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  1. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Autos
    F1: Italian Grand Prix qualifying8 a.m.NBCSN
    Sprint Cup: Southern 500 practice10 a.m.NBCSN
    Xfinity: Help a Hero 200 qualifying11:30 a.m.NBCSN
    Xfinity: Help a Hero 2003:30 p.m.Ch. 8
    Sprint Cup: Southern 500 qualifying1:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Baseball
    Rays at Yankees1 p.m.FS1; 620-AM
    Pirates at Cardinals4 p.m.FS1
    Twins at Astros7 p.m.MLB
    Mets at Marlins7 p.m.FSF
    Cubs at Dodgers10 p.m.MLB
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Russian Open7 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship2:30 p.m.Golf
    Rugby
    Australia vs. United States7:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    Euro qualifier: Sweden at Russia11:50 a.m.ESPND
    Euro qualifier: England at San MarinonoonFS2
    Euro qualifier: Slovakia at Spain2:30 p.m.ESPND
    Euro qualifier: Slovenia at Switzerland2:30 p.m.FS2
    Euro qualifier: Belarus at Ukraine (taped)4:45 p.m.ESPND
    NASL: New York at Rowdies7:30 p.m.Ch. 38
    MLS: Orlando at New England7:30 p.m.Sun Sports
    Mexican: Leon at Chivas10:30 p.m.Unimas
    Tennis
    U.S. Open11 a.m.ESPN2
    U.S. Open7 p.m.ESPN2
    ...

  2. Rays-Yankees Saturday preview

    The Heater

    Rays at Yankees

    When/where: 1:05 today, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    rays: LH Matt Moore (1-3, 8.78)

    yankees: RH Nathan Eovaldi (14-2, 4.17)

    On Moore: Replaces Nathan Karns in rotation to make first start after a month-long demotion to Triple A, going 2-1, 3.30 in five starts for Bulls. Is 5-2, 3.83 in nine starts vs. Yankees, last in September 2013....

    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Nathan Eovaldi #30 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on February 27, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa,Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  3. Yankees home runs send Odorizzi, Rays to defeat

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — After another vexing night involving Yankees catcher Brian McCann in a 5-2 loss, Rays starter Jake Odorizzi said he was done discussing what had been a painfully one-sided matchup.

    "I'm just not going to talk about it anymore," Odorizzi said, "so no further questions on that."

    Maybe not pitching against him would be a better idea.

    Odorizzi faced McCann three times Friday, and all three worked against him....

    Alex Rodriguez circles the bases after hitting a second-inning home run off Jake Odorizzi.
  4. St. Pete police seek man who fled car crash, held other motorist at gunpoint

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Man sought after pulling gun on driver

    Police were searching Friday for a man who ran from a car crash in north St. Petersburg, then held another driver at gunpoint, demanding to be driven out of the area.

    The crash happened about 12:20 p.m. A Toyota Camry was heading south on Fourth Street when it collided with another car at the intersection of 110th Avenue N, according to St. Petersburg police....

  5. Injuries hurting Bucs at defensive end

    Bucs

    TAMPA — As DE Larry English was carted off the field at Sun Life Stadium with a "significant"' knee injury in Thursday's 22-17 preseason-finale win over the Dolphins, the wheels started turning in the head of Bucs coach Lovie Smith. He knew the team would need to scour the waiver wire for defensive ends.

    Injuries are part of the game, but they're worse for a team if it has an outbreak at one position. Starting right DE Jacquies Smith has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and played only 13 snaps in the preseason. Adding to the Bucs' woes Thursday, T.J. Fatinikun suffered a shoulder injury....

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs for a gain of 8 yards while tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Larry English (57) in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday, August 29, 2015. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
  6. Rays back Boxberger, plan earlier use of bullpen

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — Rays manager Kevin Cash said he "definitely" still has confidence in RHP Brad Boxberger and has no plans to take him out of the de facto closer's role.

    Though Boxberger leads the American League with 33 saves, on Wednesday against the Orioles he blew his fifth save — and third in the past month — to go along with a major-league-relief-high nine losses, six by walkoff....

    Alex Colome has shown a lot in the past month, with 11 straight scoreless appearances, but the Rays plan to keep Brad Boxberger as the de facto closer.
  7. NACCP revives branch in St. Petersburg

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg's NAACP branch is in the midst of a revival.

    One year after the branch was mysteriously shuttered by the national office, the local branch installed new officers Thursday night after an election held at McCabe United Methodist Church.

    "It is finding its legs again," said state Rep. Darryl Rouson, a past president of the local branch and a member of the new executive committee. ...

    Maria L. Scruggs was elected president of the NAACP’s St. Petersburg branch.
  8. Can a splash of school spirit bring better performance? Gibbs High aims to find out

    K12

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Alexa Dammage arrived on the first day of her junior year at Gibbs High School expecting to roam through the same bland hallways as she did the past two years.

    Instead, she found bold, blue and gold posters promoting "Respect. Excellence. Pride." Banners waved from the lampposts in the courtyard, and shiny decals plastered across the gym staked the territory as "Gladiator Nation."...

    Gibbs High School variety cheerleader Dadrionna Waters, 16, St. Petersburg, gets greeted by members of the varsity football team during an outdoor pep rally at the school Friday.  [SCOTT KEELER    |   Times]
  9. Search for pier restaurants goes local

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Responding to local pressure, city officials announced Friday that they will tweak language in a document seeking businesses to develop, lease and operate a restaurant at the new pier.

    The key change emphasizes opportunities for local businesses.

    The revision comes amid an online campaign launched by St. Petersburg-based LocalShops1 urging the city to drop the words "nationally or regionally recognized chain restaurant" as one of the qualifications to operate the new waterfront establishment....

  10. Couple facing animal cruelty charges after leaving dogs in hot car at Tampa mall

    Crime

    TAMPA — A couple is facing animal cruelty charges after they left two dogs inside a sweltering car Friday at the University Mall, according to Hillsborough sheriff's officials.

    Two people spotted the dogs, a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier named "Beast" and a 10-month-old dachshund-maltese mix named "Scooby Doo," inside a 2004 Mazda about 11:45 a.m. Beast was unconscious and convulsing and Scooby Doo was panting heavily, authorities said....

  11. Activists want Tampa's Citizens Review Board to subpoena police

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The City Council wants to make changes to Mayor Bob Buckhorn's new Citizens Review Board for police, but the changes do not include giving the panel the authority to subpoena police officers.

    They should, say activists who see the ability to compel testimony as a key to making the review board effective and credible.

    As established by Buckhorn, the 11-member board would review closed internal affairs cases involving the use of force or police pursuits. It also could consider Police Department policies, procedures or any matter of public interest and make recommendations for improvement, Chief Eric Ward said. In a vote Thursday, the council signaled it wants to pick most of the members on the board....

    Tampa police Chief Eric Ward’s study included boards with subpoena power.
  12. Prep scoreboard for Sept. 3

    Volleyball Preps

    Volleyball

    Cambridge Chr. d. Brooks-DeBartlo 25-17, 25-12, 25-17

    Admiral Farragut d. Lakeside Chr. 17-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18

    Academy at the Lakes d. Citrus Park Chr. 25-6, 25-11, 25-5

    St. Petersburg d. Lakewood 25-4, 25-12, 25-14

    Academy of the Holy Names d. Calvary Chr. 25-21, 25-18, 26-28, 25-21

    Keswick Chr. d. Bradenton Chr. 25-15, 25-10, 21-25, 25-10...

  13. PolitiFact: Trump's claim that U.S. is most highly taxed country is wrong

    Business

    The statement

    "We're the most highly taxed nation in the world."

    Donald Trump, Aug. 24, in an interview on Fox & Friends

    The ruling

    During a recent interview on Fox & Friends, Donald Trump offered a digression on tax policy — at times an unorthodox one, at least for a Republican.

    For instance, Trump said that hedge fund managers — some of them the billionaire counted as "friends" — are "not paying enough tax." He also rejected a flat tax, an idea supported by some Republicans, countering that progressivity in the tax code is important. "As you make a certain amount of money, I think you should have to graduate upward" in tax rates, Trump said....

    In this Thursday, Aug.  27, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a news conference after speaking at the TD Convention Center, in Greenville, S.C. Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that actually happened to many Mexican-American families 85 years ago.  (AP Photo/Richard Shiro) WX102
  14. Governor appoints two to judgeships

    Courts

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed a county judge to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court and an Army reservist to the Hillsborough County Court.

    Judge Kim Hernandez Vance has served as a Hillsborough County Court judge since 2014 and previously worked with GrayRobinson, P.A., Cohn & Cohn P.A. and Rahdert, Anderson, McGowan & Steele. She was named to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, where she will replace Judge Bernard Charles Silver, who resigned....

  15. Tampa's Walter Investment hit with $29.63M settlement with feds

    Banking

    Tampa's Walter Investment Management Corp. agreed to pay $29.63 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims related to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that insures reverse mortgages.

    The settlement was announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice. It resolves claims that Walter violated the federal False Claims Act through its servicing of mortgages insured under HUD's Home Equity Conversion Mortgages program....