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The College Football Championship could bring 100,000 visitors to Tampa Bay, but from where?

TAMPA — No matter who makes it to the College Football Championship in Tampa on Jan. 9, Raymond James Stadium will be full and rocking, hotel rooms across the region will be jammed with tour …


Cortnee Brantley released from federal prison, now faces state charges


Clock ticks down as Rick Scott makes case on jobs, tourism


  1. Chris Rock coming to the Straz Center in Tampa


    Chris Rock is bringing the pain back to Tampa.

  2. Manfred: There has to be "end game" in Rays stadium bid or ...


    Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been saying for months that he is optimistic Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be able to get a new stadium and that if so the franchise can be successful in the Tampa Bay market.

  3. Jameis Winston's unique style has galvanized Bucs


    "There are those with immense talent and others with great passion. And then there are those who galvanize an entire organization. @jaboowins" — Tweet from Bucs director of player development Duke Preston.

    Second-year quarterback Jameis Winston, center, flanked by receiver Mike Evans and coach Dirk Koetter, seems to have developed a knack for inspiring his teammates.
  4. Shorts, Humphries injuries leave Bucs dangerously thin at receiver


    TAMPA — With Cecil Shorts done for the year with a major knee injury and Adam Humphries in concussion protocol, the Bucs are again scrambling to replenish an already depleted group of receivers as they go for their fifth straight win Sunday at home against the Saints.

    Bucs wide receiver Cecil Shorts is carted off the field after sustaining a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Chargers.
  5. Waiting out market could work out for Rays in pursuit of a bat

    The Heater

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Another option came off the board — well, the computer screens — for the Rays on Monday as Steve Pearce decided against a comfortable return to Tampa Bay to take $12.5 million over two years from the Blue Jays.

    Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista holds a bat during practice in Cleveland, the site of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series .[Associated Press]
  6. Valrico man killed in crash with semi while driving tractor



    A Valrico man was killed Monday when he was struck by a semitrailer truck while riding his farm tractor.

  7. Hillsborough Fire Rescue: Spontaneous combustion likely sparked large scrap metal fire near Port Tampa Bay


    TAMPA — A large fire at a recycling plant near the Port Tampa Bay on Friday night began after chemicals clinging to pieces of scrap metal spontaneously combusted, according to investigators.

  8. Man dies in three-vehicle crash on I-75 in Pasco County


    A 66-year-old man was killed Monday morning following a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  9. Florida State's Dalvin Cook not a Heisman Trophy finalist


    Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is not a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

  10. Bucs-Chargers Turning Point, Week 13: The Jameis Winston-Cameron Brate connection


    Travis Benjamin appeared onscreen, and the entire Bucs defense was chasing him.

    Cameron Brate has six receiving touchdowns this season, the most by a Bucs tight end since Jimmie Giles caught eight in 1985. Brate is second on the team to Mike Evans in targets (66), receptions (47) and receiving yards (528). [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Corcoran announces litmus test for appointments to constitution revision board

House Speaker Richard Corcoran had an idea in 2012 when three of the Florida's Supreme Court's liberal justices were up for a merit retention vote: raise money to defeat them....


Mike Evans, among the NFL leaders in touchdown catches, receptions and yards, wasn't among the top five at receiver.

Bucs players lagging in early Pro Bowl fan voting

Bucs stars like receiver Mike Evans and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy are probably headed to this year's Pro Bowl in Orlando, but the team has only a modest presence in the early fan voting for the game....


NBC airs its live small-screen adaptation of the musical Hairspray on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hairspray Live!' on NBC, Undone podcast

Luckily, this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC....