11/25/15 Lightning Strikes
View a gallery of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Los Angeles Kings at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday.
11/25/15 TV and Radio
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11/25/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — You figured Wednesday's game would be tight and low scoring.
The Lightning won plenty of those en route to the Stanley Cup final over the summer. And lately, offensively-challenged Tampa Bay had no choice. After two periods without a goal, coach Jon Cooper said the message was simple:
"This is a playoff game," he said.
But the way goalie Ben Bishop played, it sure looked like it, the Lightning finally prevailing in a shootout, a 2-1 win over the Kings in front of 19,092 at Amalie Arena. ...
11/25/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — There was a bit of intrigue Wednesday as C Steven Stamkos' agents from Newport Sports were in town, in the stands watching the morning skate.
Stamkos, 25, is in the final year of his contract, his uncertain status a major mystery in the hockey world.
But the presence of agents Don Meehan and Mark Guy didn't mean Stamkos is any closer to a deal. GM Steve Yzerman wasn't even in Tampa on Wednesday. Guy said they were in town for an annual Thanksgiving trip, watching several clients on the Lightning and Kings....
LINCOLN, Neb. — Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not to charge anyone after an alleged rape at the home of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and receiver Jordan Westerkamp this month.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong and Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said the evidence didn't support filing charges.
"Filing charges would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That simply is not there," Kelly said. ...
SEFFNER — There were just three minutes left in Armwood High's spring jamboree matchup against Hillsborough in May when veteran Hawks coach Sean Callahan decided to prove a point.
For more than a year, Callahan thought Dedarallo Blue, a two-year starting defensive back, was playing in the wrong position. But not wanting to step on his defensive coaching staff's toes, he didn't push the matter....
The deeper teams get into the playoffs, the more they tend to match up with elite quarterbacks. But those guys under center might want to look out for these sack masters in the next round:
Plant City's prowess
After Plant City's 35-15 region semifinal victory against Tampa Bay Tech, there's now a video on YouTube entitled "How to Blitz." That's because, in Raiders coach Greg Meyer's summation, his senior linebacker Cory Cotnoir took everybody to school....
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump's assessment that the United States is losing all over the world.
In Mexico, we're outsmarted on the border. In China, it's trade and currency manipulation. In the Middle East, it's the terrorist masterminds of ISIS.
In Japan, we're losing at selling cars.
"When did we beat Japan at anything?" Trump said in his campaign announcement speech back in June. "They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks. They beat us all the time."...
TAMPA — For Bucs fans, it is a familiar refrain, announced by game officials before so many offensive plays this season: "No. 64, reporting as an eligible receiver."
And for an offense always looking to establish the run, it means backup lineman Kevin Pamphile is in the game as a sixth offensive lineman — a "jumbo" 315-pound tight end as part of the "heavy" package the team has run 106 times, to strong success....
The numbers Nature Coast running back DeShawn Smith has compiled seem preposterous. A national-best 3,555 rushing yards and 58 rushing touchdowns. Not to mention a whopping average of 16 yards per carry.
Those mind-boggling stats are the main reason the Sharks (12-0) are undefeated and playing in Friday's Class 5A region final at Green Cove Springs Clay (9-3).
And here's a scary thought for opposing defenders: Smith could put up even bigger numbers....
The director of Florida State's victim advocate program testified in a deposition that her department saw 113 victims of sexual battery last year and has handled about 20 complaints against football players over her nine years.
"The sexual battery was the really large number" of cases seen by the department, Melissa Ashton said in the deposition, obtained Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times through an open-records request....
ST. PETERSBURG — Chef Tom Pritchard, who lied his way into the food and service industry and rose to become one of the most inventive and influential chefs in Florida, died Wednesday morning at his home in St. Petersburg. He was 74.
He died from complications after a surgery to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Pritchard was executive chef for Baystar Restaurant Group, owner of Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores, Island Way Grill in Clearwater, Rumba Island Bar & Grill in Clearwater and Oldsmar, Marlin Darlin' in Belleair Bluffs and Salt Rock Tavern in Oldsmar. He trained or inspired many of the Tampa Bay area's most recognized chefs. Known for his connections in the industry and his penchant for storytelling, Mr. Pritchard is hailed by many as a legend....
BRANDON — He walked to her in the darkness, a gun in his hand. With their two daughters at her side, he shot her twice. Steps away, behind the wheel of a car, a woman saw it happen.
Her account, detailed in an arrest report, was what authorities needed to charge Darryl Eugene Williams with murder in the Halloween night slaying of Tiffany James.
Williams, 49, the father of James' twin 7-year-old girls, was named a person of interest the day after the shooting. But he refused to speak to investigators, making it difficult for them to link him to the crime....
The goals came so quickly for Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Harris that it was hard to keep track of them.
A left-footed stab to the corner a few minutes into the season opener against Lakewood. A right-footed stab to the corner on a penalty kick. A 20-yard shot. A lightly tapped header. They kept coming. And coming.
By the second half, Harris had six goals. He was taken out midway through the second half of an 8-1 victory....
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Customers can't seem to get enough of Bill Workman's original ice cream creations.
The owner of the Revolution Ice Cream Co. is expanding from his Brandon location to bring flavors such as Chocolate Habanero, Porky's Delight and What's up Nutter Fudger to Seminole Heights.
"My wife and I were on a trip to Pittsburgh and came across, Oh Yeah Ice Cream and Coffee Co.," Workman said. "They served weird flavors and when we got home we looked for somewhere around here that served interesting flavors."...