04/17/15 TV and Radio
Arena Football Cleveland at Philadelphia 7 p.m. ESPN2 Autos Sprint Cup: Food City 500 practice 8:30 a.m. FS1 Xfinity: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 qualifying 9:30 a.m. FS1 F1: Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying 11 a.m. CNBC Sprint Cup: Food City 500 practice 11:30 a.m. FS1 Xfinity: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 1:30 p.m. FS1 IndyCar: Grand Prix of Long Beach qualifying 5:30 p.m. NBCSN Baseball Phillies at Nationals 1 p.m. MLB Orioles at Red Sox 4 p.m. FS1 Yankees at Rays 7 p.m. FS1; 620-AM Marlins at Mets 7 p.m. FSF Rangers at Mariners 9 p.m. MLB Boxing Super lightweights: Matthysse vs. Provodnikov 9:45 p.m. HBO College baseball Tennessee at Kentucky noon SEC Vanderbilt at South Carolina 1 p.m. ESPN2 USF at Memphis 3 p.m. 1010-AM Florida at Mississippi State 3 p.m. SEC Alabama at Missouri 8 p.m. SEC Arkansas at Texas A&M 8:30 p.m. ESPNU College football Notre Dame spring game 12:30 p.m. NBCSN Alabama spring game (taped) 6 p.m. SEC College lacrosse Maryland at Ohio State 11 a.m. Big Ten Women: Loyola (Md.) at Navy noon CBSSN Duke at Marquette 2 p.m. CBSSN Michigan at Johns Hopkins 2 p.m. ESPNU North Carolina at Notre Dame 4 p.m. ESPNU College softball Baylor at Oklahoma 1 p.m. Sun Sports UAB at Charlotte 3 p.m. Sun Sports Florida at Georgia 4 p.m. ESPN2 Alabama at Auburn 6 p.m. ESPNU Golf PGA Europe: Shenzhen International 6 a.m. Golf PGA: RBC Heritage 1 p.m. Golf PGA: RBC Heritage 3 p.m. Ch. 10 Champions: Greater Gwinnett Championship 3 p.m. Golf LPGA: Lotte Championship 7 p.m. Golf NBA playoffs, first round East, Game 1: Wizards at Raptors 12:30 p.m. ESPN West, Game 1: Pelicans at Warriors 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28 East, Game 1: Bucks at Bulls 7 p.m. ESPN West, Game 1: Mavericks at Rockets 9:30 p.m. ESPN NHL playoffs, first round East, Game 2: Red Wings at Lightning 3 p.m. Ch. 8; 970-AM West, Game 2: Wild at Blues 3 p.m. NBCSN East, Game 2: Penguins at Rangers 8 p.m. Ch. 8 West, Game 2: Jets at Ducks 10:30 p.m. NBCSN Soccer EPL: Burnley at Everton 10 a.m. CNBC FA Cup: Arsenal at Reading noon Ch. 13 EPL: Manchester United at Chelsea 12:30 p.m. Ch. 8 Mexican: Guadalajara at Puebla 5:50 p.m. ESPND Mexican: Quertaro at Club America 5:50 p.m. Univision
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. ...
04/17/15 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....
04/17/15 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.
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....
04/17/15 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....
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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....
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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....
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....
04/17/15 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....
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....
04/17/15 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. ...
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....
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. ...
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.
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....