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Coronavirus spurs students to seek public health degrees

Jan. 18, 2021 3:00 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When COVID-19 hit, Jakira Lewis put her academics into practice. A second-year student at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, Lewis dove into working as a case investigator and contact tracer. “It was really exciting at first getting that...

El quarterback Tom Brady (12), de los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay, delante del outside linebacker Demario Davis, de los Saints de Nueva Orleans, en la segunda mitad de su duelo divisional en los playoffs de la NFL, el domingo 17 de enero de 2021, en Nueva Orleans. (AP Foto/Butch Dill)

Column: Brady moves on, making history with every throw

Jan. 18, 2021 2:28 AM EST

Tom Brady is one win away from the Super Bowl, two wins away from a seventh ring. If that doesn’t get you excited about the final weeks of the strangest NFL season ever, perhaps the thought of Brady heading to Green Bay next weekend to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will. Lambeau Field will be as...

Bookstore and museum teaches that Black history is diverse

Jan. 17, 2021 3:01 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — She is Black, she is American and she has ancestral roots in Africa, but Gigi Best-Richardson does not refer to herself as African American. “I choose to tell people I am part of the African diaspora,” Best-Richardson said. “To say I am African American would deny my...

AL champion Rays avoid arbitration with Glasnow, 3 others

Jan. 16, 2021 12:54 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to terms on contracts for next season with four of the team’s six arbitration-eligible players, including right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow. Outfielder Manuel Margot, infielder Joey Wendle and right-hander Yonny Chirinos also reached agreements...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with left wing Ondrej Palat (18) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stamkos, Palat lift Lightning over Blackhawks again

Jan. 15, 2021 11:14 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist each, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Friday night. Yanni Gourde and Blake Coleman added a goal and an assist and Alex Killorn also scored as Tampa Bay completed a sweep in a season-opening two-game...

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...