02/07/16 State Roundup
The final GOP presidential debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary was Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
It was moderated by ABC's David Muir and Martha Raddatz. Here's your watercooler recap.
Jeb Bush, 62, former governor of Florida (1999-2007), son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush.
Quote: "What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City. That is not public purpose, that is downright wrong."...
02/06/16 TV and Radio
Baseball Caribbean Series final: Venezuela vs. Cuba-Mexico winner 2:30 p.m. ESPNews Bowling PBA Tournament of Champions 2 p.m. ESPN College basketball East Carolina at UConn noon CBSSN Women: LSU at Kentucky noon SEC Miami at Georgia Tech 1 p.m. ESPNU Iowa at Illinois 1 p.m. Big Ten Women: Duke at Miami 1 p.m. Fox Sun Women: St. John's at Seton Hall 1:30 p.m. FS1 St. Louis at St. Bonaventure 2 p.m. NBCSN SMU at USF 2 p.m. CBSSN; 1040-AM Women: Notre Dame at Louisville 2 p.m. ESPN2 Women: Auburn at Alabama 2 p.m. SEC Houston at Tulsa 3 p.m. ESPNU Women: N.C. State at Wake Forest 3 p.m. Fox Sun Women: Minnesota at Northwestern 3 p.m. Big Ten Utah at Oregon 4 p.m. ESPN2 Women: Tennessee at Texas A&M 4 p.m. ESPN Golf PGA Europe: Dubai Desert Classic 3:30 a.m. Golf PGA: Phoenix Open 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Phoenix Open 3 p.m. Ch. 8 Champions: Allianz Championship 3 p.m. Golf NBA Hawks at Magic 1 p.m. FSF Clippers at Heat 2 p.m. Ch. 28; 620-AM NFL, Super Bowl 50 Broncos vs. Panthers 6:20 p.m. Ch. 10, ESPND; 1040-AM, 820-AM NHL Flyers at Capitals noon Ch. 8 Soccer EPL: Arsenal at Bournemouth 8:15 a.m. NBCSN German: Koln at Hamburg 9:30 a.m. FS1 EPL: Manchester United at Chelsea 10:45 a.m. NBCSN German: Darmstadt at Hoffenheim 11:30 a.m. FS1 Mexican: Pachuca at Pumas 1 p.m. Univision
02/06/16 Human Interest
TAMPA — Andrew and Deanna Joseph know what it feels like to lose a son.
So do Samaria Rice and Michael Brown Sr.
Their late children were young black males whose deaths made headlines: Tamir Rice, 12, Michael Brown, 18.
And on Saturday night, those families gathered to remember Andrew Joseph III, and their own sons, during a ball and fundraiser in the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida....
02/06/16 The Heater
With two weeks until the opening of spring training, the Rays feel good about their roster, especially their depth and versatility.
Assuming all key players make it through spring, the only thing they seemingly have to do by April is find a way to dispose of 1B James Loney, who is said to be in tremendous shape.
That would allow Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce to share first, with Corey Dickerson getting a chunk of his at-bats at DH and their preferred outfield alignment of Desmond Jennings in left, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steven Souza Jr. in right, with Brandon Guyer as the top backup (and starter somewhere vs. lefty pitchers)....
02/06/16 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Roy Halladay was thrilled along with the other honorees at Saturday's Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame induction, more so since he was a pitcher.
And he showed he still had his fastball, explaining why he spoke out on Twitter last month against Hall of Fame candidates Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds over their use of performance-enhancing drugs.
"There were a lot of opinions and a lot of debate, but I didn't hear the views of anybody who competed against any of them and had so much to lose," he said before the Dinner with Chris Archer & Friends event....
02/06/16 Lightning Strikes
For nearly a decade, the Lightning desperately searched for a No. 1 goaltender.
Now Tampa Bay has two in All-Star Ben Bishop and prized prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy, with coach Jon Cooper dubbing them a "1 and 1A" tandem.
"A lot of people think they're very, very close as far as ability," NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk says.
That's a good problem to have — for now — with Bishop, 29, and Vasilevskiy, 21, the primary reasons the Lightning even sniffed a playoff position during an inconsistent first half of the season....
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
As Rick Stroud writes, Dungy started in Tampa Bay in 1996, after he had been passed over time and time again for head coaching jobs. Twice in Philadelphia. Once in Jacksonville....
For the first time in his career, Peyton Manning did not take a team to the Super Bowl, but he went with one. • At 39, Manning likens himself to an aging fastball pitcher who can't throw 95 mph anymore, the loss of arm strength a result of four neck surgeries. "He can still work the corners and get guys out," Manning said. This season, he was pulled from a game for the first time as a pro after throwing four interceptions, missed six others recovering from a torn plantar fascia near his left heel and watched backup Brock Osweiler go 5-2. In Week 17, he was a backup for the first time since the start of his freshman season at Tennessee, then came off the bench to rally the Broncos to a win. • Yet with a win today in Super Bowl 50 over Carolina, Manning could enjoy the perfect ending to his storied career, riding off in the proverbial sunset on a white Bronco....
02/06/16 Human Interest
Dan Newman of Land O'Lakes sat in the Oval Office and issued a stern warning to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
"Go ahead," the 66-year-old Marine and Vietnam veteran growled into the phone and hung up.
Debbie Newman, 58, took a photo of her husband to capture the historic moment.
The Newmans were among the first of thousands who will get to pretend they're running the country at the White House Exhibit at the Florida State Fair, which opened Thursday and runs through Feb. 15....
SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
He will be right there in Canton, Ohio, with Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, Don Shula and Vince Lombardi.
He didn't look like them, and in his quietude, he never sounded like them. But he won like them, managing to kick down a few color barriers along the way.
Nobody knew that when he started in Tampa Bay in 1996, after he had been passed over time and time again for head coaching jobs. Twice in Philadelphia. Once in Jacksonville....
02/06/16 Lightning Strikes
Short shift w/ D Anton Stralman
Go-to karaoke song: I don't think I've ever done karaoke. I sang Enter Sandman by Metallica, had to sing on my bachelor party because they sent me to a music studio to make fun of me. But I nailed it.
What can you play on your guitar? I actually started when I first moved in with (wife) Johanna. Kind of had to give up the video game there. I played some music growing up, played jazz flute for how many years in school. I probably picked it to please my mom. I always wanted to play guitar, and I picked it up, self-taught myself to somewhat of a (bad) level. I play mostly grunge stuff, like Alice in Chains....
TAMPA — An argument on a stretch of Nebraska Avenue left one man dead late Friday, Tampa police said.
The victim, who has not yet been identified by police, died of a stab wound to his torso.
Donnie Lee Mathis, 45, was charged with second-degree murder, a felony.
According to police, the men crossed paths on Nebraska Avenue after the victim saw Mathis push a woman into a puddle. The victim came over and scolded Mathis for mistreating a woman, according to the police report. He and the woman walked away....
The final Republican presidential debate before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC.
The debate, held at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., will offer Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich one more opportunity to make their case to Granite State voters....
Police seek man who assaulted girl in mall
Investigators are looking for a man who police say assaulted a 6-year-old girl Friday night in a restroom at Westfield Countryside mall.
According to the Clearwater Police Department, the man entered the women's restroom at Macy's about 8 p.m. and forced open the stall with the girl inside. He pushed her to the floor and tried to cover her mouth but let go and left the restroom after she screamed....
Times Staff Writers
TAMPA — The bass was thumping, the disco lights flashing when fatal gunfire erupted inside a packed Tampa strip club early Saturday.
The shooting at Club Rayne, 8123 N Nebraska Ave., left 21-year-old Marvin Lancaster of Brandon dead and eight others wounded. Their injuries ranged from minor to serious, Tampa police Lt. John Preyer said late Saturday....