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  1. NCAA Tournament: Wisconsin's Hayes quickly tires of New York


    NEW YORK — Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes is one of the more outspoken players in college basketball. Maybe a little too outspoken this week. He didn't have nice things to say about his host: New York.

    When asked about the Big Apple, the senior forward said, "I really don't like New York. It's too big. It's too dirty. There's trash everywhere. There's too many people. And it's cold right now."...

    HELP PLEASE: South Carolina’s Chris Silva has Baylor’s Johnathan Motley looking for help as Motley is double-teamed on the baseline in an East Region Sweet 16 matchup at Madison Square Garden.
  2. Lightning journal: Tyler Johnson not close to returning

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — Who would have thought that captain Steven Stamkos might return before Tyler Johnson?

    While Stamkos continues to skate with the Lightning in hopes of coming back from mid-November knee surgery, Johnson still doesn't appear close to returning from a lower-body injury suffered March 9.

    Johnson hasn't even been skating on his own. Asked Friday if the center would return in the final eight games of the regular season after that night's game with the Red Wings, coach Jon Cooper said, "I don't know."...

    Center Tyler Johnson hasn’t even skated on his own since a March 9 lower-body injury.
  3. Rays journal: Veteran catcher Derek Norris close to signing contract

    The Heater

    BRADENTON — The Rays are adding a new frontline catcher in signing free agent Derek Norris, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

    The one-year major-league deal with Norris, pending a physical that could be completed today, is for $1.2 million plus $800,000 in performance bonuses. He would be under Rays control for 2018 in his final year of arbitration.

    The Rays will have to create space on the 40-man roster when the deal is complete, with Curt Casali, Luke Maile and nonroster invitee Jesus Sucre now competing for the other spot. Manager Kevin Cash declined comment after the Rays' 4-0 loss to the Pirates on Friday....

    Derek Norris chose the Rays over several teams because of the chance for more playing time.
  4. Rays vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Port Charlotte

    The Heater

    Today: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05

    Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

    Pitchers: Rays, Blake Snell; Red Sox, Shawn Haviland

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

    On deck

    Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Tampa. Rays, Matt Andriese; Yankees, Bryan Mitchell

    Monday: Off...

  5. McDonald's All-American Game: Putting Kevin Knox's selection into a Tampa perspective


    Times Staff Writer

    In 1987, David White was summoned to Boca Ciega High's gymnasium for a photo. The former boys basketball standout for the Pirates put on a T-shirt and stood in front of a white background.

    Curious, White asked his coach what the photos were all about.

    "Coach just said, 'Oh, you were selected for the McDonald's All-American Game,'" White said.

    A coveted recruit, White already had received plenty of accolades. So his selection to the McDonald's game did not carry much significance considering there was little fanfare surrounding it....

    From left, Larry Johnson, David White and former Florida State assistant Dave Zimroth. [Courtesy of David White]
  6. USF researchers scan Tampa's Oaklawn Cemetery for lost graves

    Human Interest


    The city's oldest cemetery is the final resting place for at least 1,000 early Tampa residents — pioneers, Confederate soldiers, victims of yellow fever, pirates, 13 mayors and slaves — but there might be even more.

    So this week, anthropologists and students from the University of South Florida brought ground-penetrating radar and other equipment to Oaklawn Cemetery and the adjacent St. Louis Catholic Cemetery to search for and map unmarked graves....

    White strips of fabric mark a grid used by USF researchers to scan the cemetery with ground-penetrating radar. The flags mark possible lost graves.
  7. St. Petersburg police: Man threw sucker punch after being told to stop catcalling women


    ST. PETERSBURG — The mixed martial arts fighter accused of leaving a University of South Florida student critically injured during St. Patrick's Day revelry was catcalling women right before he threw what police are calling a "sucker" punch.

    New details about the incident were revealed in the arrest report of Zachary Kenneth Allen, the 23-year-old trained fighter accused of assaulting Brian Neal, 26....

    Zachary Kenneth Allen was arrested after tips identified him as the suspect in a March 18 assault that left another man in critical condition. [Photo Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]
  8. Sample food, play games at Northdale Family Fun Festival and Parade


    NORTHDALE — Get free food samples, listen to music, play games and check out a variety of vendors at the 15th annual Northdale Family Fun Festival & Parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 1) at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa.

    This event is free and open to the public. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade that starts from behind Gaither High School, marches down Mapledale Boulevard, turns onto Northdale Boulevard and ends at Northdale Park....

    The 15th annual Northdale Family Fun Festival & Parade is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 1) at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
  9. Valrico's Village Players bring Dr. Seuss to life


    VALRICO — Dr. Suess's Horton Hears A Who and other beloved classics will be brought to life starting Friday (March 31) by the Village Players as they perform Suessical The Musical at the James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St.

    "There's no doubt kids will get carried away with the same fascination their parents did with Dr. Suess," said Players' Board of Directors member Sheila Stacy-Taylor. "Dr. Suess gave us the ability to think outside the box and relate it to what you're going through right now."...

    Horton the elephant and other Dr. Suess characters will be brought to the stage by the Village Players as they present Suessical the Musical starting Friday at the James McCabe Theater.
  10. PolitiFact: Tom Price did not tell cancer patients to die more quickly


    The statement

    Says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said, "It's better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly."

    Bloggers, March 16 in a headline

    The ruling

    A fake news story pegged to a real forum with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price falsely quotes him as saying it's better for cancer patients to die than to waste taxpayer money....

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017, after Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts reported that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) DCAH137
  11. Deputies ID homeowner as shooter in fatal Seffner encounter


    SEFFNER — The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office on Friday released the name of a man who deputies say shot two other men at his home Wednesday night.

    Martin Alfred Johnson, 76, shot William Edgar McCallister and his brother David Jack McCallister while the men were gathered at Johnson's singlewide mobile home at 1005 Lianne Place, deputies said.

    William McCallister, 42, died at the scene. David McCallister was hospitalized with at least one gunshot wound. Johnson called 911 and remained at the scene. He was later hospitalized with an unspecified medical issue, according to the Sheriff's Office. ...

    Hillsborough sheriff's deputies check the scene of a shooting that killed one man and injured another Wednesday night at 1005 Lianne Place in Seffner. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]
  12. Afternoon Update: Health bill vote pulled; St. Pete still in Rays; woman freed after judge bars interrogations; actress Viola Davis coming to USF


    Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down.


    Republican leaders, have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues....

    House Speaker Paul Ryan leaves the White House on Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump about the health care bill. [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]
  13. What to watch this weekend: 'Tangled' series, 'The Most Hated Woman in America' on Netflix


    Weekend couch planner

    New kingdom, new hair: Tangled: The Series

    There's a tangle of Tangled spinoffs out there, so let us help straighten them out. The golden-haired Rapunzel made her animated debut in 2010 in Disney's Tangled, starring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Two years later, the short film Tangled Ever After showed a snippet of chaos that happened right before Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding. And two weeks ago, Disney Channel premiered Tangled: Before Ever After, an original movie that saw her initial return to the kingdom of Corona and her long, magical hair growing back. And now, as if that wasn't enough Rapunzel, Tangled: The Series premieres as a sort of sequel to the original with Moore and Levi reprising their roles. The series follows Rapunzel's adventures as she acquaints herself with her kingdom, her parents and her new princess duties. Don't worry, trusty chameleon Pascal and white horse Maximus are along for the ride, too. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Disney Channel...

    Melissa Leo stars at Madalyn Murray O'Hair in The Most Hated Woman in America.
  14. Nikita Kucherov is playing like an MVP: Is he the MVP?

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — NHL analyst Nick Kypreos went on a Canadian Sportsnet radio show recently and dropped a bombshell that likely stoked fans in Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

    Kypreos wondered if Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov is the best player in the world?

    That wasn't a slight against Penguins' Sidney Crosby or the Oilers' Connor McDavid, widely considered the league's top two stars. It's a reflection on what Kucherov has done, his 37-goal season bringing a lost Lightning season back to life....

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) takes a one timer from the spot he scored a hat trick at during he last home game during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/06/17).
  15. Find A Friend | Charlie the Tiger Cat


    Charlie really is "easy like a Sunday morning." This mild tiger's known to stop, smell the flowers and be a gentle lap cat. Charlie's sweet, cuddly, lazy and amusing for his silent meow. His fostermom has noticed his mild obsession with food, and a special talent. Charlie is so brand-loyal to a particular kind of kitty treats that he's learned how to rip open the bag, all by himself. Sometimes the quiet ones will surprise you, but Charlie's sure to please. He loves to snuggle with his 5-month-old sibling sister. Why not adopt the pair together? To bring home a comical cat fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more, call 813-830-7251 or visit Find them on Facebook @StFrancisAnimalRescueSociety....

    Charlie the tiger cat is sweet, cuddly, lazy and amusing for his silent meow.