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Stamkos gets 1st goal, Lightning beat winless Red Wings 3-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the season, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos ended a 16-game regular-season goal drought dating to last season from the slot with 4:41 left in the second. The goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

Vasilevskiy, 7-0-0 against Detroit, stopped Christoffer Ehn's shot during a 2-on-none short-handed break in the first and made a post-to-post glove save on Frans Nielsen during a second period 2-on-1.

Brayden Point and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who went 4-1-0 on a season-opening homestand. Tampa Bay has won 12 in a row against the Red Wings.

Detroit, winless at 0-5-2, got a goal from Luke Glendening, and Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots. It's the Red Wings' worst season-opening stretch since opening the 1985-86 season with eight losses and a tie.

Howard made a strong save on Stamkos during a 3-on-1 in the third.

Killorn made it 3-1 on a late empty-netter.

Point opened the scoring 7:33 into the game when Yanni Gourde's pass went off his skate and pass Howard. Glendening tied it on a rebound at 6:30 of the second.

Tampa Bay remains the lone NHL team not allowing a power-play goal, running its season-opening streak to 23 after Detroit went 0 for 5.

Tampa Bay right wing Ryan Callahan played for the first time since offseason right shoulder surgery.

The Red Wings injury-depleted defensive corps got the return of Trevor Daley, who had an assist after missing four games with a neck injury. Mike Green (virus) and Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) both practiced with the team. Danny DeKeyser (hand) is also out.

NOTES: Stamkos has an eight-game point streak against Detroit (six goals, 11 points). ... Tampa Bay acquired F Mitch Hults from Anaheim in return for future considerations and assigned him to Syracuse of the AHL. C Cory Conacher was reassigned and F Danick Martel sent for a conditional stint to Syracuse.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Play Saturday at Florida.

Lightning: Start a four-game road trip Saturday at Minnesota.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Evening" game were:

0-9-2-3-7

(zero, nine, two, three, seven)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Evening" game were:

1-0

(one, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

0-0-1-6

(zero, zero, one, six)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

3-0-6

(three, zero, six)

Red Wings-Lightning Sums

First Period_1, Tampa Bay, Point 4 (Palat, Gourde), 7:33. Penalties_Kronwall, DET, (interference), 5:19; Glendening, DET, (hooking), 9:36; Miller, TB, (hooking), 18:50.

Second Period_2, Detroit, Glendening 1 (Abdelkader, Daley), 6:20. 3, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 1 (Sergachev, Kucherov), 15:19. Penalties_Miller, TB, (tripping), 3:56; Paquette, TB, (roughing), 12:08; Bertuzzi, DET, (roughing), 12:08; Paquette, TB, served by Palat, (roughing), 12:08; Palat, TB, (interference), 15:33.

Third Period_4, Tampa Bay, Killorn 2 (McDonagh), 18:53. Penalties_Ehn, DET, (holding), 4:13; Kronwall, DET, (holding), 7:40; Coburn, TB, (slashing), 19:21.

Shots on Goal_Detroit 8-16-6_30. Tampa Bay 13-6-12_31.

Power-play opportunities_Detroit 0 of 5; Tampa Bay 0 of 4.

Goalies_Detroit, Howard 0-3-2 (30 shots-28 saves). Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy 3-1-0 (30-29).

A_19,092 (19,092). T_2:42.

Referees_Francis Charron, Chris Schlenker. Linesmen_Matt MacPherson, Kory Nagy.

Thursday's Scores

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Astronaut 28, Fort Pierce Westwood 12

Boca Raton Community 41, John I. Leonard 0

Braddock 21, Miami Ferguson 16

Chaminade-Madonna College Prep 47, Doral Academy Charter 17

Choctawhatchee 28, Leon 20

Christopher Columbus Catholic 48, Miami Coral Park 0

Ed White 47, Englewood 6

Gainesville 70, Leesburg 6

McArthur 61, Cooper City 15

Miami Carol City 39, Miami Washington 17

Miami Norland 27, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6

North Miami 49, Hialeah Gardens 16

Plantation 40, Coral Glades 2

Ribault 40, Stanton College Prep 8

Sandalwood 42, Wolfson 8

Santa Fe 20, Baldwin 17, OT

Santaluces 42, Spanish River 0

South Miami 28, Reagan/Doral 21

Southwest Miami 35, Coral Reef Senior 0

Suncoast 44, Village Academy 7

Taravella 31, Douglas 20

Wellington 24, Palm Beach Gardens 13

Western 37, South Plantation 20

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South Carolina's Graham to campaign for GOP in 12 states

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Sen. Lindsey Graham is hitting the campaign trail to stump for Republicans in U.S. House and Senate races across the country as the party tries to maintain control of both chambers.

The Republican National Committee tells The Associated Press the South Carolina Republican is traveling to 12 states over 12 days to campaign for Republican candidates.

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says President Donald Trump has enlisted his ally Graham in trying to marshal the party's energy following contested hearings over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Graham gave an impassioned defense of Kavanaugh during Senate Judiciary committee hearings last month. The RNC says he will make stops in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Graham next faces voters for re-election in 2020.

The Latest: Florida's death toll from Michael rises to 24

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Authorities in Florida say Hurricane Michael has killed at least 24 people, bringing the overall death toll to 34.

Florida Emergency Management Division spokesman Alberto Moscoso says the state toll stood at 24 on Thursday evening. A news release added three more deaths to Bay County, bringing the county's total to 15. It also reported one death each in Gulf and Calhoun counties, and two deaths in Jackson County.

Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10, retained hurricane-force winds as far inland as southern Georgia, and also affected the Carolinas and Virginia. Six deaths were reported in Virginia, mostly from flash flooding. North Carolina had three deaths, and Georgia had one.

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6:20 p.m.

The aftermath of Hurricane Michael is keeping courthouses closed in six Florida counties.

Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit announced Thursday that most of its courts will remain closed through at least part of next week. Re-opening will happen as each county is able.

Courts in Bay, Holmes and Jackson counties will be closed through next Friday.

Courts in Calhoun and Washington counties will be closed through Wednesday.

Gulf County courts will be closed the rest of this week but are expected to reopen Monday.

Some of the Clerk of Courts offices will be open in a limited capacity.

Michael slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10.

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11 a.m.

Authorities in Florida say Hurricane Michael has killed at least 20 people, bringing the overall death toll to 30.

Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10, retained hurricane-force winds as far inland as southern Georgia, and also affected the Carolinas and Virginia. Six deaths were reported in Virginia, mostly from flash flooding. North Carolina had three deaths, and Georgia had one.

Florida Emergency Management Division spokesman Alberto Moscoso says the state toll stood at 17 on Thursday morning. It included an additional death confirmed in Liberty County. Those numbers come from fatalities confirmed as storm-related by district medical examiners, and include 12 deaths from the hardest-hit Bay County.

Additionally, three more deaths have been confirmed as storm-related to bring Bay County's total to 15 deaths, according to Whit Majors, chief investigator for the district medical examiner's office.

Majors says those deaths were reported to state emergency management officials. It wasn't immediately clear why they were not yet added to the statewide tally.

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12:20 a.m.

Residents of Mexico Beach, Florida, have returned for the first time since Hurricane Michael tore apart their lives, but some found there is no home to come home to.

The powerful storm raked away many houses in this Florida Panhandle community of about 1,200 people that was near ground-zero of the powerful hurricane.

Residents, some in tears, returned home for the first time Wednesday, about a week after the major hurricane slammed ashore not far from their coastal community.

The storm killed at least 16 people in Florida and at least 10 others elsewhere in the South. And many homes in Mexico Beach were reduced to concrete slabs in the sand.

Struggling Buccaneers D braces for Mayfield-led Browns

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - There was a time when teams with defensive woes similar to those of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could count on the Cleveland Browns for relief.

Not anymore.

A little over a month into the NFL season, the Browns (2-3-1) have already surpassed their win total for the past two years combined, heightening expectations for what they might be capable of accomplishing with Baker Mayfield at quarterback.

The reeling Bucs (2-3), who've lost three straight and are allowing a league-high 34.6 points per game, certainly aren't in position to assume anything other than they could have their hands full when they face the No. 1 overall draft pick on Sunday.

"The work that he's put on film - you can see why he was picked where he was picked," coach Dirk Koetter said.

"This guy's going to be a really good quarterback in this league," Koetter added. "He can spin it. He can move around. He makes good decisions. He gets the ball out on time. He's tough. He makes plays outside of the pocket, both as a thrower and as a runner. He's impressive so far."

That's not encouraging news for a Tampa Bay defense that's 31st in yards allowed (439.8) and dead last in passing (355.6).

The Bucs, who fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith and replaced him with linebackers coach Mark Duffner on the heels of consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta, have allowed 30 or more points in four of five games.

Opponents have scored 40-plus twice.

Duffner isn't promising a quick fix. Improving an inconsistent pass rush will be a challenge against Cleveland if Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy and end Vinny Curry can't play because of injuries that kept them from practicing this week.

"I believe our approach has always been we play defense as aggressively as we possibly can. That doesn't mean necessarily all blitz or pressure," Duffner said, not shedding much light on his philosophy.

"That means that you play hard, that you play physical, you play smart - all those words kind of go into that word, 'aggressive,'" Duffner added. "You can play aggressive coverage and be in zone defense. You can play aggressive run defense and not be in a pressure situation."

For their part, the Browns are preparing for Tampa Bay's scheme.

While Hue Jackson suspects Duffner will make adjustments and try to "put his personality on play calls," the Cleveland coach firmly believes "the scheme, and who they are, is not going to change too much."

Mayfield is keeping an open mind.

"Teams have thrown the ball. We will see what we can do," said Mayfield, coming off a poor performance in a 24-point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

"We will need to still be able to run the ball and establish that, but it is never about what they are doing," the rookie added. "If they stick with what they have been doing or if they change it up, we just have to be able to do our job and adjust on the fly."

Some things to know about the Browns and Bucs:

BOUNCE BACK

Mayfield was hard on himself following last week's 38-14 loss, which he described as "the worst" of his career.

The top overall draft pick completed 22 of 46 passes for 238 yards in his third NFL start and was sacked five times by the Chargers, who were successful in keeping the rookie contained in the pocket. He struggled to find receivers, held onto the ball too long and didn't check down to shorter routes.

Jackson expected a roller-coaster ride with his rookie and he's getting it.

"I said this a long time ago, quarterbacks might as well start on their knees because they are going to be brought to their knees in this league," he said. "He has to bounce back and you bounce back in a good way, you lead this team to victory this week - it is what you do. Everything we are doing and everything that we are trying to accomplish is leading to that. That is the goal."

SHARING BLAME

Pressure had been mounting on Koetter to replace Smith ever since the Bucs gave up six touchdown passes to second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky in Tampa Bay's 48-10 loss at Chicago on Sept. 30.

Linebacker Lavonte David stressed, however, that the players are just as responsible for what's transpired as the coaches.

"At the end of the day, it all falls on our shoulders," David said.

"This is a team game," Koetter agreed, "so whether it's success or failure, everybody has to share in it - all the coaches, all the players."

CORNERED MARKET

The Browns are down two starting cornerbacks with E.J. Gaines out Sunday because of a concussion.

Gaines was placed in league protocol on Thursday, leaving the Browns little time to adjust as they get ready to face the pass-heavy Bucs, who have the second-most TD passes in the league with 16. Gaines had started the previous two games for starter Terrance Mitchell, who was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury.

T.J. Carrie will take over for Gaines, with rookie Denzel Ward on the other corner, and the Browns will try to slow Tampa's terrific trio of receivers: Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin.

"They're good," Jackson said. "One's averaging 23 yards a reception, another guy with 14 yards a reception and another guy with 13 or 12. They're all making plays and scoring touchdowns. They have some weapons. It's a big challenge for us."

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AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.

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