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Tampa Repertory's 'Flying' soars in some places, sputters in others

Tampa Repertory's 'Flying' soars in some places, sputters in others

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 24

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Under $5: Snooty Memorial, 'Orange Is the New Black' star, Talk Like a Pirate Day

Under $5: Snooty Memorial, 'Orange Is the New Black' star, Talk Like a Pirate Day

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How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

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Bucs answer Trump's comments that NFL players should be 'fired' for anthem protests

President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs. ...

Man dead, 4-year-old girl critically injured in Clearwater Beach boating crash

A man was killed and a 4-year-old girl is in critical condition late Saturday after their personal watercraft collided with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach just before 5 …

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  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  4. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
  5. Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter

    Blogs

    Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle
  6. Death toll, humanitarian crisis grow in Puerto Rico

    World

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island.

    Crew members assess electrical lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Friday in Puerto Rico. Mobile communications systems are being flown in but “it’s going to take a while.”
  7. N. Korea says strike against U.S. mainland is 'inevitable'

    World

    North Korea's foreign minister warned Saturday that a strike against the U.S. mainland is "inevitable" because President Donald Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname "little rocketman."

  8. Helicopter, small aircraft collide at Clearwater Air Park

    News

    CLEARWATER — Two people suffered minor injuries after a helicopter and a small aircraft collided late Saturday afternoon at Clearwater Air Park, 1000 N Hercules Ave.

    Clearwater Fire Department emergency personal douse a plane with fire retardant after the plane crashed into a helicopter at Clearwater Air Park 1000 N Hercules Ave. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. According to Clearwater Fire two people sustained minor injuries. [Photo by Clearwater Fire Department]
  9. Man dead, 4-year-old girl critically injured in Clearwater Beach boating crash

    Briefs

    A man was killed and a 4-year-old girl is in critical condition late Saturday after their personal watercraft collided with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach just before 5 p.m.

  10. Hernando Sheriff's Office identifies bank robber killed after chase, places 7 deputies on administrative leave

    Crime

    Authorities have identified a bank robbery suspect fatally shot by Hernando County sheriff's deputies after a wild chase Friday in which the fleeing suspect rammed several patrol cars in Brooksville.

    Chamberlain
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson, shown in preseason, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he "definitely" will make a statement Sunday after President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and national anthem protests.

DeSean Jackson on Trump: 'Definitely ... making a statement'

Bucs players continue to react to Donald Trump's comments Friday night about protests during the national anthem, and Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson posted on Twitter on Saturday night that he's "definitely" making a statement during Sunday's game in response....

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Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his career-high-matching 30th. And that couldn't have felt as good as Logan Morrison's ninth-inning shot, which was the 37th of his standout season but his first since Sept. 4, as well as his first RBI since then.

But after scoring four in the top of the ninth to expand their lead to 9-1, the Rays made the game way too interesting for what was left of the Camden Yards crowd of 42,802.

RHP Chase Whitley started the ninth and, having trouble keeping the ball down, allowed five straight hits, with three scoring. Tommy Hunter got two outs but gave up two hits that scored two more runs. And in a game that seemed long over, the Rays then summoned closer Alex Colome, with two on and the tying run at the plate, to get the final out and his majors-most 46th save.

"I'm glad we got all those runs," manager Kevin Cash said. "Because it ended up we needed them all."

The Rays improved to 76-79 but remained five games behind the second AL wild-card-holding Twins with seven games left. Any combination of three Twins wins or Rays losses officially ends their hopes. To avoid a fourth straight losing season, the Rays have to go 5-2.

Incentive driven
C Wilson Ramos' next start will be a significant one, as it earns him a $2 million raise for next season, bumping his 2018 salary to $10.5 million. In signing Ramos last winter to a two-year, $12.5 million deal, the Rays included several incentives based on how much Ramos was able to play this year in addition to his $4 million salary. He returned ahead of schedule in late June and by making his next start - his 55th - and not finishing the year on the DL, he hits the biggest bonus by upping his 2018 take. Ramos had another $3 million in incentives, tied mostly to plate appearances, that he won't reach. 1B Logan Morrison has already cashed in on his $1.25 million in incentives, based mostly on plate appearances, increasing his pay to $3.75 million. RHP Tommy Hunter has hit the first $1 million of his appearance incentives in addition to his $1.4 million salary and will make another $250,000 with one more.

Numbers of the day
72/3, 11 Innings Chris Archer is shy of 200 for a third straight season; strikeouts he is shy of his team record of 252

Odorizzi continues hot streak
Before the wild ninth, the pitching story for the Rays was RHP Jake Odorizzi, who mixed in a sharp changeup to continue his strong finish with a solid six-inning outing, allowing just three hits and an unearned run. "These four starts have been really good, probably the best I've thrown in maybe my career just results-wise," Odorizzi said. "It's just the fact of being healthy again. ... I finally feel good. It (stinks) that it's September; I wish it was July and we could kind of see what happened."

For instructional purposes
2016 first-round pick OF Josh Lowe and big-bucks international signees INF Wander Franco and INF Adrian Rondon highlight a 48-player instructional league squad that opens a hurricane-abbreviated eight-game schedule Monday in Bradenton. That includes a Thursday 1 p.m. game at the Trop against the Braves, open to fans for no charge. (Enter through Gate 4 starting at noon; no concessions will be open.) SS Matt Duffy, who missed the entire major-league season, is expected to play in some of the games.

Miscellany
* RHP Alex Cobb is still listed as the probable starter Thursday in New York, but that seems likely to change. Cobb, a free-agent-to-be, is likely done for the year based on his heavy workload (1791/3 innings) in his first full season post-Tommy John surgery. RHP Jake Faria would seem the logical replacement.
* Orioles SS Tim Beckham, the ex-Ray, left the game in the ninth with a hamstring issue and is unlikely to play Sunday.
* As of late Saturday afternoon, neither LHP Xavier Cedeno nor 3B coach Charlie Montoyo had heard from relatives in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico. Cedeno made his first appearance since April 16, having recovered from a forearm strain....

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Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.

What to watch this weekend: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'DuckTales' returns

Boldly go: Star Trek: Discovery

It's been more than 50 years since the original Star Trek premiered, but the new CBS series is set 10 years before Kirk and Spock. Star Trek: Discovery explores the war between the Federation and the Klingons while following the USS Discovery, an exploratory vessel. The protagonist is Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the first officer on the Discovery. Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs plays Capt. Lorca. The full trailer suggests the Federation-Klingon war will feature prominently in the new series, but there are also hints of something stranger happening . In a break from the norm, CBS didn't allow critics to view episodes or review the new series before its premiere. It could mean it's terrible or it could just mean CBS really wants to keep spoilers under wraps. Here's hoping Trekkies are pleased. Premieres 8:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS; remaining episodes premiering on CBS All Access streaming....

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