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  1. High school scoreboard for Sept. 19

    Preps

    Tuesday's scoreboard

    Volleyball

    Seffner Chr. d. St. Petersburg Cath. 25-16, 25-15, 25-21

    Tampa Cath. d. Clearwater Central Cath. 25-27, 25-16, 25-23, 25-15

    Shorecrest d. Northside Chr. 25-16, 22-25, 25-6, 25-14

    Clearwater d. Boca Ciega 25-12, 25-8, 25-8

    Valrico-Grace Chr. d. Bradenton-Community Chr. 25-22, 25-18, 25-23

    Calvary Chr. d. Indian Rocks Chr. 9-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-13...

  2. Wednesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Twins at Yankees1 p.m.ESPN
    Mets at Marlins1 p.m.FSF
    Rockies at Giants3:30 p.m.MLB
    Cubs at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AM
    Red Sox at Orioles7 p.m.ESPN
    Indians at Angels10 p.m.ESPN
    College volleyball
    Kentucky at Missouri8 p.m.SEC
    Tennessee at Arkansas9 p.m.ESPNU
    USC at UCLA11 p.m.ESPNU
    NHL preseason
    Lightning at Hurricanes7 p.m.970-AM
    Soccer
    German: Borussia Dortmund at Hamburg2:30 p.m.FS1
    MLS: L.A. at Atlanta7 p.m.ESPN2
    U.S. Open Cup: New York Red Bulls at Kansas City9 p.m.ESPN2
    ...

  3. FHP seeks semitrailer truck driver that left fiery wreck on I-75

    Accidents

    TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an Interstate 75 crash that left another car burning on Tuesday afternoon.

    The truck, the make and model of which were unidentified, was heading north in the inside center lane of I-75 north of Fletcher Avenue around 2 p.m., the FHP said, when it changed lanes into the outside center lane....

    Troopers were looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an accident scene on Interstate 75 in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon that caused a car to catch fire. [Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol]
  4. Volleyball: Mitchell edges Wiregrass Ranch in five-setter

    Blog

     WESLEY CHAPEL – Mitchell entered Tuesday night’s match against Wesley Chapel with a bit of an advantage. The Mustangs played in the Berkeley Invitational last weekend and got in five matches against quality competition. The Bulls, on the other hand, had only one practice on Monday after a near two-week break due to Hurricane Irma.

    If there was any rust, it didn’t show. Wiregrass Ranch won the first game, then gave Mitchell all it could handle before the Mustangs pulled out a 17-25, 25-16, 25-20, 27-29, 15-13 win....

  5. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    "It was cool. It was very nice," Maddon said. "I appreciated it."

    But for a while, it looked like his current Cubs team — and specifically starter Mike Montgomery, a former Rays minor-leaguer at that — might provide an even more fitting souvenir representative of Maddon's tenure, no-hitting the Rays into the sixth inning. With Maddon at the helm, after all, the Rays were no-hit four times....

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) caught stealing third base to end the first inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
  6. Three-hour police standoff ends, thanks to a cigarette

    News

    TAMPA — A man threatening to harm himself was arrested by Tampa police on Tuesday after a three-hour standoff.

    Ronald Ellis, 36, allegedly refused to come outside of a house on the 3000 block of W Wyoming Avenue, police said. Police did not specify if Ellis had a weapon or what started the incident. Ellis allegedly told police he would not leave the house and that they would have to kill him, police said. ...

  7. Rays vs. Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Cubs

    7:10, Tropicana Field

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

    Tickets: $40-$500; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: LH Blake Snell (3-6, 4.25)

    CUBS: LH Jon Lester (11-7, 4.30)...

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  8. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings (15 hits, 11 runs, seven innings), so Tuesday was a reassuring rebound.

    Brad Miller's homer with one out in the sixth ended Mike Montgomery's unexpected no-hit bid, and gave him 61 hits for the season. That's the same as his number of walks. No player with 300 plate appearances has had as many walks as hits since Adam Dunn in 2011....

  9. At 6-8, Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov comes with, and needs, a high ceiling

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.

    But Esposito, 75, also shared some high praise, saying Sosunov reminded him of a young Zdeno Chara, the 6-foot-9 Bruins captain.

    Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness, who coached Chara as an Islanders rookie, said Sosunov is a better skater than Chara was at that time. ...

    The Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli gets checked by the Hurricanes’ Trevor Carrick during the first period of the preseason opener at Amalie Arena. The teams meet again tonight in Raleigh, N.C.
  10. Rays journal: Rays manage one hit in loss to Joe Maddon, Cubs (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The word Chris Archer used to describe what happened Tuesday night at Tropicana Field was "weird."

    The tipoff came when Cubs C Willson Contreras walked out of the dugout a half-hour before first pitch and made his way to rightfield to warm up starting pitcher Mike Montgomery. He received a standing ovation.

    "I didn't know we had that many people from Chicago, Illinois, Midwest area in Tampa, but I guess we do," Archer said. "But it was just weird for their players to come out and get announced and just get so much love. It was strange."...

    Rays starter Chris Archer awaits a new ball after Kyle Schwarber homers in the second, putting the Cubs up 1-0.
  11. Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget

    K12

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.

    Property taxes for schools will be $6.60 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a house valued at $125,000, with a $25,000 homestead exemption, the homeowner will pay $659.60, down from $690.60 the previous year.

    The district, the largest employer in the Tampa Bay area with a workforce of roughly 25,000, submitted a balanced budget, as required by law. But, as in prior years, expenditures will be greater than revenues, and the difference will be made up by transferring money between funds. ...

    Photo illustration. [iStockphoto.com]
  12. After Irma disruption, Miami eager to face Toledo

    College

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind.

    "All of a sudden in the back of my mind — this might be everything we have," Diaz said.

    Two weeks later, the anxiety is over, and the storm has passed. But things haven't yet returned to normal for Diaz's No. 14 Hurricanes. ...

    Miami coach Mark Richt watches during a victory over B-CU in the Sept. 2 opener. The Hurricanes haven’t played since.
  13. Despite Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough remains on pace to unlock hotel tax that could pay for Rays ballpark

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Despite the threat of a catastrophic storm, it was business as usual at many Hillsborough County hotels in the days before Hurricane Irma bore down on the Tampa Bay region.

    Between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, county hotels actually saw a 10 percent increase in revenue over the same period last year, according to Visit Tampa Bay, the tourism promotion agency for Hillsborough.

    And when the numbers are tallied, Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada doesn't believe Irma's pass through the bay area will have much of an impact on tourist development taxes collected on each night's stay at a hotel....

    The Grand Hyatt near TIA closed during Hurricane Irma, but many other Hillsborough hotels were open and saw an influx.
  14. Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

    K12

    LARGO — They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.

    But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversial education bill that, critics say, unfairly favors charter schools.

    The School Board voted unanimously to join the suit and contribute $25,000 to the fight, becoming the 12th Florida school district — and the only one in the Tampa Bay area — to do so. ...

    Gov. Rick Scott, right, kicks off the 2017 legislative session on March 7 in Tallahassee. Scott later signed a massive education bill that is being challenged by several school districts. On Tuesday, Pinellas became one of them. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  15. Deputies find 24 dogs, 2 birds, 2 cats, 1 child in Hernando home

    Public Safety

    SPRING HILL —A woman was arrested Monday on charges of animal cruelty after deputies said they found injured animals at her Spring Hill home.

    Jennie Card, 44, was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty. A Florida Department of Children and Families investigator, concerned about the living conditions in a home that included a child and 24 dogs, called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, according to the report. ...

    Jennie Card, 44, was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty after deputies said they found her injured animals at her Spring Hill residence.[Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]