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Workers put up bunting on a press riser for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, on Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Florida man sued for not paying up after betting on Trump

Jan. 15, 2021 9:39 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A friendly $100 wager over the 2020 Presidential election has landed in a Florida small claims court. Before the election, Sean Hynes, a Trump supporter from St. Petersburg, reached out to Jeffrey Costa, an acquaintance who is a Biden supporter from Atlanta. The deal was sealed...

Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris, left, and forward Chris Boucher wear shirts honoring the late Rev. Martin Luther King during warmups before an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Raptors hold off Hornets 111-108 for third win

Jan. 14, 2021 10:36 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Boucher had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 12 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-108 on Thursday night. Pascal Siakam added 15 points and seven rebounds as Toronto ended a two-game skid and improved to 3-8. “I'm just...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) is taken down by Washington Football Team middle linebacker Jon Bostic (53) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Leonard Fournette grateful for second chance with Buccaneers

Jan. 14, 2021 7:52 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Leonard Fournette suddenly found himself out of work, one of the first people who reached out to the former Jacksonville Jaguars running back was Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback thought he’d be a nice addition to a talented group of playmakers being...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after a touchdown by Alvin Kamara in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Saints' Brees sees playoff clash with Brady's Bucs as fate

Jan. 14, 2021 6:59 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees periodically discusses his long, extraordinary NFL journey in terms of fate and destiny. The Saints quarterback says, for example, that his career-threatening throwing shoulder injury at the end of the 2005 season was meant to be. It precipitated his departure from the...

Feds seize nearly 300 bricks of cocaine at Florida airport

Jan. 14, 2021 6:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities seized nearly 300 bricks of cocaine during a routine X-ray baggage inspection after a U.S. Virgin Islands charter flight landed at an executive airport in South Florida on Tuesday night. Six people, including two police officers, were arrested after agents found 328...

Funeral planned for deputy killed the day before retiring

Jan. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A public funeral is planned for a Florida sheriff's deputy who was killed Monday night when a man fleeing from authorities rammed into his patrol car the day before his planned retirement, officials said. The service for Hillsborough County Sheriff's Cpl. Brian LaVigne is set for Tuesday...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with center Brayden Point (21) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stamkos has goal, 2 assists as Lightning beat Blackhawks 5-1

Jan. 14, 2021 12:37 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists in his return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup, and the defending Stanley Cup champions opened the season with 5-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Stamkos underwent surgery in early March that kept him out of all but...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Washington Football Team, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Brady vs. Brees: A matchup for the ages and aged

Jan. 13, 2021 3:11 AM EST

The NFL has never seen a playoff matchup quite like the upcoming one between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints. A pair of quarterbacks in their 40s still thriving on the playoff stage at an age when nearly every other great passer in NFL history was already enjoying...

FILE - AFC defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, of the Los Angeles Chargers, watches during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game against the NFC, in Orlando, Fla., in this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, file photo. The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator with the task of turning around one of the league's worst units. Coach Jon Gruden decided to bring on the experienced Bradley on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, to fill that role Paul Guenther had for the first two-plus seasons on his staff before being fired in December. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Raiders hire Gus Bradley as new defensive coordinator

Jan. 12, 2021 3:07 PM EST

The Las Vegas Raiders hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday with the task of turning around one of the league’s worst units. Coach Jon Gruden decided to bring on the experienced Bradley to fill the role Paul Guenther had for the first two-plus seasons on his staff before being fired...

Man rams into patrol car, kills deputy day before retirement

Jan. 12, 2021 12:05 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy with one shift left before retirement was intentionally hit and killed by a man fleeing law enforcement, officials said. That man was charged Tuesday with murder and other counts. Cpl. Brian LaVigne, 54, had spent three decades at the department and was set to...