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Baseball fans reflect on buying tickets for spring training

In a very big way, the Baltimore Orioles kicked off their opening day of spring training at Ed Smith stadium in Sarasota. However, changes due to COVID-19 not only allowed 25% of fans in the stadium, but created a battleground for buying one of the 1,833 tickets available.

  2021 LECOM suncoast classic kicks off the 2021 golf season

  World Golf Championships coming to Florida’s Suncoast

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

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

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

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

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

Bolts to bring home the Stanley Cup!

FHSAA board votes to begin fall sports season on August 24

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

Free basketball clinic offered at State College of Florida

  'Invisible Box Challenge' is taking over the internet

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Social media has seen so many types of challenges and now an 'Invisible Box Challenge,' is taking over.

Braden River High football program accused of improper behavior

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - An investigation by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and Sarasota County Schools, has led to more fallout for the Braden River High School Football Program.

Former Suncoast basketball star dies

A former Southeast High School basketball star who went on to become a first round draft pick in the NBA has died. Clifford Rozier was only 45 years old.

  2nd Annual Brian Poole Football Camp This Afternoon in Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - This afternoon, Atlanta Falcons Cornerback Brian Poole will lead his 2nd annual youth football camp at the Police Athletic League on 13th Avenue East.

LECOM Park wins top honor in "Best of the Ballparks" competition

SCF names new men's basketball coach

Kids' Summer Beach Runs begin June 5th

Tennis rising stars in Sarasota for 11th Annual Sarasota Open

  Baltimore Orioles have first spring training workout

  Booker basketball team headed to Class 6A State Final Four

Rays prospect Brent Honeywell will have Tommy John surgery

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm and will have Tommy John surgery, sidelining him for the entire season.

  Suspect identified in Florida High School shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - A federal official has identified the Florida school shooting suspect as Nicolas Cruz. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Venice High School hosts water polo match

VENICE, FL. (WWSB) - Venice High added girls and boys varsity water polo to their spring athletics lineup this year.

Former Venice High School football star prepares for Super Bowl LII

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Former Venice High School football star Trey Burton is preparing for the biggest game of his career - Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagle will take the field in Minneapolis on Sunday with the entire Venice community back here at home cheering him on.

Venice High adds water polo team to spring lineup

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Venice High School is adding water polo to their spring lineup.

Venice Indians Win 7A State championship title

ORLANDO, FL (WWSB) - Venice High School football has captured a state title for the second time in program history.

Orioles spring training tickets go on sale

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - It's almost time for spring training once again on the Suncoast.  Hundreds coming out to Ed Smith Stadium Saturday to try and snag some of the best tickets for the Baltimore Orioles home games.  Some people waiting for hours.

Koetter will coach Bucs' in 2018

TAMPA, FL (WWSB) - Despite a losing record and rumors that former head coach Jon Gruden was interested in returning to the team, Dirk Koetter will have a chance to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2018 season.

Gamecocks visit Busch Gardens before Outback bowl

TAMPA, FL (WWSB) - The Outback bowl is only a few days away and the South Carolina Gamecocks are spending some free time at Busch Gardens, before they take on the Michigan Wolverines.

  Sideline celebration goes viral at USF bowl game

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The University of South Florida Bulls have something to celebrate after a close game with Texas Tech and Brooks Larkin stole the show with his sideline performance.

Effective immediately: Tampa Bay Storm suspend operations

TAMPA, FL (WWSB) - Effective immediately, the Tampa Bay Storm has suspended operations and will not participate in the 2018 Arena Football League season.

Rays trade Longoria to the Giants

TAMPA, FL (AP) - 32-year-old Evan Longoria leaves Tampa as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending nearly 10 seasons in a Rays uniform. He is the club's all-time leader with 1,435 games played, 261 home runs and 892 RBIs.

North Port cheer team takes home gold at competition

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - The North Port peewee cheerleaders were named National Champions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports cheer competition.

Venice football heads to State Championship

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The Venice High School football team had a special send-off from the Venice Elementary students as they head to the State Championship game on Friday morning.

  Venice Indians advance to State Championship

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The Venice High School football team advances to the State Championship game on a thrilling 27-20 victory over the reigning state champions Friday night.

World's best players winding down in Bradenton

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - The Eddie Herr Classic junior tennis tournament is heading toward the homestretch.  The event that began with 1,400 players from 80 countries enters the semi-finals and finals this weekend.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver donates to Manatee YMCA football team

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Pride Park's YMCA football team received brand new football equipment from Miami Dolphin's wide receiver, Kenny Stills.

Deadline for early registration to annual beach run approaching

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The annual Sandy Claws Beach Run is fast approaching for its 41st year on Siesta Beach. The run will take place Saturday, December 9.

Bobby Jones to host Thanksiving Day golf event

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - How about a game of golf before you dig into Thanksgiving dinner! The 9th Annual 'Turkey Shoot' will be held at Bobby Jones Golf Club on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23.

Suncoast student wins state cross country title

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Sarasota High School School Boys' Cross Country Team had plenty to cheer about at this weekend's Florida Cross Country Championships. Junior Ben Hartvigsen won the Class 4A State Individual Title and led the Sailors' boys team to a 4th place finish overall.

Tampa Bay Lightning helping build hockey rink in Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (WWSB) - Suncoast hockey fans are celebrating the news the Tampa Bay Lightning and Lakewood Ranch are teaming up to build an outdoor hockey rink. Former Lightning greats Vincent Lecavalier and Dave Andreychuk among those on hand for the Wednesday morning announcement.

Ultimate National Championships come to Lakewood Ranch

The 2017 USA Ultimate National Championships will be held at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch from October 19th through October 22nd. The USA Ultimate National Championships is one of the most prestigious events the sport has to offer. More than 1,200 athletes across 48 teams, 16 each in the men's, mixed and women's divisions, will take the field in pursuit of a national titles. The teams represent cities from across the country, and all three 2016 national champions are back to try to defend their titles in 2017.

Suncoast rower wins world title

A Suncoast rower is the best in the world. Pine View School's Clark Dean winning the junior men's single sculls at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Lithuania over the weekend.

Former SCF Baseball Coach elected to Hall of Fame

Tim Hill Sr., a former baseball coach at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. Hill, who led the SCF Manatees for 31 seasons, was one of the winningest junior college coaches of all time. For his career, he amassed a record of 1193-550-3 (.683) and ranked sixth all-time in wins among junior college coaches as of 2016.

Lightning great Dave Andreychuk selected to Hall of Fame

TAMPA, FL (WWSB) - Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Andreychuk one of seven people chosen for induction in November.

Venice H.S. to start area's first boys volleyball team

Venice High School will become the first in the area to offer a boys volleyball team. Within two hours of posting a sign up sheet, more than 100 boys signed up to play. Next spring, Venice High will have varsity and junior varsity teams, with about 12 to 15 boys on each team.

Manatee High School welcomes new football coach

MANATEE CO., FL (WWSB) - One of the area's most storied high school football programs has a new coach. Manatee High School named Yusef Shakir as the new coach of the Hurricanes.

Teen Returns to Pitchers Mound After Stroke

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--Throwing a baseball is a muscle memory players refine from the first time they pick up a ball, but during Mitchell Sandlin's junior season with the Riverview Rams that same innocent motion triggered numbness in his pinkie and a headache.

Baltimore Orioles Bring More Than Economic Impact

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--The Baltimore Orioles have an annual economic impact of nearly $89 million on Sarasota County, but the team has also become an integral part of the community.

Orioles Manager, Player & Executive Talk Spring Training on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, Fla.(WWSB)--ABC7 at 7's Alan Cohn spoke with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, pitcher Zach Britton, and executive vice president John Angelos about spring training and Sarasota.

Final preparations under way for pentathlon world finals on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Suncoast won out over large cities around the world competing for the chance to host the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Finals next week. It hasn't been held in the U.S. in 40 years, but next week the finals will be held on the Suncoast.

Donny Be Fit: Orangetheory Fitness

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orange is not only the new black, but it is also a way of life at Orange Theory Fitness.