03/15/14 TV and Radio
Autos Sprint Cup: Food City 500 1 p.m. Ch. 13; 102.5-FM NHRA: Gatornationals (taped) 7 p.m. ESPN2 Baseball Red Sox at Rays 1 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Pirates at Phillies 1 p.m. MLB Rockies at Dodgers 4 p.m. MLB College baseball Arkansas at Florida 1 p.m. FSF Rhode Island at USF 1 p.m. 1010-AM College basketball ACC final: Virginia vs. Duke 1 p.m. ESPN, Ch. 44 Women's Horizon final: Wright State at Green Bay 1 p.m. ESPNU Sun Belt final: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Georgia State 1 p.m. ESPN2 Atlantic 10 final: St. Joseph's vs. VCU 1 p.m. Ch. 10 Women's Southland final: Stephen F. Austin vs. Northwestern State 1 p.m. CBSSN SEC final: Florida vs. Kentucky 3 p.m. ESPN; 1250-AM Women's Northeast final: St. Francis at Robert Morris 3 p.m. ESPNU Women's Atlantic Sun final: Stetson at Florida Gulf Coast 3 p.m. BHSN Big Ten final: Michigan State vs. Michigan 3:30 p.m. Ch. 10 NCAA Tournament selection show 6 p.m. Ch. 10; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM NIT selection show 8:30 p.m. ESPNU College lacrosse Virginia at Notre Dame 5 p.m. ESPNU Golf PGA: Valspar Championship 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Valspar Championship 3 p.m. Ch. 8 Champions: Toshiba Classic 7 p.m. Golf NBA Rockets at Heat 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28 Cavaliers at Clippers 9:30 p.m. NBA NHL Flyers at Penguins 12:30 p.m. Ch. 8 Red Wings at Blackhawks 7:30 p.m. NBCSN Soccer EPL: Liverpool at Manchester United 9:30 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Arsenal at Tottenham noon NBCSN Mexican: Atlante at UNAM 1:50 p.m. Univision Mexican: Tigres at Puebla 1:50 p.m. ESPND MLS: Chicago at Portland 3 p.m. Unimas Mexican: Leon at Guadalajara 7 p.m. Unimas Tennis ATP/WTA: Paribas Open, women's final (Pennetta vs. Radwanska) and men's final (Federer vs. Djokovic) 3 p.m. ESPN2
03/15/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Lightning C Tyler Johnson said he was not aware that with 21 goals, he is just two short of Steven Stamkos' team rookie record.
And even so, Johnson said, "He was 18 (years old) when he did that feat, right? And if I'm not mistaken, he got 60 when he was 20 or 21. I'm just trying to help the team out and have as good a year as I possibly can."
Johnson, 23, is having the kind of season — 21 goals, 42 points, plus-16 with an average 18:58 of ice time — that should get him consideration for rookie of the year. It also has been kind of a whirlwind....
03/15/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — When it comes to Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, the ordinary just won't cut it anymore.
In a season in which he has been statistically among the league's top five, that he was 1-2-2 in five starts entering Saturday with a 3.31 goals-against average and a .878 save percentage seemed a bit wonky.
But coach Jon Cooper was confident.
"Do I sit here and hesitate when I circle Ben Bishop's name to start a game? Not a chance," he said....
TAMPA — A Tampa man was charged Saturday with the stabbing death of his roommate, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.
Lupello Gomez, 30, was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 24 death of 50-year-old Moises Alvarez-Hernandez. The men lived in Apartment A-15 at the Montierra Apartment Homes, a gated complex at 14415 Delores Court, near Bearss Avenue and N 22nd Street....
ATLANTA — Kentucky coach John Calipari didn't mince words Saturday afternoon on the subject of playing Florida for the third time in a month.
The Gators and Wildcats (24-9) meet today in the SEC tournament championship game, and Calipari was told that his players wanted to see the Gators again.
"I don't," Calipari said. "I've had enough of the Gators."
Kentucky's 70-58 victory over Georgia (19-13) in the semifinals set up a third game this season against No. 1-ranked Florida. It is the second game between the two in eight days and the third since Feb. 15. Florida defeated Kentucky 84-65 on March 8 and swept the regular-season series....
PALM HARBOR — For much of Saturday's third round at the Valspar Championship, it looked as if the race was for second place. Second-round leader Robert Garrigus carded three birdies on the front nine and held a comfortable four-shot lead.
Then the gap started to close.
Garrigus came back to the field with two back-nine bogeys and no birdies to finish his day with 1-under 70 on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course. He still had the lead, at 8-under 205, but he was just one shot ahead of Kevin Na, two ahead of John Senden and three of Justin Rose....
Alex Cobb was sitting for a nearly an hour sharing the good times and the bad moments and the cruelly horrible things he has lived through when he came to an interesting conclusion.
"Right now, talking to you," Cobb said, "I feel like I'm an 80-year-old telling my life story."
That's an odd thing for Cobb to say, given where he is — a talented 26-year-old still on the upside of what projects to be a stellar career as one of the Rays' top starting pitchers, recently engaged to be married, a season away from making millions....
03/15/14 The Heater
BRADENTON — The way RF Wil Myers yelled and limped after fouling a pitch off his right quad Saturday didn't sound — or look — good. "The initial pain kind of scared me," he said.
But Myers, who left in the third inning of a 6-3 win over the Pirates, suffered just a bad bruise. He said he expected to be sore for a day or two but believed he wouldn't be sidelined for too long....
03/15/14 The Heater
Compromise of the day
About 30 Rays players, coaches and staff members are expected to shave their heads before today's game to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Bench coach Dave Martinez unsuccessfully tried to convince RF Wil Myers to shave his trademark hair. "He doesn't want to mess that 'do up," Martinez said. Myers said he will, however, buy five haircuts at the event....
03/15/14 The Heater
Rays manager Joe Maddon was excited to talk last week with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, the former Orioles great who was in town to promote and sign his latest children's book.
The feeling was mutual.
Ripken — whose company operates myriad youth camps and tournaments, and owns minor-league teams (including the Rays' Class A Stone Crabs), and who may have bigger, or big-league, aspirations — praised Maddon for his management style and said the Rays are a great organizational model....
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: The oldest and largest fair of its kind in the Southeast, there will be more than 115 specialized dealers from across the country selling rare and out-of-print books starting at 11 a.m. at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. $6; 11 and younger get in free.
Emmure: The metalcore outfit will perform alongside Volumes, Thy Art Is Murder, Gideon, Sworn In and The Rival Within at 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$25....
TAMPA — When Lyft began advertising online recently for drivers in Tampa, the county's taxi regulating agency noticed.
"We welcome your interest in the Tampa Bay area and the potential for expanded use of new innovative technologies in transportation services," reads a letter sent Friday to the San Francisco-based ride-sharing service by the interim executive director of the Public Transportation Commission....
03/15/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Dori Angelis gazed at the Hillsborough River in awe.
"It's green," the 10-year-old said. "Cool."
Angelis was at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday afternoon for the Mayor's River O'Green Fest. The free annual St. Patrick's Day event featured Irish music, food trucks and activities for children.
Dressed in all shades of green, hundreds of people packed the park to witness as 200 pounds of dye turned the river a bright kelly green. Crowds enjoying the sunshine sat on blankets while dancers performed to Irish tunes and children played bean bag toss games....
A police dog and its deputy handler tracked and arrested two men in separate crimes early Saturday morning, both of whom had run from authorities and tried to hide.
About 2 a.m., deputies responded to a Dunedin home for a domestic disturbance call. There they found 18-year-old Jacob P. Torrens, intoxicated and unruly, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
When Deputy Jana Demperio tried to arrest Torrens, he pushed away and struck the deputy in the arm, which made her fall and break her leg, authorities said. ...
PALM HARBOR — As if being in the final group isn't enough pressure, Kevin Na and Robert Garrigus were given a warning for slow play on the back nine in the third round of the Valspar Championship on Saturday. Na was warned on the 13th hole, Garrigus on the 14th.
"That's the first time in 17 years as a professional I've ever gotten a bad time on the golf course," said Garrigus, who shot 1-under 70 and was the leader at 8-under 205. "I started laughing. It doesn't really matter because it's not like I'm going to get another one."...