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  1. Friday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    CrossFit Games9 p.m.ESPN
    Nationwide: Lilly Diabetes 250 practice8:30 a.m.FS1
    Nationwide: Lilly Diabetes 250 practice10:30 a.m.FS1
    Sprint Cup: John Wayne Walding 400 practice11:30 a.m.FS1
    United Sports Car Racing Series5:30 p.m.FS1
    Cardinals at Cubs4 p.m.WGN
    Red Sox at Rays7 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Blue Jays at Yankees7 p.m.MLB
    Marlins at Astros8 p.m.FSF
    Welterweights: Prescott vs. Garcia9 p.m.ESPN2
    Light welterweights: Gomez vs. Paris11 p.m.FS1
    Cycling, Tour de France
    Stage 198 a.m.NBCSN
    PGA Europe: Russian Open8 a.m.Golf
    LPGA: International Crown11:30 a.m.Golf
    Senior British OpennoonESPN2
    PGA: Canadian Open4 p.m.Golf
    Mexican: Guadalajara at Morelia8:30 p.m.ESPND
    ATP: Atlanta Open4 p.m.ESPN2
    ATP: Atlanta Open7 p.m.ESPN2
    Tulsa at Washington7 p.m.NBA

  2. Red Sox's David Ortiz might miss David Price's start

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Whether it was going to be a war as David Ortiz suggested or just another intense battle, tonight's anticipated rematch between still-Rays ace David Price and the Red Sox DH might not happen.

    Ortiz left Boston's Thursday loss in Toronto with what he said was a back spasm and is questionable for tonight's game, pending an afternoon exam.

    "Hopefully it's nothing serious," Ortiz said. "They want to make sure (today) I don't have the same feeling."...

    David Ortiz is questionable for tonight’s series opener at the Trop.
  3. Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich visits Pinellas, calls on Charlie Crist to debate

    State Roundup

    Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich spoke with Pinellas County Democratic Party supporters in a St. Petersburg hotel conference room Thursdsay night to remind them that she is the only lifelong Democrat running for the office.

    She also called out her primary opponent, Charlie Crist, for not accepting any of her challenges to a public debate.

    About 80 members and supporters of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee listened to her at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater hotel, just off Roosevelt Boulevard. ...

  4. Rays: Praise from Cardinals' Matheny; Curt Casali prepares for Trop

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Red Sox

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; 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.

    Promotion: Don Zimmer Snow Globe as part of Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem, proceeds to Rays Baseball Foundation....

    FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during Boston Red Sox Photo Day on February 23, 2014 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Rays-Red Sox preview

    The Heater

    up next

    Vs. Red Sox


    What's new: After surging back into the fringe of the playoff race by winning eight of nine, the Red Sox lost three straight in Toronto, and didn't looked good in doing so. Plus, DH David Ortiz, who had been hot, left Thursday's game with a back spasm, and team officials said they have tabled contract talks with ace LHP Jon Lester until the offseason. Pitching continues to be their strength. OF Shane Victorino is back from the DL, and veteran C A.J. Pierzynski was recently cut loose....

  6. Heartrending testimony


    Pool photo

    Richard McTear Jr. watches the jury enter the courtroom in his murder trial Thursday, when the man who first saw McTear's ex-girlfriend's baby son along Interstate 275 in 2009 testified. As he drove past the figure, "I thought it was a doll," Fox 13 news photographer Jerry Bird said. He recalled how he turned his car around and headed back to the stretch of highway near Fowler Avenue, where he realized what he was seeing. "I could tell right away it was a human baby, dead," he testified. "He was laying on his right side and facing toward me almost in the fetal position." Testimony resumes today in Tampa. McTear is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of Emanuel Murray Jr....

    Defendant Richard McTear watches the jury enter the courtroom in his trial. McTear is accused of killing a baby by throwing it out of a car window on I-275. JAY CONNER/STAFF
  7. In before the storm


    SCOTT KEELER | Times

    A kayaker heads east Thursday toward the Intracoastal Waterway from the Gulf of Mexico near the John's Pass Bridge in Madeira Beach as storm clouds begin to produce lightning. According to Bay News 9, today's forecast calls for a high of 92 with a 40 percent chance of rain. The high will stay at 92 through the weekend, and there is a 30 percent chance of rain. Weather, 7C....

    A kayaker heads east toward the inter coastal waterway from the Gulf near the John's Pass Bridge, Madeira Beach, Thursday, July 24, 2014 as storm clouds to the south, background, began to produce lightning. Storms moved over Pinellas County from the south, Thursday. A 44-year-old man suffered injuries from an indirect lightning strike on Sand Key Park, Clearwater.
  8. Bucs' Josh McCown back as starting QB; obvious rookie quotes


    Back in the saddle again

    QB Josh McCown reported to his 13th training camp Thursday, but it's his first as a starter in a decade. The 35-year-old was last counted on as the No. 1 in 2004 with the Cardinals. He then failed to throw a touchdown in his first four games and finished the season with 11 along with 10 interceptions for a team that went 6-10.

    "Very humbling, especially at this stage," said McCown, who went 3-2 as a starter with the Bears last season while throwing 13 touchdowns and one interception. "But I'm excited because you know where you stand going into camp. So it's definitely a little bit of a departure from different years. But I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be fun....

    Second-round draft pick TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) stands on the sidelines during Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp on Friday, May 16, 2014.
  9. Hotel executive calls out Tampa's 'deplorable, embarrassing' taxicabs


    TAMPA — Hotel developer Lou Plasencia flies all over the nation from Tampa International Airport. When he steps into a taxi, that's one of his first impressions of the city he's visiting.

    "When I hail a cab in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago," he said "it's a positive experience."

    Then there are the taxis at his hometown airport.

    "It is the most deplorable, embarrassing experience," Plasencia said, "to have a guest sit in that pigsty."...

    Tampa International Airport routinely inspects the cleanliness and service of the taxis and their drivers who operate at TIA, an airport official says.
  10. Man convicted of murdering cab driver in Clearwater in 2008



    Man convicted in '08 murder of cab driver

    A Port Richey man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the 2008 shooting death of a Yellow Cab driver. Tisen KaShawn Washington, 25, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jack LaGrand, 50. Washington was arrested in 2013, five years after LaGrand was killed in his cab. His body was found behind a shopping center at U.S. 19 and Enterprise Road in Clearwater. Security footage from that night showed LaGrand picking up a man in a rose and skull patterned shirt at Fat Daddy's Watering Hole in Dunedin. Footage from the shopping center showed a man in the same shirt exit LaGrand's cab, circle to the driver's door and walk away. Last year, a witness identified the man as Washington. During questioning, Washington recalled going to Fat Daddy's and ordering a cab and said he recognized LaGrand, but insisted he did not kill the cab driver. Prosecutors presented no physical evidence linking Washington to the murder....

  11. Hillsborough hotel market on track for pre-recession highs


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County lodging industry appears to be headed for a record year in 2014.

    That was the word from analysts at the Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association's 15th annual trends and forecasting forum Thursday, when local hospitality executives got a look at the latest data for the Tampa-Hillsborough market.

    The entire Tampa Bay region is doing well, said Vail Brown, vice president of global business development and marketing at hotel research firm STR. But she said the Tampa-Hillsborough market is doing even better....

    Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, said bay area tourism officials have worked better together.
  12. Tampa Bay: Better than most, still behind many for 'best' business metro area

    Economic Development

    Defying the economic success of western cities, Raleigh, N.C., ranked first this year in Forbes' list of the 200 "Best Places for Business and Careers."

    Raleigh was the only eastern metro area to make the top 10.

    Tampa Bay landed at No. 72 among the 200, based on the combined factors of the cost of doing business (ranking 136th), and its rank for job growth (100th) and education of the labor force (122nd)....

  13. How lessons from auto racing are helping with patient safety


    Even if you're not a fan of auto racing, a pit crew at work is a marvelous sight. Moving with practiced precision, the team changes tires, refuels, adjusts, repairs and gets the driver back on the course — in seconds.

    After a 12-hour heart transplant surgery some years ago, two British physicians relaxing in front of a break room TV saw a Formula One crew in action and had a revelation:...

  14. The Daily Drivers: 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD


    When Toyota introduced the Highlander in 2001, it was one of the first true "crossovers," and the midsize SUV has had a long and successful run. For 2014, the Highlander has been redesigned with a bolder look and higher-quality cabin. Our tester was the hybrid version, which gave us a case of sticker shock for a nonluxury family hauler.

    Appearance: The new look is sleeker and more athletic. The Highlander gains a more macho black-slatted trapezoidal grille similar to the Tundra pickup's. The grille is trimmed with chrome, and a horizontal bar extends out on each side of the Toyota badge into the slender upswept headlights. Character lines sweep back along the body, which is accented by high wheel wells. Our tester's paint — Ooh La La Rouge Mica — is a rich burgundy color that really pops in the sunlight, along with the 19-inch Chromtec alloy wheels....

    Release levers make it easy to fold the seats down.
  15. Women who drink face special risks but also have advantages over men


    If you want to get women to your next gathering, there may be nothing that will draw a crowd quite like the promise of wine or fruity cocktails served in frosty stemmed glasses. From grocery stores and salons to trendy boutiques, chic fundraisers, even Botox parties, alcohol lures the "girls' night out'' crowd. • For women who know when to say when, social sipping is fine, but drinking among women, measured in government surveys, DUI statistics and hospital admissions, is on the rise. Fifteen percent of women who imbibe are binge drinkers — meaning they consume four or more alcoholic drinks within two hours, at least once a week. While a quarter of binge-drinking women are of college age, 10 percent of women between 45 and 64 admit that they binge, a recent CDC survey shows. • Thanks to biology, women get intoxicated sooner and on less alcohol than men — meaning more health risks, drink for drink. But women also have some advantages that can protect them from addiction. • We spoke with Dr. Carlos Santana, an associate professor of psychiatry at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine who specializes in addiction treatment and research, about these differences....

    Dr. Carlos Santana