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Manatee High names former Gator as interim head coach

Manatee County High School announced that former UF player Jacquez Green has been named interim coach.

“We will forever be grateful,” Saints owner Gayle Benson, Coach Payton react to Brees’ announcement

  Athletes and coaches returning to competition reflect on training due to COVID-19

Tom Brady signs 1-year extension with the Bucs

Partners form first multi-collegiate rowing club on the Suncoast

  MLB spring training benefits the City of North Port and fans

Venice High School athletic director arrested for DUI

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Baseball fans reflect on buying tickets for spring training

Gov. DeSantis stops by World Golf Championship in Lakewood Ranch

Single-game tickets now on sale for Orioles Spring Training

  2021 LECOM suncoast classic kicks off the 2021 golf season

Fans, Athletes pay tribute to Vincent Jackson

HCSO: Former Tampa Bay Bucs player Vincent Jackson found deceased in Brandon hotel room

Orioles will welcome fans to Ed Smith Stadium

The Baltimore Orioles have announced their plan for welcoming fan’s to their spring training home.

  World Golf Championships coming to Florida’s Suncoast

Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the World Golf Championships originally set to be held in Mexico City will not be played in Mexico this year. Instead, this year’s championship will be held in Bradenton, which will bring the top 72 best golfers in the world to the suncoast

  Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7, Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9

The Buccaneers (15-5) won their second NFL title and first in 18 years while becoming the first team to play the big game at home.

Reminder: FAA releases guidelines ahead of Super Bowl

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued more aviation guidance during Super Bowl LV.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s frontline workers readying to attend Super Bowl LV

Mote Marine Laboratory’s prognosticating manatees, otters disagree on who will win Super Bowl

Attorney General Ashley Moody talks to ABC7 about preventing human trafficking during Super Bowl LV

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

REPORT: LSU set to interview Vikings DB coach Daronte Jones for DC job

10-year-old Tampa-area kid named finalist in Good Morning America Super Bowl correspondent contest

Former Bucs, University of Alabama coach Ray Perkins has died

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Ray Perkins has died. He was 71 years old.

Arrest made in break-in at Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s Mass. mansion

Police arrested a man Monday they say broke into a mansion owned by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen and made himself comfortable on a couch while no one else was in the home.

USF-Navy game cancelled due to COVID concerns.

The University of South Florida has announced that its matchup with Navy has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Tampa Bay Rays tie the World Series in Game 2

Tampa Bay Rays tie the World Series in Game 2.

Dick Vitale shares excitement for Tampa Bay Rays going to World Series

Dick Vitale, a legend in the sports broadcasting world who lives in Lakewood Ranch, is beyond excited the Tampa Bay Rays are in the World Series.

Tampa Bay Rays set to take on L.A. Dodgers in World Series

Rays and Dodgers will meet in Arlington, Texas for the World Series.

  Rays advance to World Series

The Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the World Series after beating the Houston Astros 4-2 in the seventh and deciding game of their American League Championship Series Saturday night in the MLB playoff bubble.

John Cena marries Shay Shariatzadeh in a private ceremony in Tampa, FL

John Cena secretly says ‘I Do’ to Shay Shariatzadeh

University of Florida football team experiences increase in positive COVID tests

Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon.

Largest off-road park in Florida to open this weekend in Punta Gorda

The grand opening of Sandlot Off-Road Adventure Park opens Oct. 9. The park is formerly known as Florida Tracks and Trails and will reopen under different ownership.

COVID ends Braden River’s volleyball season after player tests positive

According to Coach Matthew McElhiney, Braden River’s volleyball season has come to an end because a Braden River volleyball player came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.

City of Tampa to hold celebrations for Lightning tonight

The City of Tampa Bay will be hosting several celebrations for the Tampa Bay Lightning after their Stanley Cup victory Monday night.

Bolts to bring home the Stanley Cup!

Tampa Bay Lightning takes the win!

Bubba Wallace leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end

Bubba Wallace is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season.

Organizers, IOC trying to remove doubts over Tokyo Olympics

Several recent public opinion polls have shown skepticism from the Japanese public and the business community that the games can go on — or should go on.

Tampa Bay Bucs to play first two games with no fans at stadium

In a letter to season ticket holders, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they will play the first two home games of the season with no fans.

School District of Manatee County releases plan for return of all fall high school sports

The School District of Manatee County revealed the plan on Monday in regards to when all fall sports will return.

FHSAA board votes to begin fall sports season on August 24

The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted 11-5 to begin the fall season as previously scheduled on August 24. Sarasota County Cchools are going with that start date. Meanwhile, in Manatee County, the start of sports is still up in the air.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Report: NFL players banned from indoor night clubs during 2020 season

NFL players report to training camp July 28

Slow down, mate! Fort Lauderdale PD captures kangaroo on the loose

Fort Lauderdale police spent a good part of the morning chasing down an unusual suspect.

  WNBA announces seven players test positive for COVID-19, teams arrived at IMG Academy on Monday

The WNBA announced on Monday that seven of the league’s players have tested for the coronavirus.

  Suncoast native, Ian Desmond, opting to sit out of 2020 MLB season

A Suncoast native that is currently signed to the Colorado Rockies is opting out of playing in this year’s MLB season.

MLB Plans to Schedule 60-Game Regular Season starting July 23rd or 24th

MLB to start season in late July

WNBA announces plans to play 2020 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton starting in July

The WNBA has announced plans to play an abbreviated 22-game season in Florida which is set to begin in late July.

Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights’ bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he will sign a bill to allow collegiate athletes to earn money for use of their name, image and likeness. SB 646, is titled the Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights and will deliver compensation for athletes who previously could be deemed ineligibl

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

Pending a physical, Gronkowski set to reunite with Brady in Tampa

Future Hall of Fame NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski is ending his retirement and returning to the gridiron.

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

Opening day on March 26 was pushed back until mid-May at the earliest after a national emergency was declared due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

FHSAA cancels all state high school sports for the remainder of the school year

On Monday, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSSA) canceled all high school sports for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

  Mom of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns dies from COVID-19

The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 pick out of the University of Kentucky in the 2015 NBA draft.

NASCAR’s Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race

Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter when he used the N-word.

Brady: It was ‘just time’ to leave Pats for new challenge

Tom Brady says it was “just time” to move on from the New England Patriots and begin another chapter in his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

The coronavirus outbreak prompted other sports like professional baseball and soccer to postpone seasons.

Tom Brady signs deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 42-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings said on Instagram on Tuesday morning that he is leaving the New England Patriots. Friday, the Buccaneers announced Brady was joining the team.

Bucs fans, expecting Brady deal, queue up for tickets

There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.

  Riverview H.S. alumnus Richie James Jr. to play in Super Bowl with San Francisco 49ers

Richie James Jr. grew up in Sarasota and played his high school football career at Riverview High School. He is in his second season in the NFL.

  Lakewood Ranch H.S. alum Austin Reiter to play in Super Bowl with Kansas City Chiefs

Before making it to the NFL, Austin Reiter started on the field at Lakewood Ranch High School. Reiter graduated in 2010 before heading to USF. Mustang Coach Mick Koczersut still remembers how hard Reiter worked not only on the field but also in the classroom.

  Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash, reports say

All nine people aboard a helicopter died in a crash Sunday in the Los Angeles area. Multiple reports say NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among the dead.

NFL Network report: Dallas Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy as new head coach

Calling it a “done deal,” an NFL Network reporter says Mike McCarthy has signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to be their new head coach.

Saints come out on short end of shootout against 49ers

The Saints dropped a heartbreaker in a back and forth shootout with the 49ers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

No. 22 LSU basketball takes on Bowling Green

The No. 22 LSU men’s basketball team begins its 2019-2020 season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against the Bowling Green Falcons.

Florida State fires football coach Willie Taggart

Florida State has fired Willie Taggart one day after the Seminoles were beaten by Miami and fell closer to missing a bowl game for the second consecutive season.

Nats beat Astros 7-2, force Game 7 in World Series

Stephen Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw a five-hitter Tuesday night, and now it’s on to Game 7 in the first World Series ever in which the visiting team won each of the first six games.

Florida considers allowing college athletes to earn money

During a news conference at the state capitol, DeSantis told reporters he supports bills filed for the 2020 legislative session that propose what he calls needed reform for college athletes.

Pope tweets at saints, but not those Saints - social media goes wild

Who dat thought the Pope was a Saints fan?

Fake Nikes worth $2.2 million seized at California port

The street value of the faux cargo is estimated at more than $2.2 million.

MLB releases 2020 Spring Training schedule for all teams

Major League Baseball (MLB) released every team’s 2020 Spring Training schedule on Monday.

All high school football games cancelled for Friday in Manatee County, one cancellation and delay in Sarasota County

The School District of Manatee County has cancelled all of tonight’s preseason football games due to the excessive rain that the Suncoast area has experienced within the last week.

US holds on to defeat England 2-1, advances to World Cup final

After a nerve wracking semifinal, the U.S. Women's national team will play in the World Cup Final.

US defeats France 2-1, advances to semis in World Cup

The U.S. advances in the tournament and will play England on July 2.

Arch Madness: Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1

The St. Louis Blues have won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

  Two graduates of Manatee County high schools are headed to the MLB

The School District of Manatee County has announced that two graduates from high schools in the county were selected in Monday’s Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.

Browns’ Denzel Ward gives $10K to alma mater Nordonia High School

The NFL player won the Division II state championship in 2014.

Will Wade meets with LSU, NCAA officials

Suspended LSU basketball head coach Will Wade met with university and NCAA officials Friday.

Virginia holds off Texas Tech in overtime for first NCAA national championship

DeAndre Hunter hit two critical threes with the Cavaliers on their heels late, one in regulation and one again in overtime, and his 27 points led the team.

Skateboarding and surfing proposed to the International Olympics Committee for 2024 Games

Other proposed sports for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris include sport climbing and breakdancing.