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  1. Two girls reported missing in New Port Richey

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Two girls, ages 5 and 16, were reported missing Saturday, New Port Richey police said.

    The girls — Abagail, 5, and Johanna, a mentally handicapped 16-year-old — were reported missing by their mother, who said they were last seen at their home at 6430 Polk St.

    Abagail was described as a light-skinned thin black girl, 3 feet tall, who was last seen wearing a white shirt with I Heart (shape) Great parent snack company. Johanna is described as a thin black female, 5-foot-4 and weighing 80 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue pants. Johanna has the mental capacity of a 5 year old, the family said....

  2. Florida softball returns to World Series; FSU baseball in ACC title game


    GAINESVILLE — Florida defeated Alabama 2-1 Saturday to win the deciding Game 3 of their softball Super Region, putting the Gators in the Women's College World Series for the eighth time in program history.

    Aleshia Ocasio had a run-scoring single in the first and the Gators (55-8) added another run in the inning when Jordan Roberts was hit with the bases loaded.

    UF starter Kelly Barnhill allowed just two hits, one earned run and one walk, striking out 12. She retired 16 of the final 17 batters before 2,216 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium....

    ’NOLE POWER: FSU’s Dylan Busby, right, is congratulated by teammate Taylor Walls after Busby’s homer against Duke.
  3. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Christian to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season.

    "We just 10-run ruled a team in the state championship game, are you kidding me?,'' senior shortstop Graham Hoffman said. "Seriously, this is the best group of guys I've ever been around.''...

    Calvary Christian players celebrate winning the Class 4A championship at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. The Warriors are the first Florida team in four years to go undefeated.
  4. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    • While the two-run homer Tommy Hunter allowed to Brian Dozier with two outs in the eighth and the score tied at 2 was the difference, the bigger mistake of the inning, and arguably the biggest of the day, came a few moments earlier....

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. laughing right along after comical dive

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Souza being Souza.

    That seemed to be the best way to describe the entertaining — and comically bad — dive Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. attempted in Friday's game, and the good humor he showed in handling the fallout, including a standing ovation his next at-bat from the Minnesota nice fans and the Internet buzz it created.

    "It was a funny moment," Souza said Saturday. "You play this game long enough, you're going to do something foolish. I was raised, if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at."...

  6. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi had to battle without his best stuff again, which is becoming a more common occurrence, leading to long at-bats — including 13 pitches to Kennys Vargas in the fifth — and running up his pitch count to 118 without finishing the sixth.

    OF/DH Colby Rasmus seems to run hot and cold, but he came off the bench Saturday to make what at the time was a game-saving running catch in the seventh, then in the ninth launched a massive 431-foot homer, his sixth in 67 at-bats....

  7. Roberto Aguayo faces stiff test to keep Bucs' placekicker job


    TAMPA — The wind is never going to be at Roberto Aguayo's back when he lines up for a field goal or extra point this offseason in his quest to remain the Bucs' kicker.

    Quite frankly, short of putting everything through the uprights, it's hard to imagine what Aguayo will have to do to keep his job.

    Aguayo, 23, suffered through a disappointing rookie season, and the scrutiny reached the front offices at One Buc Place....

    Roberto Aguayo, coming off a rookie season in which he had an NFL-worst 71 percent field-goal accuracy, made only 1 of 4 Tuesday on the narrow goalposts at One Buc Place as he begins his battle to keep his job.
  8. Rays at Twins, 2:10 p.m. Sunday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Today: at Twins

    2:10, Target Field, Minneapolis

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 760-AM (Spanish)

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

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-4, 3.82)

    TWINS: RH Kyle Gibson (1-4, 8.62)

    On Cobb: Took Tuesday loss after allowing homers to first two Angels but worked solidly into eighth. Has allowed four or more runs in five of 10 starts. Beat Twins in only start, in July 2014....

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, April 28, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  9. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    On the surface, it seems crazy, Tampa Bay parting with wing Jonathan Drouin.

    It's also complicated.

    Here you have a budding star coming off a breakout, 21-goal season. And at 22 years old, he's scratching the surface of his potential.

    Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman believes Drouin can be a point-per-game player; there were just eight of those in the league last season....

    Wing Jonathan Drouin could be the only piece that Tampa Bay has to acquire a badly needed top-tier defenseman.
  10. Ryan Hunter-Reay running strong as he seeks a second Indianapolis 500 title

    Auto racing

    Ryan Hunter-Reay isn't a big jewelry fan.

    He makes an exception, though, for the checkered ring on his left hand — a regular reminder of his career-defining victory at the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

    "I have a lot of pride in that thing, that's for sure," Hunter-Reay said. "It's not just about the victory. It's the path to get there, right?"

    And now it's about the path to get back. The 36-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident should be a contender today to chug the celebratory milk in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500....

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won Indy in 2014, is a contender for a second title in today’s 101st running. He qualified 10th, had the third-fastest practice lap and his team is looking strong.
  11. Bucs kicker Nick Folk focused on own performance, not competition


    TAMPA — Nick Folk, an incumbent for most of his career as an NFL kicker, finds himself the challenger with the Bucs, setting up one of the team's most interesting position battles in the fall.

    "The way I look at it is if I take care of my business, whatever happens is going to happen," said Folk, 32, brought in as competition for second-year kicker Roberto Aguayo. "If I kick well, I'll be kicking here or somewhere else. I can't worry about things I can't control. If I kick the best I can, I'll be just fine."...

    Nick Folk, who comes to the Bucs after posting a franchise-best 81 percent success rate on field goals in seven seasons with the Jets, hopes to get to face his old team when Tampa Bay hosts New York in November.
  12. Rays' Chris Archer sees little benefit to scheduled doubleheader

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Rays officials from principal owner Stuart Sternberg down are excited about the single-admission doubleheader they scheduled for June 10 as a novel and retro experience, including a between-games banner parade.

    But player rep Chris Archer said Saturday that he is not happy about the decision, which was made months ago, or the process that led to it, dividing the team. ...

    Chris Archer
  13. What to watch for in Sunday's Indianapolis 500

    Auto racing

    Three things to know about today's 101st running of the Indianapolis 500:

    1 One of the field's top drivers is a rookie. Fernando Alonso has two Formula One championships and 32 victories. But the 35-year-old Spaniard chose to skip one of that premier series' marquee events, the Monaco Grand Prix, to try to win one of racing's other crown jewels. His talent, team (the top-tier Andretti Autosport) and car (he qualified fifth) make him a legitimate contender. "For someone that's never been on an oval before, I'm very impressed with Alonso," said Ryan Hunter-Reay, an Andretti teammate. "He definitely surprised me a few times."...

    Will Power, of Australia, sits in the cockpit of his car during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 19, 2017 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NAA107
  14. One year after deaths, Sunset Music Festival kicks off with emphasis on water and security

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Before the beat drops, or even builds, you hear Steve-O.

    "If you don't get water you're lame!"

    "Hey! Free water! Come on!"

    His voice spills over the yellow grass outside Raymond James Stadium. He sounds hoarse, almost desperate, trying out new lines, anything to pull people into his white tent. Steve-O, whose proper name is Steve Raymond, plunges his hand into a long cooler, pushing aside ice to grab another half pint....

    Several tents offering free water bottle fillips scattered throughout  the Sunset Music Festival on the grounds of the Raymond James Stadium parking lot in Tampa. (LUIS SANTANA   |   Times)
  15. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    Brian Dozier's two-run homer in the eighth off reliever Tommy Hunter was the difference, coming after the Rays dealt with threats the three previous innings.

    Hunter was the third reliever to follow Jake Odorizzi, who threw 118 pitches but didn't get through the sixth. But while Jose Alvarado and Danny Farquhar found their way out of messes to keep it 2-2, Hunter came in with a man on third and two outs and within four pitches gave the Twins a 4-2 lead. Two more hits made it 5-2....

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates hitting a two-run home run as Derek Norris #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the eighth inning of the game on May 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010973