CLEARWATER — Palm Harbor University's Tyler Kaminski hoped that his resume as a two-year starting quarterback, which included several career and school passing records, would be enough to convince college coaches he was worthy of a scholarship.
But there were none after the regular season ended. So Kaminski turned to all-star games to gain exposure. On Wednesday, he did his part on the field, throwing for two first-half touchdowns to lead the North team to a 24-16 victory over the South at the Pinellas County senior all-star game....
12/11/13 Food & Dining
We're deep into December now, and with Christmas barreling toward us like holiday shoppers at Walmart's door openings on Black Friday, there are precious few days to indulge in the best part of the season.
That's right, for a few more weeks your taste buds can bathe in the nutmeggy, cinnamonny goodness that is all things eggnog. The classics will never go out of style. A bottle or ice cream cartoon full of the sweet treat blended with the spiced rum of your choice still brings back the warm feeling you get every year. But it isn't the only way to appreciate what is arguably Christmas' best flavor....
TAMPA — Taylor Emery and coach Laurie Pacholke had talked about it just the day before. Emery, who scored more than 20 points per game last season for Freedom as a sophomore, is now the lone returning starter. With that comes a certain expectation to perform.
"There's a lot riding on her shoulders, and she knows it," Pacholke said. "There's no plays off when you're as talented as she is."...
ST. PETERSBURG — It has been a familiar sight for many years in Lakewood's cozy gym: A team uses a suffocating full-court press to frustrate its opponent until the lead gets so large that a running clock is needed in the second half.
Usually, that team is Lakewood.
But on Wednesday night, St. Petersburg turned the tables in a convincing 70-39 girls basketball victory over the Spartans. The Green Devils (10-0) caused 24 Lakewood turnovers and had three players score in double figures. Jordan Berenbaum led all scorers with 20, Angel Brown added 18 and Michael LaShon Everhart had 13....
12/11/13 Lightning Strikes
When Teddy Purcell unleashed a laser wrist shot that beat Capitals G Phillip Grubauer in a shootout Tuesday at the Verizon Center, it was fair to wonder where that shot has been.
The Lightning wing has one of the best wrist shots on the team, yet has just three goals in his past 24 games.
"It's always frustrating when you go into these little slumps," Purcell said. "You can't wait for your bounces; you have to go out and create them. Personally, that's something I put a lot of pride in myself, to go out and do that and be that go-to guy."...
12/11/13 TV and Radio
Maryland at Boston College, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Women: Kentucky at DePaul, 7 p.m., FS1
Florida Atlantic at DePaul, 9 p.m., FS1
College Football Awards, 7 p.m., ESPN
PGA Europe: Nelson Mandela Championship, 6:30 a.m., Golf
Asian Tour: Thai Golf Championship, 2:30 p.m., Golf
High school basketball
Chicago Whitney Young at Apple Valley (Minn.), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Clippers at Nets, 8 p.m., TNT
Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m., NFL; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
Red Wings at Lightning, 7:30 p.m., Sun Sports; 970-AM
Europa League: Kuban Krasnodar at Valencia, 12:55 p.m., ESPND
Europa League: Swansea City at St. Gallen, 1 p.m., FS1
Europa League: Wigan at Maribor, 1 p.m., FS2
Europa League: Sevilla at Freiburg, 3 p.m., ESPND, FS2
Europa League: Anzhi at Tottenham, 3 p.m., FS1
Europa League: Rijeka at Real Betis (taped), 5 p.m., ESPND
TV: FS1: Fox Sports 1; FS2: Fox Sports 2...
GIBSONTON — East Bay's run to the Class 7A football region semifinals kept last year's leading scorer on the basketball team, Anton Crutcher, off the court until last week.
He started slowly, scoring only 28 points combined in his first three games.
Until Wednesday night.
"He's trying to get into a rhythm," coach Billy Teeden said. "He found it tonight."
Crutcher scored 28 and grabbed 17 rebounds in a 64-56 home victory over previously unbeaten Lennard....
12/11/13 Local Government
OZONA — Although they received a petition with more than 100 names opposing the request, Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday night gave a marina on Ozona's historic waterfront the go-ahead to expand.
Commissioners paved the way for the Speckled Trout Marina to double the number of boats that it stores. They approved a change in the property's zoning designation from "residential" to "commercial recreation."...
12/11/13 The Heater
LAKE BUENA VISTA — There was finally movement on the first base market Wednesday, leaving the Rays better positioned to soon make a move of their own.
The Mariners actually acquired two, signing Corey Hart, who had seemed likely to return to the Brewers, and getting Logan Morrison from the Marlins. (Both also have outfield experience.)
That could be bad news for the Rays not only because two candidates went elsewhere, but the market for free agent James Loney, whom they hope to retain, is likely to escalate....
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle had little to say Wednesday about the status of football coach Nick Saban, who reportedly is pondering a new deal offered Friday while speculation has Texas hoping to lure Saban if Mack Brown departs as expected.
"He's working his butt off on recruiting. We're focused on recruiting and playing Oklahoma," Battle said. "The Sugar Bowl is where his efforts are and that's where mine are."...
WASHINGTON — After a dismal start in October, the number of people who enrolled in health coverage on the troubled HealthCare.gov website more than quadrupled in November, according to new figures from the Obama administration.
The federal health insurance marketplace has shown improvements since October, when technical problems stifled enrollment and created a political firestorm for President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius....
12/11/13 The Heater
LAKE BUENA VISTA — David Price will still be with the Rays when baseball's winter meetings end today.
But based on how much talk there has been about him here and how little he has heard otherwise from the Rays, Price said Wednesday that he is prepared to be traded.
"It's something I've kind of prepared myself for," Price said via text message. "I've seen my teammates go through it and watched how they handled it. Just waiting to see what is going to happen."...
You can’t quite call it the Final 4 yet, but you might as well as Survivor: Blood vs. Water heads to Sunday’s finale with Tampa’s own Monica Culpepper looking like she’s in a great position to face off in the end to win $1 million.
There are four players left in the game and another three over at Redemption Island, only one of whom will make it back into the game. Meanwhile, Monica, Tyson and Gervase continue their tight alliance despite last-minute attempts to tattle on all the mean things Tyson has been saying about Monica behind her back. Hayden and Ciera made a mighty attempt to get her to flip. She admitted it hurt her feelings to hear what had been said about her, which makes us wonder how in the heck she’s taking all the Twitter hate heaped on her husband, ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper who joined her in the show’s first try at pairing veteran Survivor players with loved ones....
Chargers (6-7) at Broncos (11-2)
When/where: 8:25; Sports Authority Field, Denver
TV/radio: NFL Network; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
Line/OU: Broncos by 10½; 56½
The Chargers' Philip Rivers is having an outstanding season with 26 TD passes, ranking him fifth in the league. But that's 19 fewer than Denver's Peyton Manning, who has a league-high 45 to go with a league-high 4,522 yards. Denver's Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas have 21 TD catches since the start of last season, most among NFL receivers. Denver's Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal Sunday. The Broncos will be without second-leading WR Wes Welker (concussion)....
12/11/13 Lightning Strikes
Lightning rookie right wing Richard Panik was suspended two games by the league for his from-behind hit Tuesday on Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.
Panik will forfeit $7,589.74, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Alzner was not injured on the play with 4:29 left in the second period, and Panik was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding on which the Capitals scored twice....