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Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:24:26 -0500

 



HomeTeam 25: Boys basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:34:17 -0500

1. St. Petersburg (5-0)This week: Tuesday at Countryside; Thursday at Pinellas ParkThe buzz: The Green Devils, ranked No. 1 in Class 8A and fourth overall in the state by MaxPreps, have won their first five games by 19 or more points. Tai Strickland had 32 points and Serrel Smith had 27 in a win(image)


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Holiday hoops tournaments for Tampa Bay

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:25:32 -0500

Once winter break rolls around, basketball tourneys and shootouts amp up. Here are the locals ones coming up throughout Tampa Bay. Are we missing your tournament? Email details to hometeam@tampabay.com.Girls basketballCDS Holiday TournamentWhere: Carrollwood Day SchoolDec. 22: Chamberlain vs.(image)


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Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 5, River Ridge 1

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:54:14 -0500

LAND O'LAKES - They might not have been ready to play at the very start, but Land O'Lakes came around. Sydny Nasello scored two goals as the Gators (8-2) took over first place in Class 3A, District 8 with a 5-1 defeat of visiting River Ridge on Monday.The Knights, who hadn't lost(image)



Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 2

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:46:07 -0500

The Rays have talked about a lot of things but not done much so far at the winter meetings, but that could change today.They have offers on the table for closer Alex Colome, and some of the interested teams - such as the Cardinals and Rockies - are said to be aggressive in their pursuit.(image)


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Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:32:00 -0500

Warren Sapp, a former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been accused of sexual harassment while working as an analyst with NFL Network, according to a lawsuit.NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pending an investigation" into allegations of sexual(image)


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Could the Yankees’ new Death Star prompt a Rays surrender?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:22:00 -0500

I have a theory that Major League Baseball is always way more interesting when the New York Yankees are good.Well, the Yankees got way better in the past few days.But baseball didn’t get more interesting. It got way worse.And it could get worse in Tampa Bay very soon if the Rays start a fire sale(image)


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Rick and Tom podcast: Piling on Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:58:00 -0500

Is there a rift between Jameis Winston and Dirk Koetter as the 4-9 Bucs are eliminated from the playoffs for a 10th straight season?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss what impact this has going forward for the Bucs and whether Koetter can save his job. Plus, the guys talk(image)


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Tyre McCants, USF’s brawny bruiser of a receiver

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:31:00 -0500

TAMPA — Having spent 11 games watching Tyre McCants in the flesh — all 236 pounds of it — USF coach Charlie Strong seems convinced his team’s leading receiver down the stretch could be someone’s leading rusher down the road."I think he can do a whole lot (at the next level)," Strong said recently.(image)


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MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:26:00 -0500

LAKE BUENA VISTA — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58. "I’m done," he told The Associated Press. The veteran crew chief(image)


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Explosives? On 40-yard plays, Bucs among NFL’s worst

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:51:45 -0500

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has key statistics that he puts great value in, finding a close correlation between success in those areas and success on the scoreboard. Winning the takeaway battle is always first among those priorities, but he and his staff put considerable value in "explosives" -(image)


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Lions-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 14: A coach's future hangs in the balance

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:27:36 -0500

TAMPA - The season started in August with "Hard Knocks," packed bleachers at training camp and cheers for coach Dirk Koetter.It ended Sunday with a 24-21 loss to the Lions, a lot of empty seats and chants of "We want Gruden back." It's official now: For the 10th(image)


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Tampa Bay Rays make a small deal, acquire INF Joey Wendle

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:22:55 -0500

While continuing discussions on bigger topics, the Rays made a small deal Monday, acquiring INF Joey Wendle from the A's for a player to be named later or cash.Wendle, 27, spent part of the last two seasons in the majors, hitting .266 over 36 games. He is a lefty hitter who has played primarily(image)



Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 1

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:14:51 -0500

UPDATE, 6:14: The Rays continued talks with no major moves seemingly close, but did make a small deal, acquiring INF Joey Wendle from the A's. Wendle, 27, has spent parts of the last two seasons in the majors, hitting .266 in 36 games. He is a lefty hitter, has played mostly second base and has an(image)


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Winter meetings journal: Rays closer Alex Colome drawing interest

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:16:00 -0500

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays made a small deal Monday in acquiring INF Joey Wendle from Oakland while continuing to discuss bigger ones that seem likely to eventually lead to the trade of closer Alex Colome and then others.The Rockies and Mets joined the Cardinals and Cubs as teams most interested(image)


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HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Emily Joseph and Devin Cosser

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:35:00 -0500

HomeTeam Hot ShotsEmily Joseph, NortheastJoseph, a senior, has been a deadly shooter since her sophomore year. But this season she has added to her game. "She’s gotten physically stronger and has gained confidence," coach Will White said. "She used to be a straight up shooter, but this season she(image)


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Florida A&M names Willie Simmons football coach

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:34:00 -0500

TALLAHASSEE — Willie Simmons was named football coach at Florida A&M on Monday. The Tallahassee native will be introduced today. Simmons, 37, has been the coach at Prairie View A&M the past three seasons (21-11, including 6-5 this season). He played at Clemson and the Citadel. FAMU last had a(image)


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Yankees’ acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton may hasten Rays’ dismantling

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:22:00 -0500

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The latest obstacle keeping the Rays from contending in the American League East loomed even larger Monday afternoon in pinstripes.The Yankees’ formal introduction of Giancarlo Stanton also could be an accelerant to the departure of Evan Longoria, and some familiar for-the-moment(image)


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LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball reportedly sign with Lithuanian professional team

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:05:00 -0500

When LiAngelo Ball withdrew from the UCLA basketball program last week, reports emerged that his father, LaVar, wanted both the 19-year-old and his 16-year-old brother, LaMelo, who was pulled out of high school in October, to play professionally in Europe. That appears set to happen early next year,(image)



Florida Gators’ Taven Bryan entering NFL draft

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:57 -0500

Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft, he announced Monday on Instagram.The 6-foot-4, 291-pound redshirt junior was among the Gators' leaders with four sacks and 40 tackles (six for a loss) on the interior of the line.His teammate, receiver(image)


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Bucs journal: Brent Grimes matches Richard Sherman for INTs since 2013

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:49:00 -0500

TAMPA — CB Brent Grimes picked up his third interception of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Lions, tying him for the Bucs’ team lead and with another, more impressive group.Since the start of the 2013 season, Grimes has 20 interceptions, tying him with Seattle’s Richard Sherman for the most in(image)


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HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:47:04 -0500

1. Lakewood (7-0)This week: Monday vs. Pinellas Park, Thursday at Bradenton Southeast, Friday at Tarpon SpringsThe buzz: The Spartans have not been challenged yet this season. In seven games, they have outscored opponents 638-145. This week might be more of the same. The schedule does get more(image)


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Could report of rift relate to Jameis Winston’s damaged brand?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:58:00 -0500

TAMPA — What we have at One Buc Place is a game of Clue. The whodunit in this case is the person(s) who put out the information that quarterback Jameis Winston’s relationship with coach Dirk Koetter is on cracked ice.Was it Winston in the weight room via iPad? Or general manager Jason Licht in the(image)


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How bad are Florida State’s football facilities?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:58:04 -0500

As Jimbo Fisher was leaving Florida State for Texas A&M, an administrative commitment to facilities was one reason why.So how bad are the Seminoles' facilities, really?No. 12 in the country, according to 247Sports.That's better than Miami (No. 24). And Florida (No. 21). And Georgia,(image)


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Rays manager Kevin Cash on trade speculation, bullpen staffing, Yankees addition of Giancarlo Stanton

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:24:13 -0500

Rays manager Kevin Cash was first up in the media room at the winter meetings today and here are a few up the more interesting things he said:* On trade speculation regarding their veterans such as Chris Archer and Evan Longoria: "I know there is a lot of chatter about our players. ... How that(image)


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How Lightning coach Jon Cooper reinvented himself

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:11:00 -0500

BRANDON — The best team in town had just wrapped up practice. The Lightning had a plane to catch, to St. Louis, where Tuesday in St. Louis begins a four-city road trip that ends at expansion Las Vegas, exclusive engagement, one show a night, unless you count the coach.Jon Cooper was filling out a(image)


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