SEMINOLE — A 37-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday night after he was struck by a car, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
Francisco Gutierrez of Seminole was riding his bicycle north on the sidewalk along Seminole Boulevard about 11:45 p.m. As he was crossing 53rd Avenue, he was struck by a Ford Escape, driven by 30-year-old Brittany Herrmann, that was heading west, deputies said....
What to watch this week: Premieres of 'How to Get Away with Murder', 'black-ish', 'Gotham', 'The Voice'09/21/14 Blog
This is it, everyone. Prepare your DVRs and claim your spot on the couch: The fall TV season is in full swing this week. A bunch of new and returning faves are premiering; the good (black-ish), the bad (NCIS: New Orleans) and the Scandal.
TALLAHASSEE — After relying on star quarterback Jameis Winston for most of an 18-game win streak, No. 1 Florida State showed Saturday night it can survive without him, too.
With the suspended Winston watching from the sideline, quarterback Sean Maguire and the Seminoles made up for early struggles with big plays late.
They rallied from their first deficit in almost a year to force overtime, where Karlos' Williams 12-yard touchdown run gave them a 23-17 victory over No. 22 Clemson at Doak Campbell Stadium....
BRANDON — There is a truism about eastern Hillsborough County: When it comes to politics, you can't tack too far to the right.
That adage is being tested this fall as Terry Kemple, possibly Hillsborough's best-known Christian conservative activist, makes his third run for the School Board.
He ran districtwide the first two times and lost, although he notes that in 2012 he would have prevailed if the votes were confined to District 4....
09/20/14 TV and Radio
Autos F1: Singapore Grand Prix 8 a.m. NBCSN, Unimas Sprint Cup: Sylvania 300 2 p.m. ESPN; 102.5-FM NHRA: Texas Fall Nationals (taped) 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 Baseball Nationals at Marlins 1 p.m. FSF White Sox at Rays 1:30 p.m. Sun Sports, WGN; 620-AM Tigers at Royals 2 p.m. TBS Reds at Cardinals 8 p.m. ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM Beach volleyball AVP Championships 4 p.m. CBSSN CFL Calgary at Montreal 1 p.m. ESPN2 College soccer Men: Notre Dame at Virginia noon ESPNU Women: South Carolina at Auburn 1 p.m. SEC Women: Vanderbilt at Georgia 3 p.m. SEC Golf PGA Europe: Wales Open 8 a.m. Golf Web.com: Tour Championship 2 p.m. Golf LPGA: Yokohama Classic 5 p.m. Golf Champions: Hawaii Championship 8 p.m. Golf NFL Raiders at Patriots 1 p.m. Ch. 10; 1040-AM Vikings at Saints 1 p.m. Ch. 13 Packers at Lions 1 p.m. 98.7-FM Cowboys at Rams 1 p.m. 1010-AM 49ers at Cardinals 4 p.m. 1040-AM Chiefs at Dolphins 4:25 p.m. 1010-AM Broncos at Seahawks 4:25 p.m. Ch. 10; 98.7-FM Steelers at Panthers 8:30 p.m. Ch. 8; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM Soccer EPL: Manchester United at Leicester 8 a.m. CNBC EPL: Chelsea at Manchester City 11 a.m. NBCSN, Telemundo Mexican: Monterrey at Toluca 1 p.m. Univision MLS: Chivas at Toronto 3 p.m. Unimas Mexican: Queretaro at Guadalajara 6 p.m. Unimas
Brittany: After six episodes of foreplay, we finally get what we've all been waiting for! Jamie and Claire are married, so now they can finally get to the marriage bed. I loved the storytelling of this episode, where it goes back and forth from past to present to show the wedding and how it came together. Sam Heughan and Caitriona are so cute together. It felt like they were at a high school party and they sneak off to a bedroom to makeout and everyone is gossiping about them downstairs. The two were very nervous, but Claire was (legitimately) more reserved than Jamie, even though he's the virgin, although not a monk, wink wink. The episode had a good mix of heavy romance and light humor, and it all melted my heart....
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In the highly anticipated matchup between Alabama WR Amari Cooper and Gators CB Vernon Hargreaves, Cooper emerged the victor, but Hargreaves earned Alabama's respect, coach Nick Saban said.
Cooper, a junior from Miami, had 10 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Hargreaves, the sophomore who is a Wharton High School alumnus, had six tackles, three solo....
09/20/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — There are still some things Rays manager Joe Maddon wants to see over the final week of the season, such as the way Chris Archer pitched and newcomer Nick Franklin homered in the 3-1 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
And he'd be quite thrilled if the Rays (75-80) were to win their remaining seven games and extend their streak of winning seasons to seven. Or even six to finish at .500, the first team to do so after being 18 games under....
TALLAHASSEE — Even when suspended, Jameis Winston couldn't escape the spotlight of the college football world Saturday night.
The pregame story centered on the Florida State quarterback, starting with the signs at ESPN's College GameDay and extending to his full-uniform entrance for pregame warmups.
On Wednesday, FSU benched the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who led it to the national title last season, for the first half of Saturday's prime-time game for what administrators deemed "offensive and vulgar" remarks he made on campus regarding a sexually explicit meme. ...
09/20/14 The Heater
Rays vs. White Sox
When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: $18-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: Raymond train to kids 14 and under.
RAYS: RHP Nathan Karns (1-0, 0.00)...
SMQ team of the week
Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls have played varsity football since 2007 and had never beaten a Hillsborough County school. That changed with Friday's 13-0 win over Tampa Bay Tech. Christopher Faddoul stepped in at quarterback and also kicked two field goals to help the Bulls. "I've never felt like this before," Faddoul said. "This is a memory that will never be forgotten; this game will stay with me my whole life." Wiregrass coach Artie Meza put in a special set formation specifically for Faddoul that put him under center with regular quarterback Shane Bucenell at running back and backs in front of and on either side of him....
BROOKSVILLE — BayCare Behavioral Health is about to move forward with an urgent family care program funded with a special $150,000 state allocation.
The program is designed to provide mental health resources that otherwise would be unavailable to young people and their families in Hernando County. The goal is to aggressively attack mental health issues early in order to stave off more serious problems later....
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 13-19. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday at tampabay.com/hometeam.
Haydyn Gibson, golf, Osceola: Gibson won the Mustang Invitational by shooting 3-under 68. She was the only player in the 18-hole tournament to break par and also helped Osceola win the tournament for the first time....
09/20/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa-born OF Matt Joyce takes the field today figuring it "most likely" will be his last game at the Trop as a Ray.
Joyce figures that his arbitration-driven salary increase for next season to around $5 million likely will make him too expensive for the Rays to keep, and thus likely to be traded this winter.
"I think there's a good chance, just knowing the organization and how they operate and how many young guys that they have in the outfield and coming up through the system," Joyce, 30, said....
Last week I finally got my tax refund — nearly six months after I filed my return.
I could curse IRS bureaucrats for the delay but, really, it's not their fault. Some lowlife stole my identity and filed a return using my Social Security number.
Sadly, I'm not alone.
The IRS shelled out $3.6 billion in potentially fraudulent returns in 2012. That was actually an improvement over the previous year, but it's still an ugly number. The IRS identified more than 2.9 million incidents of identity theft in 2013 and has described identity theft as the No. 1 tax scam for 2014....