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Small-school stars: Bucs sign two tryout players to rookie contracts

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  • The Bucs’ penchant for finding gems at small schools in college football continued Sunday, as Tampa Bay signed two tryout players from lower-level programs to rookie contracts after they impressed at rookie minicamp.
  • Both came to minicamp on tryout contracts, and now have a chance to continue the Bucs’ success under general manager Jason Licht in finding talent in undrafted rookies.
  • The Bucs also are sticking with Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen as their fourth QB moving forward, and not signing tryout QB Riley Ferguson of Memphis.
  • The team has 14 undrafted rookies on its 91-man roster those hope to follow the footsteps of current Bucs like TEs Cameron Brate, Alan Cross and Anthony Auclair, WR Adam Humphries, RB Peyton Barber, OLs Demar Dotson and Leonard Wester, DLs DaVonte Lambert and Channing Ward and CB Javien Elliott….
  • All made the team initially as undrafted rookies.

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Troubling link found between pollution exposure in pregnancy, high blood pressure in children

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  • In a paper published Monday in the American Heart Associations journal Hypertension, researchers reported that children of mothers who were exposed in their third trimester to higher levels of fine particulate pollution – the tiny airborne matter that causes haze in many cities around the world were at a 61…
  • While high blood pressure in children does not usually produce any symptoms, it can lead to early heart attack, stroke or other serious health issues.
  • The families involved are part of the long-term Boston Birth Cohort study, which is partially funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, so researchers hope to continue tracking them and publish follow-up reports.
  • A previous study from California found a similar relationship between maternal exposure to a different pollutant nitrogen dioxide, which comes from cigarette smoke or the burning of fossil fuels and high blood pressure in children.
  • In an opinion piece published with the study, Diane Gold and Antonella Zanobetti of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health noted that the research did not look at the season of a childs birth, which might affect pollution levels in a temperate zone such as Bostons.

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Noisy Hawaiian volcano lava fissure prompts more evacuations

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  • PAHOA, Hawaii A new fissure in Hawaiis Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcanos summit.
  • Lava spread across hundreds of yards of private land and loud explosions rocked the neighborhood not far from Leilani Estates subdivision, where more than a dozen other active vents have opened in the past week.
  • The U.S. Geological Surveys Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said new fissures, ground deformation and abundant volcanic gases indicate eruptions on the eastern flank of Kilauea are likely to continue.
  • Most of the lava outbreaks have occurred in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood, where molten rock has burst through the ground, destroying more than two dozen homes and resulting in evacuation orders for nearly 2,000 people.
  • The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported the fissures opened just east of the Puna Geothermal Venture energy conversion plant, where steam and hot liquid are brought up through underground wells and the steam feeds a turbine generator to produce electricity.

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What’s next for sports gambling after the Supreme Court ruling Monday

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  • The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a 25-year-old federal law that effectively prohibited sports betting outside Nevada, clearing the way to legalize gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports.
  • Here’s the Timessports staff members’ takes on how the ruling could change the sports they cover: Betting windows at Raymond James?Rick Stroud, Times Bucs writer:The NFL, as much as any professional league, would see a potential windfall of new revenue if even one percent of legal wagering is owed to…
  • Sports betting possible in Florida after SCOTUS ruling Amy Hollyfield (@amy_hollyfield) May 14, 2018College football coaches may have to disclose injuriesMatt Baker, Times college sports writer:College football doesn’t have a uniform policy on reporting injuries.
  • Marc Topkin, Times Rays writer:There already is legal gambling on baseball and other sports in Vegas, and not-so-legal elsewhere, so the potential change is just the expansion.
  • Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 14, 2018Increased interest in how Jameis practicesThomas Bassinger, Times sports analytics reporter:There will be a surge in interest in developments out of midweek football practices.

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Potential tropical system brings soaking rain, possible heavy storms to Tampa Bay

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  • A low-pressure system churning its way up the Gulf of Mexico has a 30 to 40 percent chance of developing tropical characteristics over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  • Even if the system doesnt develop, the National Weather Service predicts the storms will pour a lot of rain onto Tampa Bay.
  • We could see 3 to 4 inches of rain throughout the week, but it wont all be in one day, said Stephen Shiveley, a meterologist for the weather service.
  • Shiveley said the Tampa Bay region has had about 10 inches of rain this year, about 2 less than the average annual total.
  • EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area The system will need to develop a few characteristics in order to be classified as tropical, Shiveley said.

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