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It’s official: Louis Murphy endorses Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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Reverend Louis M. Murphy, overseeing the largest African-American congregation in Pinellas County as senior pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as St. Petersburg mayor.

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Cal Ripken Jr. comes to Tampa to unveil new youth baseball field in Sulphur Springs

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The economically challenged Sulphur Springs region of Tampa was energized on Monday with the official opening of the latest youth baseball field built by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. The facility, built next to the Springhill Park Community Center, was built for $1.025 million with the city of Tampa contributing $500,000 to it. It has an all-weather, low maintenance field with new dugouts, scoreboard, backstop and bleachers for youth baseball throughout the city, though foundation vice chairman Cal Ripken Jr. says…

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Matt Kenseth wins at Richmond; Chase field set

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Matt Kenseth won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, Virginia,  Saturday night. Teammate Kyle Busch was second and Joey Logano third. Kenseth dominated the field leading 352 of the race’s 400 laps. The victory was Kenseth’s fourth of the season tying Jimmie Johnson and Busch for the most. Kenseth took the checkered flag, but five other drivers earned their own victories. By finishing seventh, Jeff Gordon earned a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Gordon is…

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Jeff Gordon, others look for strong finish to make NASCAR Chase

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During the 36-race season, just a few on the NASCAR schedule arguably stand out as races more important than others. These are races where even the casual fan pays some attention. There is no doubt the Daytona 500 in February is the sport’s signature event. Few sports begin a season with their marquee event, but stock car racing has done that for more than half a century. Other tradition-rich races include the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, both races in Talladega,…

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Bragan family era comes to an end in pro baseball

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Labor Day marked the end of an era in professional baseball. When the Jacksonville Suns’ final game was rained out, the season and the career of Suns’ owner Peter Bragan, Jr. came to an end. Bragan is relinquishing control of the team, a Miami Marlins’ affiliate, after 31 years to Ken Babby, who purchased the Suns earlier this year. It also marks the first time since 1936 that the Bragan family is not directly involved in professional baseball. Bragan, known…

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