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  1. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Arena Football
    Arizona at Los Angeles10 p.m.CBSSN
    Autos
    Motocross: Monster Energy Supercross3 p.m.Ch. 13
    NHRA: Springnationals qualifying (taped)5 p.m.ESPN2
    IndyCar: Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying5 p.m.NBCSN
    Sprint Cup: Toyota Owners 4007 p.m.Ch. 13; 102.5-FM
    Baseball
    Indians at Tigers1 p.m.FS1
    Nationals at Marlins4 p.m.FSF
    Mets at Yankees4 p.m.FS1
    Blue Jays at Rays6 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Dodgers at Padres8:30 p.m.MLB
    Boxing
    Heavyweights: W. Klitschko vs. Jennings10 p.m.HBO
    College baseball
    Georgia at Auburn1 p.m.SEC
    Clemson at Georgia Tech1 p.m.Sun Sports
    Texas A&M at LSU2 p.m.ESPN
    Houston at USF4:30 p.m.CBSSN; 1010-AM
    Florida State at Miami7 p.m.ESPNU
    Alabama at Mississippi8 p.m.SEC
    UCLA at Stanford10 p.m.ESPNU
    College football
    Arkansas spring game (taped)6 p.m.SEC
    College lacrosse
    St. John's at Georgetown11:30 a.m.CBSSN
    Ohio State vs. RutgersnoonESPNU
    Denver at Marquette2 p.m.CBSSN
    Penn State at Michigan6 p.m.Big Ten
    Johns Hopkins at Maryland8 p.m.Big Ten
    College softball
    Houston at Tulsa2 p.m.ESPNU
    Alabama A&M at Miss. Valley State4 p.m.ESPNU
    South Carolina at Mississippi4 p.m.SEC
    Texas at Texas Tech4 p.m.Sun Sports
    Golf
    PGA Europe: China Open6 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Zurich Classic1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Zurich Classic3 p.m.Ch. 10
    Champions: Legends of Golf3 p.m.Golf
    LPGA: Swinging Skirts Classic6 p.m.Golf
    NBA playoffs, first round
    East, Game 3: Hawks at Nets3 p.m.TNT
    East, Game 4: Bulls at Bucks5:30 p.m.TNT
    West, Game 4: Warriors at Pelicans8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND; 1250-AM
    West, Game 3: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers10:30 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    NHL playoffs, first round
    East, Game 6: Capitals at Islanders3 p.m.Ch. 8
    East, Game 5: Red Wings at Lightning6 p.m.FSF; 970-AM
    West, Game 6: Predators at Blackhawks 8 p.m.Ch. 8
    West, Game 6: Canucks at Flames9 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    EPL: Tottenham at Southampton7:45 a.m.NBCSN; 1040-AM
    EPL: Leicester City at Burnley10 a.m.NBCSN
    EPL: Aston Villa at Manchester City12:30 p.m.Ch. 8
    Mexican: Chiapas at Cruz Azul5:45 p.m.Univision
    NASL: Jacksonville at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.Ch. 38
    Track and field
    Penn Relays12:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Drake Relays3 p.m.NBCSN
    ...

  2. District baseball roundup: IRC beats Calvary Christian for 3A-9 title

    Baseballpreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — George Koulianos had a night to remember on Friday.

    The Indian Rocks Christian senior pitched 5⅔ innings of shutout relief and had the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to help IRC defeat Calvary Christian 3-2 in the Class 3A, District 9 final. It is the Golden Eagles' first district championship since 2003.

    "The first time I ever pitched it was against Calvary and they hit me around,'' Koulianos said. "When I got the ball tonight I told myself that I wasn't going to lose this one.''...

  3. Region softball roundup: Leto prevails in extra innings

    Softballpreps

    SEMINOLE — Leto's Carrie Reynolds, who led off the 10th inning with a walk and moved to third on consecutive sacrifice groundouts, scored the winning run on a passed ball to beat Osceola 7-6 in Friday's Class 6A region quarterfinal.

    It was the Falcons' first postseason win in school history.

    "This was a monumental moment for our school, our players and our program," Leto coach Kelly Hacker said....

  4. Lightning's Tyler Johnson lives his fantasy life

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON

    Tyler Johnson grew up playing pickup hockey, dreaming of scoring a winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

    "I think everyone has," he said.

    But the Lightning center didn't pretend to be Mario Lemieux or Marty St. Louis. His was always a first-person fairy tale.

    "Because you always want to see yourself in that position," he said.

    There were doubters. The undersized, undrafted forward had to fight his way into the NHL. But Thursday, Johnson became the talk of the league after scoring the overtime winner in the Lightning's season-saving 3-2 playoff win over Detroit, setting the stage for Game 5 today at Amalie Arena, the first-round series tied 2-2....

    Tyler Johnson, 5 feet 8, gets a squeeze from Brian Boyle, 6 feet 7, after his OT winner against the Red Wings in Game 4.
  5. Rays-Blue Jays Saturday preview

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Blue Jays

    When/where: 6:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

    Tickets: $19-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

    Promotion: Chris Archer bobblehead for all fans

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 21.32)...

    PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Erasmo Ramirez #50 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day on February 20, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
  6. Chris Walker leaving Gators basketball for NBA draft

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker has declared for the NBA draft and will not return for his junior season. He joins junior guard Michael Frazier off the Gators' 2014-15 team to leave school early.

    "I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and everyone at Florida for my experience here," Walker, who played in 49 games in his two-year UF career, said Friday. "I'm excited to continue pursuing my dream of playing professionally."...

    Chris Walker was a McDonald’s All-American but didn’t meet expectations at UF.
  7. Rays' Cobb throws from mound, likes his progress

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG — For the first time since walking off the field in the third inning of a spring training game March 17, RHP Alex Cobb took the mound Friday afternoon at Tropicana Field. And though the bullpen session was just another step in his ongoing recovery process from forearm tendinitis, the Rays' would-be ace was excited for the chance to be that much closer to a comeback.

    "You put a little more into it when you're on the mound. Your mechanics come together, and you try to re-teach yourself how to pitch again," said Cobb, who before Friday had been playing catch on flat ground. "It's a big deal getting on there."...

    Alex Cobb pitches during spring training, before developing forearm tendinitis. He took another step in his return Friday by throwing off the mound for the first time; his next bullpen session is likely Monday.
  8. Lightning: Game 4 reflections

    Lightning Strikes

    View from the other bench

    "It's best-of-three now. If you would have told us at the beginning of this series we could be in this position, we'd take it 10 out of 10 times."

    Detroit wing Justin Abdelkader

    Rookie debut

    Lightning LW Jonathan Drouin made his playoff debut in Game 4 on Thursday. He played in high-pressure situations coming up to the NHL and said the Stanley Cup playoffs are another step up and exactly what he expected. "Plays were made quicker," Drouin said. "Guys were going faster. It was definitely a different pace."...

  9. Loney homers in return as Rays rout Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — For all the waiting left-hander Drew Smyly did — until Friday he hadn't pitched a game for the Rays since Sept. 6, 2014, as he recovered from shoulder tendinitis — he couldn't have asked for a better start to his first game back.

    Smyly cruised through the first three innings of Friday's 12-3 victory over the Blue Jays, striking out five of seven batters he faced from the last out of the first inning through the last out of the third....

    Third-base coach Charlie Montoyo congratulates Rene Rivera after the catcher’s two-run homer gives the Rays a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning at Tropicana Field.
  10. Deputies searching for suspects who tried to rob man answering Craig's List ad in Clearwater

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Deputies were searching Friday for two suspects who tried to rob a man at gunpoint after he responded to a Craig's List ad for a motorcycle.

    The 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, arrived at 1730 St. Croix Drive about 1:23 p.m. and knocked on the door of what deputies say is a vacant residence, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The man sent a text message to the number listed and got a response from the purported seller saying he would be right there. The victim left, returned a short time later and one of the suspects called him to the back yard. Moments later, deputies say, the second suspect entered the yard, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded cash. The man ran to the front yard and called for help. The suspects ran away....

  11. Saturday only, Tampa car dealer gives free oil changes for blood

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Car dealers want your blood. Of course they do.

    Elder Ford in Tampa plans to offer free oil changes to anyone who donates blood Saturday (April 25 only) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    How much overlap exists between people with dirty oil and those who aren't afraid of needles? The world may soon know. The dealership, which is teaming up with OneBlood, is at 9560 N. Florida Ave....

  12. Developer proposes apartments and garage near University of Tampa

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — A South Florida developer wants to rezone 2.5 acres south of Kennedy Boulevard near the University of Tampa for an apartment block with 272 units and more than 500 parking spaces.

    Altman Development of Boca Raton proposes to put the project just south of the triangular block that's home to Mise en Place and the Oxford Exchange.

    The site is bordered by Grand Central Avenue on the north, W Cleveland Street on the south and S Magnolia and S Cedar avenues on the west and east. Currently, most of it is covered by parking and three small office buildings....

  13. As more jobless rates stall, Tampa Bay holds its own

    Working Life

    Times staff

    Florida's latest unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.7 percent even as the country's third-largest state added 30,600 jobs in March. But Florida is not alone. It's one of 15 states whose March jobless rate did not change from February. Meanwhile, 23 other states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases and 12 other states had increases, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, the jobless rate is 5.5 percent. Here's a snapshot that helps show where Florida's job economy stands compared with some other states....

  14. Deputies arrest Brandon man for exposing himself to children

    Crime

    TAMPA — Deputies arrested a Brandon man Friday afternoon for three incidents in which authorities say he exposed himself to children.

    Shain Armijo, 23, pulled his Ford Explorer next to the victim while she was walking Tuesday along the road, authorities said. When she approached the truck, Armijo exposed himself.

    Deputies believe Armijo is responsible for at least two other similar incidents with victims between the ages of 12 and 14. Armijo is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition....

  15. DeVry U closing two Tampa locations

    College

    TAMPA — DeVry University, a for-profit college facing declining enrollment nationally, is closing its two Tampa locations by the end of the year as part of a company-wide consolidation as it focuses on its most lucrative markets.

    A DeVry spokesperson confirmed Friday the for-profit college would close its Tampa Bay Campus at 5540 W Executive Drive, in the West Shore business district, and its Tampa East Center at 6700 Lakeview Center Drive near the intersection of Interstate 4 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard....