The Rowdies were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 loss to the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh midfielder Rob Vincent scored the lone goal in second-half stoppage time, blasting a shot into the bottom left corner of the net past goalkeeper Matt Pickens in the 91st minute.
The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams. Pittsburgh plays in the USL, a pro league one level below the NASL Rowdies. ...
05/27/15 TV and Radio
Baseball Red Sox at Rangers 8 p.m. MLB Triple A: El Paso at Round Rock 8 p.m. CBSSN College softball, World Series Tennessee vs. Florida noon ESPN LSU vs. Auburn 2:30 p.m. ESPN Alabama vs. Michigan 7 p.m. ESPN2 UCLA vs. Oregon 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Golf PGA Europe: Irish Open 3 a.m. Golf PGA Europe: Irish Open 11 a.m. Golf PGA: Byron Nelson Classic 4 p.m. Golf Tennis French Open 5 a.m. ESPN2 French Open 10 a.m. Tennis French Open 5 a.m. Friday ESPN2
AJ Andrews and Bianka Bell started off as rivals on the softball field, each playing for different travel teams as youths.
In high school they both became standouts — Andrews at Countryside, Bell at Chamberlain — and as seniors were named high school players of the year, in their respective counties, by the Tampa Bay Times.
When it was time to choose a college, Andrews and Bell joined forces, each signing with LSU. Now they play key roles at the top of the lineup and have helped the Tigers reach the Women's College World Series for the fourth time in school history and the first since 2012....
05/27/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Brad Boxberger didn't have too happy of a 27th birthday.
Tuesday night, he gave up a 10th-inning homer to Kyle Seager that cost the Rays in a 7-6 defeat. Then Wednesday afternoon he allowed a three-run homer to Nelson Cruz that was the difference in the 3-0 loss to Seattle.
After seven weeks as the Rays' best reliever, Boxberger was at his locker for two straight games trying to explain what went wrong, primarily that he can't get the ball to go where he wants....
05/27/15 Lightning Strikes
NEW YORK — Coach Jon Cooper said having a two-day break before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final would be much welcomed for his Lightning team to get healthy.
And it looks like the Lightning needs it.
LW Alex Killorn confirmed Wednesday that several teammates have been dealing with flu symptoms this week. D Braydon Coburn was the only confirmed case, forcing him to miss a large part of Sunday's Game 5 against the Rangers. C Tyler Johnson and LW Ondrej Palat did not participate in Tuesday's optional morning skate before Game 6. Both played in the 7-3 loss that evened the series at three games and forced Friday's Game 7....
05/27/15 Lightning Strikes
Gift of the day
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (left) sent out a friendly Twitter message to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, reminding him that he'll have a personalized Lightning jersey waiting for him "to wear the next time we have dinner" in the wake of the Lightning eliminating the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
View from Tampa Bay...
DESTIN — Seeking to further deter potentially dangerous postgame celebrations, the SEC is planning to "substantially" increase fines — possibly as much as 10 times the current penalty — for league schools who violate the celebration rule.
"It's an attempt to change behavior," commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday at the SEC spring meetings. "I think we have changed it considerably, but there are times when it happens, and I think our folks thought that the current fine structure is not sufficiently large enough to be a quality deterrent."...
05/27/15 The Heater
Next game: at Baltimore, 7:05 Friday
Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.71); Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.83)
Saturday: at Orioles, 4:05. Rays — RH Erasmo Ramirez (2-2, 6.62); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 3.13)
Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-5, 2.31); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (2-6, 5.59)...
05/27/15 Human Interest
TAMPA — As part of a nationwide program, ophthalmology centers for animals like Eye Care for Animals in Tampa offered free eye exams Wednesday for active-duty service dogs.
Chance, a guide dog for blind people, is owned by Sharon Harmon of Riverview and benefited from cataract surgery by Dr. Dan E. Wolf.
"This has been a life-changing surgery for the both of us,' Harmon said. "His eyesight was so bad he refused to move and was starting to lose muscle mass. ...
TAMPA — Durant High School held its graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Plant City's school's graduation is one of the first for the Hillsborough County School District this year.
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies were looking for a man who robbed a bank Wednesday afternoon.
The man entered a TD Bank at 8923 Old County Road 54 around 2:30 p.m. and demanded money from the teller, sheriff's officials said. He was not armed.
The man then left the bank and headed south on Little Road on a bicycle.
The suspect is a white male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a white baseball hat, dark T-shirt, dark jeans, white shoes, sunglasses and gloves, officials said....
ST. PETERSBURG — After more than half a year of debate, discord and drift, the City Council will meet again today to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays stadium stalemate.
Rays officials won't be there. But Mayor Rick Kriseman will attend the workshop, looking to "move the issue forward," in the words of his chief of staff, Kevin King.
One new possible wrinkle in the saga? Somehow tying the potentially lucrative future of the Tropicana Field property to the economically distressed poor neighborhoods to its south....
TAMPA — Marcos Felix Hernandez-Gonzalez, behind the wheel of an Ford F-150, flashed his headlights and honked his horn, convincing the driver in the vehicle in front of him to pull off at Clay Pit Road and Lemon Avenue in Seffner.
In plain clothes, Hernandez-Gonzalez approached the passenger side of Jose Reyes' car, identified himself as a law enforcement narcotics officer, then lifted his shirt, revealing a pistol. ...
CLEARWATER — Technology distributor Tech Data Corp., the largest public company by revenue in the Tampa Bay area, said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Signature Technology Group of Phoenix in a deal expected to close next month.
Signature specializes in providing data center and professional services throughout North America. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Signature's assets will become part of a Tech Data division called Advanced Infrastructure Solutions....
DESTIN — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is headed to Boca Raton to be a guest at a football camp at Florida Atlantic University on June 17. Last season, Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff were guests at a camp in Atlanta with Georgia State.
In the already heavily recruited Southeast, the camps help other schools increase their presence there. It's a trend that SEC coaches are fed up with....