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  • Steady Panther

    Lecanto High School girls golf coach Doug Warren said junior ace golfer Maddison Polazzo brings consistency to this challenging game.

    The 16-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, native won’t give her coach much to worry about. She averages a 42 per nine holes and shot a 40 recently at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.

  • Sugioka to next level of golf

    Micah Sugioka doesn’t spend a lot of time hanging with the other students at Lecanto High School, but the senior does enjoy his time with the other golfers on the Panther golf team.

    He is home-schooled and so he doesn’t get a lot of face time with the other students, other than when he plays golf.

    The Hawaii native was averaging a 38.8 going into the Sept. 23 match with Crystal River. He shot a 42 on a soggy, windy course.

  • Dynamic Rodgers-Nelson combo to take on Vikes

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Building a successful working relationship between a quarterback and receiver requires a lot of time and communication.

    After seven years together, there are few better combinations in the NFL than the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.

  • FCC calls out NFL on ‘unsportsmanlike’ conduct

    WASHINGTON — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market.

    Well, you can’t blame the government anymore.

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman.

  • Panthers finish opposite of perfect Pirates

    HERNANDO — A little change of scenery certainly worked for Crystal River High School girl golfers Haylee Snodgrass and Brooke Discher.

    Snodgrass shot her best score yet, carding 50 while Discher finished with a 59 Tuesday at the Citrus Hills golf course.

    The Pirates boosted their record to 6-0, beating Lecanto 223-237. And though Crystal River may be accustomed to playing home matches at Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club, many of them felt very much at home in Citrus Hills.

  • Pirates prevail

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — For two sets, Citrus battled Crystal River for every point in this volleyball rematch between 5A-6 rivals, losing both by 25-20 margins. In the third set, it looked like the Hurricanes left early though, trailing by as many as 

    13 points before falling 25-14 as the Pirates beat Citrus in straight sets for the second-straight time.

  • Phins use bye to fix roller coaster offense

    DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins have totaled 71 points in their two victories while scoring one touchdown in each of their two defeats, a roller-coaster pattern that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor finds easy to assess.

    “We have a better chance if we score a lot,” Lazor said Monday.

    So that’s what the Dolphins (2-2) will try to do in the final 12 games. A bye this week means extra time to figure out how to get more from a maddeningly unpredictable offense.

  • Pirates swept by Wolves

    The Crystal River volleyball team stepped out of district play Monday night in Gainesville and was handed a 25-14, 25-13, 25-9 loss by St. Francis Catholic.

    Cassidy Wardlow had eight digs and five kills for the Pirates. Allie Whited added five digs and three kills, Mercedes Scott had a team-high 12 digs, Olivia Townsend added eight digs and Abby Epstein had four kills and four digs.

  • Bucs’ Glennon makes his case

    TAMPA — Lovie Smith wasn’t ready Monday to deal with the inevitable questions about his starting quarterback.

    On the day after his first victory as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he certainly said nothing to rule out Mike Glennon. He who threw for 302 yards Sunday, 46 of them in the final 40 seconds of a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh.

    “You do judge quarterbacks on what they do late,” Smith said, “and he was at his best at the end, right up until the last throw.”

  • Disappointing season will gnaw at Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays are no longer accustomed to playing meaningless games, so the past week or so has been especially tough on a team that began the season with expectations of contending for a World Series berth.