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    In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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    For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

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    In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

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    A more efficient Harden
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Houston Rockets guard James Harden may have averaged 23.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals over his first 17 games this season, but he did it with the efficiency of an early-2000s Allen Iverson.

    Harden's field goal percentage dropped to .410 after he shot 3-of-19 on Dec. 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers, two games after going 3-16 against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. He turned the ball over four times in that game and 4.1 times per game over his first 17.

    He also made 1.8 3-pointers per game but took 5.6 attempts to do it (.326). What kept his scoring average so high was his ability to get to the foul line -- he attempted an average of 9.2 free throws (making 7.6) over his first 17 games.

    The guard's shooting percentage was boosted by his performance in his first two games with his new team, in which he scored 41 ppg on 63.6 percent shooting. In his next 15 games, he only made 36.9 percent of his shots (.309 3PT).

    The numbers were there so it was tough to be disappointed, but we knew he was capable of more. After all, he made 49.1 percent of his shots last season and only turned the ball over 2.2 times per game. Since he was taking fewer shots and handling the ball less, it was probably unrealistic to expect anything close to that type of efficiency, but there was certainly potential for improvement as he grew into his new role as Houston's No. 1 offensive option.

    Following that brick-fest on Dec. 4, Harden has ripped off a stretch of games rivaled only by Kobe Bryant. In his last 10 games, the Rockets playmaker is averaging 29.6 points, 5.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He's doing it on a sensational .518 field goal percentage with just 2.7 turnovers per game in that span.

    Harden has made 2.1 3-pointers per game during his current hot streak on just 5.0 attempts (.420). But perhaps his most impressive feat is his work at the free-throw line. The guard has reached that charity stripe 11.3 times per game over his last 10 games, and he has picked up 10.3 free points per game during that span.

    Harden is second in the NBA in free-throw attempts with 269, 20 less than Dwight Howard. But whereas Howard has handicapped fantasy teams by making just 148 of those free throws, Harden has done the opposite by making 86.6 percent of his attempts (233-269). Obviously, Harden's .866 free-throw percentage carries more weight than Kevin Martin's .930 since the former OKC guard has taken 155 more shots from the foul line than his replacement.

    There's even cause for more optimism in Harden's recent play. While his improved shooting began on Dec. 7 at San Antonio and has lasted 10 games, Harden still turned the ball over 14 times from Dec. 7-12 (he also missed a game with an ankle injury on Dec. 10). However, he has given the ball away just 13 times over his last seven games, in the process proving that he can shoot .496/.414/.901 on 16.1 shot attempts and 11.6 free-throw attempts per game and average 5.1 assists while still protecting the basketball.

    After Harden's season-opening explosion (37 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals), I recommended taking Harden over his former teammate Russell Westbrook in fantasy drafts. However, Harden looked more like Westbrook over his first 17 games than I ever expected.

    Now that he is back to playing like James Harden, the Rockets guard is pulling away from Westbrook and has his sights set on another former teammate: Kevin Durant, the current No. 1 overall player in (Yahoo!) fantasy leagues.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      • Great 38More>>

      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Cooler and breezy in Tampa Bay

        Cooler and breezy in Tampa Bay

        Thursday, February 26 2015 2:42 PM EST2015-02-26 19:42:08 GMT
        Cool winds continue behind a cold front this evening. Lingering clouds and small rain chances though the weekend as a front stalls across the Tampa Bay area.
        Cool winds continue behind a cold front this evening. Lingering clouds and small rain chances though the weekend as a front stalls across the Tampa Bay area.
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