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  1. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball

    Brewers at Rays 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM

    Nationals at Marlins 7 p.m. FSF

    Rockies at Cubs 8 p.m. WGN

    Yankees at Rangers 8 p.m. FS1

    Braves at Dodgers 10 p.m. MLB

    Soccer

    International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs. Inter Milan 7:30 p.m. NBCSN, ESPND

    International Champions Cup: Real Madrid vs. AS Roma 9:30 p.m. ESPND...

  2. Tampa native Josh Murray's family and friends weigh in on his 'Bachelorette' win

    Blog

    Editor's note: Josh Murray's family and friends gathered at CineBistro in Tampa during Monday's 'Bachelorette' finale to cheer him on. We sent Times reporter Robbyn Mitchell to see how they reacted to his big win.

    Lauren Murray smiled as an acquaintance handed her a rose in the lobby of CineBistro Hyde Park Monday night.  ...

    Dorfman and Murray
  3. Rays: Team promotes healthy eating

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Brewers

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

    Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.76)

    BREWERS: RH Matt Garza (7-7, 3.87)...

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) MICO104
  4. Rays rally past Brewers for 10th win in 11 games

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays starter Jake Odorizzi never doubted he could pitch the way he did in Monday's 2-1 win over the Brewers.

    Not when he was battling during spring training to win the fifth starting job. And not when he allowed 18 runs over a rough April.

    "I knew the first month wasn't me," Odorizzi said. "I just had to get back to doing what I was doing."

    Monday night at Tropicana Field, he mixed a strong fastball with a sharp slider to dominate a Milwaukee lineup loaded with right-handed hitters. Facing the club that drafted him No. 32 overall in 2008 — and traded him two years later — Odorizzi allowed three hits and one run in seven crisp innings....

    Rays rookie right-hander Jake Odorizzi shuts down one of the NL’s best offenses to win his fourth game in July.
  5. Bucs: Murals depict Defend the Bay; tackle Dotson scores TD

    Bucs

    Looking for signs

    Fans attending practices at One Buc Place this week will see new murals draped from the corners of Raymond James Stadium, each with the slogan "DEFEND THE BAY."

    WR Vincent Jackson has the northeast corner of the stadium, LB Lavonte David the northwest, and DT Gerald McCoy (above) on the southwest corner. There's a huge Bucs logo on the southeast corner, so it's just three players that get the star treatment....

  6. Lovie Smith has Bucs watching their weight

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The losing has already started under Lovie Smith. You could almost predict it was going to happen.

    Seven pounds were shed by middle linebacker Mason Foster. Running back Doug Martin cut out Domino's pizza and KFC, and his body fat plummeted from 11 to 8.8 percent. Linebacker Danny Lansanah lost 13 pounds.

    "I just think weight is one of the most overrated things that there is," Smith said. "Strength isn't. Weight is. The lighter we are, the quicker and faster we'll be."...

    Mason Foster, right, has never been a big fan of vegetables, but he says he is getting used to a diet that is helping him lose body fat. “I feel a lot quicker, a lot lighter on my feet,’’ he says.
  7. Rays still open to discussing David Price trade

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the rest of baseball awaits their decision on whether to trade ace LHP David Price, the Rays are likely to wait until close to Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline to decide.

    Though the team's hot streak has made a deal seem unlikely to those in the Rays clubhouse, team officials, working out of a conference room turned command center with shades drawn, continue discussing and remain open to the possibility, as they have been....

    David Price is scheduled to start Wednesday, with the trade deadline Thursday. The Rays are playing well, but won’t rule out a Price deal.
  8. Top prospect McCloud picks Clemson

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA —Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III told a television audience Monday night that he would be attending Clemson for college, seemingly ending a long process that saw him evolve from a defensive back prospect too small to play running back to a highly coveted offensive weapon.

    But it wasn't as easy as it looked.

    McCloud, the No. 1 player in the Tampa Bay Times' HomeTeam 100 and one of the top recruits in the country, knew where he wanted to go to college two weeks ago when he announced he would be making his decision on a live television special....

  9. Tampa Bay chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters to merge

    Briefs

    The Board of Directors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay have agreed to create a combined agency that will serve more than 3,350 children.

    Susan Rolston, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, retired on July 12. Stephen Koch, the current CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, is now CEO for the entire Tampa Bay area. The executive team also includes newly-hired Pat Craven, who will serve as the regional director in Pinellas County. ...

  10. Rays' Chris Archer says he's not angry at David Ortiz

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays right-hander Chris Archer glanced at a television Monday afternoon and disagreed with the words on the screen.

    He wasn't angry about how Boston slugger David Ortiz celebrated his home run Sunday. Archer said he was just being truthful when he was asked whether he agreed with teammate David Price's previous comments that Ortiz sometimes acts bigger than the game....

  11. Tampa native Josh Murray wins 'The Bachelorette'

    Blog

    Tampa native Josh Murray is one step closer to lifelong happiness, or at least the TV version of it.

    On Monday night's finale of The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman picked Murray, 29, over Nick Viall, 33, from Chicago. Murray, a former professional baseball player, grew up in Tampa and now lives in Atlanta. He took Dorfman to Tampa during the hometown dates, for some baseball and a stroll along Bayshore Boulevard....

    Andi Dorfman and Tampa native Josh Murray
  12. Prosecution rests in trial of man accused of throwing a baby onto I-275

    Criminal

    TAMPA — The prosecution rested its case Monday in the capital murder trial of Richard McTear Jr., concluding with DNA evidence linking McTear to his ex-girlfriend's baby, who was found dead on the side of Interstate 275.

    Holding up clothing taken from McTear after his arrest, a crime lab analyst explained to jurors how she matched the baby's DNA to blood stains on her alleged killer's jean shorts. Blood found on the console of the car he is alleged to have driven contained the baby's DNA as well, said Florida Department of Law Enforcement analyst Carol Greenwell....

    Richard McTear Jr., 26, left, is accused of throwing a 3-month-old boy onto Interstate 275.
  13. Report: SOCom's McRaven contender to lead Texas university

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring as leader of the U.S. Special Forces Command at MacDill Air Force Base, is a top contender to become chancellor of the University of Texas System, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing anonymous sources.

    Regents in Austin have called a special meeting for Tuesday, when they could announce a new chancellor.

    The newspaper reported that top picks appear to be Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and McRaven, who is widely credited with planning the raid that killed Osama bin Laden....

  14. Bucs: Murals depict defending the bay

    Sports

    Looking for signs

    Fans attending practices at One Buc Place this week will see new murals draped from the corners of Raymond James Stadium, each with the slogan "DEFEND THE BAY."

    WR Vincent Jackson has the northeast corner of the stadium, LB Lavonte David the northwest, and DT Gerald McCoy on the southwest corner. There's a huge Bucs logo on the southeast corner, so it's just three players that get the star treatment....

  15. Pinellas gets few applicants for top job; interim Mark Woodard could be easy choice

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The field of applicants for Pinellas County government's chief executive is likely to reaffirm the gut feeling of some commissioners that the right man for the job is already doing it.

    Other than interim administrator Mark Woodard, none of the 45 hopefuls who submitted complete applications by the Saturday deadline has experience running a government the size of Pinellas County's. And none has Florida government experience as deep as Wood­ard, who joined the county in 1988. No other internal county candidates applied....

    Mark Woodard has 
been interim administrator since April.