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UK expats around Tampa Bay talk 'Brexit' (w/video)

It wasn't just another day at work on Friday for Laurie Black, a 67-year-old expatriate from the United Kingdom. He was filled with a bit more pride than the day before while behind the coun …


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  1. Rays acquire Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — The Rays made a low-risk move to try to bolster their injury-depleted outfield Friday by acquiring Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins.

    The Oswaldo Arcia scouting report: hits better against right-handers, a little undisciplined at the plate, and not the greatest fielder.
  2. St. Pete Pride opening concert crowd small but enthusiastic

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Pete Pride kickoff concert on Friday night drew significantly fewer people than organizers expected.

    Jennifer Real performs on stage at SP2 for St. Pete Pride on the corner of Central Ave. and 26th St. in St. Petersburg. The concert kicks off St. Pete Pride weekend in St. Petersburg.  [Friday, June 24, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Carlton: A peaceful Pride, the return of Redner and other news


    On the eve of what is sure to be an especially poignant St. Pete Pride in the wake of the Orlando murders, St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway made a commonsense request.

  4. Tight Tampa Bay area primary races will divide Democrats this summer


    It's looking to be a long, hot summer for a number of mostly Democratic Tampa Bay politicians battling it out in the Aug. 30 primary.

    Kevin Beckner, one of the party’s young stars, and Pat Frank, a legendary longtime Democratic politician, are locked in Hillsborough County’s most contentious race, for clerk of the Circuit Court.
  5. Flames acquire Elliott from Blues, eliminating potential Ben Bishop suitor


    UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues, eliminating one potential suitor for the Lightning's Ben Bishop. The Blues received the 35th overall pick in the draft and a conditional third-round pick.

    Calgary would likely need to know it can sign Bishop long-term before any potential trade.
  6. Unopposed candidates across Tampa Bay 'win' their races


    More than a dozen politicians across Tampa Bay won election on Friday without a single voter casting a ballot.

    How did they manage to pull this off?

    No one ran against them.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, who automatically won office on Friday because no one opposed him. 
[Carolina Hidalgo, Times] 

  7. Jones: In sports business, don't expect athletes to match fans' loyalty

    Lightning Strikes

    A few words about loyalty in sports.

    As much as we hate to admit it, the cold reality is sports are a business. For the athletes, it's a job. For franchises, it's an investment.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates after he shoots and scores the game winning goal in the shoot out to beat the Winnipeg Jets with a final score of 6 to 5 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (02/18/16). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  8. Fennelly: Clearwater boxer Keith Thurman set to defend welterweight title


    He's run out of fighting words. Not that there were that many between Keith Thurman and his opponent Saturday. Thurman and Shawn Porter have known each other since their amateur careers. Porter came to the St. Pete Boxing Gym two years ago to train and spar with Thurman. They're friends as much as boxers can be friends …

    Keith Thurman, left, lands a left punch on Luis Collazo during a 2015 bout at the USF Sun Dome. Thurman won by technical knockout. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  9. Rays Tales: Oh, the pain

    The Heater

    May 9 was a fine night in Seattle as the Rays headed into their 30th game with a winning record and in good health, having gotten that deep into a season without putting a player on the disabled list only twice before in their first 18 seasons.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is helped off the field after getting injured diving for a single by Detroit Tigers' James McCann during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) MICO111
  10. UK expats around Tampa Bay talk 'Brexit' (w/video)


    It wasn't just another day at work on Friday for Laurie Black, a 67-year-old expatriate from the United Kingdom.

    Laurie Black, 67, owner of London Pride British Store in Largo, cheered the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU. “Britain is getting its sovereignty back,” he said.

Gov. Scott rejects Rep. McBurney for judgeship after NRA furor

When Rep. Charles McBurney of Jacksonville learned Friday that a member of Gov. Rick Scott's staff had called, he didn't need to ask why....


Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to break a streak

UPDATE, 5:44: Cash said the change in the batting order was two-fold, to thicken the middle and add protection for Morrison by dropping Miller to 5th and to try to get Dickerson going at No. 2. ... The Rays haven't said yet who the 26th man will be for the Saturday doubleheader but if they opt for a reliever RHP Danny Farquhar is the likely choice. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) took BP and ran the bases in Port Charlotte and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, with an eye on returning by early next week.

Orioles lineup:...


Bucs join NFL in $400,000 donation to Orlando shooting victims

The Bucs are the latest Tampa-area team to join in supporting the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, as the NFL Foundation and the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars have combined for a $400,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund to help victims' families and survivors....