Local Sports

  • King speaking up

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    The truth is, Kayla King doesn’t talk like one of the county’s best volleyball players. Which may be her biggest fault.

    Citrus’ premiere senior outside hitter, King is in her fourth year on the Hurricanes’ varsity team. And even though she only stands about 5-foot-6, she ranks second in the county in kills, averaging 8.5 per match.

  • History doesn’t repeat

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    Just two weeks earlier, Lecanto visited Seven Rivers Christian, won the initial set, then lost three in a row as the Warriors got a surprising volleyball victory.

    This time, history would not repeat itself.

  • ’Phins fire Philbin in 4th season

    MIAMI — New Miami Dolphins coach Dan Campbell believes his underachieving team needs to show more aggressiveness that stops just short of dirty play, and he looks forward to breaking up a few fights in practice.

    Joe Philbin he’s not — which was the motive for the Dolphins’ coaching change Monday.

  • A storm brewing?

    TAMPA — Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman offers some simple words of advice for the Tampa Bay Lghtning, who have a goal of getting back to the Stanley Cup final this season.

    The architect of the young team that came within two victories of winning the NHL title last spring says the best way to pursue unfinished business of hoisting the Cup is to not spend a lot of time talking about what they want to accomplish.

  • Gators up to No. 11

    Ohio State remained No. 1 in The Associated Press college football Top 25 and tied a poll record on Sunday, despite lagging support from the voters.

    Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward, No. 4 Michigan State slipped and No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Clemson took big jumps.

  • Home (dis)advantage

    TAMPA — Cam Newton had a lot to smile about.

    Carolina remained unbeaten, the Panthers star threw for two touchdowns with no interceptions in sometimes sloppy conditions, and it sure was fun watching 255-pound reserve tight end Ed Dickson lumber down the field 57 yards to score after recovering a fumble.

  • Rays end season on winning note

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mark Buehrle missed making history and found out he will be left off the Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff roster.

    Buehrle failed to become the fifth major leaguer to pitch 200 innings or more in 15 consecutive seasons, and the AL East champion Blue Jays missed out on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 12-3 Sunday in their regular-season finale.

  • District success

    Crystal River and Lecanto each picked up their second district win, while Dunnellon and Seven Rivers Christian stayed perfect on the season in blowout league wins in local football action on Friday. 

  • Swamped

    GAINESVILLE — Will Grier was sick all right.

    He was downright nasty.

    Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers — all in the first half — and No. 25 Florida upset third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night to give coach Jim McElwain a signature win in his first season in Gainesville.

  • Winston faces QB with similar story

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston reached out to a number of people for advice in the months before he was selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft, including Carolina’s Cam Newton.