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  1. Lightning crowns 3-on-3 prospect tourney champ

    Lightning Strikes

    Lightning crowns 3-on-3 champ: Forward Matthew Peca and defenseman Dylan Blujus had two goals each as Team East won the 3-on-3 tournament at the Lightning's prospect camp with a 5-3 victory over Team USA on Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

    Also on the winning team were defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf and forwards James Mullin and Henri Ikonen,

    Peca's one-timer with 2:19 to go put Team East up 4-3. Blujus added an insurance goal less than a minute later....

  2. The Buzz: Scott's rich, but another governor is worth much more

    State Roundup

    The big surge in Gov. Rick Scott's personal wealth in the past year raises a question: Is Florida's governor the richest governor in the country?

    The short answer is no, not by a long shot, but he's way up there. Scott's net worth is $147 million. He got rich running the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, left the firm in 1997, became an investor and has successfully nurtured an extensive portfolio....

    In this photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. After months of flirting with politics, Trump said Monday, May 16, 2011, that he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over entering the race for the Republican nomination.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew) WX202
  3. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    F1: British Grand Prix8 a.m.CNBC, Unimas
    F1: British Grand Prix (taped)noonNBCSN
    NHRA: Summit Racing Equipment Nationals 1 p.m.ESPN
    Sprint Cup: Coke Zero 4007:30 p.m.Ch. 8; 102.5-FM
    Rays at Yankees1 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Blue Jays at Tigers1 p.m.MLB
    Marlins at Cubs2 p.m.FSF
    All-Star Selection Show7:30 p.m.ESPN
    Giants at Nationals8 p.m.ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM
    FIBA U19 World Championship, final: United States vs. Croatia1:30 p.m.ESPNU
    Cycling, Tour de France
    Stage 27 a.m.NBCSN
    PGA Europe: France Open7:30 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Greenbrier Classic1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Greenbrier Classic3 p.m.Ch. 10 Nova Scotia Open3 p.m.Golf
    Jockey Club Tour5 p.m.FS1
    NBA Summer League
    Lakers vs. Pistons1 p.m.NBA
    Grizzlies vs. Bobcats3 p.m.NBA
    Nets vs. Heat5 p.m.NBA
    Soccer, Women's World Cup
    Championship: United States vs. Japan7 p.m.Ch. 13
    Brazil Serie A: Fluminense at Sao Paulo2:55 p.m.ESPND
    MLS: Portland at San Jose5 p.m.ESPN2, ESPND
    World University Games
    Men's basketball: United States vs. Brazil7:30 a.m.ESPNU
    Women's basketball: United States vs. China4:30 a.m. MondayESPNU

  4. Lightning draftee Cirelli has dizzying climb of prospect ladder

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — It took 14 months for Anthony Cirelli to rise from a center who was overlooked in two junior-league drafts to Memorial Cup hero and third-round NHL draft pick, and the Lightning prospect feels like his head is still spinning.

    "It's starting to hit me now, what's going on and stuff," Cirelli said during the Lightning's development camp that ended Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum. "It's been an unbelievable season."...

    Anthony Cirelli is invited to the NHL draft combine after getting noticed last season in Canadian juniors. The center is later taken by the Lightning in the third round of the draft. “It’s starting to hit me now, what’s going on and stuff,” he says.
  5. Confederate flag supporters rally beneath their banner

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — A group of nearly 100 people stretched out their arms on the nation's Independence Day, saluting the Confederate flag waving above them.

    "Happy Fourth of July," shouted Phil Walters, a member of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans. "Ya'll like this banner?"

    The rally on Saturday evening, beneath a huge Confederate flag on U.S. 92 just west of Interstate 75, united supporters from across the state to express their anger at attempts to remove Confederate flags and monuments. They hoped to send a message that the Civil War was not based on slavery, and that the Confederate Flag was not a symbol of racism, but a reminder of their heritage. ...

    Eric Wilson, 36, of Winter Springs salutes the Confederate flag with others Saturday at Confederate Memorial Park in Tampa.
  6. Rays-Yankees preview

    The Heater

    Rays at Yankees

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

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

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Erasmo Ramirez (6-3, 4.01)

    YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (1-1, 1.50)

    On Ramirez: Returned from groin strain with solid Tuesday outing vs. Indians, allowing one run over 52/3 IP. Has 2.18 ERA over past 18 games, season low overall. Is 1-0, 2.00 in four games vs. Yankees....

  7. Rays Tales: Best players to have played for Rays

    The Heater

    Any debate over who is the best-ever Rays player arguably ends up with four candidates worthy of discussion — OF Carl Crawford, LHP David Price, INF/OF Ben Zobrist and 3B Evan Longoria, who has the benefit of seven more years under contract to add to his resume.

    Price had the greatest individual achievement in winning 20 games and the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 while making four All-Star teams. Crawford had the longest career in Tampa Bay while also earning four All-Star selections. Zobrist has the most on-field and sabermetric value because of his immeasurable versatility and impressive production. Longoria has the opportunity to be the franchise leader in almost every key offensive category along with three All-Stars nods, two Gold Gloves and a rookie of the year plaque....

    Fred McGriff hit 493 career homers and made five All-Star teams.
  8. Rays' Souza snaps slump in impressive fashion

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — OF Steven Souza Jr. insisted he wasn't paying attention to a nearly week-and-a-half-long hitless streak. Or maybe he had just lost count after Saturday's first-inning strikeout against the Yankees left him hitless in his past 26 at-bats with 16 strikeouts.

    But he had reason to feel better about himself by the end of the day, snapping his skid with a fourth-inning single off Michael Pineda then flexing some muscle with a tying two-run homer in the ninth off Dellin Betances....

    Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr., left, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a baseball game-tying two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning Saturday, July 4, 2015, in New York. The Yankees won 3-2. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  NYJJ127
  9. Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows


    News shows

    Here is a listing of today's television news shows.

    Ch. 10, 8:30 a.m.: 10News Sunday Morning With the Tampa Bay Times — Staff writer Patty Ryan looks at the children left behind when single parents go to prison for stealing identities and filing fraudulent claims for tax refunds.

    Ch. 13, 9 a.m.: Fox News Sunday — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate; Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of the conservative Liberty Institute; Evan Wolfson, president of the advocacy group Freedom to Marry....

  10. Slumping Rays tie then lose in ninth to Yankees

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — The latest example of how badly things are going for the Rays came with a particularly cruel result Saturday.

    Instead of taking the out the Yankees were giving them on a simple bunt in the ninth inning, the Rays instead gave away another game, reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw allowing the decisive run to score in a 3-2 walkoff loss that was their seventh straight and 11th in their past 13 games....

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria singles with two outs in the first inning and moves up on James Loney’s single but winds up stranded.
  11. Boater discovers body in St. Petersburg

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A boater found the body of a man floating Saturday in waters off the 4300 block of 44th Street S, St. Petersburg police said.

    Police identified the body, discovered just after noon, as 32-year-old Albert Rashod Mitchell of 4354 16th Ave. S.

    There were no signs of trauma to his body, authorities said. No additional information was released.

  12. Diver is seriously injured by spear gun in Sarasota

    Public Safety

    A diver was in serious condition Saturday after being accidentally shot with a spear fishing gun by a companion while the two men were submerged under the Twin Bridge in Sarasota, police said.

    The scene was near the Sarasota Yacht Club. The injured diver was transported to a local hospital, where he was in the intensive care unit with life-threatening injuries. Both divers were in their 20s, police said....

    On the waters near where the accident took place in Sarasota. [Photo courtesty of Sarasota Police Department]
  13. At Brandon's Fourth of July parade, a more muted display of Confederate colors

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — The Vietnam veterans gave out bead necklaces, the Veterans of Foreign Wars gave out candy, and the Sons and Daughters of Confederate Veterans gave out Confederate battle flags, as they have always done.

    In most respects, Brandon's Fourth of July parade, with its classic theme of "Red, White and Blue," was no different than it has ever been. More than 100 groups paraded down Parsons Avenue on Saturday in front of tens of thousands of people gathered for one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the state. The parade has been a Brandon tradition for decades, and is run by the Community Roundtable, a local nonprofit....

    Belen Gonzalez helps her daughter, Lilah, 1 1/2, keep cool Saturday with an ice pop as they watch the parade in Brandon.
  14. Problems continue for Allegiant as airline reports third emergency landing in a month at St. Pete-Clearwater


    For the third time in a month, an Allegiant Air flight has been forced to make an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

    But this time, the airline confirmed, passengers didn't know.

    Allegiant Flight 977 left Asheville, N.C., on Friday, bound for Punta Gorda, but was forced to divert to St. Pete-Clearwater because of bad weather, the airline said.

    But before the MD-83 aircraft landed, pilots declared an emergency after an "indicator light" pointed to a possible "maintenance issue" on the aircraft, Allegiant said Saturday....

    Passenger aircraft with Allegiant Air's fleet are parked on the tarmac at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  15. Pinellas law enforcement operation nets 12 DUI arrests, dozens of tickets

    Public Safety

    A law enforcement "DUI wolf pack" operation Friday night and early Saturday on Pinellas County roadways netted 12 arrests for driving under the influence, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Several agencies also charged 13 people for possessing controlled substances, two on misdemeanor charges of driving on a suspended or revoked license, one on a felony charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license and two people on outstanding warrants....