09/01/14 TV and Radio
Sports on TV/radio
Autos NHRA: U.S. Nationals (taped) noon ESPN2 Baseball Red Sox at Rays 1 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Phillies at Braves 1 p.m. ESPN, ESPND Mets at Marlins 1 p.m. FSF Brewers at Cubs 2:20 p.m. WGN Tigers at Indians 4 p.m. ESPN, ESPND Rangers at Royals 8 p.m. MLB; 620-AM Basketball, World Cup Argentina vs. Philippines 11:30 a.m. NBA Puerto Rico vs. Greece 2 p.m. NBA College football Miami at Louisville 8 p.m. ESPN; 1040-AM Golf PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship 11:30 a.m. Golf PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship 1:30 p.m. Ch. 8 Tennis U.S. Open 11 a.m. Ch. 10, CBSSN U.S. Open 7 p.m. ESPN2 WNBA, playoffs East final, Game 2: Indiana at Chicago 4 p.m. NBA
GAINESVILLE — The decision about what to do about Saturday night's suspended game between Florida and Idaho remained undecided Sunday.
"We will know more in the next two or three days," Florida senior associate athletic director Steve McClain said.
The game was suspended after a delay of more than three hours because of heavy lightning and thunderstorms. The Ben Hill Griffin Stadium field eventually was deemed unsafe to play on....
08/31/14 Human Interest
Today marks the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland, thus beginning the start of World War II. By the end of the war in 1945, more than 50 million, and by some count millions more, soldiers and civilians had died. The atrocities of the Holocaust stand sorely at the center of the tragedy of the war.
Some sites to peruse:
The History Channel offers a wealth of archival films, some in color, as well as other resources. ...
08/31/14 The Heater
Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31)
RED SOX: RH Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81)...
08/31/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — A second straight solid season in the bullpen at Triple-A Durham — albeit interrupted by a 50-game drug suspension — earned RHP Steve Geltz a promotion to the major leagues.
Geltz is one of four players to be added to the Rays' roster today when rosters can be expanded. RHP Brandon Gomes and C Curt Casali, who were up earlier this season, are being recalled, and OF David DeJesus, out since mid June with a left hand fracture, will be activated from the disabled list....
TAMPA — Whatever disappointment there was in the Bucs' locker room after a largely irrelevant 24-10 loss to the Redskins in Thursday's preseason finale, it disappeared at the mere mention of Logan Mankins, the six-time Pro Bowl guard acquired Tuesday from the Patriots.
"A Logan Mankins, you can't even expect to get a guy like that," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "When you get a guy like that, it's like a dream come true, an All-Pro who can help you get better in practice, and your overall team gets better, on and off the field."...
08/31/14 Human Interest
He got the letter in July, at his mom's house in Seminole. She never would have believed it. ¶ Not after everything that had happened. ¶ Dakota Rockwell, 20, had applied to the University of South Florida as a long shot, hoping — but never dreaming — he would be accepted. ¶ Then the admissions office emailed. He could start in August, in the business school. ...
TRINITY — Closet-sized seclusion rooms are a fact of life in some Seven Springs Elementary School classrooms.
The school takes in children with emotional and behavioral disabilities from across southwest Pasco County. Sometimes those students become so agitated that putting them alone into the locked, dimly lit rooms with bare walls and viewing windows becomes the last option to protect them and others....
TAMPA — He was thrust into the lineup in his first collegiate game at the 11th hour, which might partially explain why he was making history by the 12th.
Literally, USF's Marlon Mack didn't have time to think about it. No time to ponder or panic, to stress or psyche himself out. When it was clear tailback Darius Tice's tweaked knee wouldn't allow him to effectively make cuts on the Raymond James Stadium turf Saturday night, Mack and fellow freshman D'Ernest Johnson got their marching orders: suit up, warm up and step up....
TAMPA — Decades ago, when Tampa's waterfront was warehouses and blue-collar jobs, the jumbled street grid at the southern end of downtown might not have been a problem.
But now that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has bought up 24 acres around the Tampa Bay Times Forum, he and city officials want to set the stage for an active, easy-access and pedestrian-friendly entertainment district....
BROOKSVILLE — Police are still confounded over what sparked a Lutz man's killing "rampage" Friday night that left two relatives and his children's mother dead and a half-brother in critical condition.
What they know so far is that an argument broke out among the group inside a home on 820 Peach St. in Brooksville and that George Mason III, 42, snapped.
"The only one that really knows is Mason," Brooksville police Chief George Turner said. "Something just set him off and he just started killing people. I don't know if there ever is going to be a definitive motive." ...
At first, Mark Smith called every few days.
Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Months turned into years. The calls to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office became fewer and seemed more fruitless.
Today marks 25 years to the day that Smith's brother Gary and sister-in-law Sally were killed in their home. It is the Sheriff's Office's only unsolved double murder....
Scott's proposed boost to environmental land-buying comes after three years of dismantling land-buying division08/31/14Environment
When Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposal this month to revive Florida's popular environmental land-buying program, to the tune of $150 million a year, the news caught Greg Brock off guard.
"I was kind of shocked," said Brock, who recently retired from the Division of State Lands.
That's because Scott's administration has spent the past three years dismantling the division of the Department of Environmental Protection that's in charge of assessing and acquiring environmental land, according to Brock and other former DEP employees. ...
Steve Martin and Martin Short: We're not sure which is our favorite Martin, but we are glad they're amigos who can sing, banter and play the banjo Sunday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. $89-$165.
Drake vs. Lil Wayne: And now apparently these amigos are dueling. Will it be Weezy or Drizzy? We think fans win in this hip-hop team-up Thursday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. $35-$145. If you've had enough with the duels, Friday at the same venue features the undisputed Kings of Leon with Young the Giant and Kongos. $29.50-$59.50....
President Barack Obama's lack of a clear strategy to confront the Islamic State set off resounding frustration among Republicans Sunday.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., lamented Obama's reluctance compared to tough talk from British Prime Minister David Cameron, who raised his country's terrorism threat level to "severe" and announced new plans to seize jihadists' passports.
"What is President Obama waiting for?" King said on CBS' Face the Nation. "It was a year ago this all started. I remember being in the White House with (White House Chief of Staff) Denis McDonough talking about the importance of air attacks in Syria, and we had allies lined up and then the president pulled the rug out. And those allies are going to be very hard now to get back into a coalition."...