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  1. Bicyclist seriously injured in crash in Dunedin


    A 59-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday evening when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Dunedin.

    Catherine G. Ashenfelter of Clearwater was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after the crash, which occurred about 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Alt. 19 and Tradewinds Drive in Dunedin.

    Pinellas sheriff's deputies said Ann M. Tamboe, 78, of Dunedin, was driving a Chrysler 200 north on Alt. 19 when she turned left onto Tradewinds Drive, striking Ashenfelter, who was headed south on Alt. 19 in the bike lane....

  2. Man arrested in Oldsmar bank robbery


    Authorities have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a bank robbery in Oldsmar earlier this month.

    David Lucas Olmedo was arrested Thursday on a robbery charge in connection with the Nov. 18 robbery at the Suntrust bank, 3500 Tampa Road. Authorities said Olmedo was arrested in Hillsborough County.

    According to Pinellas sheriff's detectives, the robber entered the bank and demanded cash. The teller complied and the man ran away. No other details were released....

  3. College football preview: UCF at USF, noon Friday, ESPN2, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM


    The Bulls (4-7, 3-4 AAC) lead the all-time series 4-1, and won both previous meetings in Tampa. UCF (7-3, 5-1), a half-game behind Memphis in the American Athletic Conference standings, must win to remain in reasonable contention for the league title. The Bulls, meantime, can avenge a back-breaking 2013 loss in Orlando and earn a quality win upon which to build entering a pivotal 2015 season. The Knights, fourth nationally against the pass (163.3 ypg), face a Bulls offense that may finally have found a groove in its last five quarters. Since replacing Quinton Flowers midway through the fourth period at SMU two Saturdays ago, QB Mike White is 30-for-51 for 350 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. UCF has won 13 consecutive non-Saturday games....

  4. Andre Davis leaves USF with freakish amount of records


    TAMPA — Fittingly, the beginning and benediction share the same zip code. Exactly 2.94 miles from where the curtain rose on the "Freakshow," the college version of this record-shattering production ends with one last command performance.

    For Andre Davis, USF's greatest receiver and local amabassador, the final backdrop — Raymond James Stadium — also happens to be the backyard....

    USF receiver Andre Davis runs on a 51-yard touchdown reception in the first half of the game against East Carolina, one of a host of scores during his career.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) 514445363
  5. Jon Mott, Adrienne Curtis win Times Turkey Trot


    CLEARWATER — For the first mile of the 10K, Jon Mott stayed with the lead pack at the 36th Times Turkey Trot.

    He did not have their company for long.

    By the time the race ventured off Clearwater's Keene Road and into the neighboring streets, Mott surged to the front, never relinquishing his lead.

    No one lately has been able to keep up with Mott, a former standout at Northeast High and Webber International who entered Thursday's race as the two-time defending champion....

    Jon Mott maintains his lead on Thursday (11/27/14) while approaching the finish at Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School while running in the 36th Times Turkey Trot 10K race in Clearwater. Mott easily won the race, finishing in 31 minutes, 32 seconds. It was the third straight 10K title for Mott, a former standout at Northeast High and Webber International. "I knew I had a chance to win," Mott said. "I just didn't think I would be ahead by that much at the end of the race." DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD, Tampa Bay Times
  6. Scouting Report, Week 13: First, football on Thanksgiving; then on to Cincinnati


    Thanksgiving isn't really all that much different from the other 364 days of the year. In fact, it's more like every day crammed into one. You either start the day hopeful or anxious, things don't turn out the way you planned, you feel some regret and you eat a lot. And amid it all, you seek the temporary escape that is football.

    Sure, the Buccaneers' brand has been so bad that fans have sought to escape from Raymond James Stadium more often this season than they've sought to escape to it, but there are some things we can be thankful for....

    [Times wire and file photos]
  7. Thursday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    College basketball
    Santa Clara vs. TennesseenoonESPN2
    Butler vs. Oklahoma1 p.m.ESPN
    Kansas vs. Rhode Island2 p.m.ESPN2
    Princeton vs. UTEP2 p.m.ESPNU
    Georgetown vs. Wisconsin3:30 p.m.ESPN
    LIU-Brooklyn vs. Stony Brook4 p.m.ESPNU
    San Diego vs. Xavier4:30 p.m.ESPN2
    Illinois vs. Indiana State5 p.m.FS1
    Western Kentucky vs. St. Joseph's6 p.m.ESPNU
    Michigan State vs. Rider6:30 p.m.ESPN2
    North Carolina vs. UCLA7 p.m.AXS*
    Women: USF vs. Oklahoma8:15 p.m.1010-AM
    Marquette vs. Georgia Tech8:30 p.m.ESPN2
    Long Beach State vs. Western Michigan8:30 p.m.ESPNU
    Mercer vs. Rice9:30 p.m.CBSSN
    Florida vs. UAB9:30 p.m.AXS*; 620-AM
    San Jose State vs. Washington11 p.m.ESPN2
    UC-Santa Barbara vs. Washington StatemidnightCBSSN
    College football
    LSU at Texas A&M7:30 p.m.ESPN; 1040-AM
    TCU at Texas7:30 p.m.FS1
    Australian Open8 p.m.Golf
    Bears at Lions12:30 p.m.Ch. 10; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM, 1470-AM
    Eagles at Cowboys4:30 p.m.Ch. 13; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM, 1470-AM, 620-AM
    Seahawks at 49ers8:30 p.m.Ch. 8; 98.7-FM
    UEFA Europa: Sevilla at Feyenoord12:55 p.m.FS2; ESPND
    UEFA Europa: Everton at Wolfsburg1 p.m.FS1
    UEFA Europa: Monchengladbach at Villareal3 p.m.ESPND
    UEFA Europa: Belgrade at Tottenham3 p.m.FS1
    UEFA Europa: Dnipro at Inter Milan3 p.m.FS2
    UEFA Europa: Dnipro at Inter Milan (taped)5 p.m.ESPND

  8. Apparent suicide delays traffic on I-75 in Hillsborough


    GIBSONTON — The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 were shut down Wednesday night at Gibsonton Drive after authorities said a woman jumped to her death from an overpass.

    The incident caused interstate traffic to backup to Big Bend Road. Travellers were urged to seek alternate routes.

    Cars could exit at Gibsonton then re-enter the interstate on the northbound ramp.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the woman jumped from the Gibsonton Drive overpass around 7:34 p.m. in an apparent suicide. Her identity was not immediately released. Detectives were at the scene. An investigation is continuing....

  9. Armwood's Noah Johnson out to prove he has the goods as a QB


    TAMPA — Every single Armwood High School starting quarterback since 1995 has gone on to play Division I-A or I-AA football, a streak that is even more impressive when the Hawks' defensive tradition is taken into consideration.

    But as Armwood's undefeated season wore on this year, senior quarterback Noah Johnson plugged along without any offers in tow.

    Johnson's 5-foot-10 frame has been considered a drawback when it comes to his future at the next level, and coach Sean Callahan — who has helped his players get recruited for more than 25 years — admits that, because of his lack of size, he wasn't surprised Johnson went so long without offers. ...

    Armwood High senior Noah Johnson’s height (5 feet 10) deters some college suitors.
  10. UCF's George O'Leary warns talkative USF Bulls


    TAMPA — From player sound bites to a school-produced video promoting Friday's game, USF has made no secret of the grudge it harbors toward geographic and conference rival UCF.

    Knights coach George O'Leary, previously unabashed in his hype of an annual Knights-Bulls game, did a mild about-face Tuesday evening. Which is to say, he indirectly called out the Bulls for stoking the rivalry with verbal animosity....

    BACK? USF receiver Rodney Adams, out two games with an injury, is practicing this week.
  11. Lightning beats Rangers, fans give Marty St. Louis mostly thanks

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning honored its controversial former captain Marty St. Louis on Wednesday, showing a video tribute during the first period.

    And, perhaps surprisingly, St. Louis — making his much-anticipated return since forcing a March trade to the Rangers — received a standing ovation, popping off the bench and touching his heart as he saluted the crowd of 19,204.

    "It brought back a lot of memories," St. Louis said. "I wanted to give them the thank you that they deserved."...

    Lightning center Steven Stamkos puts one past Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and over the shoulder of goalie Henrik Lundqvist for a first-period score, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.
  12. Thanksgiving meals to be given to families are prepared by volunteers

    Human Interest


    Volunteers from Community Service Council of West Pasco, from left, Carolyn Keilman, Katie McQuillan, Austin Jerome, Victoria Barley and Diana Jerome wrap slices of pumpkin pie for almost 1,500 hot Thanksgiving meals to serve needy families in the community at Jennifer Gardens Assisted Living Facility on Wednesday. The Community Service Council of West Pasco members, local assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehab centers and volunteers will deliver the turkey dinners to more than 250 families in western Pasco County on Thanksgiving morning....

    Volunteers from Community Service Council of West Pasco, from left, Carolyn Keilman, Katie McQuillan, Austin Jerome, Victoria Barley, and Diana Jerome individually wrap slices of pumpkin pie as they help package portions for more than 1,000 hot Thanksgiving meals to serve needy families in the community at Jennifer Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Port Richey Wednesday (11/26/14).  The Community Council of West Pasco members, local assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehab centers and volunteers will be delivering 1,400 warm turkey dinners to more than 250 families in West Pasco on Thanksgiving morning. The Outreach Committee coordinates the Thanksgiving Delivery project who receive referrals from local schools and social service agencies who work with and identify families most in need during the holidays.  “We met our maximum of 1,400 meals a week prior to the cut-off date. This shows there is still significant need in Pasco County”, said Becky Bennett, Co-Chair of the CSC Outreach Committee.
  13. Meth lab uncovered at Riverview home, children rescued


    RIVERVIEW — Four adults were charged and three young children were taken into custody Wednesday after Hillsborough investigators uncovered a drug-manufacturing operation.

    Acting on an anonymous tip, Hillsborough deputies searched a house at 11506 Brancato Lane and found two generators and two vessels used in the production of methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Three children, ages 5, 3 and 6 months, found inside were turned over to child protective investigators, deputies said....

  14. Thursday NFL games: Bears-Lions, Eagles-Cowboys, Seahawks-49ers


    Bears at Lions

    When/where: 12:30; Ford Field, Detroit

    TV/radio: Ch. 10; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM

    Line/OU: Lions by 7; 47½

    Two of the NFL's top receivers square off; in the last meeting, Calvin Johnson's two TDs trumped Brandon Marshall's two TDs in a 21-19 Lions win in an NFC North matchup. Two 7-4 NFC teams would miss the playoffs right now, so pressure's on Detroit, which gets its next three at home (including Bucs next week) before closing at Chicago and at Green Bay....

  15. Lightning's Hedman nearly ready to return

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — D Victor Hedman is almost ready to return to the Lightning lineup.

    Hedman was cleared for all on-ice activities Wednesday, including contact. He participated in the morning skate with a regular-colored jersey after spending the last week in a red, non-contact jersey.

    Hedman, out the past five weeks with a fractured right finger, missed his 18th game Wednesday but hasn't been ruled out for Saturday. After his surgery, he was expected to be out 4-6 weeks. ...

    Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who has been out for the past five weeks, could return to the lineup on Saturday.