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  1. Region baseball: Sarasota 5, Steinbrenner 3


    SARASOTA — Steinbrenner's chance at a second straight Class 8A state championship ended with one bad inning Tuesday night. The Warriors led by two runs heading in the bottom of the fifth, but they gave up four and never recovered in a 5-3 loss to Sarasota.

    Sarasota (23-9) will play in next week's state semifinals for the second time in three years. Steinbrenner ends its season 18-10....

  2. Wednesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Marlins at A's3:30 p.m.MLB, FSF
    Angels at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AM
    Royals at Yankees7 p.m.MLB
    Cardinals at Dodgers10 p.m.MLB
    College baseball
    Big Ten tournament: Minnesota vs. Indiana10 a.m.Big Ten
    SEC tournament second round: Kentucky vs. South Carolina10:30 a.m.SEC
    ACC tournament: FSU vs. Notre Dame11 a.m.FSF
    SEC tournament second round: LSU vs. Missouri1:30 p.m.SEC
    Big Ten tournament: Michigan vs. Northwestern1:30 p.m.Big Ten
    ACC tournament: Boston College vs. North Carolina3 p.m.Fox Sun
    Big Ten tournament: Nebraska vs. Purdue5 p.m.Big Ten
    SEC tournament second round: Florida vs. Auburn or Ole Miss5:30 p.m.SEC
    ACC tournament: Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest7 p.m.FSF
    SEC tournament second round: Arkansas vs. TBA8:30 p.m.SEC
    Big Ten tournament: Maryland vs. Iowa8:30 p.m.Big Ten
    College golf
    Women's NCAA tournament4 p.m.Golf
    FIFA U-20 World Cup: Uruguay vs. Japan7 a.m.FS1
    FIFA U-20 World Cup: Costa Rica vs. Portugal7 a.m.FS2
    UEFA Europa League: Manchester United at Ajax2:30 p.m.FS1
    Washington at Chicago12:30 p.m.NBA

  3. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering into the future.


    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  4. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    He was the one who gave up the back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning to Angels leadoff man Cameron Maybin and leading man Mike Trout that were the difference in the game, after all.

    But this loss, and the newest concern about the Rays, goes on his mates for not doing anything to help.

    The Rays bats have gone silent, Tuesday's nine innings tacked on to the final eight from Monday to make it 17 straight without a run from an offense that had been, despite its odd formula, one of the American League's most productive....

    The Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier tosses his helmet aside after popping out to first base to end the sixth inning, at which point Tampa Bay had only one hit.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

    Slumping RF Steven Souza Jr. was back in the lineup as expected, though dropped to seventh. The spotlight still found him as he came up in a key situation, bases loaded with one out in the seventh, and struck out, extending his weeks-long skid to 8-for-67....

  6. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    "I don't see how he could be," manager Kevin Cash said when asked Tuesday if Miller will return the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.

    Miller said he is still letting the injury "cool down."...

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
  7. USF baseball rallies to beat Tulane in AAC tournament opener


    CLEARWATER — With Tulane runners on first and second and two out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, USF's dugout watched as burly American Athletic Conference co-player of the year Hunter Williams' fly to left went deep.

    Just not quite as deep as the Bulls' collective exhale, when leftfielder Duke Stunkel Jr. snagged the ball to secure his team's 7-6 victory in the opening round of the AAC tournament at Spectrum Field....

    USF outfielder Chris Chatfield is congratulated by third-base coach Chris Cates after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, tying the score at 3.
  8. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    Juan Carlos Izaguirre of Dade City was heading south in a Chevrolet Tahoe as a bus was unloading passengers at a bus stop, troopers said. Izaguirre failed to stop and crashed into the bus.

    Izaguirre died at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. The bus driver sustained minor injuries....

  9. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.

    About 4 p.m., officers responded to 10248 Oakhaven Drive after receiving reports about the device. They notified the Tampa Police Bomb Squad.

    The residents of the home were evacuated. Police believe the spent round was left behind at the house by a previous tenant....

  10. Pasco Business Digest for May 26



    CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and the guest speaker will be Todd Vandeberg. The cost is $8 for members, $10 for guests. For information, call (813) 782-1913 or visit

    HOSPITAL NAMES NURSE OF THE YEAR: Registered nurse Gabriel Mangual-Reyes was named 2017 Nurse of the Year for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills at the hospital?  s eighth annual Nurse of the Year celebration ceremony May 8. Mangual-Reyes is employed in the progressive care unit and joined the hospital in 2015. He was nominated by patients, their family members, peers and hospital leadership. From left are: hospital employees Ryan Willis, chief financial officer; Mangual-Reyes; Gwen Alonso, chief nursing officer, and Randy Surber, president and chief executive officer.
  11. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office,, team Tampa store; surcharge up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    Promotion: Half price on lower corner and upper level tickets through the Ballpark app.

    Probable pitchers...

    FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 1: Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Minnesota Twins  poses for a photo during the Twins' photo day on March 1, 2016 at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
  12. How did Florida National Guard miss soldier's neo-Nazi leanings?


    Brandon Russell, a private first class assigned to Company C of the 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Pinellas Park, has been in the Florida National Guard since February, 2016.

    All the while, authorities said, he was a self-professed neo-Nazi who led a group of like-minded individuals calling themselves the Atomwaffen Division.

    So how did he escape the attention of Guard officials?...

    Brandon Russell, 21, of Tampa, is a Florida National Guardsman accused in a federal complaint of illegal possession of explosives. [From YouTube]
  13. New stores coming to Tyrone Square Mall, like Bath & Body Works


    Tyrone Square Mall will welcome a half dozen new stores, like Bath & Body Works and MidiCi's The Neapolitan Pizza Company, this summer.

    Six new stores are slated to open at Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg's only enclosed shopping mall, in the next few months. Those stores are PlayLive Nation, a social gaming lounge that opened May 1; MidiCi's The Neapolitan Pizza Company, a fast-line Italian restaurant expected to open in early fall; Bath & Body Works and White Barn Candle will sell lotion, soap and candles when the stores open June 1 ; and Shoe Palace, a shoe store which will open in the coming months. ...

  14. Hernando teacher faces sexual battery charges


    BROOKSVILLE — Deputies arrested a teacher on charges of sexual battery Tuesday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

    Sheriff Al Nienhuis and superintendent of schools Lori Romano scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning to discuss the case.

    Until then, the Sheriff's Office said, it would not release any additional information, including the name of the teacher, the teacher's school or the circumstances of the case....

  15. Drought forces tougher watering restrictions around Tampa Bay


    Water restrictions will go into effect next month as the region grapples with the driest dry season on record in 103 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District said Tuesday.

    The new restrictions will remain in place in 16 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco, through Aug. 1. Lawn watering will be limited to one day a week. Car washing will also be limited and homeowners' associations will not be allowed to enforce deed restrictions that could cause an increase in water use by requiring residents to keep their lawns green....

    Clouds build in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday ahead of storms forecast to bring much-needed rain. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties that runs through Thursday morning. Forecasters say the best chance for severe storms is Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by localized flooding, frequent lightning, gusty winds and dangerous surf.