valuable player on the county's best team. She led the Wolves and ranked among the county's leaders with 20 goals while adding four assists. Gutsche's physical style of play also made her the focal point of a Newsome defense that allowed only eight goals all season. "She prevented a lot of things from coming down the pipeline," coach Kelly Townsend said....
PALM HARBOR — Robert Garrigus had it all planned. If he didn't make the Valspar Championship cut, he would spend the weekend fishing in Tampa Bay area lakes.
Those plans got canceled Friday after Garrigus turned in the low round of the day, 5-under 66, on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course and took the second-round lead at 7-under 135.
Garrigus was three shots ahead of Kevin Na, giving him the largest 36-hole lead in the tournament's 14 years. He was four shots ahead of four others, including reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose....
PALM HARBOR — John Daly has always been a fan favorite because of his ability to relate to the average golfer. On Friday at the Valspar Championship, he even played like an average golfer.
Daly shot 19-over 90 on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course and missed the cut by 19 shots. The two-time major winner had five bogeys, three double bogeys and 8-over 12 on the par-4 16th hole. Coupled with his opening-round 74, Daly was 22 over for his two rounds, last in the tournament....
Why we picked her: Wagner was the most dangerous offensive threat on the North Suncoast's top team. The Mustangs were unbeaten until the region final, where they lost in overtime to the eventual state champ. Wagner started the season strong, earning two of the Mustangs' four goals against Fivay. She never let up from that first game, racking up a team-high 39 goals as well as 12 assists over the season. Wagner was a key piece of the Mustangs' aggressive strategy, and — working closely with Amanda Hayes, last season's POY — took Mitchell to its fifth consecutive playoff run....
03/14/14 Lightning Strikes
Lightning vs. Devils
When/where: 7, Tampa Bay Times Forum
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM
Key stats: The Devils entered Friday with the league's second-best penalty kill, 86.8 percent, and allowing a league-low average 25.5 shots. … Lightning C Tyler Johnson has four goals, one assist in a five-game points streak. … Tampa Bay's power play is on a 4 for 41 skid. … RW Ryan Callahan has a goal, three points and is plus-3 in four games since coming from the Rangers in the Marty St. Louis trade. … New Jersey played the Panthers on Friday; it is 8-5-4 in the second of back-to-back games....
. FAST FACTS
PGA Tour Valspar Championship
Where: Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead Course, Palm Harbor
Schedule: Today, third round; Sunday, final round. Gates open 7 a.m.
Tickets: $40 daily at the gate; kids 15 and under free with ticketed adult. All active duty, reserve and retired U.S. military personnel eligible for complimentary tickets; see valsparchampionship.com/tickets/tickets-packages for details....
A St. Petersburg man led police on a high-speed chase Thursday with a new-born child inside his car, causing the infant to throw up, police said.
About 1:30 p.m. an officer tried to pull over a black Hyundai Sonata driven by Jermaine A. Johnson, 28. The officer flipped on the car's lights and siren, and Johnson sped away, driving eastbound on 5th Avenue S near 44th Street, St. Petersburg police said. ...
Deputies arrested a St. Petersburg woman Thursday who they say sold morphine to an undercover officer while she had a 6-year-old child with her.
Authorities arrested Michelle L. Amey, 40, on charges of child neglect and sale and possession of morphine.
Amey was being held on $80,000 bail at the Pinellas County Jail Friday night.
An officer's shooting of a dog in Williams Park two months ago was justified, police ruled Thursday.
A St. Petersburg police shooting review board determined Officer Steven L. Laurenzi, 29, used appropriate force when he fired three rounds into the German shepherd on Jan. 9. But the investigation found witnesses who said Kenneth McNeil, 21, who was walking the dog for a friend, posed no threat, and that officers told McNeil to "chain up your (expletive) mutt, chain up your stupid dog."...
On March 22, 1957, a military transport plane took off from Travis Air Force Base in California with 67 people on board en route to Tokyo.
Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, the plane vanished.
An armada of planes and vessels combed the ocean in one of the biggest searches in U.S. Air Force history. No trace of the plane was found. The U.S. government declared all on board dead....