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  1. Lightning rallies for OT win over Blackhawks (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — As much resilience as the Lightning has shown recently, this looked pretty darn bleak.

    Like season-over bad.

    With any loss potentially crippling Tampa Bay's perilous playoff hopes, it fell behind 4-1 midway through Monday's showdown with the Blackhawks. The Lightning's No. 1 goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, had already been pulled and re-inserted into the game. The large portion of red-clad Chicago fans drowned out the sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena....

    Lightning center Yanni Gourde, left, celebrates after beating Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling for the winning goal in overtime. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  2. High school scoreboard for March 27


    Monday's scoreboard

    Flag football

    Palm Harbor U. 28, Dixie Hollins 6

  3. Kevin Knox's long-range prowess impresses in Chicago


    CHICAGO – Kevin Knox has filled highlight videos with all sorts of dunks, from one-handed jams to two-handed alley oops.

    But the Tampa Catholic forward had the spotlight Monday for his ability to shoot a basketball from long range.

    Knox, a consensus five-star recruit, participated in the 3-point contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, part of the festivities in the days leading up to the McDonald’s All-American game. Knox connected on 13 3-pointers for 16 points (some baskets counted for one point, some for two), from the corners and the top of the key....

    Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox competes in the 3-point contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, one of the events leading up to Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.
  4. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Baseball, spring training
    Rays at Twins1 p.m.Fox Sun
    Cardinals at Mets1 p.m.ESPN
    Astros at Marlins1 p.m.FSF
    Giants at Cubs4 p.m.MLB
    College baseball
    Savannah State at Georgia6 p.m.SEC
    Auburn vs. Alabama8 p.m.ESPNU
    College basketball, NIT
    Cal Bakersfield vs. Georgia Tech7 p.m.ESPN
    TCU vs. UCF9 p.m.ESPN
    High school baseball
    Trinity Prep at Orlando First Academy7 p.m.Spectrum
    High school basketball
    McDonald's All American scrimmage3 p.m.ESPNU
    Warriors at Rockets8 p.m.NBA
    Wizards at Lakers10:30 p.m.NBA
    Capitals at Wild8 p.m.NHL
    Exhibition: Russia vs. Belgium11:45 a.m.FS2
    Exhibition: France vs. Spain2:55 p.m.ESPN2

  5. Pedestrian fatality closes part of W Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa


    TAMPA — Eastbound traffic has been shut down on W Hillsborough Avenue Monday night after a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

    The pedestrian was struck in the 3900 block of Hillsborough, said Tampa police. The eastbound lanes of the roadway have been closed from Lois Avenue to Dale Mabry Highway. They were expected to remain closed for three to four hours, said police in a new release issued shortly after 9 p.m....

  6. Bucs GM Jason Licht is willing to take a very much calculated risk on players


    PHOENIX — Two years ago, Bucs general manager Jason Licht had a trail of microphones and reporters chasing him through the NFL annual meeting at the Biltmore resort. That's the kind of attention that comes with owning the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

    "I'm glad I'm not the popular guy this year," Licht said Monday. "Usually that means you're doing something right. We're picking 19th this year and our goal is to be picking a lot later in the future."...

    Bucs GM Jason Licht isn’t above an occasional doughnut bribe to get info.
  7. Lightning's Vasilevskiy pulled, returns a changed goalie

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Andrei Vasilevskiy was gone less than 14 minutes into Monday's game, called to the bench after allowing his third goal of the first period. It looked over for the Lightning.

    But Vasilevskiy returned to start the second period, and that would be the difference as the Lightning rallied for a 5-4 overtime victory against the Blackhawks.

    "After the first period I was thinking (darn it)," Vasilevskiy said. "Coach gave me a second chance, and I made a couple of saves and the guys played really well."...

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal as he returns to the bench during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday evening (10/15/16).
  8. Rays may be working to acquire outfielder Peter Bourjos

    The Heater

    The Rays' search for outfield depth may be leading to Peter Bourjos.

    There were indications late Monday that the Rays were working to acquire Bourjos, who is in camp with the White Sox on a minor-league deal.

    Bourjos, 31 on Friday, would give the Rays the right-handed-hitting outfielder capable of filling in in centerfield they have been looking for. He has played previously for the Angels, Cardinals and Phillies. ...

  9. Rays at Twins, 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Myers

    The Heater

    Today: at Twins, 1:05

    Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers

    Pitchers: Rays, Chris Archer; Twins, Nick Tepesch

    TV: Fox Sports Sun

    Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

    On deck

    Wednesday: Orioles, 1:05, Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

    Thursday: Twins, 1:05. Rays, Jake Odorizzi; Twins, TBA...

  10. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Megan Pierro and Ivan Cruz


    Megan Pierro, Steinbrenner

    Pierro, a junior, doesn't have a whole lot of free time. If she's not in school at Steinbrenner, she's probably on a softball field somewhere. Aside from playing shortstop for the Warriors, she also spends the offseason playing on a travel ball team. She's not sure how many games she plays, but her estimation is "a lot."

    "I love it," Pierro said. "We've played in like five or six different states. That's the fun part. All my best friends are on the team. It's a lot of fun."...

    Steinbrenner softball player Megan Pierro
  11. Pinellas sheriff: Registered sex offender exposes himself to 12-year-old at school bus stop


    MADEIRA BEACH — A 29-year-old registered sex offender was arrested Monday and accused of exposing himself and performing a sex act within view of a 12-year-old boy who was waiting for a school bus, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Justin Ryan Duggan was arrested on a charge of lewd or lascivious exhibition. He is a registered sex offender for a 2015 offense that took place in Oklahoma, the Sheriff's Office said....

    Justin Ryan Duggan is a registered sex offender for a 2015 offense that took place in Oklahoma.
  12. Man accused of mother's murder will be held without bail


    TAMPA — Joshua Carmona, the man accused of beating and stabbing his mother to death last week in Riverview, will stay in jail as the case against him moves through court.

    A defense attorney announced in a brief hearing Monday morning that Carmona would not contest the state's request that he be held without bail. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor subsequently issued an order that Carmona continue to be detained....

    Joshua Leon Carmona fatally beat 39-year-old Tahirih Lua D’Angelo with a baseball bat then stabbed her in the neck with a butcher knife at the townhouse where they lived, 6916 Hawthorne Trace Lane, according to an arrest report. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
  13. Afternoon update: St. Pete house up on blocks frustrates neighbors, city; USF football player arrested in Tampa road-rage incident; Nelson comes out against Trump's Supreme Court pick; Rays unveil new food and drink offerings

    Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down:


    It's been almost two years since Mark Taber moved his 81-year-old house in July 2015 from St. Petersburg's Old Northeast to the rapidly gentrifying Historic Uptown District. Although he had sold the valuable lot, he wanted to save the 1,400-square-foot house because he had once lived in it and still had sentimental ties to it. The idea was to enlarge the house at its new location at 721 9th Ave. N, totally remodel it and either sell it or rent it. That was in January 2016. Since then, the project has turned into the housing equivalent of an old car up on blocks....

    It's been almost two years since Mark Taber moved his 81-year-old house in July 2015 from St. Petersburg's Old Northeast to the rapidly gentrifying Historic Uptown District. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  14. Rays' risk assessment: Backgrounding Derek Norris

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Sitting in front of his locker during his first day as a Ray on Saturday, Derek Norris pointed to the iPad sitting atop a travel bag as a key tool in his challenging task: learning an entire new pitching staff with just a week until the season opener.

    "It's definitely going to be a speed course," the catcher said. "Time is definitely of the essence."

    The iPad was already loaded with videos of the Rays pitchers. Norris also has the personal memory of facing a half-dozen of them during his time with Oakland and San Diego, and others he'd seen throw live along the way, to help him with what will be daily lessons and nightly homework....

    PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Derek Norris #3 of the San Diego Padres walks to the dugout after the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
  15. Video: Treasure Island police seek 'reckless' pilot illegally taking off from Johns Pass


    TREASURE ISLAND — Police are asking for the public's help in locating the pilot of an ultralight aircraft seen on video illegally taking off in congested waters in John's Pass.

    The video, posted on the Treasure Island Police Department's Facebook page, showed the pilot taking off Saturday around 5 p.m. between Isle of Capri and Eleanor Island in John's Pass.

    City ordinances prohibit any type of aircraft from taking off either from land, water or beach unless "an emergency exists" or with written authorization from the city, according to officials....

    The Treasure Island Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating the pilot of an ultralight aircraft seen on video illegally taking off in congested waters in John's Pass on March 25, 2017. [Photo from video]