04/24/15 TV and Radio
Arena Football Arizona at Los Angeles 10 p.m. CBSSN Autos Motocross: Monster Energy Supercross 3 p.m. Ch. 13 NHRA: Springnationals qualifying (taped) 5 p.m. ESPN2 IndyCar: Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying 5 p.m. NBCSN Sprint Cup: Toyota Owners 400 7 p.m. Ch. 13; 102.5-FM Baseball Indians at Tigers 1 p.m. FS1 Nationals at Marlins 4 p.m. FSF Mets at Yankees 4 p.m. FS1 Blue Jays at Rays 6 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Dodgers at Padres 8:30 p.m. MLB Boxing Heavyweights: W. Klitschko vs. Jennings 10 p.m. HBO College baseball Georgia at Auburn 1 p.m. SEC Clemson at Georgia Tech 1 p.m. Sun Sports Texas A&M at LSU 2 p.m. ESPN Houston at USF 4:30 p.m. CBSSN; 1010-AM Florida State at Miami 7 p.m. ESPNU Alabama at Mississippi 8 p.m. SEC UCLA at Stanford 10 p.m. ESPNU College football Arkansas spring game (taped) 6 p.m. SEC College lacrosse St. John's at Georgetown 11:30 a.m. CBSSN Ohio State vs. Rutgers noon ESPNU Denver at Marquette 2 p.m. CBSSN Penn State at Michigan 6 p.m. Big Ten Johns Hopkins at Maryland 8 p.m. Big Ten College softball Houston at Tulsa 2 p.m. ESPNU Alabama A&M at Miss. Valley State 4 p.m. ESPNU South Carolina at Mississippi 4 p.m. SEC Texas at Texas Tech 4 p.m. Sun Sports Golf PGA Europe: China Open 6 a.m. Golf PGA: Zurich Classic 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Zurich Classic 3 p.m. Ch. 10 Champions: Legends of Golf 3 p.m. Golf LPGA: Swinging Skirts Classic 6 p.m. Golf NBA playoffs, first round East, Game 3: Hawks at Nets 3 p.m. TNT East, Game 4: Bulls at Bucks 5:30 p.m. TNT West, Game 4: Warriors at Pelicans 8 p.m. ESPN, ESPND; 1250-AM West, Game 3: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. ESPN, ESPND NHL playoffs, first round East, Game 6: Capitals at Islanders 3 p.m. Ch. 8 East, Game 5: Red Wings at Lightning 6 p.m. FSF; 970-AM West, Game 6: Predators at Blackhawks 8 p.m. Ch. 8 West, Game 6: Canucks at Flames 9 p.m. NBCSN Soccer EPL: Tottenham at Southampton 7:45 a.m. NBCSN; 1040-AM EPL: Leicester City at Burnley 10 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Aston Villa at Manchester City 12:30 p.m. Ch. 8 Mexican: Chiapas at Cruz Azul 5:45 p.m. Univision NASL: Jacksonville at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Ch. 38 Track and field Penn Relays 12:30 p.m. NBCSN Drake Relays 3 p.m. NBCSN
ST. PETERSBURG — George Koulianos had a night to remember on Friday.
The Indian Rocks Christian senior pitched 5⅔ innings of shutout relief and had the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to help IRC defeat Calvary Christian 3-2 in the Class 3A, District 9 final. It is the Golden Eagles' first district championship since 2003.
"The first time I ever pitched it was against Calvary and they hit me around,'' Koulianos said. "When I got the ball tonight I told myself that I wasn't going to lose this one.''...
SEMINOLE — Leto's Carrie Reynolds, who led off the 10th inning with a walk and moved to third on consecutive sacrifice groundouts, scored the winning run on a passed ball to beat Osceola 7-6 in Friday's Class 6A region quarterfinal.
It was the Falcons' first postseason win in school history.
"This was a monumental moment for our school, our players and our program," Leto coach Kelly Hacker said....
04/24/15 Lightning Strikes
Tyler Johnson grew up playing pickup hockey, dreaming of scoring a winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
"I think everyone has," he said.
But the Lightning center didn't pretend to be Mario Lemieux or Marty St. Louis. His was always a first-person fairy tale.
"Because you always want to see yourself in that position," he said.
There were doubters. The undersized, undrafted forward had to fight his way into the NHL. But Thursday, Johnson became the talk of the league after scoring the overtime winner in the Lightning's season-saving 3-2 playoff win over Detroit, setting the stage for Game 5 today at Amalie Arena, the first-round series tied 2-2....
04/24/15 The Heater
Rays vs. Blue Jays
When/where: 6:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $19-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.
Promotion: Chris Archer bobblehead for all fans
Rays: RH Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 21.32)...
GAINESVILLE — Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker has declared for the NBA draft and will not return for his junior season. He joins junior guard Michael Frazier off the Gators' 2014-15 team to leave school early.
"I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and everyone at Florida for my experience here," Walker, who played in 49 games in his two-year UF career, said Friday. "I'm excited to continue pursuing my dream of playing professionally."...
ST. PETERSBURG — For the first time since walking off the field in the third inning of a spring training game March 17, RHP Alex Cobb took the mound Friday afternoon at Tropicana Field. And though the bullpen session was just another step in his ongoing recovery process from forearm tendinitis, the Rays' would-be ace was excited for the chance to be that much closer to a comeback.
"You put a little more into it when you're on the mound. Your mechanics come together, and you try to re-teach yourself how to pitch again," said Cobb, who before Friday had been playing catch on flat ground. "It's a big deal getting on there."...
04/24/15 Lightning Strikes
View from the other bench
"It's best-of-three now. If you would have told us at the beginning of this series we could be in this position, we'd take it 10 out of 10 times."
Detroit wing Justin Abdelkader
Lightning LW Jonathan Drouin made his playoff debut in Game 4 on Thursday. He played in high-pressure situations coming up to the NHL and said the Stanley Cup playoffs are another step up and exactly what he expected. "Plays were made quicker," Drouin said. "Guys were going faster. It was definitely a different pace."...
04/24/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — For all the waiting left-hander Drew Smyly did — until Friday he hadn't pitched a game for the Rays since Sept. 6, 2014, as he recovered from shoulder tendinitis — he couldn't have asked for a better start to his first game back.
Smyly cruised through the first three innings of Friday's 12-3 victory over the Blue Jays, striking out five of seven batters he faced from the last out of the first inning through the last out of the third....
CLEARWATER — Deputies were searching Friday for two suspects who tried to rob a man at gunpoint after he responded to a Craig's List ad for a motorcycle.
The 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, arrived at 1730 St. Croix Drive about 1:23 p.m. and knocked on the door of what deputies say is a vacant residence, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The man sent a text message to the number listed and got a response from the purported seller saying he would be right there. The victim left, returned a short time later and one of the suspects called him to the back yard. Moments later, deputies say, the second suspect entered the yard, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded cash. The man ran to the front yard and called for help. The suspects ran away....
04/24/15 Human Interest
TAMPA — Car dealers want your blood. Of course they do.
Elder Ford in Tampa plans to offer free oil changes to anyone who donates blood Saturday (April 25 only) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How much overlap exists between people with dirty oil and those who aren't afraid of needles? The world may soon know. The dealership, which is teaming up with OneBlood, is at 9560 N. Florida Ave....
04/24/15 Real Estate
TAMPA — A South Florida developer wants to rezone 2.5 acres south of Kennedy Boulevard near the University of Tampa for an apartment block with 272 units and more than 500 parking spaces.
Altman Development of Boca Raton proposes to put the project just south of the triangular block that's home to Mise en Place and the Oxford Exchange.
The site is bordered by Grand Central Avenue on the north, W Cleveland Street on the south and S Magnolia and S Cedar avenues on the west and east. Currently, most of it is covered by parking and three small office buildings....
04/24/15 Working Life
Florida's latest unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.7 percent even as the country's third-largest state added 30,600 jobs in March. But Florida is not alone. It's one of 15 states whose March jobless rate did not change from February. Meanwhile, 23 other states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases and 12 other states had increases, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, the jobless rate is 5.5 percent. Here's a snapshot that helps show where Florida's job economy stands compared with some other states....
TAMPA — Deputies arrested a Brandon man Friday afternoon for three incidents in which authorities say he exposed himself to children.
Shain Armijo, 23, pulled his Ford Explorer next to the victim while she was walking Tuesday along the road, authorities said. When she approached the truck, Armijo exposed himself.
Deputies believe Armijo is responsible for at least two other similar incidents with victims between the ages of 12 and 14. Armijo is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition....
TAMPA — DeVry University, a for-profit college facing declining enrollment nationally, is closing its two Tampa locations by the end of the year as part of a company-wide consolidation as it focuses on its most lucrative markets.
A DeVry spokesperson confirmed Friday the for-profit college would close its Tampa Bay Campus at 5540 W Executive Drive, in the West Shore business district, and its Tampa East Center at 6700 Lakeview Center Drive near the intersection of Interstate 4 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard....