ST. PETERSBURG — Osceola's Keith Weisenberg looked very much like the dominant pitcher major league scouts think he will be in Friday night's 3-0 win over Northeast.
In front of about 15 scouts, Weisenberg struck out six, walked one and allowed only one hit in his five innings of work.
But he wasn't the only player who stood out in the Warriors' win.
Luke Hains was 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Jaret Helinger had an RBI double, Jacob McFadden hit a home run to centerfield and relief pitcher Buddy Dougherty picked up his third save with two scoreless innings....
NEW PORT RICHEY — The Seahawks entered Friday's game as the obvious underdog. They lost their first game of the season by 10 runs to River Ridge.
They didn't repeat the early-season mistakes that caused their early loss. Sunlake defeated the Royal Knights, 3-2, with runs in the sixth and seventh innings to catch up and take the win.
"We cleaned up the field," Sunlake coach Dick Rohrberg said....
03/07/14 Lightning Strikes
Lightning vs. Bruins
When/where: 7; Tampa Bay Times Forum
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM
Key stats: The Lightning has lost eight of its past 11. … Boston, first in the Atlantic and 12 points ahead of the Lightning, has won all three of the teams' meetings this season by a combined score of 11-1. "Maybe it helps in the odds factor," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, jokingly. "At some point, we have to beat them, don't you think?" … Lightning D Radko Gudas (lower-body injury) won't play tonight but is expected to return next week....
USF vs. Temple
When/where: 2, Sun Dome
TV/radio: ESPNews, 98.7-FM
Records: USF 12-18, 3-14 American Athletic; Temple 8-21, 3-14
Notable: USF won the first meeting 82-75 in early January, when Owls junior G Will Cummings (16.6 points per game, 4.3 assists) went out after suffering a concussion in the opening minute. This is the final home game for Bulls seniors Victor Rudd and Martino Brock. Rudd needs 14 points to enter the top 10 in career scoring at USF. Freshman PG Josh Heath, who made his collegiate debut at Temple, is expected to make his third consecutive start. Heath has 15 points and four turnovers in his last three games, and is coming off a career-best eight-assist night in Tuesday's 78-69 loss at Houston....
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 25 Kentucky
When/where: Noon; O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: Ch. 10; 1250-AM
Records: Florida 28-2, 17-0 SEC; Kentucky 22-8, 12-5
Notable: Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young will play their final home game as part of a senior class that is the first in school history to win three SEC championships and the first SEC team to win three outright conference championships in four years since Kentucky did so in 1995, '96 and '98. The Gators are trying to extend their school-record winning streak to 23 games and 32 in a row at home. Kentucky leads the all-time series 94-35 and has a 33-23 record in Gainesville....
03/07/14 TV and Radio
Autos Sprint Cup: Kobalt 400 practice 11:30 a.m. FS2 Nationwide: Boyd Gaming 300 qualifying 12:30 p.m. FS2 Sprint Cup: Kobalt 400 practice 2:30 p.m. FS2 Nationwide: Boyd Gaming 300 4:15 p.m. ESPN2 Baseball, spring training Pirates at Rays 1 p.m. 620-AM Yankees at Astros 1 p.m. MLB Royals at Brewers (taped) 4 p.m. MLB Mariners at Dodgers 9 p.m. MLB College basketball Women's Atlantic 10 semi: Dayton vs. George Washington 11 a.m. CBSSN Kentucky at Florida noon Ch. 10; 1250-AM Kansas at West Virginia noon ESPN SMU at Memphis noon ESPN2 Cincinnati at Rutgers noon ESPNEWS St. John's at Marquette noon FS1 Women's SEC semi: South Carolina vs. Kentucky noon ESPNU Women's Big 12 quarter: Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State noon Sun Sports Vanderbilt at Mississippi 1:30 p.m. Ch. 38 Women's Atlantic 10 semi: St. Bonaventure vs. Fordham or Duquesne 1:30 p.m. CBSSN Connecticut at Louisville 2 p.m. Ch. 10 Temple at USF 2 p.m. ESPNEWS; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM Oklahoma State at Iowa State 2 p.m. ESPN Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech 2 p.m. ESPN2 Wake Forest at Miami 2 p.m. FSF Georgetown at Villanova 2 p.m. FS1 Women's SEC semi: Tennessee vs. Auburn or Texas A&M 2 p.m. ESPNU Women's Big 12 quarter: Baylor vs. Kansas or Kansas State 2:30 p.m. Sun Sports Patriot semi: Army at Boston 3:30 p.m. CBSSN Women's Big Ten semi: Ohio State vs. Iowa 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Arizona at Oregon 4 p.m. Ch. 10 Missouri at Tennessee 4 p.m. ESPN Texas at Texas Tech 4 p.m. ESPNEWS Pittsburgh at Clemson 4 p.m. Ch. 44 South Carolina at Mississippi State 4 p.m. Ch. 38 Seton Hall at Butler 4:30 p.m. FS1 Georgia at LSU 5 p.m. FSF Women's ACC semi: Notre Dame vs. N.C. State 5 p.m. ESPNU Patriot semi: Holy Cross at American 5:30 p.m. CBSSN Indiana at Michigan 6 p.m. ESPN; 620-AM Women's Big Ten semi: Michigan State vs. Nebraska or Minnesota 6 p.m. Big Ten Ohio Valley final: Morehead State or Belmont vs. Murray State or Eastern Kentucky 7 p.m. ESPN2 Women's ACC semi: Duke vs. Maryland or North Carolina 7 p.m. ESPNU Providence at Creighton 8 p.m. CBSSN Illinois at Iowa 8:30 p.m. Big Ten North Carolina at Duke 9 p.m. ESPN West Coast quarter: Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara 9 p.m. ESPN2 Horizon semi: Green Bay vs. Valparaiso or Milwaukee 9:30 p.m. ESPNU New Mexico at San Diego State 10 p.m. CBSSN Women's Big 12 quarter: Oklahoma vs. Texas 10 p.m. Sun Sports West Coast quarter: Pepperdine vs. St. Mary's (Calif.) 11 p.m. ESPN2 UCLA at Washington State 11 p.m. FS1 Horizon semi: Cleveland State vs. Wright State or Oakland (taped) 11:30 p.m. ESPNU College hockey Minnesota at Ohio State 6:30 p.m. ESPNEWS Golf WGC: Cadillac Championship noon Golf WGC: Cadillac Championship 2 p.m. Ch. 8 PGA: Puerto Rico Open (taped) 6:30 p.m. Golf Horses Tampa Bay Derby 4:30 p.m. Sun Sports NBA Knicks at Cavaliers 7:30 p.m. NBA Magic at Spurs 8:30 p.m. FSF NHL Bruins at Lightning 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 970-AM Wild at Stars 8:30 p.m. NHL Soccer EPL: Manchester United at West Brom 7:45 a.m. NBCSN; 1040-AM FA Cup: Everton at Arsenal 7:30 a.m. FS1 EPL: Tottenham at Chelsea 12:30 p.m. NBCSN MLS: Kansas City at Seattle 4 p.m. NBCSN Mexican: Santos Laguna at America 6 p.m. Univision Mexican: Cruz Azul at Tigres 8 p.m. Unimas Tennis ATP: Paribas Open 2 p.m. Tennis
MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times
Mike O'Malley looks over the Quadski, an amphibious personal watercraft that can hit speeds of 45 mph on both water and land. O'Malley, who is visiting from Chicago, said, "If I had lottery money, yeah why not?" when asked if he was interested in buying the $40,000 vessel on display at the Tampa Bay Boat Show. The event, which runs through Sunday at Tropicana Field, features area boat dealers, manufacturers, and the latest in boating and fishing supplies. The main floor will be filled with new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and other outdoor-related exhibits. Hours today are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m....
TAMPA — The day before teams can open contact with free agents, the Bucs reached a deal to bring back one of their own, re-signing strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas to a one-year contract.
Casillas, 26, joined the Bucs last year and established himself as a special teams standout with nine tackles (one shy of the team lead). He also started four games at linebacker and had 24 tackles and a forced fumble. ...
Five people were displaced from their home after a fire in Clearwater Friday evening.
At 7:36 p.m., firefighters were summoned to 2672 Morningside Drive, where they found a single-family home on fire. The blaze had started in a back room. Firefighters contained the fire to that room and had it out by 7:55 p.m., city officials said. The home had heavy smoke damage throughout and the five people living there were displaced....
03/07/14 The Heater
No gray matter
Rays manager Joe Maddon gets asked about all kinds of things, and Friday it was the new Bucs uniforms. Maddon diplomatically said he preferred the original orange scheme and revealed a previously undisclosed bias: "I'm not into pewter. I'm antipewter. Pewter shouldn't even be a color. It should be some form of a decorative bowl on your table."
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03/07/14 The Heater
DUNEDIN — Rays minor-league 1B Cameron Seitzer was excited just to make the trip Friday to Dunedin for the chance to play for the first time against his father, Kevin, the Jays' new hitting coach, and posed for a pregame picture.
The home run he hit in the ninth inning of the Rays' 6-3 win made for an even better memory.
"It was a pretty cool experience," said Cameron, a 2011 draftee who played at Double A last season. "Just go out there and play, try to show these guys what I can do for the Rays, and go out there and have fun and show Dad what I've been doing."...
03/07/14 Human Interest
She wore nothing beneath her white flower patterned dress. An hour before, Maddie Kaye had even pinned down the arm straps so she could quickly wiggle out of it, and just as speedily tug it back on.
The 24-year-old bartender has nightmares of being naked in public, sometimes trapped in an elevator with others. But she thought maybe this stunt with the man she met the night before would help. ...
03/07/14 The Heater
Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg will host a series of exhibition games next week in honor of the 100th anniversary of spring training in the area, beginning Sunday. The games will feature top young players from Team Canada versus minor-league players from several MLB franchises, as well as local college and high school teams.
Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of Babe Ruth, will attend Sunday's game and participate in pregame activities Monday....
ST. PETERSBURG — A woman who was vice president of Woodlawn Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association was arrested Thursday and accused of stealing $385 from the group.
Twanya Laverna McGill-Lewis, 44, was arrested on a charge of grand theft. She had been placed in charge of the finances of a fundraiser and instead of paying a company for merchandise, she used the money for herself, an arrest report states....
03/07/14 Bizarre News
Treasure Island police arrested a man Thursday night after he tried to hit a bar employee's pet parrot, according to an arrest report.
Timothy Paul McMahon, 53, who police said is a transient, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Police said McMahon tried to go into the back door of CJ's on the Island, 115 107th Ave., just before 9 p.m. Thursday. The bar has a trespass warning against McMahon and he was asked to leave. McMahon then went to the bar's front door and an employee called police....