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St. Petersburg to host LGBT tourism convention in 2017

St. Petersburg is already home to the largest gay pride event in the state, and come 2017, the city will host the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention for the …


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  1. Was Scott Frost the right hire at UCF?


    Cross UCF off the list of head coaching searches.

    UCF announced Tuesday that it has hired Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost as its next head football coach.
  2. Former coach at Tampa's Freedom High accused of sexual battery of student


    TAMPA — A former track and cross country coach at Freedom High School has been arrested, accused of having sex with a student while on a team trip to Gainesville.

    Dwight Lamont Smith, 47, the former girls track and cross country coach at Freedom High School, was arrested Monday on two counts of sexual battery of a victim 12-18 years old. [Facebook]
  3. Lightning can't afford bad trip on West Coast swing

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    TAMPA — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper didn't mince words when describing the Lightning's upcoming three-game western road trip: the team has to get some points.

    Jonathan Drouin, who has missed the past six games with an undisclosed injury, practiced Monday and could see action as soon as Wednesday. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  4. Young Bucs need to deal with sudden expectations


    TAMPA — This is what happens to a young football team that digs itself out of a deep hole, learns to win on the road, wins a few in a row, wakes up to find itself without a losing record and smack dab in the middle of the race for the final NFL wild card spot.

    Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, 21, is one of the many young Bucs players wrestling with new expectations after a 5-5 start.
  5. Lovie Smith: Officials had off day, as did Bucs


    TAMPA — A day after one penalty negated a touchdown and another took away a key takeaway amid 12 flags against the Bucs, coach Lovie Smith said his players weren't the only ones who struggled in Sunday's 25-12 loss to the Colts.

  6. Take a spin on college football's annual coaching carousel


    As you read this, another Division I-A football coach likely has been canned. Or has moved on to a more prominent gig. Or had his contract re-upped. Welcome to the silly season, when pink slips are issued at a preposterous clip. Five coaches have been let go in the past few days, joining six others dismissed during the …

    Georgia head football coach Mark Richt ponders a report's question during a news conference to discuss his departure from Georgia Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Athens, Ga. University of Georgia Athletic Director McGarity said in a statement released by the school the two "mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach." (AP Photo/John Bazemore) GAJB101
  7. Could this be Tampa's primary election with the lowest turnout in 40-plus years?


    By 4 p.m. Tuesday, 5,125 Tampa voters had showed up at the polls.

    A total of 2,791 Tampa voters showed up at the polls in the first five hours of voting Tuesday.
  8. Jameis Winston is meeting with Bucs team officials today in Tampa


    Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, potentially the Bucs' choice as the No. 1 pick in next month's NFL draft, spent Tuesday in Tampa at One Buc Place for a one-day, face-to-face meeting with team officials.

    Jameis Winston is in Tampa today for a one-day, face-to-face meeting with team officials, the Bucs confirmed this morning.
  9. Tampa elections and Cuban sandwiches make for a campaign issue to chew on


    Lettuce and tomato on a Cuban sandwich?

    Tampa politics doesn’t have much that could qualify as a purity test, but this might be it.

    The Cuban sandwich pictured on City Council member Mike Suarez's campaign mailer includes lettuce and tomatoes,  but Suarez said he's not trying to take a side.
  10. Braydon Coburn excited for 'new beginning' with Lightning


    Defenseman Braydon Coburn knows trade rumors are part of playing in Philadelphia, so he had his phone off as he went to sleep the eve of the deadline.

    The Lightning was searching for a veteran defenseman, and got one in Braydon Coburn, the longest tenured Flyer who has played in 614 NHL games, including 72 in the playoffs.
Braydon Coburn, second from left, celebrates a goal with former Flyers teammates during the 2011 playoffs.

Braydon Coburn gets to work with Lightning after trade deadline

TAMPA – After what he called a rollercoaster trade deadline, defenseman Braydon Coburn has arrived with his new team....


Bucs face decisions with Bobby Rainey, Leonard Johnson

The NFL calendar starts a new league year one week from day with the start of unrestricted free agents being able to sign with new teams, but the Bucs have another piece of housekeeping to attend to before Tuesday....


Jeb Bush to University of South Carolina grads: Seek joy in life

Right after Jeb Bush finished speaking to graduates at the University of South Carolina on Monday, a Democratic opposition research group tweeted that it was there watching....