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  1. Football: Lakeland Victory Christian 35, Cambridge Christian 34

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — Cambridge Christian was just about out of gas when it lined up for fourth and goal from the 32-yard line in overtime against Lakeland Victory Christian. Quarterback Jaylin Jackson scrambled right then left and heaved a pass into the right side of the end zone.

    Senior receiver Caleb Young hauled it in just before going out of bounds to cut the Storm's lead to one point. When Victory Christian was flagged for having 12 men on the field during the extra point, Lancers coach Bob Dare decided to go for two points and the win. The direct snap to Jackson was stuffed by the Storm, and Victory Christian came away with a thrilling 35-34 win Friday at Skyway Park....

  2. Football: Tampa Bay Tech 55, Durant 28

    Footballpreps

    DURANT — Tampa Bay Tech knew who was getting the ball in Friday's key Class 7A, District 9 game.

    Still, stopping Durant's Cameron Myers is tough to do.

    The senior entered the game as the state's fourth-leading rusher with 1,430 yards.

    On the first play from scrimmage, Myers added to that total, ripping off an 80-yard run for a touchdown. He continued to gain big chunks of yardage throughout the half....

    Tampa Bay Tech running back Evan Lewis (4) runs the ball for a first down while tackled by Durant Cougars safety Casey Flouro (4) during the first half at Durant High School in Plant City on Friday, October 20, 2017.
  3. High school scoreboard for Oct. 20

    Preps

    Friday's scoreboard

    Volleyball districts

    Class 6A: Robinson d. Middleton 25-11, 25-9, 25-8

  4. Saturday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Autos
    Xfinity: Kansas Lottery 300 qualifyingnoonNBCSN
    Xfinity: Kansas Lottery 3003 p.m.NBC
    F1: U.S. Grand Prix qualifying4 p.m.NBCSN
    Baseball playoffs
    ALCS: Yankees at Astros (if needed)8 p.m.FS1; 620-AM
    Golf
    PGA Europe: Valderrama Masters8 a.m.Golf
    LPGA: Taiwan Championship (taped)12:30 p.m.Golf
    Champions: Dominion Charity Classic2:30 p.m.Golf
    PGA: The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges10 p.m.Golf
    NBA
    Magic at Cavaliers8 p.m.FSF
    Warriors at Grizzlies8 p.m.NBA
    Suns at Clippers10:30 p.m.NBA
    NHL
    Penguins at Lightning7 p.m.Fox Sun; 970-AM
    Panthers at Capitals7:30 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    EPL: Watford at Chelsea7:15 a.m.NBCSN
    German: Borussia Dortmund at Frankfurt9:30 a.m.FS1
    EPL: Manchester United at Huddersfield9:45 a.m.NBCSN
    EPL: Burnley at Manchester City10 a.m.CNBC
    EPL: Bromwich at Southampton12:30 p.m.NBC
    Mexican: Santos Laguna at Queretaro5:30 p.m.ESPND
    Mexican: Toluca at Tigres7:55 p.m.ESPND
    Mexican: Necaxa at America10 p.m.Univision
    ...

  5. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

    K12

    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    That was before the arrival of "the serial killer," as residents are now calling whoever snuffed out three lives in the last two weeks in southeast Seminole Heights....

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  6. Quarterback Jameis Winston will start Sunday for the Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston hadn't thrown in practice since he injured his right shoulder in Sunday's loss at Arizona, and with that uncertainty, a wide line of TV cameras and reporters' cellphones were all out Friday morning, recording the moment as Winston tested his shoulder with his first throws early in practice.

    If there were any doubt about Winston's ability to throw, he looked toward the end zone then casually sailed a throw another 25 yards farther and into the media area, with coach Dirk Koetter laughing in the background....

    Despite a sore shoulder, Jameis Winston will be making his 38th consecutive start since being drafted first overall in 2015.
  7. Bucs journal: LB Kwon Alexander ready to return from injury

    Bucs

    TAMPA — LB Kwon Alexander, sidelined by a hamstring injury since the second quarter of the Bucs' season opener against Chicago, will finally make a healthy return Sunday against the Bills.

    "It's a blessing to be back," Alexander said after Friday's practice, when he was cleared to return after three practices at full participation. "I'm ready to get out there and have fun. I've been off about five weeks, so I've got a lot of energy built up and I'm ready to get out there."...

    Linebacker Kwon Alexander needs “to get my stats back up” after being out since the opener.
  8. Hillsborough — dates to remember

    K12

    Getting ready

    Nov. 3: The Hillsborough Choice Expo, a free interactive event for families interested in elementary, middle or high school choice programs. 3-7 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

    Nov. 15: Magnet and school choice Exploration Night, 5:30-7 p.m., Leto High, 4409 W Sligh Ave, Tampa. Featuring elementary, middle and high school programs.

    Dec. 5: Magnet and school choice Exploration Night, 5:30-7 p.m., Armwood High, 1200 US Highway 92, Tampa. Featuring elementary, middle and high school programs....

  9. Some teachers allege 'hostile and racially charged' workplace at Pinellas Park Middle

    K12

    PINELLAS PARK — Two black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle have requested transfers out of the school, alleging the work environment there has become "hostile and racially charged."

    In a letter addressed to Pinellas County school district officials, the presidents of the Upper Pinellas and St. Petersburg branches of the NAACP said the problems began when nine black teachers banded together over the summer to develop an after-school tutoring program primarily for black students, who scored the lowest on this year's state English language arts exam. ...

    Maria Scruggs, president of the St. Petersburg Branch of the NAACP, was one of two local NAACP leaders who say black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle were treated with hostility for starting a tutoring program for black students. "I call it outright racism," Scruggs said. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  10. Hometown Pinellas

    Briefs

    Clearwater resident turns 100

    Gladys Falana of Clearwater will turn 100 on Monday. She celebrated last week. Falana was born and raised in Florida and had 11 kids and more than 100 grand and great-grandchildren. She birthed 11 kids and all are living but the oldest who died two years ago.

    Sunstar Paramedics goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month

    Sunstar Paramedics, the 911 ambulance transport for Pinellas County, has outfitted one of its ambulances in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sunstar has felt the effects of breast cancer firsthand when one of its employees succumbed to the disease, and another employee Bobby Stanley (pictured) lost his mother to breast cancer. Several other employees are breast cancer survivors....

  11. Hometown Pinellas

    Briefs

    Kohl's donates to Johns Hopkins All Children's for healthy lifestyle program for at-risk teens

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital received a $530,000 donation from Kohl's Department Stores to build and expand programs focused on the obesity epidemic among at-risk adolescents. The donation will support healthy lifestyle campaigns at two high-risk Pinellas County High Schools. Strategies will also include weight management classes and culinary classes in underserved communities, as well as education training for school-based medical providers. Funds will also support a food pantry for children who are identified as food insecure. ...

  12. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    "A gorgeous beacon for downtown Tampa," Northland Investment Corp. chief investment officer Matthew Gottesdiener said of the 35-story Element at 808 N Franklin St., overlooking Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. "We were looking for an opportunity to acquire a best in class in downtown high rise."...

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  13. Judge won't cut prison term of man who pleads obesity

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A claim of obesity won't shave time off a Tampa man's prison sentence.

    U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday on Friday declined to reduce the 76-month term he imposed Oct. 12 on Stephen Donaldson Sr., 72, for peddling an illegal offshore tax shelter.

    On Monday, Donaldson's attorney suggested his client, at 5-foot-9 and 273 pounds, was too fat for his prison sentence, given the likely effect of weight on his health and longevity. ...

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.
  14. Road closures set for Tuesday for funeral of firefighter

    Public Safety

    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has announced plans for handling traffic on Tuesday, Oct. 24, for the funeral of county firefighter/paramedic Steven Terry.

    Terry died Oct. 16 while on duty at Hernando County Fire Rescue Station 9 in Brooksville.

    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill. First responders from across the state and country are expected to attend....

  15. Backlog of immigration cases under Trump stymies immigrants in Florida

    Courts

    It was supposed to be a routine green card renewal for a Thai woman who has called Central Florida home for years.

    Instead, federal immigration authorities took her into custody for a decade-old blemish on her criminal record, putting her on a potential path to deportation. The mother of two has been waiting in a detention center since April for a hearing to make her case to stay, said her attorney, John Gihon....

    Orlando immigration attorney John Gihon represents a Thai mother of two in poor health who has been held since March in a federal detention center, awaiting an immigration hearing. 
[Photo courtesy John Gihon]