TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.
"I was there long enough. I was there to point where I'm strong now," Doug Martin said Thursday. "Mentally strong and physically strong."
TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.
The NCAA's Summary Disposition Report was released Thursday to the Tampa Bay Times after a public records request....
05/25/17 TV and Radio
Autos Indianapolis 500 Carb Day 11 a.m. NBCSN Baseball Mariners at Red Sox 7 p.m. MLB Angels at Marlins 7 p.m. FSF Rays at Twins 8 p.m. Fox Sun; 620-AM Cubs at Dodgers 10 p.m. MLB College baseball, conference tourneys Big Ten: Minnesota vs. Northwestern 10 a.m. Big Ten ACC: Miami vs. Wake Forest 11 a.m. FSF SEC: Florida vs. Mississippi State noon SEC Big Ten: Nebraska vs. Iowa 1:30 p.m. Big Ten ACC: Florida State vs. Louisville 3 p.m. FSF SEC: S. Carolina vs. Kentucky or LSU 4 p.m. SEC Big Ten: Indiana vs. Minnesota-Northwestern loser 5 p.m. Big Ten SEC: Arkansas vs. Florida-Mississippi State loser 7 p.m. SEC Big Ten: Maryland vs. Nebraska-Iowa loser 8:30 p.m. Big Ten College softball, super regions Oklahoma at Auburn 4 p.m. ESPN2 LSU at Florida State 5 p.m. ESPNU Texas A&M at Tennessee 6 p.m. ESPN2 Alabama at Florida 7 p.m. ESPN Kentucky at Oregon 7 p.m. ESPNU Ole Miss at UCLA 9 p.m. ESPN Baylor at Arizona 9 p.m. ESPN2 Utah at Washington 11 p.m. ESPNU Golf PGA Europe: BMW Championship 5 a.m. Golf Senior PGA Championship 1 p.m. Golf PGA: Dean & Deluca Invitational 4 p.m. Golf Soccer U-20 World Cup: England vs. Korea 7 a.m. FS1 U-20 World Cup: Guinea vs. Argentina 7 a.m. FS2
"Law firm @POTUS used to show he has no ties to Russia was named Russia Law Firm of the Year for their extensive ties to Russia. Unreal."
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., May 12 in Twitter
President Donald Trump's tax lawyers are partners in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan Lewis, which employs some 2,000 attorneys in 30 cities around the world, including 40 lawyers and staff in Moscow....
05/25/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?
Who wants to be equal parts good and bad?
Not the Rays, who evened their season record again Thursday with a 4-0 win against the Angels.
It's the 15th time this season the Rays (25-25) have been at .500. Pitcher Alex Cobb said this week it's time for the team to make a move and leave so-so in the rearview mirror....
Deputies arrested a Seminole man Thursday after he fractured an 8-month-old baby's bones, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
Gary G. Gibeault, 32, faces a charge of aggravated child abuse.
Detectives believe the baby girl was hurt while she was under the care of Gibeault on May 9. The following day, the girl's mother discovered the injuries. She was taken to a local hospital with several fractures in one leg....
05/25/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.
"That was huge," Andriese said.
Said Souza, "Anytime the ball's put in play and he's on second base, you got to make a pretty good throw to get him. I had to make my best throw and put it there, and fortunately it worked out."...
05/25/17 The Heater
Tonight: at Twins
8:10, Target Field, Minnesota
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM
Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.76)
TWINS: LH Hector Santiago (4-2, 3.96)
On Archer: Is 5-1, 1.73 in six career starts against Twins. Is 3-0, 0.98 in three career starts at Target Field.
On Santiago: Is 1-0, 4.86 in four career appearances against Rays, including two starts. Threw seven shutout innings in most recent start against Rays....
05/25/17 The Heater
If you're walking, you're hitting, as the saying goes, so it's a good sign that RF Steven Souza Jr. reached base four times, with a hit by pitch, a single and two walks. Hitters feel they are coming out of slumps when they are walking, because they are seeing the ball better. That's good news for the Rays offense, since you saw how potent it was early in the season when Souza was hitting....
St. Petersburg's ballooning sewage debt could threaten credit rating (but there's a Hail Mary plan to avoid that)05/25/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The city needs a lot of money — $435 million over the next five years — most of it to fix its leaky sewer pipes and aging sewer plants.
Without that cash, St. Petersburg could face steep fines for violating a soon-to-be-finalized consent order with the state forcing the city to fix its sewage problems.
But the huge price tag comes with financial repercussions: It would effectively double St. Petersburg's overall utility debt, threatening the city's utility bond rating — which is used as a measure of a municipality's credit-worthiness....
05/25/17 Local Government
CLEARWATER — While Pinellas beaches continually rank among the best in America, they need help to stay that way.
The county has landed $30 million to complete renourishment projects at three popular beaches.
The funding for the Pinellas County Shore Protection Project will go toward about 10.5 miles of work at Sand Key, Upham Beach and Treasure Island. The federal projects are administered by the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....
TAMPA — When the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts opened 30 years ago, it welcomed just 30,000 patrons its first year.
These days, the Straz Center gets more than 600,000 patrons annually — but no new parking spaces have been added nearby. To the contrary, an apartment complex now under construction has gobbled up 500 spaces long used by concertgoers.
The Florida Orchestra played recently before full or near-capacity crowds at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, but had open seats in a smaller theater at the Straz....
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is searching for a large swan sculpture that was stolen from a Lakeland cold storage facility last weekend, possibly by a naked man.
The Sheriff's Office released video surveillance that officers believe sheds light on the heist. It shows the naked man, whom deputies identified as Ronald Thompson, walking into the Lakeland Cold Storage at 4100 Frontage Road S during the early morning hours of May 19....
CLEARWATER — Of the more than 300 varsity high school baseball teams in Florida, only one has won every game this season: Calvary Christian. The Warriors are a perfect 28-0.
The next test comes tonight against Delray Beach American Heritage in the Class 4A state semifinal in Fort Myers. It's the first time the school has ever played in the state tournament. Then again, there have been a lot of firsts this season. ...
05/25/17 Public Safety
CLEARWATER — Firefighters rescued a 14-year-old girl who whose leg was trapped between two pipes on Franklin Street on Thursday afternoon, Clearwater fire rescue said.
The call came in at 4:25 p.m. and crews arrived four minutes later to the stack of pipes in the 1300 block of Franklin Street. It took firefighters seven minutes to free her from the pipes. She was flown via helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with a leg injury....