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NFL officials, from left, umpire Barry Anderson, side judge Anthony Jeffries, down judge Julian Mapp, referee Jerome Boger, back judge Greg Steed, field judge Dale Shaw (104), line judge Carl Johnson (101) pose for a photo before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The game is the first in NFL history to feature an all African-American officiating crew. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

NFL makes history with all-Black officiating crew for MNF

Nov. 23, 2020 7:50 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson,...

Bucs' OL Marpet misses 3rd straight game due to concussion

Nov. 23, 2020 7:08 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are without offensive lineman Ali Marpet against the Los Angeles Rams due to a concussion that’s sidelined the left guard for three games. Marpet was a full participant in practice last Thursday, sat out Friday and then worked on a limited basis Saturday...

Vehicles wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site at Hard Rock Stadium, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida postpones popular waterfront parade due to pandemic

Nov. 23, 2020 6:49 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A popular waterfront festival in Tampa has been postponed amid a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Florida. The annual parade Gasparilla Pirate Fest that attracts about 200,000 people to Tampa’s downtown waterfront is typically held every January but is...

Brightline, Disney announce train station at Disney Springs

Nov. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort have reached an agreement to build a train station at Disney Springs, officials said Monday. The agreement hinges on the passenger-rail company securing government approvals, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Brightline is already building tracks...

Florida town fines protesters who use noisy megaphones

Nov. 23, 2020 3:39 AM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida town has fined people involved in recent racial justice protests thousands of dollars for using megaphones police say violate a local noise ordinance. The Tampa Bay Times reports that officials in New Port Richey have issued 14 citations that total about $4,700 to at...

Sheriff: Florida rapper made music, then fatally shot 2 men

Nov. 22, 2020 12:17 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida rapper spent an evening recording music in a makeshift studio and then fatally shot two men who were with him, authorities say. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release that Billy Bennett Adams III, 23, was arrested Saturday on two counts of...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for a 98-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Ronald Jones proving his worth to surging Buccaneers offense

Nov. 22, 2020 11:41 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ronald Jones may be the least heralded component of the success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' star-filled offense, but the third-year running back is also emerging as one of the most important. While Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski garner far more attention as...

Bradley Despaigne, 36, and Joseph Benson, 30, show off Despaigne's 1981 DeLorean which they have made into a time machine replica DeLorean modeled off of the original Back To The Future movie, while pictured at Edgewater Drive Park, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Clearwater, Fla.  Despaigne purchased the DeLorean in September 2019 and the two have been working on it for a little over a year.  (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Friends turn DeLorean into ‘Back to the Future’ time machine

Nov. 22, 2020 3:01 AM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — After watching Back to the Future “hundreds of times” since he “was in Pampers,” Clearwater’s Bradley Despaigne claims he can recite the movie verbatim from start to finish. His favorite quote? When Marty McFly incredulously asks Doc Brown,...

Rams activate Gay but McVay won't name starting kicker yet

Nov. 21, 2020 8:22 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Thanks to an effective sports medicine program and a little bit of luck, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has plenty of cohesion with his roster. Kicker was the one position with uncertainty this week, but it now seems to be settled, even if McVay isn’t announcing the...

Manatee poke lands Tampa boat captain in federal court

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It is a federal crime to harass a manatee. As a charter boat captain, David Beede knows this. He knows there are special laws to protect endangered species like the heavyset fauna which lounge in the warm waters off Florida’s coastlines. He would never want to hurt one. So as he...