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  1. Lightning loses two forwards plus game to Oilers

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    EDMONTON — Coach Jon Cooper half-jokingly said Monday morning that touted wing prospect Jonathan Drouin was bound to make his anticipated debut soon because his team was running out of bodies at forward.

    Turns out, that was what happened as Drouin was a late add to the lineup against the Oilers after wing Alex Killorn suffered an upper-body injury in the morning skate.

    Drouin, 19, rated the league's top prospect, was as advertised, but the Lightning wasn't in a sloppy 3-2 loss to the Oilers, who picked up their first win of the season....

    Oilers forward Taylor Hall scores on a penalty shot against Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop in the second period, giving Edmonton a 2-1 lead. Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison was whistled for hooking Hall, drawing the penalty shot.
  2. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Baseball, World Series
    Game 1: Giants at Royals8 p.m.Ch. 13; 620-AM
    College football
    Arkansas St. at Louisiana-Lafayette8 p.m.ESPN2
    NBA preseason
    Rockets at Heat8 p.m.TNT
    Clippers at Warriors10:30 p.m.TNT
    Flyers at Blackhawks8:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Lightning at Flames9 p.m.Sun Sports; 970-AM
    UEFA Champions League: Manchester City at CSKA MoscownoonFS1
    UEFA Champions League: Athletic Bilbao at Porto2:30 p.m.ESPND
    UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich at Roma2:30 p.m.FSF
    UEFA Champions League: Ajax at Barcelona2:30 p.m.FS1
    UEFA Champions League: Maribor at Chelsea2:30 p.m.FS2
    UEFA Champions League: Paris St. Germain at APOEL (taped)5 p.m.ESPND
    Women's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Costa Rica vs. Martinique5 p.m.FS2
    Women's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Mexico vs. Jamaica7:30 p.m.FS1
    Mexican Cup: Lobos BUAP at Merida7:50 p.m.ESPND
    Mexican Cup: Guadalajara at Santos10 p.m.ESPND
    CONCACAF Champions League: Cruz Azul at Alajuelense10 p.m.Galavision
    WTA Championships7:30 a.m.Tennis
    ATP: Swiss Indoors11:30 a.m.Tennis
    WTA Championships1:30 a.m.Tennis

  3. Man arrested for deadly 2013 hit-and-run crash


    LUTZ — More than a year after a hit and run accident that killed a Lutz teenager and injured another, Florida Highway Patrol investigators have arrested and charged the person they believe responsible for the crash.

    Matthew West, 24, of Land O' Lakes, faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving involving a death, FHP troopers reported.

    On Oct. 5, 2013, West drove into the parked sport utility vehicle of 17-year-old Frank Vasquez, who was returning from a concert with his girlfriend, Kaylee E. Baer, then 16, the Highway Patrol said. He then fled. Vasquez died the next day and Baer sustained serious injuries. ...

  4. Oilers' Teddy Purcell gets together with old Lightning teammates

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    Times Staff Writer

    EDMONTON — For wing Teddy Purcell, it felt like old times Sunday afternoon, watching football with most of the Lightning team during lunch.

    But Purcell, 29, is now with the Oilers thanks to a June trade, so he made sure to treat a handful of his former Tampa Bay teammates, including good buddy Steven Stamkos, for dinner in their first night in Edmonton....

    Teddy Purcell (16) watches as Dustin Brown  (23) of the Kings scores past a sprawling Ben Scrivens earlier this month in Los Angeles. [Getty Images]
  5. Jonathan Drouin makes debut for Lightning

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    EDMONTON — Considering how long touted wing prospect Jonathan Drouin had to wait for his NHL debut, it was fitting he got into the lineup at the last minute Monday night.

    Drouin, 19, was called up Sunday from a two-game conditioning assignment with Syracuse in the American Hockey League, but wasn't supposed to play against the Oilers.

    However, LW Alex Killorn suffered an upper body injury in a scary spill into the boards at Monday's morning skate and was a late scratch, thrusting Drouin into action....

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin (27) skates during the warm up before facing off for his first NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta., on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Amber Bracken) AKB103
  6. Victor Hedman to miss 4-6 weeks after surgery

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    EDMONTON — Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be out 4-6 weeks, after surgery today on a fractured finger in his right hand.

    Hedman, 23, suffered the injury blocking a shot during Saturday's 4-2 win over Vancouver. Though without its top defenseman potentially through November, Tampa Bay feels fortunate as it could have been worse.

    "If it's ligaments, then you have no idea what you're dealing with (in recovery time)," coach Jon Cooper said. "If you're getting clean breaks, that's just a fix it up, stabilize and wait for it to heal and he'll be back. It's just really unfortunate for Heddy because how good a player he's becoming and what a great start he had. But injuries happen and we're going to have to weather the storm for a month."...

    Victor Hedman
  7. Predawn campaign robocalls traced to caller ID victim


    CLEARWATER — Barbara Homer says she didn't do it — she didn't send 3 a.m. campaign robocalls on behalf of any politicians, have an affair with anyone's husband or offer a free solar energy audit over the phone, but she has been accused of all three.

    The 53-year-old Clearwater resident's name and phone number have appeared on answering machines around the state since Oct. 7 because, she says, she has fallen victim to a "caller ID spoofer." She said someone stole her phone information to disguise the source of their phony solicitations. ...

  8. Region golf: St. Petersburg girls sweat one out


    TEMPLE TERRACE — The St. Petersburg girls team was announced as the Class 3A-4 region runnerup Monday, securing their first team state tournament berth in school history.

    Soon, though, the Green Devils' joy turned to nervousness.

    The Green Devils — and team champion Steinbrenner — were announced before all golfers had finished. And as St. Petersburg coach Ed Pogorelc watched the leaderboard, he realized it might not have been over after all. Hillsborough was in striking distance. ...

  9. Bucs retain hope thanks to weak NFC South


    TAMPA — Here's how bad things are in pro football's loser's bracket, otherwise known as the NFC South.

    The 1-5 Bucs awoke Monday after their bye week to discover that despite slumbering through the first six games in the Lovie Smith era, they are only two wins out of first place in their division. That's because the Panthers (3-3), Saints (2-4) and Falcons (2-5) all lost on Sunday.

    In lieu of a real victory, it was something to celebrate at One Buc Place....

    “There’s life when you take a little time off to not play a game and you end up in better position than when we started Sunday … we’re excited about that,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith says of being idle Sunday while all three of the other NFC South teams lost.
  10. Lightning-Flames preview


  11. African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears


    ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has canceled the upcoming visit of 14 journalists from African countries, citing Ebola-related fears from faculty, students and staff.

    The journalists, part of the U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow program, were scheduled to arrive in St. Petersburg on Oct. 31 for a five-day visit. Two of those journalists are from the Ebola-affected nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Salem Solomon, a Tampa-based journalist, wrote in an op-ed appearing in the Tampa Bay Times criticizing the university's decision....

  12. Josh McCown back to throwing at practice


    TAMPA — The bye week was good for quarterback Josh McCown, who returned to practice Monday and had his first extensive throwing session since tearing a ligament in his right thumb in Week 3 at Atlanta.

    McCown, 35, still wore a wrap but didn't appear to have any trouble making short and intermediate throws in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

    "He threw the ball fairly well today," coach Lovie Smith said. "And we're encouraged by his progress."...

    Josh McCown, left, started the first three games and was 0-3 with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He left the loss at Atlanta on Sept. 18 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
  13. USF's Andre Davis earns AAC honor


    TAMPA — Less than 48 hours after his record-setting day in USF's historic comeback win at Tulsa, senior WR Andre Davis was named American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week by the American Athletic Conference and collegesportsmadness.com Monday.

    It was the first such honor for Davis (six receptions, 154 yards, three TDs), who eclipsed Carlton Mitchell's school record with his sixth career 100-yard receiving effort. He is tied with DeAndrew Rubin for USF's all-time record for TD receptions (14)....

    USF’s Andre Davis, breaking free for a 51-yard touchdown reception against East Carolina on Oct. 11, adds three TDs Saturday against Tulsa.
  14. Affair revealed as police conclude Davis Islands shooting investigation


    TAMPA — Late one night in August, Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Noll after he walked into her Davis Islands home unannounced. Simpson, the wife of semiprofessional golfer Rhett Simpson, later told investigators that Noll was a former friend who had been stalking her and threatening to hurt her family.

    When the home's alarm went off and she heard someone coming up the stairs, she grabbed a 9mm Ruger. When the door opened, she fired....

    Mishay Simpson told police the intruder in her Davis Islands home was a former friend.
  15. 'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions in Tampa


    America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician Mat Franco beat singer Emily West for the championship. Franco won a $1 million prize and will headline the America's Got Talent show in Las Vegas. Hopefuls in Tampa should a have a 90-second set prepared to perform in front of the series' producers in hopes of making it to the main stage. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions. Open calls will be held at the convention center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 748-1291. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

    TP_346419_JONE_TALENT_04 (OCTAVIO JONES | Times 11/12/2011, Tampa) America's Got Talent judge Nick Cannon(cq),center, belts out "Tampa Bay got talent" while surrounded by contestants during the taping of NBC's "America's Got Talent" promotional trailers. America's Got Talent contestants audition at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in hopes to win $1,000,000 during the competition on Saturday, November 12, 2011. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]