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  1. Monday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Rays at Royals8 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Cardinals at Cubs8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    Cycling, Tour de France
    Stage 37 a.m.NBCSN
    NBA Summer League
    Pacers vs. Magic (White)1 p.m.NBA
    Magic (Blue) vs. Thunder3 p.m.NBA
    Pistons vs. Heat5 p.m.NBA
    76ers vs. Spurs7 p.m.NBA
    Celtics vs. Jazz9 p.m.NBA
    Softball
    National Pro Fastpitch: Pennsylvania at Chicago8 p.m.CBSSN
    Tennis
    Wimbledon7 a.m.ESPN2
    Wimbledon8 a.m.ESPN
    ...

  2. Coke Zero 400 delayed by rain at Daytona

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — NASCAR didn't get the result it hoped for when it moved the Coke Zero 400 to Sunday from its traditional prime-time Saturday slot.

    Rain delayed the Sprint Cup race for the second year in a row. The 160-lap race at Daytona International Speedway was scheduled to start around 7:45 p.m., but sprinkles and showers soaked the track. A fleet of 20 Air Titans began drying the 2½-mile tri-oval shortly before 9:30 p.m. Almost two hours later, drivers were heading into their cars for the green flag....

    Jeff Gordon and fellow drivers stand under umbrellas before driver introductions for the Coke Zero 400. Six of the past 13 Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been delayed, shortened or postponed.
  3. Some NASCAR fans still defend, display Confederate flag

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — As racing fans were celebrating the Fourth of July in Daytona International Speedway's infield Saturday night, 51-year-old Kevin Boot chose to honor Independence Day in his own way.

    He strolled between two rows of campers, waving a tattered Confederate flag.

    "Because I can," said Boot, a former Tampa resident who lives in Delaware.

    But how much longer Boot or anyone else will be to do so at Daytona or any other tracks on NASCAR's schedule remains uncertain....

    Confederate flags were not uncommon sights at Daytona this weekend despite NASCAR’s efforts to discourage them.
  4. Teen charged in St. Petersburg shooting

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A suspect has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting of a teenage boy on Saturday.

    Dayhawn Hopkins, 16, turned himself in to the St. Petersburg Police Department Sunday evening for shooting La'menzo Burnett Jr., 17, in the head, authorities said.

    Police officials are still investigating the circumstances that led up to the incident. Burnett was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and is on life support....

  5. Clint Bowyer: Time is now to make push for Sprint Cup Chase

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Whether it was because of his string of four finishes outside the top 20 in March or his 30th-place run at Talladega, Clint Bowyer figures his cushion in the Chase for the Championship is long gone.

    "That set in for me and our race team weeks ago," Bowyer said before Sunday's Coke Zero 400, which was delayed by rain and was not over at press time. "We're out of mulligans. It's time to go and get our (stuff) together."...

    Clint Bowyer is one point out of the 16th and final Chase position.
  6. Sports in brief

    Bucs

    FOOTBALL

    REPORTS: GIANTS' PIERRE-PAUL HURT BY FIREWORKS

    Giants and former USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul injured a hand in a July Fourth fireworks accident at his South Florida home, but the injuries were not thought to be career-threatening, media reports said Sunday.

    Paul, 26 and a two-time Pro Bowl player, was admitted to North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach for treatment, the New York Post said. The flesh on the injured hand was burned off the palm and fingertips but his fingers are intact, the Post said....

  7. St. Petersburg NAACP has been dormant for months, prompting questions about its future

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The modest office at 1501 16th St. S is easy to miss. It has no sign, and potted plants near the front door are wilted and brown.

    The building that once housed an active NAACP chapter with hundreds of members remains empty.

    Nearly 10 months after the national office of the NAACP shut down the local branch, saying it was not in good standing, little is known about what prompted the action or whether the organization has a future....

    Nearly 10 months ago, the national NAACP office shut down the St. Petersburg branch at 1501 16th St. Some have tried to continue the traditions of the branch, but without the backing of the national organization, state Rep. Darryl Rouson said, there’s only so much that can be done.
  8. Rays' Steven Souza Jr. suffers gash on pinky

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — Though initial X-rays were negative, OF Steven Souza Jr. headed to Kansas City concerned about his right pinky that was gashed badly enough to require stitches when he was hit by a Bryan Mitchell pitch in the eighth of Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    "I can't really bend it too well right now," Souza said. "I'm hoping I wake up (today) and it feels a little better. I don't have much feeling in my pinky right now, which is kind of a worry for us."...

    Steven Souza Jr. gets tended to after being hit on his right hand by a pitch, injuring his pinky.
  9. Patriotic weekend continues as fans cheer women's World Cup championship

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Three minutes.

    That's how long U.S. women's national team fans had to wait to drown out television announcers, and douse the floors with beer after Carli Lloyd's first goal in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final.

    Supporters of the team gathered at MacDinton's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Tampa on Sunday night to cheer on the stars and stripes. A chorus of chants dominated the bar, and accompanied a sea of red, white, and blue jerseys. ...

    Soccer fans Kristi Sharpe, from left, Alex Sharpe, Kirsten Cabral and Jay Cabral are pumped Sunday after the U.S. women’s team scored in their 5-2 victory over Japan.
  10. PolitiFact Florida: Statement on Bush, tuition goes beyond numbers

    News

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush likes to advertise education reforms during his two terms in office, but the Florida Democratic Party wants to remind voters those changes came at a price.

    In a news release, Democrats cited what they said were Bush's dubious gubernatorial achievements, including that he "oversaw (an) average in-state tuition increase of 48.2 percent during his tenure."

    Did public university tuition go up by almost 50 percent in eight years during Bush's two terms? That number is more or less correct, but there's more to the Bush-era education overhaul than that....

    Truth-O-Meter for PolitiFact with a Mostly True ruling.
  11. Seven or nine commissioners in Hillsborough County? Panel to decide Tuesday

    Local Government

    TAMPA — As Hillsborough County's population continues to surge, should the number of county commissioners grow with it?

    That's the question before the county's Charter Review Board, a group that meets every five years to recommend changes to Hillsborough's constitution.

    After debating the issue for months, the 14-member panel is expected to finally vote on the future makeup of the County Commission at Tuesday's meeting. There are two options on the table: Keep the board at seven members or increase it to nine, with five single-member districts and four at-large commissioners....

  12. Rays-Royals preview

    Sports

    Rays at Royals

    When/where: 8:10 tonight; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Alex Colome (3-4, 4.70)

    ROYALS: RH Edinson Volquez (8-4, 3.48)

    On Colome: Rays have lost his past eight starts, are 3-10 overall. Coming off seven-inning, 104 pitch outing vs. Indians, allowing five runs, fourth time of five or more. Has never faced Royals....

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Pitcher Alex Colome #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at Charlotte Sports Park during photo day on February 26, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  13. In Tarpon Springs, cheers for Greek bailout no-vote

    Human Interest

    TARPON SPRINGS — The group of Greek men played rummy and smoked tobacco in their usual Tarpon Springs cafe on Sunday as they watched the historic voting results pour in on Greek television.

    They watched the masses of people dancing in the streets of Athens, celebrating the news that, with most of the votes in, the majority of Greeks had voted against the bailout offered by European leaders....

    Men play rummy as they watch voting results on TV in Kooneli Kafenio, a Tarpon Springs coffee shop they visit almost daily.
  14. Marijuana plants found in burning Tampa house, police say

    Fire

    TAMPA — Tampa Fire Rescue personnel who entered a house to put out a fire on Sunday found about 100 marijuana plants inside, authorities said.

    Tampa officials said police and firefighters responded to the blaze at 9411 N 15th St. close to 5 p.m. After the plants were discovered detectives and a clandestine lab response group went to the scene.

    Officials said there were no injuries, but damages to the house totaled $40,000, and arson investigators are also on scene. There were no arrests as of Sunday evening....

  15. St. Petersburg police officer hit with own Taser during struggle, authorities say

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was hit with his own Taser while trying to take a shoplifting suspect to jail Friday, authorities said.

    Jason Lee Benedict, 37, was arrested at the Publix on 34th Street N after he allegedly took three bottles of Robitussin cough gels off the shelf and into the bathroom where he consumed them, an arrest report said.

    When officers started to handcuff Benedict, he punched and kicked the arresting officer, John Douglas, the report said. Benedict then bit Douglas' hand and tried to grab his Taser, which discharged into the officer's left hand, according to St. Petersburg police....