Pirates agree to $13.5M. 2-year deal with All-Star Reynolds
Blue Jays Pirates Spring Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds tosses his bat after striking out during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 1, 2022, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky)PITTSBURGH — (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates and All-Star center fielder Bryan Reynolds have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $13.5 million. The agreement, announced Thursday, will pay Reynolds $6.75 million per season. Reynolds and the Pirates were scheduled to go to arbitration after failing to come to an agreement on a one-year deal for 2022. Reynolds asked for $4.9 million, with Pittsburgh countering with $4.25 million. The 27-year-old Reynolds has blossomed with the Pirates after coming over in the January 2018 trade that sent center fielder Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco.wftv.com
AP Source: Pirates agree to 2-year deal with CF Reynolds
A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press the deal runs through 2023 and will pay $6.75 million per season. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not announced. Reynolds and the Pirates were scheduled to go to arbitration after failing to come to an agreement on a one-year deal for 2022. Reynolds asked for $4.9 million, with Pittsburgh countering with $4.25 million. The 27-year-old Reynolds has blossomed with the Pirates after coming over in the January 2018 trade that sent center fielder Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco.wftv.com
Pirates SS prospect Oneil Cruz to start season at Triple-A
Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz will start the season in the minors. The team optioned the towering 6-foot-7 shortstop to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. While the 23-year-old Cruz had put together a solid spring training — going 5 for 15 with two home runs in Grapefruit League play — manager Derek Shelton said the team believes Cruz needs a little more experience before being called up for good.news.yahoo.com
Florida teen killed after crashing car into pond, troopers say
Investigating crash: The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating after a 17-year-old died when his car flipped into a pond. (Florida Highway Patrol)BRADENTON, Fla. — A Florida teen died early Sunday after crashing his car into a pond, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash, according to WFTS-TV. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Florida restaurant cancels 'going to prison' party for Jan. 6 rioter seen with Pelosi's lectern
A Florida restaurant canceled a "going to prison" party for a Capitol rioter who was photographed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) lectern after the owner said that it was drawing too much attention. News Channel 8 reported that Caddy's Bradenton, a waterfront restaurant located outside of Tampa, Fla., canceled the April 1 event for Adam Johnson, who was sentenced to 75 days in prison last month for breaking into the U.S. Capitol...news.yahoo.com
Sheriff: Suspect hauling stolen equipment shot during struggle with deputy
Sheriff: Suspect hauling stolen equipment shot during struggle with deputy Michael Jeremy Hatfield of Bradenton, attempted to grab the deputy’s gun before trying to drive away. (Polk County Sheriff)POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Polk County lieutenant is on paid administrative leave after shooting a suspect during an altercation following a traffic stop Friday. According to Sheriff Grady Judd, the deputy had pulled over a pickup hauling construction equipment that had been reported stolen from a construction site near Lakeland earlier that day. Read: Orange County Sheriff employee killed in I-4 crash near OrlandoDeputies found Hatfield two blocks away sitting in his truck. Hatfield remains in the hospital and once released will be booked into the Polk County jail.wftv.com
Former teacher at IMG Academy arrested on charge of having sex with student
A former teacher at IMG Academy in Bradenton has been arrested on charges that she had sex with a student. Taylor J. Anderson, 38, was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual battery by custodial authority, traveling to meet a minor and transmission of harmful material to a minor, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports. Sheriff’s officials said IMG staff contacted them on Sept. 14 to ...news.yahoo.com
19-year-old roofer killed by lightning in Manatee County
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A 19-year-old was killed by a lightning strike Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The United States now has 9 known #lightning fatalities this year after a lifeguard was killed and 7 others injured on a #NJwx beach last night. It's almost the end of lightning season, but it's important to pay attention to the skies whenever you're outside! #LightningSafety pic.twitter.com/Qe2x0VexpA — Lightning Safety Council (@LtgSafeCouncil) August 31, 2021The man was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the tenth known lightning death in the United States this year, and the third in Florida according to the Lightning Safety Council.wftv.com
WNBA returns, celebrating 25th anniversary season
The WNBA will tip off its 25th season on Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara)NEW YORK — (AP) — The WNBA is back and celebrating its silver anniversary. It was a busy offseason for the longest running women's professional sports league that will tip off its 25th season Friday night. After 14 years with the Lynx, she played her final season with the Los Angeles Sparks last year. VIEWING OPPORTUNITIESThe WNBA will have 100 of its games on national television this season, as well as dozens of games on Twitter, Facebook and Amazon.wftv.com
Florida reports 5,688 new COVID-19 cases as seniors emerge from pandemic-imposed hibernation
[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Young adults seeing higher infection rates as Florida reports 5,759 new COVID-19 cases]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on March 27. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 5,688 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2,039,062 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020. HospitalizationsAs of Saturday afternoon, there were currently 2,831 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. Since last March, 84,561 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
Now vaccinated, older adults emerge from COVID hibernation
Spring has arrived with sunshine and warmer weather, and many older adults who have been vaccinated, like Griffin, are emerging from COVID-19-imposed hibernation. Visiting grandchildren is a top priority for many older adults. Isolated by the pandemic, older adults were hard hit by loneliness caused by restrictions intended to keep people safe. Plenty of older adults are eager to hop on a jet to travel. Indeed, many older adults are taking a cautious approach, especially when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined to ease recommendations for travel.
College players will need to opt-in to upcoming WNBA Draft
The WNBA and the Players' Association have agreed to an opt-in process for this season's draft, the league confirmed to The Associated Press, late Sunday, March 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)NEW YORK – The WNBA and the Players' Association have agreed to an opt-in process for this season's draft, the league confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday night. In the past, players who have run out of college eligibility are automatically entered into the draft. While this is a new situation in the WNBA, it’s unclear what the NCAA will do as far as allowing players to pull out of the draft. The NBA implemented similar rules, making players opt-in for the draft.
Koepka withdraws from Players Championship with knee injury
Brooks Koepka hits from the seventh fairway during the final round of the Workday Championship golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. – Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from The Players Championship next week with what his manager described as a strained right knee. Koepka won the Phoenix Open last month and was a runner-up in the Workday Championship last week. He has been saddled the last few years with injuries to his left knee, including a partially torn patella. His manager at Hambric Sports, Blake Smith, said Koepka would meet with doctors this week for a better evaluation and no further details. Koepka was planning to play the Honda Classic the following week, and he had the Dell Match Play after that as the Masters on April 8-11 gets closer.
Tiger Woods says golf players' tribute to him was "touching"
It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts. — Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 1, 2021Players wore red shirts and black slacks at Concession Golf Course in support of Woods who is recovering in the hospital. But I think we don't say 'thank you' enough, so I want to say thank you to Tiger. I lost my grandpa about a month ago and you don't get to say thank you enough. "I don't think we say thank you enough, so I want to say thank you to Tiger."cbsnews.com
Morikawa plays a steady hand to win Workday Championship
And there was a tribute to Tiger Woods, his golf idol growing up. “We don't say ‘Thank you’ enough,” Morikawa said, referring to how much Woods has raised the profile and prize money in golf. He finished at 18-under 270 and became the 24th player to win a major and a World Golf Championship title since this series began in 1999. Outside of a chunked chip on the second hole that made him scramble for bogey, Morikawa didn't miss a fairway the rest of the way and was rarely out of position. “If there was no Tiger Woods, I just the think the tour and the game of golf in general would be in a worse place.
Feds: Man uses $7.2M from PPP funds to buy Seminole County mansion, luxury cars
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A Bradenton man is accused of using $7.2 million from Paycheck Protection Program funds to buy a mansion in Chuluota, according to court records. Don Cisternino was indicted on two counts of wire fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft and three counts of illegal monetary transaction. Records show Cisternino applied for Paycheck Protection Program loan established as part of the federal CARES Act relief bill. Cisternino is accused of saying MagnifiCo had 441 employees with an average monthly payroll of $2.88 million. Records show after the application the Small Business Administration issued $7.2 million in PPP funds to MagnifiCo.
WNBA's Layshia Clarendon has surgery to remove breasts
(AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)NEW YORK – Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon, who identifies as transgender and nonbinary, announced on social media Friday that they had surgery to remove breast tissue. The league, the players' union and the New York Liberty released statements offering support to Clarendon. Clarendon wrote in The Players' Tribune five years ago they identify as “black, gay, female, non-cisgender and Christian," and expanded on their identity in an Instagram post in December. “Existing outside of the binary for me is freedom,” Clarendon wrote. I know that my gender will keep evolving because we change and grow and shape shift and expand.
AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 27, because no official announcement is allowed until Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. that she would be signing with the Lynx once free agents can officially ink deals Monday. Nearly 75% of the players on the Sparks' roster are free agents. That’s led to increased player movement from our roster.”Two players who are free agents but won't be moving are Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.
Gov. DeSantis condemns Capitol riots as Florida Republicans introduce anti-protest legislation
Ron DeSantis says he hopes more Florida lawmakers will support his idea for enforced penalties against protesters. Protesters in Florida and across the country took to the streets calling for justice and changes to law enforcement tactics. Now DeSantis’ idea has legislative backing after Republicans in the Florida House and Senate filed bills Wednesday night that would enact penalties against protesters who turn violent. The “Combating Public Disorder” bill targets protesters who damage personal and business property or assault law enforcement. On funding, the legislation includes language that would allow a resident to appeal any tentative budget cuts to a municipal law enforcement agency.
Florida woman hid man’s body in trash can to collect benefits, deputies say
BRADENTON, Fla. – A Florida woman stuffed the body of a 40-year-old man into a trash can after he died to keep collecting his Social Security benefits, investigators said. | Intruders cut woman’s hair, leave]Investigators said Haney told them Jon Christopher Leonard died in July of what appeared to be natural causes. Instead of calling authorities, investigators said Haney stored Leonard's body in a closet, before sealing it in a trash can three weeks later. She then took the trash can to a neighbor’s house, and told the neighbor that she's be back for it later. Haney told investigators that she kept the body so she could continue receiving his benefits.
Florida pastor sued over fake porn images aimed at young woman
BRADENTON, Fla. – A Florida pastor is being sued by a teenager who claims fake pornographic images of her were posted online from a computer in the pastor’s home. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the lawsuit is against Pastor Jason B. It claims the teenager, a high school student at the time, has suffered shame, embarrassment, emotional pain and suffering because of the incident. Authorities said they could not establish who actually posted the images on the computer in the pastor's house because multiple people had access to the internet address. Attorney Rebecca Brownell, who represents Lane and Skyway Community Chapel, declined to comment on the case.
Stewart leads Seattle to 2nd WNBA title in 3 years
Stewart scored 26 points and Seattle completed a sweep of the Las Vegas Aces with a 92-59 rout Tuesday night. It was the biggest margin of victory in WNBA Finals history. Seattle had pretty much the same core group that won the 2018 championship back for this year, led by Stewart, Bird and Jewell Loyd. Seattle has now won a record 11 games in a row in the WNBA Finals, dating to the team's first championship in 2004. She led the Dream to three WNBA Finals appearances but the team was swept in each one.
Stewart, Bird help Storm rout Aces; go up 2-0 in WNBA Finals
Las Vegas couldn't respond. A'ja Wilson had 20 points to lead Las Vegas while Angel McCoughtry and Emma Cannon added 17 each. The Aces led 65-64 with 3:22 left in the period before the Storm closed with a 11-3 burst. The Storm, who had 17 assists on their 18 baskets, built the lead to 13 before Las Vegas rallied to the six-point halftime deficit. ... Stewart had her fifth consecutive 20-point game in the WNBA Finals spanning back to the 2018 season.
Aces hope for winning hand in Game 2 of WNBA Finals
“You impose on them it's a five-game series, even if you lose one game so what? “He trusts us and knows what we’re capable of.”The Aces feel that they have fixable problems. It was also the first finals for many of the Aces players, including Wilson and Jackie Young. Stewart had a career-high 37 points — one short of the WNBA Finals record. The biggest thing is to make them contested shots," Wilson said.
Stewart lifts Storm to Game 1 WNBA Finals win over Aces
Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) celebrates after the team defated the Las Vegas Aces during Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)BRADENTON, Fla. – The Seattle Storm's lead down to two with a quarter left, Breanna Stewart took over. The big-game player scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter and finished with 37 to help the Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 93-80 on Friday night in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. She was a point short of the WNBA Finals record set by Angel McCoughtry. McCoughtry scored 20 points to lead Las Vegas, which was playing in the WNBA Finals for the first time since the franchise moved to the Nevada city three years ago. Eight players had reached 11 assists in a finals game before Bird's record performance.
Manager shot during Walmart robbery in Florida
BRADENTON, Fla. – A manager at a Florida Walmart was shot and wounded during a robbery Tuesday night, and police said they were still looking for the two culprits. The shooting occurred at a Bradenton store, news outlets reported. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the men involved in the Walmart robbery appear to be connected to robberies at a Publix in Palmetto and a Dollar General in Bradenton. Two men entered the Walmart and demanded money, but a manager refused, deputies said. The armed robber fell and shot the approaching manager in the leg, according to officials.
Aces' A'ja Wilson earns AP WNBA player of the year honors
“She knows who she is, she knows where she’s going,” said Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer. “I feel like I'm a more complete player now then when I first got into the league,” Wilson said in an online interview. The second team included Phoenix teammates Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith, Connecticut teammates DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, and Minnesota's Napheesa Collier. POWER POLLThe Las Vegas Aces finished atop the AP Power Poll, a spot they held for three of the final four weeks of the season. A'ja Wilson also received votes after she led Las Vegas to the top seed in the postseason.
90-year-old crashes into Florida bank, injures 3 customers, troopers say
BRADENTON, Fla. Three customers were injured when a 90-year-old driver crashed his car into a Florida bank, authorities said. The crash happened Tuesday afternoon at a Bank of America branch in Bradenton, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. A 66-year-old man inside the bank sustained critical injuries, and a 57-year-old woman was seriously injured, officials said. Another customer, an 85-year-old man, had minor injuries. The driver also had minor injuries, while a 77-year-old woman riding with him was unharmed, officials said.
Florida soldier dies during training in South Korea
A soldier from Bradenton was killed last week during training in South Korea. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, of Bradenton, died Nov. 6 from injuries sustained when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned at Camp Humphreys. This story originally published to heraldtribune.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network via the Florida Wire. The Florida Wire, which runs across digital, print and video platforms, curates and distributes Florida-focused stories. For more Florida stories, visit here, and to support local media throughout the state of Florida, consider subscribing to your local paper.dailycommercial.com
Florida soldier dies during training in South Korea
A soldier from Bradenton was killed last week during training in South Korea. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, of Bradenton, died Nov. 6 from injuries sustained when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned at Camp Humphreys. This story originally published to heraldtribune.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network via the Florida Wire. The Florida Wire, which runs across digital, print and video platforms, curates and distributes Florida-focused stories. For more Florida stories, visit here, and to support local media throughout the state of Florida, consider subscribing to your local paper.ocala.com
Florida woman accused of killing her disabled grandson by overdosing him
WFLA via CNN(CNN) - An 87-year-old woman is accused of killing her disabled, adult grandson for fear that no one would care for him after she died, according to police. There they found the body of 30-year-old Joel Parks, Capt. Parks was a man with disabilities who lived in a group home during the week and with his grandmother, Lillian Parks, on the weekend. In this case, I don't know if she's thinking about the wellbeing of her grandson or if she's thinking about herself," Thiers said, according to CNN affiliate WFLA. Police are awaiting a toxicology report to determine what was given to Joel, WFLA reported.
USTA National Campus hits grand slam with Junior Davis, Fed Cup tournament
ORLANDO, Fla. - For the first time in 25 years, the Junior Davis and Fed Cup tournament is taking place in the U.S. at the United States Tennis Association National campus in Orlando. This week, the public will get to see some of the up-and-coming young tennis players, like 15-year-old Martin Damm Jr, and his childhood friend, 16-year-old Toby Kodat. There will be 32 boys and girls from 24 teams competing for the Junior Davis and Fed cup titles. They're very young, they're already in the top 10 in the world in the ITF International Federation junior rankings." Entry to the tournament is open to the public and free of charge.