TAMPA — Not only did the East dominate the West in Saturday night's annual Hillsborough County All-Star Football Game — winning 44-0 — but the East did it with flair and in a variety of ways at Raymond James Stadium.Where to begin?How about with the first touchdown when an offensive lineman, Bloomingdale's Antonio Pineda, took a handoff and bulled 2 yards through a pile of defenders into the end zone.Or maybe the second touchdown when a defensive lineman, Strawberry Crest's Josh Young, leaped, snagged a screen pass and started rumbling from the West 31-yard line. From there, Young broke a couple of tackles, did a spin move around a would-be tackler, shoved another attempted tackler to the side and then dived from a few yards to pay dirt."It was kind of an easy pass and the ball was there," said Young, who was named the East's defensive MVP. "Once I started running the rest was kind of a blur. Someone told me I did a spin move. I don't know. At the end I know … [Read more...] about East rolls in Hillsborough County All-Star Football Game
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Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Expect a repeat today of yesterday’s weather pattern: Storms will start inland and push into the coat in the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. There will be a 60 percent chance of thundershowers with temps also high in the low to mid 90s.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including the breakout star of this season’s Love and Hip Hop: Miami giving a talk at USF, and Draq Queen Bingo. • The FitzMagic is FitzOver. Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic seemed to wear off in the 30-27 Monday Night Football loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite throwing for 411 yards and three touchdowns, Fitzpatrick was outdueled by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It didn’t help that Fitzpatrick threw … [Read more...] about The Daystarter: The FitzMagic is FitzGone as Bucs fall 30-27; businesses struggle to get Red Tide aid; DeSantis takes shots at media
Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Expect a repeat today of yesterday’s weather pattern: Storms will start inland and push into the coat in the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. There will be a 60 percent chance of thundershowers with temps also high in the low to mid 90s.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including the breakout star of this season’s Love and Hip Hop: Miami giving a talk at USF, and Draq Queen Bingo. • Before he plays the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Friday, we talked to "Honey, I’m Good" singer Andy Grammer about his new podcast, diving deep on religion and self-doubt with other celebrities and what it’s like to get booed off the stage in Las Vegas. Read all about it on ourSoundcheck music blog• Performing arts critic … [Read more...] about The Daystarter: The FitzMagic is FitzGone as Bucs fall 30-27 to the Steelers; DeSantis takes shots at media; is Red Tide losing its grip on Pinellas?
MUSIC Concerts of note: A trio of legends, Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson hits Tampa at 7 p.m. Sunday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446. Livenation.com. Chart-topping Texans Lonestar, who scored a few country hits (Tequila Talkin’, No News, Come Cryin’ to Me) before blasting out with the all-time ballad Amazed in 1999. They’ll play at 7 p.m. Friday at Stockyard Live, 1916 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. $20 and up. (727) 939-9494. Stockyardlive.com. Rapper Cyhi the Prynce (pronounced “Sigh High the prince”), who co-wrote chunks of Kanye West’s albums Yeezus and The Life of Pablo, is the headliner for the Obknoxious Weekend, a series of hip-hop and turntable events. For $25, you can see Cyhi at 7 p.m. Friday at Crowbar in Ybor City. But for $5 more you get into multiple weekend events, including a DJ battle Sunday night at Franklin Manor. Obknoxious.com. THEME PARKS Bier Fest at Busch … [Read more...] about Things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay: ‘SNL’ stars, Monster Jam, Bier Fest and more
Typically, the first day in full pads is a highly-awaited juncture of any preseason camp.Charlie Strong's still waiting for it.Though fully padded for the first time Tuesday, the Bulls collectively lacked pep in what their second-year coach called a "wasted day."It ended with 11-on-11 work in the red zone, where QB Brett Kean found Ole Miss transfer Jacob Mathis for a 9-yard touchdown, RB Trevon Sands scored up the middle from about 10 yards, and transfer QB Blake Barnett logged a few reps with the first team.RELATED: Former Berkeley Prep star Jacob Mathis now at USFIt was the only 11-on-11 session open to reporters."I told 'em I just didn't like our effort today," said Strong, whose team is set to scrimmage for the first time Saturday in a closed setting."We didn't come out here with the energy that we've had the last couple of days, and it's all about just energy and effort and just having confidence. You can't take days off. We only have so many practices … before we get to … [Read more...] about Charlie Strong: Tuesday’s practice a wasted day’ for USF