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  1. Bicyclist hit by sheriff's patrol car in St. Petersburg

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist was injured early Saturday when he was hit by a Pinellas County sheriff's patrol car while bicycling across 54th Avenue N.

    Deputies said alcohol on the part of the bicyclist appeared to be a factor in the crash. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

    The accident occurred about 2 a.m. at the intersection of 54th Avenue N and 28th Street N....

  2. Crash on U.S. 19 in Clearwater kills one, blocks road

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — A crash in Clearwater killed a 44-year-old man and shut down U.S. 19 on Friday night after a car ran into a power pole, knocking power lines onto the highway.

    All lanes of U.S. 19 reopened early Saturday, with the exception of a southbound frontage road where the crash occurred, authorities said.

    The accident happened shortly before 11 p.m. when a car hit a utility pole between Sunset Point Road and Enterprise Road, near Celebration Station. Downed power lines closed all but one northbound lane of U.S. 19 until Duke Energy crews could respond....

  3. Hillsborough County eliminates last gun ordinance that conflicted with state law

    News

    TAMPA — How does the last vestige of Hillsborough County's gun ordinances die?

    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    Hillsborough commissioners unceremoniously voted 7-0 earlier this month to delete "firearms" from a provision that allowed for stricter regulation of weapons and alcohol during emergencies including hurricanes.

    The state Constitution allows counties to institute a three-day waiting period on gun purchases. Other than that rule, this was the only gun ordinance left on Hillsborough's books....

    The proposed Gas Worx project would bring 1,432 apartments or condominiums and potentially a grocery store to 7.6 acres between Ybor City and the Channel District. It is being proposed by a new company formed by Tampa developer Donald Phillips. This rendering was included with a rezoning application filed with City Hall last week.
  4. Lightning Stanley Cup tickets go on sale today

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning announced that single-game tickets for the Stanley Cup final go on sale beginning at 1 p.m. today.

    Tampa Bay clinched a berth in the Cup final with a 2-0 victory over the Rangers on Friday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

    In the Cup final, which begins Wednesday, the Lightning faces the winner of tonight's Western Conference final Game 7 between the Ducks and Blackhawks....

  5. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Arena Football
    Las Vegas at Philadelphia6 p.m.CBSSN
    New Orleans at Storm7:30 p.m.BHSN; 1250-AM
    Arizona at Spokane10 p.m.ESPN2
    Autos
    Sprint Cup: FedEx 400 practice10 a.m.FS1
    Xfinity: Buckle Up 200 qualifying11 a.m.FS1
    Xfinity: Buckle Up 2002:30 p.m.Ch. 13
    IndyCar: Dual in Detroit, Race 13:30 p.m.Ch. 28
    Baseball
    Diamondbacks at Brewers4 p.m.FS1
    Rays at Orioles4 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Marlins at Mets4 p.m.FSF
    Red Sox at Rangers7 p.m.Ch. 13
    Yankees at A's10 p.m.MLB
    College baseball, regions
    Texas vs. VCU-Dallas Baptist losernoonESPN2
    Auburn vs. MercernoonSEC
    USF vs. Florida6 p.m. or 7 p.m.SEC; 1010-AM
    Teams TBA7 p.m.ESPNU
    Teams TBA9 p.m.SEC
    Teams TBA11 p.m.ESPNU
    College rugby
    Collegiate Sevens Championship3 p.m.Ch. 8
    Collegiate Sevens Championship4:30 p.m.NBCSN
    College softball, World Series
    Tennessee vs. AuburnnoonESPN
    Alabama vs. Oregon2:30 p.m.ESPN
    Michigan-UCLA loser vs. Tennessee-Auburn winner7 p.m.ESPN
    LSU vs. Alabama-Oregon winner9:30 p.m.ESPN
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Irish Open8:30 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Byron Nelson1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Byron Nelson 3 p.m.Ch. 10
    LPGA: ShopRite Classic3 p.m.Golf
    Lacrosse
    MLL: New York at Charlotte7:30 p.m.FSF
    NHL, conference final
    West, Game 7: Blackhawks at Ducks8 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    FA Cup: Aston Villa at ArsenalnoonCh. 13
    Spanish: Bilbao at Barcelona3:20 p.m.ESPN2, ESPND
    Women, exhibition: United States vs. South Korea4:30 p.m.ESPN
    Exhibition: Mexico vs. Guatemala6 p.m.ESPNews, Univision
    German: Wolfsburg at Dortmund (taped)7 p.m.ESPND
    MLS: Columbus at Orlando7:30 p.m.Sun Sports
    U-20 World Cup: Mexico vs. Mali9 p.m.FS2
    U-20 World Cup: Uruguay vs. SerbiamidnightFS2
    Tennis
    French Open5 a.m.Tennis
    French OpennoonCh. 8
    Track
    Prefontaine Classic3:30 p.m.NBCSN
    UFC
    Condit vs. Alves10 p.m.FS1
    ...

  6. Lightning makes Stanley Cup final with Game 7 shutout of Rangers (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK — One by one, Lightning players jubilantly jumped over the bench and into history.

    They all made a beeline for goalie Ben Bishop, who had fittingly kick-started the celebration of Friday's 2-0 Game 7 victory over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.

    "I was just trying to catch my breath," Bishop said. "And they all came."

    There are many factors that led the Lightning back to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since its only championship, in 2004. Tampa Bay played a near-perfect road game, getting goals by Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat....

    Lightning goalie Ben Bishop kicks off the postgame celebrations after getting his second Game 7 shutout this postseason behind 22 saves. “He was unbelievable,” defenseman Victor Hedman says.
  7. Spring football: East Lake 62, Osceola 28

    Footballpreps

    At Osceola

    Score

    East Lake 62, Osceola 28

    Spring game-breakers: Despite having to replace its starting quarterback, a playing receiver and three offensive lineman, East Lake's offense piled on the points against Osceola in a spring game for the third straight season. … The Eagles used three quarterbacks — Bobby Goldinak, Leland Johansen and Tyler Rupe — who were a combined 14-of-18 for 276 yards and four touchdowns. … Their favorite target was Bryce Miller, who had seven catches for 207 yards and three touchdowns. … East Lake also was effective on the ground, led by Xavier Jackson's 90 yards rushing on six carries and two scores. Jackson also returned the opening kickoff in the second half 98 yards for a touchdown. … Osceola running back Travis Wateska, who transferred from Seminole in the offseason, ran for 131 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. … Teammate Nick Shytle had 67 yards rushing on eight carries and two scores....

  8. Spring football: Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34

    Footballpreps

    At Gibbs

    Score

    Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34

    Spring game-breakers: Jesuit quarterback Daniel Boon played the first half and looked comfortable in the Tigers' high-tempo offense. He threw a 50-yard touchdown to Travell Harris to start the game. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 140 yards. … Harris, who Jesuit coach Matt Thompson calls the best athlete on the team, caught three passes for 107 yards. … Tigers running back Malik Davis gained 162 yards on nine carries, all in the first half. He scored on touchdown runs of 60, three and 10 yards. … Gibbs quarterback Mar'Quan Harris threw a 52-yard touchdown to Marquez Walls in the second quarter. He threw a 25-yard TD to Walls in the third quarter and also scored on a 10-yard run. Walls caught five passes for 149 yards....

  9. Pinellas deputies rescue two Georgia visitors from rough Gulf waters

    Crime

    MADEIRA BEACH

    Couple rescued after fall from watercraft

    Deputies rescued two Georgia visitors Friday evening after they became separated from their water scooter in the Gulf of Mexico and were left bobbing in a batch of rough waves, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported.

    Natasha Thompkins, 30, and Cedric Williams, 29, both of Decatur, Ga., fell off their water craft around 5:15 p.m. after crashing into a large wave and were unable to get back on because of the high winds and current, authorities said. ...

  10. For Lightning 'Black Aces,' not playing is good experience, too (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK — C Mike Angelidis participated during Lightning warmups for Friday's Game 7, sparking speculation he might make his playoff debut.

    Angelidis didn't play in the Eastern Conference finale against the Rangers. But he and the rest of the Lightning's "Black Aces" — traditionally, players who are on a team but usually not in the lineup during the playoffs — have benefited by gaining experience during this run....

    The Lightning’s Mike Angelidis plays the puck along the boards against the Blue Jackets in January. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  11. Rays' Souza, Cabrera return from injuries (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Although the Rays still have 10 players on the disabled list, they got closer to full strength Friday.

    RF Steven Souza Jr. (sprained left wrist) returned to the lineup after missing the last three games, and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (left groin strain) started for the first time since Sunday.

    "They both could have played (earlier), but it was probably smart to give them some days off nursing some mild injuries," manager Kevin Cash said....

    Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, shown in a May 13 game,  plays for the first time since Sunday after being sidelined by a left groin strain.
  12. Lightning: Rare double Game 7s; views from N.Y., Tampa Bay

    Lightning Strikes

    Did you know?

    Both conference finals require a Game 7 for just the second time during the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68). The other time was 2000 (New Jersey over Philadelphia, Dallas over Colorado). Only once before expansion did each of the two series right before the Stanley Cup final go seven games, in 1964 (Toronto over Montreal, Detroit over Chicago).

    View from N.Y....

  13. Rays-Orioles Saturday preview

    The Heater

    Rays at Orioles

    When/where: 4:05 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

    Probable pitchers

    rays: RH Erasmo Ramirez (2-2, 6.62)

    orioles: LH Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 3.13)

    On Ramirez: Threw a season-high six innings in his last start but tied a career high with five walks. Has a 3.30 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against Baltimore....

  14. Bullpen falters as Rays fall to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Manager Kevin Cash said Friday night's game against the Orioles began by following the Rays' script for success. Starter Nathan Karns delivered one of the best performances of his career, throwing six scoreless innings, to hand the ball and the lead to the team's trusted relievers.

    "That's how we feel is our best opportunity to win ball games," Cash said.

    But it didn't happen Friday night, as the bullpen continued its weeklong leak that ended when Steve Geltz gave up a walkoff single by J.J. Hardy in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles....

    Steven Souza Jr. celebrates with Jake Elmore after hitting a home run in the second inning.
  15. Buckhorn joins supporters of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

    National

    TAMPA — After spending 20 hours in the last row of coach flying to Mumbai before the Bollywood Oscars, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a vivid sense of just how far the Tampa Bay area is from Asia.

    Still, Buckhorn said Friday, the distance shouldn't keep local businesses and officials from supporting the Obama administration's efforts to pass the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    That's the trade deal, a decade in the making, designed to facilitate commerce between the United States and 11 nations on the Pacific Rim. Supporters say it could expand U.S. access to 40 percent of the world's economy, with every $1 billion in new trade supporting 5,000 stateside jobs. The pact is linked to the Trade Promotion Authority, a form of fast-track approval for trade agreements....