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  1. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Arena Football
    Cleveland at Philadelphia7 p.m.ESPN2
    Autos
    Sprint Cup: Food City 500 practice8:30 a.m.FS1
    Xfinity: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 qualifying9:30 a.m.FS1
    F1: Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying11 a.m.CNBC
    Sprint Cup: Food City 500 practice11:30 a.m.FS1
    Xfinity: Drive to Stop Diabetes 3001:30 p.m.FS1
    IndyCar: Grand Prix of Long Beach qualifying5:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Baseball
    Phillies at Nationals1 p.m.MLB
    Orioles at Red Sox4 p.m.FS1
    Yankees at Rays7 p.m.FS1; 620-AM
    Marlins at Mets7 p.m.FSF
    Rangers at Mariners9 p.m.MLB
    Boxing
    Super lightweights: Matthysse vs. Provodnikov9:45 p.m.HBO
    College baseball
    Tennessee at KentuckynoonSEC
    Vanderbilt at South Carolina1 p.m.ESPN2
    USF at Memphis3 p.m.1010-AM
    Florida at Mississippi State3 p.m.SEC
    Alabama at Missouri8 p.m.SEC
    Arkansas at Texas A&M8:30 p.m.ESPNU
    College football
    Notre Dame spring game12:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Alabama spring game (taped)6 p.m.SEC
    College lacrosse
    Maryland at Ohio State11 a.m.Big Ten
    Women: Loyola (Md.) at NavynoonCBSSN
    Duke at Marquette2 p.m.CBSSN
    Michigan at Johns Hopkins2 p.m.ESPNU
    North Carolina at Notre Dame4 p.m.ESPNU
    College softball
    Baylor at Oklahoma1 p.m.Sun Sports
    UAB at Charlotte3 p.m.Sun Sports
    Florida at Georgia4 p.m.ESPN2
    Alabama at Auburn6 p.m.ESPNU
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Shenzhen International6 a.m.Golf
    PGA: RBC Heritage1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: RBC Heritage3 p.m.Ch. 10
    Champions: Greater Gwinnett Championship3 p.m.Golf
    LPGA: Lotte Championship7 p.m.Golf
    NBA playoffs, first round
    East, Game 1: Wizards at Raptors12:30 p.m.ESPN
    West, Game 1: Pelicans at Warriors3:30 p.m.Ch. 28
    East, Game 1: Bucks at Bulls7 p.m.ESPN
    West, Game 1: Mavericks at Rockets9:30 p.m.ESPN
    NHL playoffs, first round
    East, Game 2: Red Wings at Lightning3 p.m.Ch. 8; 970-AM
    West, Game 2: Wild at Blues3 p.m.NBCSN
    East, Game 2: Penguins at Rangers8 p.m.Ch. 8
    West, Game 2: Jets at Ducks10:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    EPL: Burnley at Everton10 a.m.CNBC
    FA Cup: Arsenal at ReadingnoonCh. 13
    EPL: Manchester United at Chelsea12:30 p.m.Ch. 8
    Mexican: Guadalajara at Puebla5:50 p.m.ESPND
    Mexican: Quertaro at Club America5:50 p.m.Univision
    ...

  2. Shooting on Comanche Avenue in Tampa sends one teen to hospital

    Crime

    Tampa police investigated a shooting Friday night near Old Seminole Heights that sent one juvenile to a hospital with upper-back wounds.

    A teenager hanging out with some friends in the 3300 block of Comanche Avenue was shot from four houses down around 11 p.m., Sgt. William Jordan said. The shots came from a car, he said.

    The teenager was transported to a local hospital. Jordan said there were three shell casings on scene. ...

  3. Rays lose to Yankees as A-Rod homers twice

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays rookie Allan Dykstra thought he added another victorious memory to a momentous week for his family, with a three-run, go-ahead home run against the Yankees on Friday night.

    Alex Rodriguez had other plans.

    The 39-year-old Yankees slugger hit two home runs for the first time in almost three years and hit the winning RBI single to hand the Rays a 5-4 loss.

    "Tonight he killed us," reliever Kevin Jepsen said....

    After stopping a hard ground ball by Chase Headley, Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera backhands a throw to second to start a double play that ends the seventh inning.
  4. Rays: Disabled list grows; starters looking strong

    The Heater

    Number of the day

    10 Rays on the disabled list after LHP Jeff Believeau was put there with shoulder soreness. It's also the number of rookies who will play for the Rays this season, when Ryan Brett and C.J. Riefenhauser enter a game. That's the most in the majors.

    Hot start

    The Rays have already had five games where their starting pitcher lasted more than six innings and allowed no more than two hits. No team in the last 100 years has matched that feat in its first 10 games....

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Jake Odorizzi #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo on photo day at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  5. Bishop confident Game 1 was just blip

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — This certainly wasn't how Ben Bishop envisioned his Stanley Cup playoffs debut shaking out.

    After having waited parts of six seasons to get his first postseason start, it took nearly nine minutes Thursday before he saw — or rather, didn't see — his first shot, a Pavel Datsyuk deflection that went in through a screen.

    Bishop, 28, gave up two goals on the first four shots he faced and three on 14 overall, numbers that don't look good, especially after the Lightning dominated in a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference series....

    The puck bounces in the net behind Lightning goalie Ben Bishop as Henrik Zetterberg cheers the Red Wings taking a 1-0 lead on their first shot in Game 1.
  6. Rays' Longoria plays a day after getting hit by pitch

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after leaving the game with a bruised left hip, Evan Longoria was back in the lineup Friday as the Rays' DH and didn't show any lingering effects.

    "I'm good," Longoria said on his way out of the clubhouse before the game.

    Longoria extended his streak of consecutive games played to 253, and manager Kevin Cash said the team had planned to give him a day at DH sometime soon, even before Blue Jays reliever Marco Estrada hit him with a pitch Thursday night....

    Evan Longoria reacts after getting by a pitch that forces him out of Thursday’s game in Toronto. He is back in the lineup Friday at the Trop.
  7. Lightning: Wings rarity; Boyle's ears hurt; Sustr's heavy heart

    Lightning Strikes

    Numbers game

    The Red Wings' 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Thursday came despite Detroit racking up just 14 shots, a rare low. Detroit has been limited to fewer than 15 shots only once in the past 10 regular seasons and has won only one such regular-season game over the past four decades (1-10-2), the Elias Sports Bureau said. Detroit was only the seventh team over the past 10 seasons to win a playoff game in which it took fewer than 15 shots on goal....

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) on the bench with head coach Jon Cooper during second period action in game one of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/16/15).
  8. Apologetic Manziel: I'll make amends

    Sports

    Johnny Manziel apologized to the Browns and their fans, and laid out his mission to regain their trust in a statement issued through the team Friday. The statement was made about a week after the former Heisman-winning quarterback, 22, was discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in which he spent more than 10 weeks receiving treatment for possible substance abuse.

    In the statement, Manziel revealed that his stay was at Caron Treatment Centers, a nonprofit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. It's believed he received treatment at the Wernersville, Pa., location. He checked in Jan. 28....

    Johnny Manziel spent more than 10 weeks in a rehabilitation facility being treated for possible substance abuse.
  9. Tampa Tribune owners 'exploring sale' of downtown headquarters

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The downtown riverfront headquarters of the Tampa Tribune is up for sale, according to an article posted Friday on the newspaper's website.

    Owners of the paper are "exploring a sale" of the 4.4-acre property at 202 Parker St., the story said, quoting Robert Loring, founder and managing partner of Revolution Capital Group. The private investment firm bought the paper and its assets from Media General Inc. for $9.5 million in 2012....

  10. Clearwater lawyer Ramon Carrion wins new pro bono award

    Criminal

    Ramon Carrion, a longtime Clearwater immigration lawyer, has been honored by the Pinellas-Pasco Judicial Circuit for the extensive legal services he has provided over the years at no charge.

    Carrion on Friday received the Sixth Circuit Pro Bono Award, a new award created at the urging of Circuit Judge Kimberly Todd.

    In addition to providing many hours of volunteer work with individual clients, Carrion also is president of Gulfcoast Legal Services and president of the InterCultural Advocacy Institute, formerly known as the Hispanic Outreach Center, in Clearwater....

  11. Lightning wants more pressure on Wings goalie Mrazek

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — As much as the Lightning gave credit to Red Wings rookie G Petr Mzarek for his 44 saves in his 3-2 Game 1 win Thursday, the team feels like it needs to make it harder on him today in Game 2.

    "Part of the problem is we let Mrazek see a lot of (the shots)," coach Jon Cooper said.

    The Lightning spent a portion of Friday's practice on two-on-one battle drills, and it hopes to put more traffic in front of Mrazek. Plus, Tampa Bay needs to capitalize on rebounds. The Red Wings did a good job of tying up the Lightning in front of their net. ...

    Lightning center Brian Boyle gets a shorthanded goal against  Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek with in-your-face pressure in Game 1. “You’ve got to will pucks in sometimes” in the playoffs, Boyle says.
  12. Ruskin mail carrier heads home amid gyrocopter controversy (w/video)

    Crime

    TAMPA — Doug Hughes, the Ruskin mail carrier who flew his gyrocopter into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., to make a statement about campaign finance reform, is heading home.

    Hughes, 61, told the Tampa Bay Times in an email Friday that he is driving back to Tampa Bay. He said he needs to get here before Monday, when his house arrest begins. He will have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet until a May 8 court hearing in Washington, D.C....

    A bomb squad technician walks past the gyrocopter that Doug Hughes of Ruskin landed on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, April 14, 2015. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  13. St. Petersburg debuts solar-powered charging stations

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — The solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park was getting plenty of energy Friday morning under a sun already hot enough that Mayor Rick Kriseman's brief remarks were accompanied by thirsty dogs slurping at a nearby water fountain.

    Five stations, capable of charging cellphones and tablets even on cloudy days, thanks to a battery, are now available, including at Vinoy Park (which has two) as well as Lake Vista and Walter Fuller dog parks. ...

    Dogs and their owners mill about near the solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park on Friday. Five stations, capable of charging cellphones and tablets even on cloudy days, thanks to a battery, are now available, including at Vinoy Park, Lake Vista and Walter Fuller dog parks. The charging stations cost about $2,500 and were built by city workers from a design by St. Petersburg’s Sunsure.
  14. PREVIEW: Orphan Black returns Saturday

    Blog

    Amazon.com often recommends items to me that are creepily on point. While I was deep into a search of everything Adam Scott has ever been in (Parks and Recreation, Party Down, my dreams), Amazon produced a T-shirt that needed to be part of my nerd girl collection.

    ...

  15. Verizon FiOS customers will have more choices for TV viewing

    Business

    Starting Sunday, Verizon will offer new FiOS TV packages giving customers more flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch. Called FiOS Custom TV, it's the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to rising entertainment competition and trying to appease customers contemplating "cutting the cord" and going without cable TV services.

    FiOS Custom TV will be available to Tampa Bay area FiOS customers, even though Verizon is selling its TV business here to Frontier Communications, another cable provider, in a deal that will close early next year....