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Serial killer in 1994 spree set to be executed in Florida

Aug. 22, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A serial killer who preyed on older gay men during a rampage 25 years ago that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast is scheduled to be executed late Thursday. Gary Ray Bowles, 57, was set to receive a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke. He drew the death sentence...

Mayfield, Browns head to Tampa Bay; Lions host Bills

Aug. 22, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

Baker Mayfield wants to play half of Cleveland's third exhibition game at Tampa Bay on Friday night. "But it's not my call," the quarterback said. It's up to coach Freddie Kitchens, who said he will use his starters some but seems inclined to keep them fresh and uninjured heading into the Sept. 8 opener with...

NFL 2019: Arians takes turn at ending Bucs' playoff drought

Aug. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians is confident he can make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers matter again. The long-time coach is back on the sideline following a year of retirement, tasked with helping Jameis Winston prove he's a franchise quarterback, and ending the second-longest postseason drought in the NFL. The...

Verlander loses 2-hitter, allowing 2 HRs to lowly Tigers

Aug. 21, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched a two-hitter and lost, allowing homers to John Hicks and Ronny Rodriguez as the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Wednesday night. Hicks led off the ninth with a tiebreaking blast to left-center field off Verlander (15-5), who leads the majors in...

Rays rally in 9th, beat Mariners 7-6 to avoid sweep

Aug. 21, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays struggled during a six-game homestand against a pair of last-place teams but were able to break even due to three walk-off wins. Kevin Kiermaier drove in four runs, including a solo homer during a two-run ninth inning, and the Rays avoided a three-game sweep...

Murphy homers again in Mariners' 7-4 win over Rays

Aug. 21, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tom Murphy is on a power surge unprecedented for a Seattle catcher, and it is coming at a bad time for the Tampa Bay Rays. Murphy hit a tiebreaking homer, his sixth in the last four games, in the sixth inning Tuesday night to lift the Mariners to a 7-4 win over the Rays....

Jury selected in Florida parking lot shooting case

Aug. 20, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Jurors and alternates have been sworn in for a manslaughter trial of a white man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space in Florida. The Tampa Bay Times reports a jury of five men and one woman was seated Tuesday afternoon for 49-year-old Michael...

FBI: Truck driver threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

Aug. 20, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

A truck driver who threatened to "shoot up" a church in Memphis and said he was haunted by "spiritual snakes and spiders" people put in his bed was arrested in Indiana, less than a week before the day of the planned attacks, authorities said in newly filed court records. Thomas Matthew McVicker was arrested in...

Murphy, Nola lead Mariners to 9-3 win over Rays

Aug. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brendan McKay couldn't provide a lift for a depleted Tampa Bay rotation and was headed back to the minors after his latest start. Tom Murphy homered twice and drove in four runs, Austin Nola also went deep and had three RBIs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Rays 9-3 on Monday...

Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

Aug. 19, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago. Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge. The State Attorney's Office released a statement saying...