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    PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

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    JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

    News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

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    The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

    News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

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    Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

    Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

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    We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
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    USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

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    Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

    Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

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

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    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>>

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      The front that brought the strong storms across the Tampa Bay area yesterday has stalled just south of Sarasota.
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      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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    One more week
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In just one week, 30 NFL teams will kick off the 2013 season after the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens give us a taste on Thursday night. Are you ready?

    The 53-man rosters are mostly set after Saturday's cutdown, and most fantasy leagues' rosters are set as well save for the few last-minute drafters out there.

    If you are still looking for some guidance, here are some notes, observations predictions and tips heading into the start of season.

    Quarterback

    - Dr. James Andrews, the most famous M.D. in America, has cleared Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for Week 1, but coach Mike Shanahan said Andrews still has "a couple concerns." RGIII has cleared every hurdle in his recovery from torn knee ligaments and appears to be fully confident in his health. Fantasy owners should be as well.

    - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's ADP sagged earlier this summer due to concerns about his supporting cast, but then training camp and the preseason got rolling and fantasy owners remembered this is Tom Brady. Brady's fantasyfootballcalculator.com ADP in 12-team standard leagues has risen from Round 5 Pick 5 to Round 4 Pick 9 since the start of August after Brady completed 77.3 percent of his passes this preseason. I still don't advocate taking a quarterback in the first five rounds, but Brady is as steady a choice as ever before if you are going to do pick one.

    - With plenty of passing options, a competent running game and former Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton calling plays, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will take a major statistical leap in his sophomore season. In former OC Bruce Arians' system that emphasized vertical passing, Luck only completed 54.1 percent of his passes. That should increase to well over 60 percent this year.

    Running back

    - Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is easily going to catch 70 passes in Marc Trestman's offense if he stays healthy. Trestman served as an NFL offensive coordinator in 1995-96 with the San Francisco 49ers, 1998-00 with the Arizona Cardinals and 2001-03 with the Oakland Raiders. In those seasons, Trestman's running backs and fullbacks combined to catch an average of 110 passes per season.

    - Rookie Eddie Lacy put more than a stiff arm's length of distance between himself and the competition for Green Bay's starting running back job. Fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin has struggled, Alex Green was cut Saturday, James Starks has bumbled every chance he has had an major playing time and DuJuan Harris, a Mike McCarthy favorite and the only guy who might have challenged Lacy for carries, was placed on injured reserve. In his four healthy games last season, Cedric Benson averaged 19 touches per game. Lacy's best feature: he's not Cedric Benson.

    - Montee Ball will begin the season behind Ronnie Hillman in the Denver Broncos' running back rotation even though Hillman fumbled three times during the preseason. With Knowshon Moreno handling third downs, Ball's carries early this season will be limited. I still think he'll lead the Broncos in carries this season, but at this point he cannot be counted on to get consistent playing time. Use Hillman's rookie season as a guide -- he struggled in pass protection and had just 85 carries even though starter Willis McGahee suffered a broken leg in mid-November.

    - The Bills led the NFL in preseason rushes with 141, and Jeff Tuel will start at quarterback in Week 1. Prediction: C.J. Spiller will have more touches in Week 1 than he did in any game last season.

    - Texans running back Arian Foster missed most of training camp with calf and back injuries but he is all set to play Week 1. Coach Gary Kubiak indicated that Foster won't receive a full workload in the opener, saying "obviously I don't think Arian's going to be a 30-carry guy on opening night," according to ESPN's Tania Ganguli, but that is actually good news. The only reason fantasy owners have concerns about Foster is because he has been worked into the ground the last three seasons. We don't need 30 carries out of Foster in Week 1 or in any week. If he gets 20 carries and all the goal-line work in Week 1 as I expect, he'll easily post RB1 numbers.

    - Looks like the Miami Dolphins were faking everyone out with the running back "competition" between Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas just to keep Miller motivated. It makes sense actually; Thomas is so average that Miller would have been able to coast through preseason and still win the job. Coach Joe Philbin wanted to prevent Miller from taking it easy.

    - Jonathan Dwyer was surprisingly released Saturday as the Steelers were tired of his "lack of dedication," according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette. Isaac Redman will start Week 1, but that doesn't mean he should be in any fantasy lineups. Redman had multiple chances to impress last season and failed.

    - New York Giants RB David Wilson could actually post RB1 numbers while Andre Brown is out with a fractured leg. He'll get all the goal-line work for a team that scored 18 rushing touchdowns last season.

    Wide receiver

    - Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall admitted this week that he still isn't comfortable with his conditioning after undergoing a third hip surgery this offseason but I'm not worried. Jay Cutler would still force the ball to Marshall if the receiver had one leg and no arms.

    - Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon could be a sneaky WR1 this season with a WR2 pricetag. In his seven healthy games last year, Garcon averaged 83.4 yards per game and had four touchdowns. The receiver seems to be fully healthy during training camp after being plagued by a ligament tear in his foot for most of last season.

    - Despite thoroughly outplaying Darrius Heyward-Bey this preseason, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton remains the third receiver on a team that uses two tight ends in its base offense. I still like the 23-year-old though. He managed to produce 861 yards and eight scores (one return) on just 91 targets last season. I doubt DHB will prevent him from seeing more this season, especially with tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen having trouble staying healthy.

    - Seahawks receiver Golden Tate's ADP has plateaued in the late eighth round over the last three weeks, but that still is too low for the third-year player. True, Seattle doesn't throw the ball all that much, but Tate was a trusted red- zone weapon for Russell Wilson last season and scored seven times (six if you ask Green Bay Packers fans). With Percy Harvin out and Sidney Rice dealing with chronic knee pain, Tate will be Wilson's No. 1 target between the 20s as well.

    Tight end

    - The New England Patriots will carry Rob Gronkowski on the active roster to start the season, meaning he won't have to miss the first six weeks on the PUP list. Even if Gronk misses four games, he'll still finish as a top-three tight end due to his touchdown production.

    - New Browns OC Norv Turner has had pretty good success with super-athletic tight ends who played basketball in college. Jordan Cameron played basketball for BYU. This seems like a good match.

    - St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook was a perennial fantasy disappointment in Tennessee, but he averaged just 5.3 targets per game over the last two seasons. As one of the men who will replace Danny Amendola and his 9.2 targets per game in the slot, Cook will lead the Rams in looks from Sam Bradford this season.

    - The Broncos announced Julius Thomas as their starting tight end Saturday, but I just don't think he'll see enough targets to be a consistent fantasy option. Peyton Manning only targeted his tight ends 149 times last season, and Wes Welker will absorb most of the targets that don't go to Demaryius Thomas or Eric Decker, leaving only about 200 targets to be spread around to the tight ends, running backs and fourth and fifth receivers.




    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

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

      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

      Updated:

      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      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>>

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

      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>>

      Out and About
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      • Drier, mostly cloudy today in Tampa Bay

        Drier, mostly cloudy today in Tampa Bay

        Tuesday, April 21 2015 4:27 AM EDT2015-04-21 08:27:41 GMT
        The front that brought the strong storms across the Tampa Bay area yesterday has stalled just south of Sarasota.
        The front that brought the strong storms across the Tampa Bay area yesterday has stalled just south of Sarasota.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 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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