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What’s happening in Tampa Bay sports: USF kicks off against Wisconsin, Pinellas Trail Challenge

The Bulls tackle a ranked foe at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Friday.
South Florida Bulls during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday October 6, 2018 at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA. [TRAVIS PENDERGRASS  |  South Florida]
South Florida Bulls during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday October 6, 2018 at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA. [TRAVIS PENDERGRASS | South Florida]
Published Aug. 28, 2019


How’s this for an opener? The University of South Florida Bulls host preseason No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers in a game that will give us a good read on how competitive Charlie Strong’s team will be this season. Here’s our take courtesy of the Times’ Joey Knight: “The suffocating, seasonal humidity ... should benefit the Bulls. So should the fact the Badgers will roll out a refurbished offensive line featuring four new starters. But the matchup of Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor against a USF defense that struggled mightily against the run last year should make Bulls fans cringe.” 7 p.m. Friday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25 and up. TV: ESPN.


The Pinellas Trail Challenge, an urban ultramarathon, covers more than 46 miles on the pavement and runs the entire span of the Pinellas Trail, starting in St. Petersburg and finishing at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor. Free. 6:30 a.m. Saturday. 1st Ave. SE and Bayshore Dr. SE, St. Petersburg.

Also playing

Bucs: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Dallas Cowboys for the final costume rehearsal of the preseason. Expect a familiar name from the Bucs’ past to get a lot of reps at quarterback. 8 p.m. Thursday. TV/radio: NBC; 97.9-FM,

Rays: The suddenly struggling Tampa Bay Rays open a home series Friday against the Cleveland Indians before the Baltimore Orioles come to town on Monday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $20 and up. 888-FAN-RAYS. TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

Skateboarding: It’s a Girls Meet Up where skateboarders can link up, learn from each other and create a squad. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. SkatePark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.


  1. Ocean Ridge's Nick Kaleel is the overall half-marathon champion in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday in Tampa.
  2. Tampa Bay Rays Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo prepares to head to the batting cage during batting practice on the Rays first full-squad workout at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in Port Charlotte.
  3. Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) and center Martin Necas (88) speak to Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres as he takes the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
  4. USF guard Laquincy Rideau drives to the basket between Houston's Nate Hinton, left, and Fabian White during a game on Jan. 26, 2020, in Houston.
  5. Tyson Fury lands a right to Deontay Wilder during their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas.
  6. Kentucky's Ashton Hagans, middle, is sandwiched between Florida's Andrew Nembhard (2) and Kerry Blackshear during the second half of their game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
  7. Earlier today• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State's Malik Osborne (10) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
  8. 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.
  9. There were many standout players for Tampa Catholic on Saturday, including goalkeeper Charlie Gembarowski, who set school records in shutouts (16) and wins (22) with the state semifinal victory.
  10. Jesuit, ranked No. 6 in the state and 15th nationally by MaxPreps, will play for their seventh school title next Saturday in DeLand against Pembroke Pines Charter.
  11. Shorecrest coach Jason Montoya, seen here in a previous playoff match, was happy with how his team played in Saturday's state semifinal.
  12. Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark, shown here in a 2017 file photo, said getting the players to go along with the Rays' Tampa Bay-Montreal split season plan would “be difficult.’’