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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Trending: Tropical storm affects sports

By Bill Speros
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Tropical Storm Debby continues to slog its way across Northern and Central Florida. Fishing has become a bit easier in some parts:

The infamous 17th hole as TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach was a bit unplayable. The course was actually closed for irrigation this week and Mother Nature got the job done. In this case, the heavy stuff came down for quite a while after this video was shot.

Don't try this one at home. A kite surfer in St. Petersburg made this windy leap over a pier. The surfer, who has been identified as Billy Parker by YouTube users, cleared the pier at Reddington Beach on June 24.

Baseball fields across the state are in various conditions, depending on location. McKechnie Field in Bradenton, originally built in 1923, seems to be holding up pretty well. The Marauders not so much, losing at Dunedin 12-3 Tuesday night.

With Portugal and Spain preparing to face-off Wednesday in the first Euro 2012 semifinal, the members of England's team have headed off to various parts of the globe. Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole were spotted in Los Angeles in the wake of criticism following England's exit against Italy in Euro 2012 play. As far as a prediction for today goes, it's a tough call, especially when you literally know the players involved:

Can't wait for Spain vs Portugal...I have friends in both teams so I'm not taking sides!! I just want to be entertained with skills!

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 27, 2012

LeBron James brought his new best-friend Lawrence with him to "Late Night with David Letterman." Saints QB Drew Brees, who taped a segement with Letterman earlier, will appear on the show Thursday.

#FINALS MVP @KingJames of the @MiamiHEAT brings a special guest along on tonight's @Late_Show on CBS - 11:35pm/et.

— NBA (@NBA) June 27, 2012

The Big Three teamed up for an appearance with another TV icon:

Talked to the HEAT yesterday. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Wow was that interesting... #NextChapter

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) June 26, 2012

Eagles quarterback Mike Vick got this rough birthday wish from the Cowboys:

Happy Birthday Michael Vick from #CowboysNation we can't wait til November, can you?!?…

— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 26, 2012

Looking ahead, the Olympics are right around the corner:

@ One month to @london2012 giant Olympic rings are unveiled today on Tower Bridge! #olympics #:-)…

— Olympics (@Olympics) June 27, 2012


• Just about every member of the U.S. Olympic swim team bears an uncanny resemblance to a notable actor -- until their caps come off. (Entertainment Weekly)

• Beginning with this weekend's race at Kentucky, Kurt Busch's No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevy will feature images of select members of our nation's military. (Phoenix Racing via Jayski)

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