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Could USF, UCF expand Big 12's recruiting footprint into Florida?

As the Big 12 weighs as many as 20 expansion candidates, programs sound like college recruiters, pitching their academics, brand names, attendance and potential. Perhaps USF and UCF should s …

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Bucs' Mike Evans wants to be great — and knows he wasn't last year

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Invest 99L will drench South Florida, but what about Tampa Bay?

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 28

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 28

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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  1. Stray 2-month-old kitten rescued from a Tampa storm drain

    Human Interest

    Times Staff

    TAMPA — A 2-month-old stray kitten trapped in a storm drain was rescued by a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crew Sunday morning.

  2. Man who fled Tarpon Springs murder scene caught in Clearwater

    Crime

    Authorities in Clearwater have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting another man early Saturday at a motel in Tarpon Springs after an argument.

    Investigators say Fredrick Bentley, 39, shot and killed a neighbor at a motel where both men were living. [Tarpon Springs police]
  3. Two South Florida men shot after Tampa home invasion

    Crime

    Times Staff

    TAMPA — Two South Florida men were shot Saturday night after driving from Miami to rob a home, deputies say.

  4. Busch Gardens, Disney parks offer mosquito repellent amid Zika fears

    Health

    Days after Gov. Rick Scott confirmed the first locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Tampa Bay, Busch

    Busch Gardens has insect repellent available for all visitors at the Tampa theme park. [Times files]
  5. The story of the viral 'best little baby' and the state trooper who rescued him

    Human Interest

    Derek Graham encountered the woman and child on Tuesday evening.

    Derek Graham and the baby, mid-bath. [Courtesy West Virginia State Police]
  6. Charles Osgood signing off as host of CBS' 'Sunday Morning'

    The Feed

    NEW YORK — Charles Osgood, who has said "good morning" to his audience every Sunday for 22 years, is about to say "goodbye" as host of "CBS News Sunday Morning" in September.

    Charles Osgood informed the audience during Sunday's broadcast that he'd be leaving "Sunday Morning" in September. [Associated Press File]
  7. Hurricane Gaston strengthens but poses no threat to land

    Weather

    MIAMI — Hurricane Gaston is gathering strength as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic, but forecasters say it poses no threat to land.

  8. For starters: Rays at Astros, in avoid mode

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:46: Rays lineup, with Forsythe getting a day off, Longoria a DH day and Dickerson at the top. ... Snell said ankle feels better today and he expects to make next start. ... Rays are on track to activate Cobb on Monday; his final rehab start went well.

    Rays lineup:

  9. Review: Drake works Tampa fans hard in magnetic concert at Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    From the moment Drake emerged in a Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, sparks blasting behind his back, he had them.

    Drake performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 27, 2016.
  10. Snell hit hard, hurt in Rays' loss to Astros (w/video)

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — Rookie left-hander Blake Snell was having enough problems Saturday, allowing the Astros four runs on eight mostly hard hits in three innings.

    Bobby Wilson throws high to first on Marwin Gonzalez’s shot off Blake Snell’s leg, which knocks the rookie from the game.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Beruff’s political consultants. A new Mason-Dixon poll showed Beruff trailing Marco Rubio by 39 percentage points in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Beruff might be wondering what he's getting for the $8 million he poured into the race. His paid political consultants? They’re just thankful Beruff has kept the faith for so long....

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For starters: Rays at Astros, in avoid mode

UPDATE, 12:46: Rays lineup, with Forsythe getting a day off, Longoria a DH day and Dickerson at the top. ... Snell said ankle feels better today and he expects to make next start. ... Rays are on track to activate Cobb on Monday; his final rehab start went well.

Rays lineup:...

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Bucs cut 12, including S Major Wright, LB Jeremiah George

The Bucs have made their initial wave of roster cuts, with 12 players waived and released on Sunday to get the team within two moves of the NFL's cutdown to 75 by Tuesday afternoon....

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