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  1. How to watch the GOP debate in New Hampshire on Saturday night

    National

    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....

    People say the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio in the Hood Middle School gymnasium on Friday in Derry, New Hampshire. Hundreds of people came to see Rubio speak on the eve of the last GOP televised debate before voters go to the polls in the "First in the Nation" presidential primary.  [Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images]
  2. Clearwater police looking for man who attacked 6-year-old girl in mall bathroom

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — 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....

    Clearwater police are looking for this man. He is described as a white man with short dark hair between 19 and 25 years old who weighs about 140 pounds and is between 5 feet 3 and 5 feet 6 tall. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, according to police. He may have been with two women while at the mall. [Clearwater Police Department]

  3. One dead, seven injured in Tampa strip club shooting (w/video)

    Crime

    TAMPA — A shooting at a strip club early Saturday left one person dead and seven injured.

    According to Tampa Police, officers responded just after 2 a.m. to Club Rayne at 8123 N Nebraska Ave., where they found six people hurt and one dead by gunshot wounds. The injured were taken to area hospitals. An eighth person hurt in the shooting was taken to a hospital by private transportation, according to police....

    Tampa police say one person was killed and seven others hurt during a shooting shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday at the Club Rayne strip club at 8123 N Nebraska Ave. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  4. Buccaneers' Jameis Winston wins fans' top rookie honor

    Bucs

    SAN FRANCISCO — On an outdoor television set for CBS, dressed in a brown suit, Jameis Winston took aim at a passing target a few feet off the faux football field after tumbling over from a gust of wind. From about 12 yards, he pumped four spirals through the narrow opening in five attempts.

    With all of his Super Bowl appearances, the formal attire has come in handy this week, because Winston seems well-suited to perform under any circumstance....

    Jameis Winston is the third rookie to pass for 4,000 yards.
  5. HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 30-Feb. 5

    Blog

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 5. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

    Female nominees

    Chelsie Hall, basketball, Seffner Christian: The junior guard had 38 points and eight steals to help lead Seffner Christian to a 62-47 victory against Indian Rocks Christian in the region quarterfinals. Hall averages more than 20 points and five steals per game.  ...

  6. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Caribbean Series semifinal2:20 p.m.ESPND
    Caribbean Series semifinal6:40 p.m.ESPND
    College basketball
    Florida State at Wake ForestnoonFox Sun; 1010-AM
    Kansas at TCUnoonESPN
    Cincinnati at MemphisnoonESPN2
    Temple at UCFnoonESPNU
    Boston College at LouisvillenoonCh. 44
    Marquette at XaviernoonFS1
    George Washington at VCUnoonCBSSN
    Women: Nebraska at IowanoonBig Ten
    Davidson at Duquesne12:30 p.m.NBCSN
    N.C. State at Duke2 p.m.ESPN
    Michigan State at Michigan2 p.m.Ch. 10
    Iowa State at Oklahoma State2 p.m.ESPN2
    Rutgers at Nebraska2 p.m.ESPNU
    Marshall at Texas-San Antonio2 p.m.Ch. 38
    DePaul at Creighton2 p.m.Fox Sun
    Northern Iowa at Drake2 p.m.CBSSN
    Women: USF at Temple2 p.m.1040-AM
    Delaware at William & Mary2:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Villanova at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1
    Women: Texas at Iowa State2:30 p.m.FS2
    Missouri at Alabama3 p.m.SEC
    Purdue at Maryland4 p.m.ESPN
    Stanford at Cal4 p.m.ESPN2
    South Carolina at Texas A&M4 p.m. ESPNU
    Florida at Kentucky4 p.m.Ch. 10; 620-AM
    Clemson at Virginia Tech4 p.m.FSF
    New Mexico at San Diego State4 p.m.CBSSN
    Arizona at Washington4:30 p.m.Ch. 13
    Butler at St. John's4:30 p.m.Fox Sun
    Western Kentucky at UTEP5 p.m.FS1
    Auburn at Georgia5:30 p.m.SEC
    Mississippi State at LSU6 p.m.ESPN2
    Oklahoma at Kansas State6 p.m.ESPNU
    North Carolina at Notre Dame7 p.m.ESPN
    Vanderbilt at Mississippi8 p.m.ESPNU
    Baylor at West Virginia8 p.m.ESPN2
    Tennessee at Arkansas8 p.m.SEC
    Indiana at Penn State8 p.m.Big Ten
    Georgetown at Seton Hall9 p.m.CBSSN
    Hawaii at Cal Poly10 p.m.ESPNU
    Wichita State at Illinois State10 p.m.ESPN2
    Gonzaga at PepperdinemidnightESPN2
    College hockey
    Penn State at Minnesota5 p.m.FS2
    Michigan at Michigan State5 p.m.Big Ten
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Dubai Desert Classic4 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Phoenix Open1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Phoenix Open3 p.m.Ch. 8
    LPGA: Coates Championship3 p.m.Golf
    Champions: Allianz Championship5 p.m.Golf
    High school soccer, girls state final
    Class 5A: Miami Lourdes vs. OviedonoonBHSN
    NBA
    Thunder at Warriors9 p.m.ESPN
    NHL
    Rangers at Flyers1 p.m.NHL
    Blackhawks at Stars8 p.m.NHL
    Soccer
    EPL: Leicester City at Manchester City7:30 a.m.NBCSN
    German: Borussia Dortmund at Hertha Berlin9:30 a.m.FS1
    German: Wolfsburg at Schalke9:30 a.m.FS2
    EPL: Watford at Tottenham9:45 a.m.NBCSN
    EPL: Sunderland at Liverpool10 a.m.USA
    German: Bayern Munich at Bayern Leverkusen12:30 p.m.Ch. 13
    Mexican: Santos Laguna at America5:45 p.m.Univision
    Mexican: Toluca at Guadalajara10 p.m.Unimas
    UFC
    Hendricks vs. Thompson10 p.m.FS1
    ...

  7. TeBella Tea Co. continues expansion by opening in St. Petersburg's Station House

    Retail

    It's pretty easy to drink local in the Tampa Bay area these days.

    There are dozens of craft breweries for beer drinkers. We've even got micro-distilleries and some wineries.

    Between Kahwa Coffee, Buddy Brew Coffee and a slew of other local coffee shops, you can get organic beans brewed just for you on both sides of the bay.

    But when it comes to local tea, there's pretty much only TeBella Tea Co. ...

    Abigail St. Clair, owner of TeBella Tea Co., shown at her new location at the Station House in St. Petersburg, began with a store on Davis Islands in 2010. 
  8. Boys basketball: St. Petersburg 59, East Lake 45

    Preps

    ST. PETERSBURG — All season, St. Petersburg had one of the best guard combinations in the bay area with Serrel Smith and Darius Banks providing a 1-2 scoring punch.

    Now, the Green Devils have added a third option with the return of Travis Bianco.

    The senior guard, who already has committed to Eckerd, played sparingly during the regular season because of a groin injury. He sat out the past two weeks to be ready for the Class 7A, District 10 tournament....

  9. Boys basketball: Bradenton Southeast 78, Gibbs 77

    Preps

    Gibbs made a habit this season of pulling out close games with eight wins that were decided by five points or fewer.

    On Friday, the Gladiators had another tight one in the Class 5A, District 11 final. This time, Gibbs was unable to come though, falling 78-77 to Bradenton Southeast.

    It was the first time the Gladiators had lost to a district opponent this season. Now Gibbs will have to go through the playoffs on the road as a runnerup....

  10. Lightning tops Penguins

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — If any concern still lingered over the slow season start by Lightning center Tyler Johnson, it disappeared in Friday night's 6-3 win over the Penguins.

    The 2015 All-Star followed up a strong performance Wednesday against the Red Wings with his first multipoint game since November, scoring once and adding two assists to help Tampa Bay earn its 10th win in its past 11 games.

    "I think he's kind of coming into his own," wing Alex Killorn said....

    Penguins defenseman Kris Letang provides a screen of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as Anton Stralman scores in the first.
  11. Boys basketball: Hillsborough 47, Armwood 45

    Preps

    SEFFNER — It was the biggest game of its season to date, but from the first whistle, Armwood seemed to be falling apart.

    The Hawks, which beat Hillsborough the last time they played, couldn't seem to hold onto the ball in the first half of the Class 6A, District 8 championship game. And even when they did, the shots just weren't falling. Moments into the second quarter, the Terriers, in the hunt for their first district title since 2009, went up by 17 points. ...

  12. Dungy, Lynch await Hall of Fame fate

    Bucs

    SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was ready to walk away from the NFL when he was fired as Bucs coach after the 2001 season. A second straight lopsided loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC playoffs hastened his departure, even as the team had been in failed secret discussions with Bill Parcells to succeed him as coach.

    Other teams wanted to talk to Dungy about openings, and in his six seasons with Tampa Bay, he already had become its all-time wins leader, reaching the playoffs four times....

    Tony Dungy, former Bucs coach, greets well-wishers before the Lightning takes the ice against the Rangers for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final at Amalie Arena last season.
  13. State girls soccer: 'Two bad breaks' hurt Newsome

    Preps

    MELBOURNE — Newsome's exit from the Class 5A state tournament Friday night came down to a goal that could have been disallowed and a goal that was.

    Miami Lourdes scored in the 14th minute after poking a shot from Wolves' goalkeeper Madison Rowe, then withstood constant second-half pressure to hang on for a 1-0 win at Melbourne High School. Newsome scored a goal in the 42nd minute on a free kick. But after a discussion by the referees the goal was disallowed because it was an indirect kick. The refs ruled the ball did not touch another player before it went in the goal....

    Newsome's Peyton Smith (8) passes the ball against Lourdes during high school Class 5A Semi-final State Championship girls soccer action at Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Fla., Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Gary Lloyd McCullough, Special to the Times)
  14. Ruskin women dead after losing control of vehicle on U.S. 41

    Accidents

    RUSKIN — A woman was killed after she lost control of her car and crashed into a guardrail Friday morning on U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Arminda Solier-Irizarry, 54, of Ruskin was driving her 2001 Ford F-150 south on U.S. 41 south of Saffold Park Drive at about 10:40 a.m. She had a medical emergency and lost control of her vehicle, according the Highway Patrol. She left the roadway and hit the guardrail....

  15. Lightning's hard-luck Paquette: Not my year

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — During Thursday's practice, Lightning C Cedric Paquette took a slap shot off his right shin and buckled to the ice in pain.

    After getting helped off to the Ice Sports Forum dressing room, Paquette returned after practice ended, drawing a large ovation from teammates.

    "It's not my year," he said.

    Paquette was fine, and he played Friday night against the Penguins. But he has had his share of bad luck this season. It started with a left foot/ankle injury during the preseason blocking a shot, and later he missed a month after aggravating it in mid November....

    Lightning center Cedric Paquette has played just 26 games this season after hurting his left foot and ankle blocking a shot in the preseason.