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. "And he can play a lot of different positions, too. I think he's a guy that can play running back."...
A knowledgeable voice and familiar face beamed into Tampa Bay homes when Kathy Fountain delivered the 5 o'clock news and chatted with talk show guests on WTVT-Ch. 13. She created some news of her own as co-anchor of the first female team in the Tampa Bay area, "so radical at the time," she says.
But even as a rising star when hired at WTVT in May 1985, Fountain saw a bigger picture and planned accordingly....
Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning in the case of a 61-year-old man charged with beating his elderly mother to death.
Daniel Edward Richards of Clearwater is charged with second-degree murder. He is representing himself during the trial.
On July 18 last year, Richards got into an argument with his 83-year-old mother at 1737 Linwood Circle. The fight "escalated to him throwing her to the floor and then stomping and kicking on and about her body," an arrest report states....
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RUSKIN — Art meets transportation for a good cause in an after-school program where two dozen kids will create bicycles guaranteed to turn heads.
The vision comes from Ruskin artist Michael Parker, who calls his prototype machine a "rat bike" or "ridiculous but fun bike." Built with parts from scrapped bikes and whatever else Parker fancied, it's actually a low-rider tricycle — red, green and rust with a seat shaped like a throne and a steer horn across the handlebars....
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows are heavily tinted and the inside is hidden behind rows of curtains. Security cameras monitor every corner, and only patients with an appointment and valid identification can pass through the intentionally cramped entrance area. A receptionist sits behind a glass window. The more comfortable waiting room is through the next locked door.
The small sign above this new health clinic reads: Planned Parenthood. ...
With just four days left to enroll for health insurance on the federal exchange, advocates for the Affordable Care Act say Florida is headed for a record-breaking year.
In week five of the six-week open enrollment period, about 823,180 people signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More than 3.6 million people have enrolled on the federal exchange for health insurance plans in 2018 since open enrollment began on Nov. 1. Florida has the most enrollees out of any state that offers the federal exchange, with 802,711 people having signed up as of Dec. 2. ...
Daystarter: Find out Politifact's 2017 Lie of the Year; Alabama voters finally go to the polls; and Obamacare enrollment is strong in Florida12/12/17News
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The nation's highest-paying jobs don't quite track with the fastest-growing jobs in Florida. According to a new study released today by California-based CareerCast, the highest-paying jobs are largely in the medical field and require post-graduate degrees.
"High-level health care professions offer some of the most substantial wages of any industry," said Kyle Kensing, CareerCast online content editor, in a release. "However, be prepared to make a substantial investment in your future if you plan to pursue one of these careers."...12/11/17Preps
Dixie Hollins 4, Boca Ciega 0
Palm Harbor U. 2, Countryside 2
Osceola 7, Northeast 0
Largo 1, Seminole 0
Indian Rocks Chr. 3, Northside Chr. 1
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College basketball Mississippi State vs. Cincinnati 7 p.m. ESPN2 Fordham at Rutgers 7 p.m. ESPNU St. Peter's at Seton Hall 7 p.m. FS1 Michigan at Texas 9 p.m. ESPN2 Albany at Memphis 9 p.m. ESPNU NBA Lakers at Knicks 7 p.m. ESPN 76ers at Timberwolves 9:30 p.m. ESPN NHL Lightning at Blues 8 p.m. NBCSN; 970-AM Soccer German: Borussia Dortmund at Mainz 2:30 p.m. FS1 EPL: Chelsea at Huddersfield 2:45 p.m. NBCSN12/11/17 The Heater
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 in Colome, whose projected $5.5 million salary and three years until free agency make him a hot commodity, especially with mid-level relievers such as Pat Neshek getting $16 million over two years (from the Phillies)....12/11/17Sports
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 winning record in 2011. Alex Wood resigned on Nov. 20 after going 8-25 in three seasons. ...12/11/17 The Heater
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 teammates, as the Rays acknowledge and accept that the gap between them and the best team in their division is now a gulf....12/11/17Bucs
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 the NFL over that five-season span. He's doing it at age 34; the only other player in Bucs history to have three-plus interceptions at that age or older is Ronde Barber, who did it three times....12/11/17Preps
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Emily Joseph, Northeast
Joseph, 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 has been attacking the basket really hard. She averages about eight free-throw attempts per game."...