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Betts, Moreland homer in 8th, Red Sox beat Rays 6-4

Apr. 19, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mookie Betts hasn't looked much like the 2018 AL MVP yet. Two key hits Friday night might help jumpstart the Boston star's season. Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back homers for the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the struggling Red Sox beat the MLB-best Tampa Bay...

Coast Guard suspends search for boater in Gulf of Mexico

Apr. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is suspending the search for a boater who was reported overdue during a trip from Cozumel, Mexico, to Tampa. The agency said in a news release that the wife of 74-year-old Grant Neie contacted officials on Sunday when he did not return as planned. He was in a...

Rickard's RBI double in 11th lifts Rays past Orioles 6-5

Apr. 19, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Joey Rickard had four hits and the Baltimore Orioles needed all of them to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. None was bigger, however, than the last one. Rickard drove in the winning run in the 11th inning with an RBI double, lifting the Orioles to a 6-5 victory Thursday night. "This...

Penguins and Lightning exits show playoff hockey differences

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn't get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 final. "They just shut us right down," Bowman said. "We were shocked, but...

Lightning GM BriseBois not overreacting to playoff loss

Apr. 18, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup contender...

Arians takes crack at turning around struggling Buccaneers

Apr. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New regime, same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again. The former Arizona Cardinals coach came out of retirement in January to replace Dirk Koetter, who was fired after another losing season extended...

Florida deputy cleared in killing of knife-wielding man

Apr. 18, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old man who authorities say had a history of intentionally cutting himself. The Tampa Bay Times reports the Hillsborough state attorney's office concluded that Deputy Kevin Stabins was lawfully defending...

Central Florida cities among fastest growing in US

Apr. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums. Metro Orlando grew by 60,000 residents last year, almost as large as the number of people who can fit into the city's Camping World Stadium, where college football bowl teams face off each winter....

Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep

Apr. 18, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner smiled through the fog left from a gaudy celebration in the New York Yankees clubhouse, part of the new postgame routine that includes the razzle-dazzle of a smoke machine and strobe lights. "I think the idea was to play it after we win big games," he said. This was as big as...

Lowe, Choi, Diaz homer to help Rays beat Orioles 8-1

Apr. 17, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays got some strong offensive support to back their pitching and keep up their strong play. Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz homered in the first three innings and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-1 Wednesday night. Choi reached based four straight...