09/17/14 TV and Radio
Baseball Rangers at A's 3:30 p.m. MLB Nationals at Marlins 7 p.m. FSF Brewers at Cardinals 8 p.m. MLB College football Auburn at Kansas State 7:30 p.m. ESPN; 1250-AM Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State 7:30 p.m. ESPNU SE Oklahoma at Henderson State 8 p.m. CBSSN College soccer Women: Tennessee at Texas A&M 7 p.m. SEC Golf PGA Europe: Wales Open 5:30 a.m. Golf PGA Europe: Wales Open 10 a.m. Golf Web.com Tour Championship 2 p.m. Golf LPGA: Yokohama Tire Classic 5 p.m. Golf High school football Berkeley Prep at Lakeland Christian 7:30 p.m. BHSN Lubbock Cooper (Texas) at Stephenville (Texas) 9 p.m. ESPN2 NFL Bucs at Falcons 8 p.m. Ch. 10, NFL; 620-AM, 103.5-FM Soccer UEFA Euro League: Villareal at Monchengladbach 1 p.m. ESPND UEFA Euro League: Tottenham at Partizan 1 p.m. FS1 Celtic at Salzburg 1 p.m. FS2 UEFA Euro League: Feyenoord at Sevilla 3 p.m. ESPND UEFA Euro League: Wolfsburg at Everton 3 p.m. FS1 UEFA Euro League: Sparta Praha at Napoli 3 p.m. FS2 UEFA Euro League: Estoril at Eindhoven (taped) 5 p.m. ESPND Exhibition (women): United States vs. Mexico 7 p.m. ESPN2 CONCACAF Champions League: Deportivo Saprissa at Kansas City 8 p.m. FS1
09/17/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday the Rays planned to honor retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter with praise and some parting gifts. Wednesday, he left the Trop turf for the final time with the satisfaction of snapping an 0-for-28 slump and scoring the decisive run in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Rays.
"That," Rays manager Joe Maddon joked, "was totally unintended."
For many in the crowd of 26,332 that came to see Jeter's last game at the Trop, it was a fond farewell as they stood for his at-bats, cheered his every move and chanted his name. Jeter, who will live here full time, tipped his cap as he came off the field....
09/17/14 The Heater
Number of the day
Consecutive years the Rays have won the season series with the Yankees
Next game: vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Friday
Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 3.63); White Sox — LH Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30)
Saturday: vs. White Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54); White Sox — RH Hector Noesi (8-10, 4.77)...
09/17/14 Human Interest
DEMETRIUS FREEMAN | Times
Steven Anderson styles the hair of fashion designer Crystal Hefner, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's wife, before the seventh annual Fashion Week Tampa Bay Designer Presentation and FWTB Boutique at the Hilton Tampa Downtown on Wednesday. The event celebrates the area's top fashion and accessories designers. The fashion show featured over 100 models, 50 stylists and designers including Alexander Lin and Rhonda Shear. The show helps fund Becca's Closet, which donates formal clothing for proms and homecomings to high school girls with financial needs....
GAINESVILLE — Despite their long personal history, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida's Will Muschamp said they can't let their relationship get in the way Saturday afternoon.
"My responsibility is to Alabama football and what we have to do to try to be successful here," Saban said. "But it's never personal with me when it comes to the opponent. I never try to make it personal. We compete against each other and we're still friends, and that's the way it's going to be."...
09/17/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Yankees manager Joe Girardi stuck to his criticism of the Rays' pitchers Wednesday, complaining again that they need to learn how to better pitch inside.
"I think we had a right to get upset, just because of what's happened in the last (five) games against them," Girardi said Wednesday, after making similar comments following Tuesday's game. "There's been a lot of balls that are awful high. That's what bothers me. … When they're up and in, up by the neck and the head, I have a problem with that."...
EAST LAKE — East Lake High linebacker Carson Lydon has made his usual assortment of eye-popping plays this season. Those hard-hitting sacks on heart-stopping blitzes, game-changing interceptions and blocked punts combined with the ability to squeeze his muscular 241-pound frame into running lanes to stop a play cold.
On those ferocious hits, the Virginia Tech recruit uncoils his body with such force, opposing players often vibrate like a jackhammer. That is Lydon's release from the pain of losing a close friend to suicide, the heartbreak of his parents' divorce and the isolation of having lived in six states....
Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice, cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.
The hottest things in high school football right now (with previous ranking in parenthesis).
1. (1) Pinellas County football: Three teams — 2A Indian Rocks Christian, 3A Clearwater Central Catholic and 7A East Lake — ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press state poll? Wow! You know what that means. Right, fellas? STATE TITLE!...
What was most to blame for the Bucs' 19-17 loss to the Rams?
What they're saying
The passing game continues to struggle due to protection issues. Josh McCown has the weapons at his disposal, but he simply can't get them the ball in good spots. The injury-riddled defensive line showed its colors as the Rams dominated the line of scrimmage all game while also keeping Austin Davis well protected on passing plays....
With kick returner Solomon Patton.
1. You made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. What was your first "I've arrived" moment in the NFL?
"I'd definitely say the last preseason game, when I scored that touchdown. I actually got a chance to make a big-time play. It finally hit me: 'This is real.' "
2. You guys were in your hotel rooms late before your game Sunday when the Gators pulled out that triple-overtime win against Kentucky. Did you get to watch?...
WR Vincent Jackson 83
LT Anthony Collins 73
LG Logan Mankins 70
C Evan Dietrich-Smith 62
RG Patrick Omameh 66
RT Demar Dotson 69
TE Brandon Myers 8
WR Mike Evans 13
QB Josh McCown 12
RB Bobby Rainey 43
FB Jorvorskie Lane 46...
09/17/14 Local Government
KENNETH CITY — Council members here remained deadlocked Wednesday after a special meeting called to tentatively approve a budget for the coming fiscal year.
The four-member council remained split over raises for six employees. Raises became an issue earlier this year when Town Manager Matt Campbell proposed giving the six raises, one as high as a 41 percent increase. The proposed raises were later reduced to a proposed 10 percent increase that two members supported. The other two said they would vote for 5 percent raises. ...
Steady downpours Wednesday dropped as much as 5 inches of rain on parts of the Tampa Bay area, flooding streets and delaying traffic across the region.
The soaking began before sunrise, between 4 and 5 a.m., and continued for most of the day, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.
"As of 1:30 p.m., the heaviest rain had doused areas around Pasco County and further south, Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said, with nearly 5 inches in Holiday, north St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. About 2.25 inches had fallen in Clearwater, in downtown St. Petersburg and at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa....
09/17/14 Local Government
TAMPA — The City Council on Wednesday night adopted an $876 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
For the eighth year, Tampa's property tax rate will remain at about $5.73 in city taxes for every $1,000 of assessed taxable property value. But because property values have risen, the same rate will generate more tax revenue. So on average, Tampa property owners will pay a city tax increase of nearly 5.2 percent. The owner of a home with a $138,000 assessment and standard exemptions will pay a city tax bill of about $504....