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  1. Thursday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Rangers at A's3:30 p.m.MLB
    Nationals at Marlins7 p.m.FSF
    Brewers at Cardinals8 p.m.MLB
    College football
    Auburn at Kansas State7:30 p.m.ESPN; 1250-AM
    Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State7:30 p.m.ESPNU
    SE Oklahoma at Henderson State8 p.m.CBSSN
    College soccer
    Women: Tennessee at Texas A&M7 p.m.SEC
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Wales Open5:30 a.m.Golf
    PGA Europe: Wales Open 10 a.m.Golf
    Web.com Tour Championship2 p.m.Golf
    LPGA: Yokohama Tire Classic5 p.m.Golf
    High school football
    Berkeley Prep at Lakeland Christian7:30 p.m.BHSN
    Lubbock Cooper (Texas) at Stephenville (Texas)9 p.m.ESPN2
    NFL
    Bucs at Falcons8 p.m.Ch. 10, NFL; 620-AM, 103.5-FM
    Soccer
    UEFA Euro League: Villareal at Monchengladbach1 p.m.ESPND
    UEFA Euro League: Tottenham at Partizan1 p.m.FS1
    Celtic at Salzburg1 p.m.FS2
    UEFA Euro League: Feyenoord at Sevilla3 p.m.ESPND
    UEFA Euro League: Wolfsburg at Everton3 p.m.FS1
    UEFA Euro League: Sparta Praha at Napoli3 p.m.FS2
    UEFA Euro League: Estoril at Eindhoven (taped)5 p.m.ESPND
    Exhibition (women): United States vs. Mexico7 p.m.ESPN2
    CONCACAF Champions League: Deportivo Saprissa at Kansas City8 p.m.FS1
    ...

  2. Jeter gets hit, run in Trop finale as Rays lose to Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday the Rays planned to honor retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter with praise and some parting gifts. Wednesday, he left the Trop turf for the final time with the satisfaction of snapping an 0-for-28 slump and scoring the decisive run in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Rays.

    "That," Rays manager Joe Maddon joked, "was totally unintended."

    For many in the crowd of 26,332 that came to see Jeter's last game at the Trop, it was a fond farewell as they stood for his at-bats, cheered his every move and chanted his name. Jeter, who will live here full time, tipped his cap as he came off the field....

    Catcher Ryan Hanigan and Alex Cobb have a mound conference during a rough sixth inning for the Rays starter.
  3. Rays: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop throws first-pitch strike

    The Heater

    Number of the day

    3

    Consecutive years the Rays have won the season series with the Yankees

    Today: Off

    Next game: vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Friday

    Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 3.63); White Sox — LH Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30)

    On deck

    Saturday: vs. White Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54); White Sox — RH Hector Noesi (8-10, 4.77)...

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop throws the first pitch before the MLB game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
  4. Tampa fashion event helps low-income high school girls celebrate in style

    Human Interest

    DEMETRIUS FREEMAN | Times

    Steven Anderson styles the hair of fashion designer Crystal Hefner, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's wife, before the seventh annual Fashion Week Tampa Bay Designer Presentation and FWTB Boutique at the Hilton Tampa Downtown on Wednesday. The event celebrates the area's top fashion and accessories designers. The fashion show featured over 100 models, 50 stylists and designers including Alexander Lin and Rhonda Shear. The show helps fund Becca's Closet, which donates formal clothing for proms and homecomings to high school girls with financial needs....

    Fashion model LaRa Maynard, 28, applies nail polish before the Wednesday’s Fashion Week show.
  5. Muschamp, Saban have long personal history

    Sports

    GAINESVILLE — Despite their long personal history, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida's Will Muschamp said they can't let their relationship get in the way Saturday afternoon.

    "My responsibility is to Alabama football and what we have to do to try to be successful here," Saban said. "But it's never personal with me when it comes to the opponent. I never try to make it personal. We compete against each other and we're still friends, and that's the way it's going to be."...

  6. Yankees' Joe Girardi still upset at Rays pitchers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Yankees manager Joe Girardi stuck to his criticism of the Rays' pitchers Wednesday, complaining again that they need to learn how to better pitch inside.

    "I think we had a right to get upset, just because of what's happened in the last (five) games against them," Girardi said Wednesday, after making similar comments following Tuesday's game. "There's been a lot of balls that are awful high. That's what bothers me. … When they're up and in, up by the neck and the head, I have a problem with that."...

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) is restrained as it appears he was attempting to go after Rays relief pitcher Steven Geltz (54) after he hit Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) and umps warn both benches as tempers fly during the 8th inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening (09/16/14). Yankees manager Joe Girardi is ejected.
  7. Florida offered fresh start for East Lake's Carson Lydon

    Footballpreps

    EAST LAKE — East Lake High linebacker Carson Lydon has made his usual assortment of eye-popping plays this season. Those hard-hitting sacks on heart-stopping blitzes, game-changing interceptions and blocked punts combined with the ability to squeeze his muscular 241-pound frame into running lanes to stop a play cold.

    On those ferocious hits, the Virginia Tech recruit uncoils his body with such force, opposing players often vibrate like a jackhammer. That is Lydon's release from the pain of losing a close friend to suicide, the heartbreak of his parents' divorce and the isolation of having lived in six states....

    East Lake’s Carson Lydon, left, lost close friend Dominick Doyle to suicide. Soon after, he learned of his parents’ divorce.
  8. Tampa Bay high school football grab bag

    Footballpreps

    Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice, cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.

    Power rankings

    The hottest things in high school football right now (with previous ranking in parenthesis).

    1. (1) Pinellas County football: Three teams — 2A Indian Rocks Christian, 3A Clearwater Central Catholic and 7A East Lake — ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press state poll? Wow! You know what that means. Right, fellas? STATE TITLE!...

    Jesuit’s Malik Davis has 1,091 career rushing yards three games into his sophomore season. Hillsborough County’s career rushing leader, Robert Davis of Carrollwood Day, had 407 at this point in his career.
  9. Bucs-Falcons: What they're saying

    Bucs

    THE POLL

    What was most to blame for the Bucs' 19-17 loss to the Rams?

    What they're saying

    The passing game continues to struggle due to protection issues. Josh McCown has the weapons at his disposal, but he simply can't get them the ball in good spots. The injury-riddled defensive line showed its colors as the Rams dominated the line of scrimmage all game while also keeping Austin Davis well protected on passing plays....

  10. Three questions: Bucs kick returner Solomon Patton

    Bucs

    THREE QUESTIONS

    With kick returner Solomon Patton.

    1. You made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. What was your first "I've arrived" moment in the NFL?

    "I'd definitely say the last preseason game, when I scored that touchdown. I actually got a chance to make a big-time play. It finally hit me: 'This is real.' "

    2. You guys were in your hotel rooms late before your game Sunday when the Gators pulled out that triple-overtime win against Kentucky. Did you get to watch?...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Solomon Patton (86) during Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
  11. Bucs-Falcons tweets of the week

    Bucs

  12. Bucs-Falcons: Projected starters

    Bucs

    PROJECTED STARTERS

    BUCS

    OFFENSE

    WR Vincent Jackson 83

    LT Anthony Collins 73

    LG Logan Mankins 70

    C Evan Dietrich-Smith 62

    RG Patrick Omameh 66

    RT Demar Dotson 69

    TE Brandon Myers 8

    WR Mike Evans 13

    QB Josh McCown 12

    RB Bobby Rainey 43

    FB Jorvorskie Lane 46...

  13. Kenneth City council remains deadlocked over budget

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — Council members here remained deadlocked Wednesday after a special meeting called to tentatively approve a budget for the coming fiscal year.

    The four-member council remained split over raises for six employees. Raises became an issue earlier this year when Town Manager Matt Campbell proposed giving the six raises, one as high as a 41 percent increase. The proposed raises were later reduced to a proposed 10 percent increase that two members supported. The other two said they would vote for 5 percent raises. ...

  14. Pinellas soaked with heavy rainfall Wednesday

    Weather

    Steady downpours Wednesday dropped as much as 5 inches of rain on parts of the Tampa Bay area, flooding streets and delaying traffic across the region.

    The soaking began before sunrise, between 4 and 5 a.m., and continued for most of the day, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

    "As of 1:30 p.m., the heaviest rain had doused areas around Pasco County and further south, Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said, with nearly 5 inches in Holiday, north St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. About 2.25 inches had fallen in Clearwater, in downtown St. Petersburg and at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa....

    On a dock at Demens Landing Park, Steph Davis of St. Petersburg pauses under her pink umbrella Wednesday afternoon to look at the city’s downtown skyline. “I’m a Pisces,” said Davis, explaining why she was drawn outdoors on such a wet day. “I love water in any form — streams, lakes, the ocean, rain.” The Tampa Bay area got a good soaking Wednesday. As of 1:30 p.m., the heaviest rain had hit areas around Pasco County and farther south, Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said, with nearly 5 inches in Holiday, north St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. About 2.25 inches had fallen in Clearwater, in downtown St. Petersburg and at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. 
  15. Tampa adopts $876 million budget with 5 percent property tax increase

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The City Council on Wednesday night adopted an $876 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

    For the eighth year, Tampa's property tax rate will remain at about $5.73 in city taxes for every $1,000 of assessed taxable property value. But because property values have risen, the same rate will generate more tax revenue. So on average, Tampa property owners will pay a city tax increase of nearly 5.2 percent. The owner of a home with a $138,000 assessment and standard exemptions will pay a city tax bill of about $504....