EAST LAKE — This was the first chance for Hillsborough to tinker with its new weapons on offense. Jefferson transfer Tyrese Spain made a few catches. Wiregrass transfer Da Da McGee had some nifty moves on a handful of carries.
But for most of Friday night, the Terriers were stuck in neutral.
East Lake's defense had a lot to do with that.
Twice, the Eagles stopped Hillsborough on downs. East Lake's defense also forced four turnovers, scoring off one. That was more than enough to pull through in a 16-0 preseason win....
BRANDON — Preseason games don't count, but Tampa Bay Tech had a mission Friday night. The Titans wanted to put their regular-season opponents on alert.
Be ready or else.
They scored on all five possessions of the first half against Brandon and added a defensive touchdown in what eventually turned into a 51-0 drubbing of the Eagles. Senior quarterback Michael Penix, a Tennessee commit, threw five first-half touchdowns before taking the rest of the night off....
KISSIMMEE — A Kissimmee police officer died and a second was gravely wounded Friday night, police Chief Jeff O'Dell said.
Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt. Sam Howard was in grave condition, O'Dell said. Howard's prognosis "does not look good,'' O'Dell said in a briefing.
The officers were shot answering a call, and the shootings appeared to be an ambush, the chief said....
08/18/17 TV and Radio
Autos MotoCross: Budds Creek National 3 p.m. NBC IndyCar: ABC Supply 500 qualifying 1 p.m. NBCSN Monster Energy Cup: Bass Pro Shops night race 7 p.m. NBC; 102.5-FM Baseball Blue Jays at Cubs 2 p.m. MLB Dodgers at Tigers 4 p.m. FS1 Mariners at Rays 6 p.m. Fox Sun; 620-AM Yankees at Red Sox 7 p.m. MLB Marlins at Mets 7 p.m. FSF Nationals at Padres (in progress) 10 p.m. MLB Baseball, Little League World Series Elimination game: Mexico vs. Europe-Africa 1 p.m. ESPN Elimination game: Grosse Pointe (Mich.) vs. Jackson (N.J.) 3 p.m. ABC Elimination game: Caribbean vs. Australia 6 p.m. ESPN Elimination game: Walla Walla (Wash.) vs. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8 p.m. ESPN Boxing Super lightweights: Indongo vs. Crawford 10 p.m. ESPN Golf Solheim Cup 8 a.m. Golf U.S. Amateur noon Golf PGA: Wyndham Championship 3 p.m. CBS Solheim Cup 4 p.m. NBC Champions: Dicks Sporting Goods Open 4 p.m. Golf High school basketball Nike Academy 7 p.m. ESPNU Horse racing Breeder's Cup Challenge Series 8 p.m. NBCSN NFL preseason Panthers at Titans 3 p.m. NFL Colts at Cowboys 7 p.m. NFL Broncos at 49ers 10 p.m. NFL Soccer EPL: Manchester United at Swansea City 7:15 a.m. NBCSN German: Borussia Dortmund at Wolfsburg 9:30 a.m. FS1 EPL: Crystal Palace at Liverpool 9:45 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Arsenal at Stoke City 12:30 p.m. NBC German: Leipzig at Schalke 12:30 p.m. FS1 NWSL: Washington at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. Lifetime Mexican: Monterrey at Leon 7:30 p.m. ESPND Mexican: Universidad Nacionale at Tigres 7:45 p.m. Univison Mexican: Puebla at Guadalajara 10 p.m. Univision Tennis Western & Southern Open noon ESPN2 Western & Southern Open 7 p.m. ESPN2
08/18/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.
Kiermaier turned a hustle double into a run. Ramirez, with help from his bullpen, made sure that was the Rays' only run in the Mariners' 7-1 victory Friday in front of 11,501 at Tropicana Field.
The Rays (60-64) scratched out four hits — three from Wilson Ramos — in losing for the 11th time in their past 14 games. They are a season-worst four games under .500....
08/18/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.
With runners on first and second and one out, Kiermaier said he wanted Robinson Cano, who was on first, thinking he ball would be caught....
Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.
The 13-mile, four-lane extension of the Suncoast Parkway has been dubbed by critics as "the road to nowhere" because it ends in the middle of Citrus County. It doesn't bend west toward U.S. 19, or east toward Interstate 75, and there are no firm plans to extend it....
08/18/17 The Heater
It was a pretty uneven start for RHP Austin Pruitt, who needed 33 pitches to get through the first inning and had two innings of seven pitches and one of nine. The rookie was outstanding at times and looked like a rookie in other innings as he allowed a career-high for runs.
Good to see CF Kevin Kiermaier back in the lineup. He hopes to inject energy into the offense, but as manager Kevin Cash said, turning this team around will take more than one player. Still, Kiermaier created the first run with a hustle double, crossed to third on a groundout and scored on sac fly....
08/18/17 The Heater
Tonight: vs. Mariners
6:10, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: Rays Tote Bag to first 15,000 fans.
Rays info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
The Art of the Brick: An elaborate display of more than 100 pieces of Lego artwork including the life sized sculpture of a man ripping open his chest, a 20-foot-long T. rex skeleton, a giant skull and replicas of famous works including Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night and Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Remains on display through Sept. 4. 10 a.m., Event Space, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. Free. (813) 301-6500. ...
TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?
"I just felt hot," Winston said. "I was like, 'Man, somebody's going to get it.' "
In no way does that diminish another overall solid performance by Winston. He went 21 of 29 passing for 196 yards and led the Bucs to scores on their first three possessions....
Sheron Pasco sat in the wheelchair as her mother pushed it toward the man in the orange jail suit.
His name was John Riggins, her former boyfriend. More than a year ago, he doused Pasco with gas as she lay in bed and flicked on a lighter. She still remembers him telling her to burn.
On Friday, he stood before Pinellas Circuit Judge Philip Federico and pleaded guilty to charges of arson and attempted first-degree murder. He was sentenced to 47 years in prison, and must serve at least 30....
GAINESVILLE — With two weeks before Florida opens its season against Michigan, the Gators' three-way quarterback battle remains wide open.
So wide open, coach Jim McElwain said, that he didn't have a frontrunner among Malik Zaire, Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio heading into Friday night's scrimmage.
"It's tough to say," McElwain said.
McElwain insists that uncertainty is a good thing; it means all three have shown enough in preseason camp to be viable options....
08/18/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman has chosen a controversial restaurant concept to occupy the Manhattan Casino, saying he made a decision 11 days before the mayoral primary because he didn't want politics to get in the way of progress in struggling Midtown.
TEMPLE TERRACE — Travis Malloy was supposed to show up to the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club on Thursday to pick up his Citizen of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Instead, Malloy stayed away in protest.
The club, he recently learned, will be hosting a "Southern Heritage" event with a "War on the South" program on Sept. 2.
"While it is their absolute right to do that, I do not want to lend my support to a club that would host such a group," Malloy, who was honored for starting community gardens and a farmers market, wrote on a Facebook page. ...