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    Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

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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' Video included

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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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    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>>

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

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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>>

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

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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.
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    Which rookies will help you this year?

    Matt Ryan should be the only rookie quarterback who gets significant time.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's always hard to evaluate talent when it moves on to the next level. How will the high-school "superstar" compete as a freshman in college against better players? Some thrive, while others turn out to have been just a "big fish in a small pond."

    Similarly, when the "star" college quarterback, running back or receiver move on to where they "play for pay," some make an immediate impression (Minnesota's Adrian Peterson), some take a few years to develop (Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook) and some, like San Diego's Ryan Leaf, never make it at all.

    We are here to see if we can find any rookies who will make an immediate impact and as a result help your fantasy team in 2008.

    Matt Ryan should be the only rookie quarterback who gets significant time. But with the team he has to work with, will not be a viable pick this season except in keeper leagues. Ryan is the most "NFL-ready" QB to come out of school this year, but the team will likely feature newly-signed running back Michael Turner and holdover Jerious Norwood while Ryan learns on the fly. Ryan has an underrated receiver in Roddy White, but veteran tight end Alge Crumpler was let go in February.

    The running back position has a number of first-year players who will make an impact, although none will put up a year like "AP" did in 2007 (1,609 yards combined rushing and receiving and 13 TDs).

    Oakland's Darren McFadden will have the best opportunity as the first running back drafted, fourth overall out of Arkansas, will see the most time at the beginning of the season. However, at the start at least, he will still share time with Justin Fargas.

    By mid-season he may not be the most prolific rookie running back. That's because Carolina head coach John Fox loves to use a big back in his offense. When they drafted Jonathan Stewart with the 13th-overall pick the writing was on the wall for DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams. Foster is gone (to San Francisco) and although Williams will likely be the opening-day starter, the job and the touchdowns will go to Stewart by the end of the year.

    Matt Forte (Chicago) and Kevin Smith (Detroit) appear to have the starting jobs on their respective teams though it is primarily due to lack of good competition. Meanwhile, Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh) and Felix Jones (Dallas) will also see significant playing time.

    Something seems to be developing in Baltimore where rookie Ray Rice has had an excellent pre-season. With starter Willis McGahee having recent arthroscopic surgery, its possible that Rice will get a lot of early carries. The coaching staff seems to like what they are see so far from the former Rutgers star.

    And the secret is out of the bag in Tennessee where Chris Johnson has gotten a lot of publicity. He was the fastest of the rookie running back class and his 66-yard TD run in the first preseason game showed the world what those at East Carolina already knew - Johnson is a game-breaker.

    This year's crop of wide receivers doesn't include a Terrell Owens or even a Keyshawn Johnson, but there are a couple of players worth watching.

    James Hardy has the size to make a difference in Buffalo across from speedster Lee Evans, but his first-year numbers probably won't help anyone's fantasy team nor will Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly in Washington. It's possible that DeSean Jackson will beat out a largely mediocre group of receivers in Philadelphia for the spot opposite Kevin Curtis, but his more likely impact will be as a punt returner. Donnie Avery will be the third receiver in St. Louis unless he can beat out Drew Bennett and Early Doucet might get a chance in Arizona if thing can't be worked out between disgruntled wideout Anquan Boldin and the coaching staff.

    For now, unless you are in a keeper league, stick with the rookie running backs. That is the only position in 2008 where a rookie will make a significant contribution to your fantasy team.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@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

      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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