ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist was injured early Saturday when he was hit by a Pinellas County sheriff's patrol car while bicycling across 54th Avenue N.
Deputies said alcohol on the part of the bicyclist appeared to be a factor in the crash. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The accident occurred about 2 a.m. at the intersection of 54th Avenue N and 28th Street N....
CLEARWATER — A crash in Clearwater killed a 44-year-old man and shut down U.S. 19 on Friday night after a car ran into a power pole, knocking power lines onto the highway.
All lanes of U.S. 19 reopened early Saturday, with the exception of a southbound frontage road where the crash occurred, authorities said.
The accident happened shortly before 11 p.m. when a car hit a utility pole between Sunset Point Road and Enterprise Road, near Celebration Station. Downed power lines closed all but one northbound lane of U.S. 19 until Duke Energy crews could respond....
TAMPA — How does the last vestige of Hillsborough County's gun ordinances die?
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Hillsborough commissioners unceremoniously voted 7-0 earlier this month to delete "firearms" from a provision that allowed for stricter regulation of weapons and alcohol during emergencies including hurricanes.
The state Constitution allows counties to institute a three-day waiting period on gun purchases. Other than that rule, this was the only gun ordinance left on Hillsborough's books....
05/30/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — The Lightning announced that single-game tickets for the Stanley Cup final go on sale beginning at 1 p.m. today.
Tampa Bay clinched a berth in the Cup final with a 2-0 victory over the Rangers on Friday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.
In the Cup final, which begins Wednesday, the Lightning faces the winner of tonight's Western Conference final Game 7 between the Ducks and Blackhawks....
05/30/15 TV and Radio
Arena Football Las Vegas at Philadelphia 6 p.m. CBSSN New Orleans at Storm 7:30 p.m. BHSN; 1250-AM Arizona at Spokane 10 p.m. ESPN2 Autos Sprint Cup: FedEx 400 practice 10 a.m. FS1 Xfinity: Buckle Up 200 qualifying 11 a.m. FS1 Xfinity: Buckle Up 200 2:30 p.m. Ch. 13 IndyCar: Dual in Detroit, Race 1 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28 Baseball Diamondbacks at Brewers 4 p.m. FS1 Rays at Orioles 4 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Marlins at Mets 4 p.m. FSF Red Sox at Rangers 7 p.m. Ch. 13 Yankees at A's 10 p.m. MLB College baseball, regions Texas vs. VCU-Dallas Baptist loser noon ESPN2 Auburn vs. Mercer noon SEC USF vs. Florida 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. SEC; 1010-AM Teams TBA 7 p.m. ESPNU Teams TBA 9 p.m. SEC Teams TBA 11 p.m. ESPNU College rugby Collegiate Sevens Championship 3 p.m. Ch. 8 Collegiate Sevens Championship 4:30 p.m. NBCSN College softball, World Series Tennessee vs. Auburn noon ESPN Alabama vs. Oregon 2:30 p.m. ESPN Michigan-UCLA loser vs. Tennessee-Auburn winner 7 p.m. ESPN LSU vs. Alabama-Oregon winner 9:30 p.m. ESPN Golf PGA Europe: Irish Open 8:30 a.m. Golf PGA: Byron Nelson 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Byron Nelson 3 p.m. Ch. 10 LPGA: ShopRite Classic 3 p.m. Golf Lacrosse MLL: New York at Charlotte 7:30 p.m. FSF NHL, conference final West, Game 7: Blackhawks at Ducks 8 p.m. NBCSN Soccer FA Cup: Aston Villa at Arsenal noon Ch. 13 Spanish: Bilbao at Barcelona 3:20 p.m. ESPN2, ESPND Women, exhibition: United States vs. South Korea 4:30 p.m. ESPN Exhibition: Mexico vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. ESPNews, Univision German: Wolfsburg at Dortmund (taped) 7 p.m. ESPND MLS: Columbus at Orlando 7:30 p.m. Sun Sports U-20 World Cup: Mexico vs. Mali 9 p.m. FS2 U-20 World Cup: Uruguay vs. Serbia midnight FS2 Tennis French Open 5 a.m. Tennis French Open noon Ch. 8 Track Prefontaine Classic 3:30 p.m. NBCSN UFC Condit vs. Alves 10 p.m. FS1
05/29/15 Lightning Strikes
NEW YORK — One by one, Lightning players jubilantly jumped over the bench and into history.
They all made a beeline for goalie Ben Bishop, who had fittingly kick-started the celebration of Friday's 2-0 Game 7 victory over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.
"I was just trying to catch my breath," Bishop said. "And they all came."
There are many factors that led the Lightning back to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since its only championship, in 2004. Tampa Bay played a near-perfect road game, getting goals by Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat....
East Lake 62, Osceola 28
Spring game-breakers: Despite having to replace its starting quarterback, a playing receiver and three offensive lineman, East Lake's offense piled on the points against Osceola in a spring game for the third straight season. … The Eagles used three quarterbacks — Bobby Goldinak, Leland Johansen and Tyler Rupe — who were a combined 14-of-18 for 276 yards and four touchdowns. … Their favorite target was Bryce Miller, who had seven catches for 207 yards and three touchdowns. … East Lake also was effective on the ground, led by Xavier Jackson's 90 yards rushing on six carries and two scores. Jackson also returned the opening kickoff in the second half 98 yards for a touchdown. … Osceola running back Travis Wateska, who transferred from Seminole in the offseason, ran for 131 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. … Teammate Nick Shytle had 67 yards rushing on eight carries and two scores....
Jesuit 56, Gibbs 34
Spring game-breakers: Jesuit quarterback Daniel Boon played the first half and looked comfortable in the Tigers' high-tempo offense. He threw a 50-yard touchdown to Travell Harris to start the game. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 140 yards. … Harris, who Jesuit coach Matt Thompson calls the best athlete on the team, caught three passes for 107 yards. … Tigers running back Malik Davis gained 162 yards on nine carries, all in the first half. He scored on touchdown runs of 60, three and 10 yards. … Gibbs quarterback Mar'Quan Harris threw a 52-yard touchdown to Marquez Walls in the second quarter. He threw a 25-yard TD to Walls in the third quarter and also scored on a 10-yard run. Walls caught five passes for 149 yards....
Couple rescued after fall from watercraft
Deputies rescued two Georgia visitors Friday evening after they became separated from their water scooter in the Gulf of Mexico and were left bobbing in a batch of rough waves, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported.
Natasha Thompkins, 30, and Cedric Williams, 29, both of Decatur, Ga., fell off their water craft around 5:15 p.m. after crashing into a large wave and were unable to get back on because of the high winds and current, authorities said. ...
05/29/15 Lightning Strikes
NEW YORK — C Mike Angelidis participated during Lightning warmups for Friday's Game 7, sparking speculation he might make his playoff debut.
Angelidis didn't play in the Eastern Conference finale against the Rangers. But he and the rest of the Lightning's "Black Aces" — traditionally, players who are on a team but usually not in the lineup during the playoffs — have benefited by gaining experience during this run....
05/29/15 The Heater
BALTIMORE — Although the Rays still have 10 players on the disabled list, they got closer to full strength Friday.
RF Steven Souza Jr. (sprained left wrist) returned to the lineup after missing the last three games, and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (left groin strain) started for the first time since Sunday.
"They both could have played (earlier), but it was probably smart to give them some days off nursing some mild injuries," manager Kevin Cash said....
05/29/15 Lightning Strikes
Did you know?
Both conference finals require a Game 7 for just the second time during the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68). The other time was 2000 (New Jersey over Philadelphia, Dallas over Colorado). Only once before expansion did each of the two series right before the Stanley Cup final go seven games, in 1964 (Toronto over Montreal, Detroit over Chicago).
View from N.Y....
05/29/15 The Heater
Rays at Orioles
When/where: 4:05 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
rays: RH Erasmo Ramirez (2-2, 6.62)
orioles: LH Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 3.13)
On Ramirez: Threw a season-high six innings in his last start but tied a career high with five walks. Has a 3.30 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against Baltimore....
05/29/15 The Heater
BALTIMORE — Manager Kevin Cash said Friday night's game against the Orioles began by following the Rays' script for success. Starter Nathan Karns delivered one of the best performances of his career, throwing six scoreless innings, to hand the ball and the lead to the team's trusted relievers.
"That's how we feel is our best opportunity to win ball games," Cash said.
But it didn't happen Friday night, as the bullpen continued its weeklong leak that ended when Steve Geltz gave up a walkoff single by J.J. Hardy in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles....
TAMPA — After spending 20 hours in the last row of coach flying to Mumbai before the Bollywood Oscars, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a vivid sense of just how far the Tampa Bay area is from Asia.
Still, Buckhorn said Friday, the distance shouldn't keep local businesses and officials from supporting the Obama administration's efforts to pass the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
That's the trade deal, a decade in the making, designed to facilitate commerce between the United States and 11 nations on the Pacific Rim. Supporters say it could expand U.S. access to 40 percent of the world's economy, with every $1 billion in new trade supporting 5,000 stateside jobs. The pact is linked to the Trade Promotion Authority, a form of fast-track approval for trade agreements....