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  1. Prep scoreboard for Aug. 31

    Volleyball Preps

    Scoreboard for Monday, Aug. 31

    Volleyball

    Osceola d. Clearwater 23-25, 25-9, 25-12, 25-23

    Boys golf

    Plant 137, Steinbrenner 165 (7 holes)

    Girls golf

    Steinbrenner 131, Plant 157 (7 holes)

  2. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Rays at Orioles7 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Marlins at Braves7 p.m.FSF
    Yankees at Red Sox7 p.m.MLB
    Basketball
    FIBA Americas: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic7 p.m.ESPND
    FIBA Americas: Puerto Rico vs. Cuba9:30 p.m.ESPND
    High school volleyball
    Seminole at Palm Harbor University7 p.m.BHSN
    Tennis
    U.S. Open1 p.m.ESPN
    U.S. Open7 p.m.ESPN
    ...

  3. Kiermaier's spectacular catch highlights Rays' win over Orioles

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier lives for these moments, when a baseball is soaring over the fence but he can use every bit of his athleticism, time his jump perfectly then commit the kind of larceny befitting his Outlaw nickname.

    Kiermaier did exactly that to the first batter in the first inning of Monday's 6-3 win over the fading Orioles, robbing Manny Machado with a spectacular leap that will be seen on plenty of highlight shows as what he now considers to be his best catch....

    Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier leaps high to rob the Orioles’ Manny Machado of a home run in the first inning.
  4. Rays to call up six players from Triple-A Durham

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — The Rays are calling up six players from Triple-A Durham today as rosters can be expanded beyond the standard 25.

    INF/OF Richie Shaffer, OF Mikie Mahtook and C Luke Maile will provide depth and options in the lineup, while LHP Matt Moore is expected to join the rotation, potentially this weekend in New York.

    The Rays are also adding two arms to the bullpen in bringing up LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and RHP Kirby Yates. Other players may be added later this week or after the Sept. 7 end of the Durham season, with hot LHP prospect Blake Snell among the possibilities....

    Richie Shaffer, who homered twice in eight games with the Rays earlier this season, is returning to the majors from Triple-A Durham.
  5. Rays-Orioles preview

    The Heater

    Rays at Orioles

    When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (1-2, 3.42)

    ORIOLES: RH Chris Tillman (9-9, 4.58)

    On Smyly: Took a step back Thursday in third start since coming off DL, allowing eight hits and four runs without getting through fifth. Is 2-0-1, 1.00 in six games (three starts, all in 2014) vs. O's....

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Drew Smyly #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo on photo day at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  6. Florida LB Antonio Morrison all the way back from knee injury

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Eight months after sustaining a serious knee injury in Florida's bowl game, linebacker Antonio Morrison has recovered well enough to play Saturday's opener.

    "It's unbelievable what he's done," Gators coach Jim McElwain said Monday.

    Morrison is listed as the starting middle linebacker, though he probably won't play the whole game against New Mexico State. Junior Alex Anzalone is listed as his backup....

    Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, making a tackle last season against Florida State, will return eight months after suffering a serious knee injury.
  7. 2015 Florida Gators football position by position

    College

    Quarterback

    The team's biggest question mark remains unsettled. Redshirt freshman Will Grier was viewed as the likely starter, but sophomore Treon Harris is also expected to play this week. Their performance in the season opener will help coach Jim McElwain decide whether to go with the more pro-style Grier or the more athletic Harris, who was 4-2 as a starter last season.

    Running back...

    Getty Images (2012)
  8. What will make first year successful for Florida coach Jim McElwain

    College

    What will be a successful first season for coach Jim McElwain?

    1. A bowl game. As the Gators found out two years ago, a bowl game isn't a given in Gainesville, especially with this schedule. UF plays six teams that are ranked in the preseason Top 25. UF, meanwhile, has been ranked as low as No. 69 nationally, according to USA Today. A bowl game would be something for a young team to build on, and the extra practice time would help development for 2016....

  9. Pasco stretch of southbound Interstate 75 closed while hole is repaired

    Accidents

    SAN ANTONIO — The left southbound lane of Interstate 75 was shut down Monday night when a large hole opened in the roadway, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

    The lane was closed to traffic around 6 p.m. north of State Road 52 in Pasco County.

    Work crews are working to repair the road, officials said, and expect to re-open it sometime overnight.

  10. FSU names Everett Golson as starting quarterback

    College

    Florida State's month-long quarterback competition ended Monday evening when coach Jimbo Fisher officially named Everett Golson the starter for Saturday's season opener against Texas State.

    Golson, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, beat redshirt junior Sean Maguire to earn the job and the right to replace former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

    Fisher said the decision was difficult because both quarterbacks performed well and showed good leadership. Both have played in big games: Golson took the Fighting Irish to the national title game after the 2012 season, and Maguire won his only start, last season's overtime triumph over Clemson....

    Everett Golson led Notre Dame to the 2012 national championship game.
  11. Bucs trade Tim Wright for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Add yet another intriguing new name to the Bucs' search for a starting kicker.

    The Bucs acquired rookie K Kyle Brindza from the Lions on Monday, sending Detroit TE Tim Wright, who was likely facing a cut as the Bucs trim their roster.

    Brindza, 22, wasn't drafted out of Notre Dame but has been impressive in preseason for Detroit. He is 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 41, 49 and 51 yards; and 2-for-2 on extra points, and averaged 49.3 yards on four punts (three downed inside the 20). Seven of his eight kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks....

    On Monday the Bucs acquired Kyle Brindza, who kicked for Notre Dame the past three years and punted for the Fighting Irish as well.
  12. Jurors hear closing arguments in Avila murder trial

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Julian Ospina-Florez was not a criminal mastermind, prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday at the trial of the driver accused of murdering his wealthy employer and her husband. But it doesn't take much to be an effective killer.

    "It wasn't a good plan. It wasn't well-executed," Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said of the killings of Debra Rivera and her husband, Dr. Hector Rivera, who were found shot to death at their sprawling Avila mansion on Jan. 9, 2012. "But it was a plan."...

    Julian Ospina-Florez leaves court during a break Monday. He is accused of killing Dr. Hector Rivera and Debra Rivera in 2012.
  13. HART, PSTA will work together to sell Tallahassee on regional bus fare system

    Mass Transit

    ST. PETERSBURG — The bay area's leading transit agencies are taking a second swing at scoring state dollars to help fund a regional bus ticket system — and they hope teaming up will bolster their chances.

    The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority held a joint meeting Monday to discuss their funding priorities for the 2016 legislative session. Both agencies agreed they needed to present a united front and make the regional fare box their top priority if they hope to win over state lawmakers....

    HART and PSTA are working together to sell Tallahassee on regional bus fare system. 
  14. Aerospace and defense contractor Orbital ATK closing Clearwater facility

    Business

    Orbital ATK, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense firm, plans to close a Clearwater manufacturing facility by spring, a decision based at least in part on lessened U.S. defense spending, the company said Monday.

    The closure of the facility at 13133 34th St. N is expected to be completed by April and could result in up to 99 job losses, the company said. Employees were notified in July.

    The facility makes missile- and laser-warning systems for aircraft used by the U.S. military and other nations around the world. Orbital's Clearwater site also makes testing equipment for a variety of weapons systems....

  15. Diesel fuel spills into Intracoastal Waterway in Belleair

    News

    BELLEAIR — A tanker truck malfunctioned Monday afternoon and spilled about 100 gallons of diesel fuel into the Intracoastal Waterway, according to firefighters.

    Pinellas Suncoast fire Chief Sal D'Angelo said the owner of a boat at 3111 Wedgewood Drive in Belleair Beach called a diesel company to have the boat refueled.

    The company's truck had some sort of malfunction about 3 p.m., spilling about 200 gallons of diesel fuel into a stormwater drain. Firefighters placed sand and mulch into the street drains, but about 100 gallons seeped into the Intracoastal. No one was hurt....

    A tanker truck spilled about 100 gallons of diesel fuel into the Intracoastal Waterway. It affected an area of 120 feet by 40 feet.