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Tropical Storm Matthew forms, forecast to gain strength as it approaches Caribbean

Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the Atlantic Ocean moving through the Windward Islands as it makes its way toward the Caribbean Sea and perhaps the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Nati …

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Rick Monday on Vin Scully: 'Vinny brought the game of baseball to me."

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Stabbing victim runs out into St. Petersburg traffic

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  1. Florida House members united on budget deal with Zika funding

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - The House tonight approved a short-term budget deal that includes $1.1 billion in funding for Zika.

  2. Rain cuts short impressive start by Rays rookie Snell

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — LHP Blake Snell was hoping to put a good finish on his rookie season Wednesday, but the weather didn't cooperate.

    Rays starter Blake Snell winds up pitching 22/3 scoreless innings in his final start of an encouraging rookie season.
  3. Losing 20 last thing on mind of Rays' Archer

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — Chris Archer will take the mound tonight as he has 32 previous times this season seeking to lead the Rays to a win.

    Chris Archer has a 4.02 ERA this season and has been undermined by the Rays’ offense and bullpen.
  4. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez memorialized at Alonso High in Tampa, where he played

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — The rain refused to let up, but hundreds packed the risers around Alonso High School's baseball diamond Wednesday night. They always had for Jose Fernandez.

    Current and former Alonso High School baseball players release balloons during a candlelight vigil in honor of former Alonso High School and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, on Wednesday. Fernandez and two friends died early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach. [MONICA HERNDON | Times] 
  5. Lightning's Johnson healthy, happy again after injury-plagued season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This is how Lightning center Tyler Johnson is supposed to look.

    Tyler Johnson says that in Tuesday’s preseason opener he had fun, something he lacked a lot last season.
  6. Thursday NFL game preview/predictions: Dolphins at Bengals

    Bucs

    Tonight: Dolphins at Bengals, 8:25, Ch. 10, NFL Network

    Line/OU: Bengals by 71/2; 44

    Andy Dalton (14) of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off of the field after being defeated by Denver Broncos 29-17 at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. [Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images]
  7. U.S. House signs off on key Everglades work

    Water

    The U.S. House passed its version of a major water bill Wednesday, clearing the way for a big chunk of work needed to restore Florida's ailing Everglades.

    On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a major water bill that includes work to fix ailing marshes in the Everglades and help end seasonal flushing of Lake Okeechobee that triggered algae blooms on the Treasure Coast. [Tim Chapman | Miami Herald]
  8. Broncos' Talib: I'm more mature and professional than I was with Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Lying in wait the high grass on a little hitch rout, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib jumped on a pass thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to receiver Phillip Dorsett, sidestepped tight end Jack Doyle and outraced Chester Rogers to the end zone for the ninth interception returned for a touchdown in his …

    Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib returns an interception 46 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS) 1190380
  9. There's a new deal to keep Uber in Hillsborough, but PTC approval still in doubt

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Rideshare company Uber has tentatively agreed to tougher background checks while operating in Hills­borough County, though it remains unclear whether the deal will pass muster with a regulatory agency.

  10. Five more join Lightning camp from World Cup

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Five more players joined the Lightning on Wednesday after playing for their countries in the World Cup of Hockey: LW Jonathan Drouin (North America); D Andrej Sustr and LW Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic); C Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and D Nikita Nesterov (Russia).

    Canada's Carey Price (31) puts the stop on Czech Republic's Ondrej Palat (18) as Canada's Alex Pietrangelo (27) looks on during the first period of a World Cup of Hockey game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) CHY101

Florida House members united on budget deal with Zika funding

WASHINGTON - The House tonight approved a short-term budget deal that includes $1.1 billion in funding for Zika....

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Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays, trying to put a good finish on an inconsistent rookie season.

For starters: Rays at White Sox, delayed until 8:30

UPDATE, 8:00: The Sox announced a tentative start time of 8:30 Tampa Bay time.

UPDATE, 7:05:
RHP Chase Whitley will get to start Sunday's season finale, as the Rays will give him the opportunity as something of a reward for his hard work in returning from Tommy John surgery. LHP Drew Smyly was slated to start....

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Center Joe Hawley (ankle) joins four Bucs on injury report

Bucs center Joe Hawley, who had a Rams defensive lineman land on his ankle from behind in Sunday's loss, was held out of Wednesday's practice, along with four players who missed Sunday's game with injuries....

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