03/27/17 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — As much resilience as the Lightning has shown recently, this looked pretty darn bleak.
Like season-over bad.
With any loss potentially crippling Tampa Bay's perilous playoff hopes, it fell behind 4-1 midway through Monday's showdown with the Blackhawks. The Lightning's No. 1 goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, had already been pulled and re-inserted into the game. The large portion of red-clad Chicago fans drowned out the sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena....
Palm Harbor U. 28, Dixie Hollins 6
CHICAGO – Kevin Knox has filled highlight videos with all sorts of dunks, from one-handed jams to two-handed alley oops.
But the Tampa Catholic forward had the spotlight Monday for his ability to shoot a basketball from long range.
Knox, a consensus five-star recruit, participated in the 3-point contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, part of the festivities in the days leading up to the McDonald’s All-American game. Knox connected on 13 3-pointers for 16 points (some baskets counted for one point, some for two), from the corners and the top of the key....
03/27/17 TV and Radio
Baseball, spring training Rays at Twins 1 p.m. Fox Sun Cardinals at Mets 1 p.m. ESPN Astros at Marlins 1 p.m. FSF Giants at Cubs 4 p.m. MLB College baseball Savannah State at Georgia 6 p.m. SEC Auburn vs. Alabama 8 p.m. ESPNU College basketball, NIT Cal Bakersfield vs. Georgia Tech 7 p.m. ESPN TCU vs. UCF 9 p.m. ESPN High school baseball Trinity Prep at Orlando First Academy 7 p.m. Spectrum High school basketball McDonald's All American scrimmage 3 p.m. ESPNU NBA Warriors at Rockets 8 p.m. NBA Wizards at Lakers 10:30 p.m. NBA NHL Capitals at Wild 8 p.m. NHL Soccer Exhibition: Russia vs. Belgium 11:45 a.m. FS2 Exhibition: France vs. Spain 2:55 p.m. ESPN2
TAMPA — Eastbound traffic has been shut down on W Hillsborough Avenue Monday night after a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.
The pedestrian was struck in the 3900 block of Hillsborough, said Tampa police. The eastbound lanes of the roadway have been closed from Lois Avenue to Dale Mabry Highway. They were expected to remain closed for three to four hours, said police in a new release issued shortly after 9 p.m....
PHOENIX — Two years ago, Bucs general manager Jason Licht had a trail of microphones and reporters chasing him through the NFL annual meeting at the Biltmore resort. That's the kind of attention that comes with owning the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
"I'm glad I'm not the popular guy this year," Licht said Monday. "Usually that means you're doing something right. We're picking 19th this year and our goal is to be picking a lot later in the future."...
03/27/17 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Andrei Vasilevskiy was gone less than 14 minutes into Monday's game, called to the bench after allowing his third goal of the first period. It looked over for the Lightning.
But Vasilevskiy returned to start the second period, and that would be the difference as the Lightning rallied for a 5-4 overtime victory against the Blackhawks.
"After the first period I was thinking (darn it)," Vasilevskiy said. "Coach gave me a second chance, and I made a couple of saves and the guys played really well."...
03/27/17 The Heater
The Rays' search for outfield depth may be leading to Peter Bourjos.
There were indications late Monday that the Rays were working to acquire Bourjos, who is in camp with the White Sox on a minor-league deal.
Bourjos, 31 on Friday, would give the Rays the right-handed-hitting outfielder capable of filling in in centerfield they have been looking for. He has played previously for the Angels, Cardinals and Phillies. ...
03/27/17 The Heater
Today: at Twins, 1:05
Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
Pitchers: Rays, Chris Archer; Twins, Nick Tepesch
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Wednesday: Orioles, 1:05, Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA
Thursday: Twins, 1:05. Rays, Jake Odorizzi; Twins, TBA...
Megan Pierro, Steinbrenner
Pierro, a junior, doesn't have a whole lot of free time. If she's not in school at Steinbrenner, she's probably on a softball field somewhere. Aside from playing shortstop for the Warriors, she also spends the offseason playing on a travel ball team. She's not sure how many games she plays, but her estimation is "a lot."
"I love it," Pierro said. "We've played in like five or six different states. That's the fun part. All my best friends are on the team. It's a lot of fun."...
MADEIRA BEACH — A 29-year-old registered sex offender was arrested Monday and accused of exposing himself and performing a sex act within view of a 12-year-old boy who was waiting for a school bus, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Justin Ryan Duggan was arrested on a charge of lewd or lascivious exhibition. He is a registered sex offender for a 2015 offense that took place in Oklahoma, the Sheriff's Office said....
TAMPA — Joshua Carmona, the man accused of beating and stabbing his mother to death last week in Riverview, will stay in jail as the case against him moves through court.
A defense attorney announced in a brief hearing Monday morning that Carmona would not contest the state's request that he be held without bail. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor subsequently issued an order that Carmona continue to be detained....
Afternoon update: St. Pete house up on blocks frustrates neighbors, city; USF football player arrested in Tampa road-rage incident; Nelson comes out against Trump's Supreme Court pick; Rays unveil new food and drink offerings03/27/17
Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down:
THIS OLD HOUSE — UP ON BLOCKS — FRUSTRATES ST. PETERSBURG NEIGHBORS, CITY
It's been almost two years since Mark Taber moved his 81-year-old house in July 2015 from St. Petersburg's Old Northeast to the rapidly gentrifying Historic Uptown District. Although he had sold the valuable lot, he wanted to save the 1,400-square-foot house because he had once lived in it and still had sentimental ties to it. The idea was to enlarge the house at its new location at 721 9th Ave. N, totally remodel it and either sell it or rent it. That was in January 2016. Since then, the project has turned into the housing equivalent of an old car up on blocks....
03/27/17 The Heater
PORT CHARLOTTE — Sitting in front of his locker during his first day as a Ray on Saturday, Derek Norris pointed to the iPad sitting atop a travel bag as a key tool in his challenging task: learning an entire new pitching staff with just a week until the season opener.
"It's definitely going to be a speed course," the catcher said. "Time is definitely of the essence."
The iPad was already loaded with videos of the Rays pitchers. Norris also has the personal memory of facing a half-dozen of them during his time with Oakland and San Diego, and others he'd seen throw live along the way, to help him with what will be daily lessons and nightly homework....
TREASURE ISLAND — Police are asking for the public's help in locating the pilot of an ultralight aircraft seen on video illegally taking off in congested waters in John's Pass.
The video, posted on the Treasure Island Police Department's Facebook page, showed the pilot taking off Saturday around 5 p.m. between Isle of Capri and Eleanor Island in John's Pass.
City ordinances prohibit any type of aircraft from taking off either from land, water or beach unless "an emergency exists" or with written authorization from the city, according to officials....