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  1. Largo man dies in motorcycle crash in Brooksville

    Accidents

    BROOKSVILLE — A Largo man was killed Saturday night after his motorcycle veered off the road at Hayman and Batten roads, collided with a utility pole and flipped over, officials said.

    Anthony Mounsey, 48, was driving westbound on Hayman Road, near the intersection of Batten Road, when he failed to negotiate a left curve and traveled onto the shoulder at about 10:30 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. The motorcycle then hit a utility pole and overturned, throwing Mounsey from the motorcycle....

  2. Spring Hill man dies after hit by pickup truck

    Accidents

    HUDSON — A Spring Hill man was killed Saturday night when a pickup truck crashed into his motorcycle at an intersection, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

    Ricardo Fernandez, 56, was stopped at stop sign at U.S. 19 traveling eastbound on Viva Via Drive when a pickup truck traveling northbound on U.S. 19 approached the stop sign in the center lane, troopers said.

    Crimson Hadsell, 20, was driving the Ford 150 with her 6-year-old daughter as a passenger....

  3. Tampa man killed in motorcycle crash

    Accidents

    A Tampa man died in a crash Saturday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on Hillsborough Avenue, officials said.

    Daniel Paul Miller, 27, was driving westbound on Hillsborough Avenue east of Harney Road when he veered across the center and outside lanes, overturning the motorcycle, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

    Miller and the motorcycle skidded down the north side of the road, crashing into a power pole and then a metal sign....

  4. Man charged with attempted second degree murder in St. Pete stabbing

    Crime

    A man was charged with attempted second degree murder after stabbing another man repeatedly late Saturday night in St. Petersburg, officials said.

    Richard Bayliss, 45, was sent to Bayfront Hospital with serious injuries after James Michael Alexander, 54, stabbed him multiple times all over his body, St. Petersburg Police said. Bayliss is expected to survive.

    The stabbing, which happened at 513 3rd Ave. S, appears to be over the theft of a wallet and prescription medication, police said....

  5. 80th Florida Strawberry Festival queen, court named

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY — Samantha Sun, a junior at Plant City High School, was crowned queen of the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival on Sunday night.

    Sun, the daughter of Jim and Shari Sun, will be joined at the 80th annual festival by first maid Deanna Rodriguez and court members Payton Astin, Emily Benoit and Kellen Morris.

    The queen and court make more than 80 appearances throughout the year representing the festival and Plant City....

  6. Sunday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    College basketball
    Miami at Florida State12:30 p.m.ESPNU; 1040-AM
    Michigan at Michigan State1 p.m.Ch. 10
    Cincinnati at East Carolina1 p.m.CBSSN
    Women: Georgia at Kentucky1 p.m.SEC
    Women: UConn at Temple2 p.m.ESPN2
    Utah at USC2:30 p.m.ESPNU
    Connecticut at Houston3 p.m.CBSSN
    Women: Mississippi State at Tennessee3 p.m.SEC
    Women: Iowa at Maryland4 p.m.ESPN2
    Women: South Carolina at Mississippi4:30 p.m.ESPNU
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Dubai Desert Classic4 a.m.Golf
    PGA: Phoenix Open1 p.m.Golf
    PGA: Phoenix Open3 p.m.Ch. 10
    NFL, Super Bowl XLIX
    Patriots vs. Seahawks6:30 p.m.Ch. 8; 1040-AM, 820-AM, 1470-AM
    NHL
    Blues at Capitals1 p.m.NBCSN
    Skiing
    Freestyle World Cup4 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    EPL: Aston Villa at Arsenal8:30 a.m.NBCSN
    EPL: Swansea City at Southampton11 a.m.NBCSN
    Mexican: Guadalajara at Toluca1 p.m.Univision
    Tennis
    Australian Open, men's final: Djokovic vs. Murray3 a.m.ESPN
    Australian Open, men's final (taped)9 a.m.ESPN2
    ...

  7. Who has the edge in Super Bowl?

    Bucs

    Quarterback

    Seattle's Russell Wilson (left) survived a four-interception game against Green Bay, but his ability to scramble is a huge advantage — 849 rushing yards, most among NFL quarterbacks, including eight runs of 20-plus yards. But Tom Brady had 33 touchdown passes to Wilson's 20 in the regular season — his experience in the postseason and Super Bowl gives him the edge in the game's biggest platform....

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) AZMH104
  8. Lightning shakes off Blue Jackets

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning added two more players to the league's largest group of double-digit scorers. That depth was the pivotal piece Saturday night in extending the longest home winning streak in franchise history to 10 games.

    Cedric Paquette and Valtteri Filppula both scored their 10th goals of the season as the Lightning held off the pesky Blue Jackets 3-1 at Amalie Arena.

    "Lots of guys have chipped in," forward Brett Connolly said. "Throughout the lineup, we've found ways to produce offense."...

    Brett Connolly scores on Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney for a 1-0 Lightning lead with 24 seconds left in the first period.
  9. Gasparilla parade's 100th edition marked by mostly behaved revelry

    News

    TAMPA

    Scores of bead-crazed fanatics. Some 1,400 cops. One wedding. About 50 gallons of Bloody Mary mix. Lemonade stands. More than 1,000 portable toilets. And 100 years of saucy tradition.

    Add a few intemperate revelers under temperate skies and a faux pirate ship, and the result is a party that little has been able to halt: the Gasparilla parade.

    Tens of thousands of people from across the Tampa Bay region turned out for the 100th annual Gasparilla parade of pirates Saturday, an event that began modestly in 1904 and has been interrupted a handful of times, most notably by two world wars. Little, if anything, seemed to mar 2015's anniversary edition....

    Tampa police Chief Jane Castor takes a selfie with Ye Mystic Krewe members at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday.
  10. Lightning mirrors Red Wings' blueprint for success

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    When the Lightning faced the Red Wings on Thursday, it was almost like looking in the mirror.

    And it was not just because the teams entered the game No. 1 and No. 2 in the Atlantic Division.

    Of course, Detroit — dubbed "Hockeytown" — has far more tradition and Stanley Cups. Its streak of 23 consecutive playoff berths is remarkable.

    But the Red Wings have served as a model for Tampa Bay, run by former Detroit captain and legend Steve Yzerman. When Yzerman took over as Lightning general manager in 2010, he made no short-term guarantees. He knew success would take patience and a plan. ...

    Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman watches as players practice down on the ice from the second floor viewing area during the 2014 Lightning Development Camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.
  11. Cedric Paquette's hot streak continues for Lightning

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Forward Cedric Paquette said his phone has hardly stopped buzzing with calls and texts during his recent hot streak.

    "It's never stopped," the Lightning rookie said. "The last three or four games, it's been on fire."

    That likely will continue after he scored again Saturday in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Paquette has scored in each of the past three games, with five goals total in that stretch. Paquette said he might have had a similar streak once before, in juniors....

    A BOOST: Defenseman Mark Barberio is getting more ice time because of injuries.
  12. As spring training nears, Rays hope to tweak roster

    The Heater

    For most of the past three months, the Rays roster has been under massive renovation, with 15 players dropped from the 40-man roster and a half-dozen potentially key pieces brought in.

    Now, with the calendar flipping to February and the countdown to spring training measured in days, baseball operations president Matt Silverman and staff are looking to make a final few small moves along the lines of what he initially suggested when taking over in mid October....

    Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite Thursday's failed City Council vote. [Times]
  13. Rays sign reliever Belisario to minor-league deal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays added a potentially interesting piece to their bullpen in signing Ronald Belisario to a minor-league deal. They are also likely to add to their middle infield depth by signing Alexi Casilla to a minor-league deal as well.

    Belisario, 32, had an impressive run as a hard-throwing member of the Dodgers bullpen for several years, then struggled last season with the White Sox, posting a 5.16 ERA. He was reported last week to be close to a deal with the Blue Jays but had been talking to the Rays and might have seen them as offering a better opportunity....

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 27: Ronald Belisario #54 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of the game on July 27, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 4-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
  14. Lightning Nuts & Bolts: World Cup views, Super Bowl sides

    Lightning Strikes

    Short shift with D Luke Witkowski

    Must-TiVO TV show: Walking Dead. It's up there with Modern Family.

    Favorite movie: Top three? I'd say Troy, Patriot and Gladiator.

    Second-best sport growing up: Fishing or hunting? If you don't count those, I ran a lot of track. Ran the 2-mile, mile and 800.

    Are you a better hunter or fisher? Both are recreational, so it's not really competitive, but I know more about fishing....

    Luke Witkowski’s favorite movies are Troy, Patriot and Gladiator, maybe for fighting tips.
  15. Legacy at stake for Patriots, Seahawks

    Bucs

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — They are an odd couple, you must admit.

    There's Tom Brady, the handsome quarterback, a cleft in his chin deep enough to hold salsa dip, a supermodel wife and perfect life.

    There's Bill Belichick, the gray-hoodie-wearing coach of the Patriots, sideline savant who pushes more envelopes than the U.S. Postal Service.

    Together, they are making their sixth Super Bowl appearance in the past 13 years, winning three Lombardi trophies. They've done a lot of things right but could be remembered for the one or two they did wrong....

    The logo for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.