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  1. Monday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    Sports on TV/radio


    NHRA: U.S. Nationals (taped)noonESPN2
    Red Sox at Rays1 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Phillies at Braves1 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    Mets at Marlins1 p.m.FSF
    Brewers at Cubs2:20 p.m.WGN
    Tigers at Indians4 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    Rangers at Royals8 p.m.MLB; 620-AM
    Basketball, World Cup
    Argentina vs. Philippines11:30 a.m.NBA
    Puerto Rico vs. Greece2 p.m.NBA
    College football
    Miami at Louisville8 p.m.ESPN; 1040-AM
    PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship11:30 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship1:30 p.m.Ch. 8
    U.S. Open11 a.m.Ch. 10, CBSSN
    U.S. Open7 p.m.ESPN2
    WNBA, playoffs
    East final, Game 2: Indiana at Chicago4 p.m.NBA

  2. Florida Gators examine options for suspended game vs. Idaho


    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....

  3. 75 years ago today: the start of World War II (w/ archive photos)

    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. ...

    FILE: September 1st Will Mark 75 Years Since Germany Invaded Poland And Began World War II 14th August 1941:  Labelled evacuees waiting for their train out of Euston Station in London during World War II. They are (from left to right) siblings John, Barbara and Rosemary Dawson.  (Photo by Eggit/Fox Photos/Getty Images) 503815429
  4. Rays: Team tops majors in shutouts for, against

    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.

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31)

    RED SOX: RH Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81)...

    New Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly smiles after throwing a bullpen session before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays acquired Smyly from the Detroit Tigers as part of the trade that sent David Price to the Tigers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  5. Reliever Steve Geltz to join Rays from minors

    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....

    Steve Geltz was impressive for the Rays during spring training and has pitched well in two seasons at Triple-A Durham.
  6. Bucs players ecstatic about Logan Mankins


    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."...

    Logan Mankins, left, and QB Josh McCown get to know each other before Thursday’s preseason finale versus the Redskins.
  7. Losing his mother turned USF student all business

    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. ...

    Freshman year of high school was filled with D's and F's for Dakota Rockwell, who stopped going to school to take care of his dying mom. "Even when I was there, I really wasn't," he said. He contributes part of her death to not having health insurance -- because she dropped out of high school and her part-time jobs didn't offer it and she couldn't afford it on her own. That woke him up to the importance of education. Nine months after her death he made the Honor Roll for the first time. After receiving his associate's degree from St. Petersburg College, he transferred to USF as a junior in the Business School, made possible by funding through their new Good Karma Scholarship. Now at 20, and on the right track, he hopes to earn a degree in business management and continue on to graduate school there. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times]
  8. Pasco schools aim to end use of seclusion rooms


    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....

  9. Freshman's big night makes up for USF's problems


    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....

    South Florida running back Marlon Mack (5) celebrates his touchdown looking over to the bench in the second quarter  at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Western Carolina leads South Florida 17 to 15 in the first half of the game.
  10. Jeff Vinik, Tampa officials looking at changing streets near Times Forum


    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....

    Shown is a parking lot at the corner of South Florida and Old Waters Street in Tampa.  According to zoning documents filed the city, the Vinik group is considering building a 400-room hotel and a high-rise condominium with 50 units on the parking lot next to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, visible at upper left.
  11. Police still don't know what led to killing 'rampage' in Brooksville


    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." ...

    George Mason III is accused of killing three people and badly injuring another on Friday night.
  12. Still hope for solving Pinellas Sheriff's Office's only unsolved double murder



    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....

    Richard Gary and Sally Smith were murdered in their Clearwater home on Sept. 1, 1989. It is the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s only unsolved double homicide.
  13. Scott's proposed boost to environmental land-buying comes after three years of dismantling land-buying division


    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. ...

    Mosaic — as part of a legal settlement — offered last year to hand over to the state for free the Peaceful Horse Ranch along the Peace River. The DEP said no thanks. 
  14. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Sept. 1-6


    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....

    It's Drake, left, vs. Lil Wayne on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.  [Times file]

  15. PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Aug. 31 shows


    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."...