12/06/13 TV and Radio
>Middleweights: Love vs. Simon, 11:30 p.m., Showtime
>Arizona St. at DePaul, 7 p.m., FS1
>South Carolina at Oklahoma St., 9:30 p.m., ESPNU
>Kentucky vs. Baylor, 10 p.m., ESPN
>Bowling Green vs. N. Illinois, 8 p.m., ESPN2
>UMass at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
>North Dakota at W. Michigan, 7:30 p.m., CBSSN
>Women's College Cup: Va. Tech vs. FSU, 5 p.m., ESPNU
>Women's College Cup: UCLA vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
>Nedbank Challenge, 6 a.m., Golf
>Northwestern Mutual World Championship, 3 p.m., Golf
>PGA Europe: Hong Kong Open, midnight, Golf
>High school football
>Class 2A final: Hialeah Champagnat vs. Lakeland Victory Christian, 1 p.m., BHSN
>Class A final: Gainesville Trenton vs. Blountstown, 7 p.m., BHSN
>Nuggets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
>Magic at Knicks, 7:30 p.m., FSF
>Ducks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m., NHL
>World Cup draw, 11:30 a.m., ESPN2
ST. PETERSBURG — So far this season St. Petersburg has used a simple formula to frustrate opponents. Apply stifling fullcourt defense, convert turnovers into layups and wear teams out with depth.
That strategy was on display Thursday night against Northeast. And like seven previous games, it worked like a charm.
The Green Devils jumped on the Vikings early and never let up in a 61-29 win. Jordan Berenbaum led St. Petersburg (8-0) with 18 points, but she also got help. Overall, 10 Green Devils scored, including 11 points from Victoria Uhatafe and eight from Angel Brown....
Clearwater Central Catholic is attempting to do what no Pinellas County high school football team has done: win a state title.
The Marauders (11-2), who host Jacksonville Trinity Christian (11-1) in Saturday's Class 3A final at the Citrus Bowl, are the ninth team from Pinellas County to advance to a championship game but will try to become the first to win since 1963, when the Florida High School Athletic Association began its state finals....
CLEARWATER — As his players were entrenched in the on-field delirium after last week's state semifinal win, Clearwater Central Catholic coach John Davis took a moment to reflect.
After 20 seasons of long hours and sleep-deprived nights, Davis had fulfilled a lifelong dream of coaching in a state football championship game. On Saturday, he directs the Marauders (11-2) against Jacksonville Trinity Christian (11-1) in the Class 3A final at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando....
SPRING HILL — Teams sitting atop their districts trudged across a muddy field Thursday, and with three minutes remaining, it looked like the Pasco County team would get the win.
A late Springstead goal changed that. The Bulls and Eagles settled for a 1-1 tie.
The tie tells a different story than the teams' matchup two weeks ago. The teams met on Wiregrass' homefield and the Bulls defeated the Eagles 4-1 in a decisive victory....
What they're saying
"I wish everyone had as much interest in all the other crimes that we have occur in our community as you had in this one." State Attorney Willie Meggs
"I would characterize it as being a college student. I'm sure you all know that college students may engage in sexual activity. Unfortunately, sometimes one-night stands happen."
Tim Jansen, Jameis Winston's attorney...
12/05/13 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Before Thursday night's game with the Senators, Lightning captain Marty St. Louis took new linemate Ondrej Palat aside for a talk.
They spoke of where Palat should go in certain situations, in what position St. Louis likes to receive passes.
The conversation paid off.
St. Louis scored twice in a 3-1 victory over the Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, both off perfect passes from the rookie left wing....
TAMPA — Call it the Deflection at Dad's.
Fourth and long, the Panthers, down by a touchdown, backed up to their 3-yard line with less than two minutes to go in a second-round playoff game against Orlando Dr. Phillips on Nov. 22.
Quarterback Colby Brown heaves a pass 25 yards downfield.
Interception, Plant's Fletcher Barnes thought as he ran toward the play.
A pair of wide-open Dr. Phillips defenders leapt for the easy pick, inexplicably colliding in midair....
12/05/13 Human Interest
TAMPA — People gathered at the First Baptist Church in Temple Terrace on Thursday to proceed through the Walk of Memories during the 30th annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope.
The vigil was held by the Hillsborough County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in honor of people killed or injured in drunken-driving crashes.
Many local law enforcement agencies volunteered their time to light the Walk of Memories with their police cars and motorcycles....
One man was in the hospital Thursday night after he was stabbed in the stomach outside a Tarpon Springs convenience store, police said.
About 8 p.m., the 48-year-old victim and two males, believed to be juveniles, were at 311 S. Pinellas Ave. outside the Long Ashes convenience store, Tarpon Springs police said.
Witnesses told police the people began fighting and one of the males stabbed the man, whose name was not released. ...
12/05/13 Human Interest
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillman is hugged Thursday by his wife, Holly, at a ceremony in which Homes For Our Troops gave the Dillmans the key to their new home in New Tampa. Dillman was left paralyzed by an IED blast in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan on Feb. 27, 2011, while on his second deployment. Homes For Our Troops is a nonprofit that aims to provide free housing to veterans who were injured since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Right: Kimberly Gray talks with Dillman, her son-in-law, as he views his completed home in New Tampa. With Gray is Dillman's dog, a dachshund named Panzerfaust....
12/05/13 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — The Lightning's injury list is so long, all coach Jon Cooper can do is joke about it. "We have to move the locker room to the training room," he said.
Nine players are hurt. The latest are defensemen Victor Hedman and Keith Aulie, lost during Thursday's 3-1 win over Ottawa.
Hedman, the Lightning's best defenseman and a mainstay on the power play and penalty kill, is day to day with a lower-body injury that seems likely to keep him out of Saturday's home game with the Jets. Aulie's fractured hand will be operated on today, Cooper said. He is out indefinitely....
12/05/13 Human Interest
TAMPA — When Tampa lawyer Jeraldine Williams, 67, heard about former South African President Nelson Mandela's death, memories came rushing back.
She felt emotional about his passing but said it also felt like a dove had been released. She spent Thursday evening recalling the Christmas in 1995 she spent with Mandela.
Williams had gone to South Africa in 1994 intending to help impoverished children and to assist with the country's elections. She says her son met Mandela's granddaughter and that acquaintance resulted in an invitation to Mandela's home, where she helped plan a traditional American Christmas celebration, complete with a chicken-stuffed turkey....
Two of Jameis Winston's teammates said they saw everything the night he was accused of sexual assault and that there was no rape.
Florida State defensive end Chris Casher, Winston's roommate, and defensive back Ronald Darby signed affidavits saying they saw the accuser willingly engage in oral and vaginal sex with Winston in the early morning hours of Dec. 7.
"From what I saw, she was a more than willing participant," Casher said in his sworn statement. ...