Ocean Ridge's Nick Kaleel is the overall half-marathon champion in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
The 24-year-old, who had run on Bayshore Boulevard in the past, uses his knowledge of the Tampa skyline to know when to make his move.
3 hours ago• Sports
“The problem is, the state has to admit it screwed up, too,’’ said one oversight expert. “The state should not be handing out millions of dollars to employees without adequate oversight and diligence.
Earlier today• The Buzz
A Republican-sponsored bill this session could close the so-called gun show loophole. Dealers say it might not have much effect.
Yesterday• Florida Politics
Tony Clark says “strong preference” is a full-time Tampa Bay stadium, but he adds it’s not impossible the players union could agree to the sharing plan.
Earlier today• Rays
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Pierre Engvall (47) scores his team's third goal of the game against Carolina Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres (90) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) [FRANK GUNN  |  AP]
Ayres allowed goals on the first two shots he faced before settling down and stopping the next eight in a suffocating defensive performance by his new teammates as Carolina picked up a stunning 6-3...
2 hours ago• Sports
Joe Biden was a distant second.
3 hours ago• Nation & World
The man left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter alone, police say
2 hours ago• Crime
Two vehicles were involved in a collision that sent one into the water, troopers say.
Earlier today• Breaking News
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) gives up a goal to Arizona Coyotes' Derek Stepan as Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) slides along the ice and Coyotes right wing Conor Garland (83) looks at the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. [ROSS D. FRANKLIN  |  AP]
Tampa Bay had not lost consecutive games in regulation since November.
Earlier today• Lightning
Elaine Jeffers, left, and mom Jennifer are all smiles in their pirate and parrot costumes after finishing the 15K and 5K races Saturday morning. Today, both Elaine, 33, and Jennifer, 60, will run their 61st half-marathon. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
Elaine Jeffers, who has Down syndrome, has run 60 half-marathons, and she and mom Jennifer are appropriately decked out in full pirate garb for this weekend’s Gasparilla Distance Classic.
Yesterday• HomeTeam