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  1. Spring football: Jamboree at Gaither


    At Gaither


    Steinbrenner 13, Sickles 0

    Alonso 20, Gaither 7

    Spring game-breakers: Sickles never could seem to get its offense off the ground, but Steinbrenner wasted no time finding the end zone, as quarterback Cason Byrd connected with Brett Bitter on the first play from scrimmage for a 53-yard touchdown. Byrd completed 4-of-10 for 93 yards. …Running back Jayquese Dantley had the second score for the Warriors on a 20-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 46 yards on eight carries. …Steinbrenner star defensive lineman Andre Washington appeared to have been injured after making a sack in the second quarter of the game. …Like Steinbrenner, Gaither scored right out of the gate when TJ Williams ran 64 yards for a touchdown on the fourth play from scrimmage. …Alonso saw nice work from its running back corps all night, rushing for 196 yards as a team. …The Ravens tied it up in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run from Josh Elias. He'd have another score with 4:45 to play on an 8-yard run, and he ended the night with 89 yards on 10 carries. …Sam Gaston scored the final touchdown of the night for Alonso on a 2-yard run. It was his only carry of the game....

  2. Spring football: Hudson 27, Dixie Hollins 0


    At Hudson


    Hudson 27, Dixie Hollins 0

    Spring game-breakers: Hudson's Nate Munson was impressive in his first start at quarterback. Munson gained 85 yards on 14 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns. He also threw two touchdown passes. …Cobra running back Spencer Shoun gained 92 yards on 14 carries. …Dixie Hollins had a rough night offensively. Armando Bonnell started the game with a 22-yard run and ended with 43 yards on seven carries. ...

  3. Spring football: Pinellas Park 13, Largo 0


    At Pinellas Park


    Pinellas Park 13, Largo 0

    Spring game-breakers: Thursday's game was a defensive slug fest that saw both teams combine to register nine sacks, force four turnovers and stop each other five times on downs. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots finally broke through thanks to Largo's generosity. The Packers decided to call a pass off a fake punt from their own end zone that was incomplete. Pinellas Park took advantage as Dale Foster scored on a 2-yard run. On the ensuing kickoff, the Patriots recovered a fumble. Zamari Maxwell scored on a 24-yard run to round out the scoring. …Pinellas Park's Jordon Scott showed why he's one of the best interior defensive linemen in the area with six tackles, three sacks and four for loss. …Teammate Nate Demint also played well, registering two sacks and recovering two fumbles. …With Isaiah Thomas academically ineligible, Largo went with Isaiah Bellamy and Taj Taylor at quarterback. …Packers defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree, who has gained interest from plenty of colleges, recorded two sacks....

  4. Rays blank Athletics to open series

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have used plenty of different characters and formulas to get into sole possession of first place in the AL East.

    On Thursday night, they needed a bounce-back start from right-hander Alex Colome and more timely hits by slugger David DeJesus to earn a 3-0 win over Oakland. With their fourth shutout of the year, the Rays (23-19) broke a tie with the idle Yankees to sit alone atop the division — somewhere they haven't been since April 2014....

    Evan Longoria rounds third on an RBI double by designated hitter David DeJesus in the fourth inning.
  5. Rays' Smyly says rehab best choice for torn labrum

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Drew Smyly didn't seem pleased Thursday when he announced that he'll try eight weeks of rehab on his torn left labrum, with the hope of returning to the Rays' rotation in late July.

    But it beats the other possibilities, including the prospect of season-ending shoulder surgery.

    "It's better than missing a year and a half to two years," Smyly said. "I will take eight weeks to get better, get my shoulder right, get my body right and hopefully help this team down the stretch."...

    FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Smyly will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury. The Rays transferred Smyly to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, May 13, and said Dr. Keith Meister will examine his torn labrum in Texas on Thursday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) NY161
  6. Rays-Athletics Friday preview

    The Heater

    Rays vs. A's

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $7-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    rays: RH Chris Archer (4-4, 2.47)

    a's: LH Scott Kazmir (2-2, 3.08)...

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at Charlotte Sports Park during photo day on February 26, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  7. USF falls to Houston in AAC baseball tournament


    CLEARWATER — On a breezy afternoon in which it could afford nary an error, USF committed them in triplicate Thursday.

    In the same inning.

    Leading by a run after six, top-seeded Houston (41-17) scored four in the seventh on three hits and three errors en route to a 7-3 victory against the Bulls (33-23-1) in the American Athletic Conference tournament.

    A victory, for all practical intents, would've secured USF's first postseason berth in 13 years. Instead, the Bulls must return to Bright House Field this morning for an 11 a.m. elimination game against Memphis. A loss there, and they could be fidgeting mightily during Monday's NCAA Selection Show....

  8. Lightning: Jameis Winston and Wie; Johnson's goal song Johnny B. Goode

    Lightning Strikes

    Duo of the day

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall draft pick last month, is making the rounds of the local sports scene, taking in Wednesday's Lightning-Rangers Game 3 at Amalie Arena. Winston (near left) wore a Ben Bishop jersey and met with pro golfer Michelle Wie (far left).

    Johnny Be Good

    Lightning C Tyler Johnson got a kick out of hearing Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode played at Amalie Arena after he scored Wednesday night. Johnson said he never has had a goal song and had heard the classic hit a few times before. "That was pretty funny. I didn't expect it," Johnson said. "It's pretty cool. Hopefully I can score a few more."...

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper talks with his team on the bench against the Nashville Predators during third period of preseason hockey action at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Thursday evening (09/19/13).
  9. St. Petersburg City Council requires city contractors to hire 'disadvantaged' workers

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Contractors on big-ticket city projects will be required to fill 10 percent of their jobs with "disadvantaged workers" after the City Council unanimously approved a hiring ordinance Thursday.

    The ordinance requires contractors to reserve 10 percent of work hours for workers either with criminal records or who have received some form of public assistance in the previous year. ...

    Council member Darden Rice said the measure breaks new ground for the city.
  10. Harvard grad Killorn makes mom proud with degree, Lightning

    Lightning Strikes


    On the wall of Alex Killorn's bedroom in his childhood home in Montreal, there's plenty of memorabilia.

    There are the pucks commemorating his first NHL goal and assist, and one of his sticks.

    But to his mother, Cindy, a former teacher, the most prized item is a framed degree from Harvard that says Alex Joseph Killorn graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of arts degree in government/political science....

    The Lightning's Alex Killorn, center, is one of the few Harvard grads in the NHL. He graduated in 2012. Photo courtesy of Alex Killorn.
  11. Florida Orchestra lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert


    Playing off the American theme running through the Florida Orchestra's coming season, the orchestra has landed one of the greatest American pops singers of all time: Michael Feinstein.

    The Florida Orchestra's second annual fundraising gala concert on Jan. 30 will bring the multiplatinum selling artist and master of the Great American Songbook to join new music director Michael Francis in his inaugural season. ...

    Musician Michael Feinstein in 2012.  (Getty Images)
  12. Universal will double down on Halloween Horror Nights scares this year


    It's no surprise that after the gangbuster business Universal raked in last year for its Halloween Horror Nights, the theme park announced it is expanding the scare-fest to a record 30 nights and doubling the number of actors roaming the park to startle visitors.

    Universal Orlando on Tuesday fired off an early Halloween Horror Nights 2015 tease, complete with video of Jack the Clown, an insane clown serial killer who has been a popular icon of the event over the years. ...

  13. Former Tampa gold trader admits he conspired to defraud bank of millions


    TAMPA — Former coin dealer Mark Yaffe admits in a court paper that he conspired to defraud an institution that had extended his now-bankrupt National Gold Exchange $35 million in credit.

    Federal authorities filed a criminal charge against him Thursday, along with a signed plea agreement that calls for up to five years in prison.

    Yaffe is known locally for building a 29,000-square-foot Avila estate modeled after a 17th-century palace, which he lost to foreclosure in 2013, after the exchange filed for bankruptcy, declaring $36 million in debts....

  14. Homeless charity sues Tampa, contends panhandling laws are unconstitutional

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The nonprofit group Homeless Helping Homeless is suing the city of Tampa in federal court, contending the city's bans on panhandling are unconstitutional and threaten to force it out of business.

    Filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tampa, the lawsuit targets two city ordinances. One, passed in 2011, outlaws begging on city streets every day but Sunday while allowing newspaper vendors to work the curb seven days a week....

  15. Tried and true trio: Teachers have taught at Jesuit for 44 years


    TAMPA — When Joe Sabin started Jesuit High School in 1962, freshmen had to wear school-supplied beanies every day up until the homecoming game.

    If those boys survived the first few months of school wearing a beanie in the Florida heat, they got to ceremoniously toss the head gear into a homecoming bonfire.

    Fifty-three years later, Sabin is a fixture at Jesuit. He came back as a math teacher in 1971, became a guidance counselor and then the school's first lay alumnus principal. He also holds the title for longest tenured principal in school history....

    Dick Peloquin, from left, Joe Sabin and Ernie Charette all started teaching at Jesuit in 1971. Sabin and Charette attended Jesuit as students.