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  • Swamp send-off

    GAINESVILLE — After a tumultuous week that included the firing of coach Will Muschamp, this was exactly what Florida needed.

    A feel-good victory.

    Jeff Driskel threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the Gators became bowl eligible with a 52-3 win over lower-division Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Bucs bring familar faces to Soldier Field

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The previous time Lovie Smith coached in Chicago, the Bears came away with a loss.

    He won’t mind if they are defeated again.

    Smith makes his return to Soldier Field when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Bears in a matchup between struggling teams that are looking to start winning streaks today.

  • Bosh lifts Heat over Magic 99-92

    ORLANDO — Chris Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, leading the Miami Heat to a 99-92 victory over the Orlando Magic.

    Bosh’s two free throws with 6:45 left pulled the Heat out of a 77-77 tie and started a 14-4 run that put the Heat firmly in charge of their 10th straight win against their intrastate rivals.

  • Gators say goodbye to a long season at the Swamp

    GAINESVILLE — No matter what Florida does today, it won’t really change the season.

    Sure, the Gators can end a three-game losing streak at Florida Field, become bowl eligible and give 22 seniors and fired coach Will Muschamp an enjoyable home finale.

    But none of those would redefine Florida’s year, which will be remembered for continued offensive failures, late-game meltdowns and Muschamp’s dismissal.

  • Gators get it done in OT

    GAINESVILLE — Michael Frazier II scored 16 of his 21 points after halftime, and No. 8 Florida rallied to beat Louisiana-Monroe 61-56 in overtime Friday night.

    Four days after losing a school-record, 33-game winning streak at home, the short-handed Gators started a new one.

    Getting it done wasn't easy or pretty.

  • Pirates blank ’Canes

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER – With its coach wanting the team to treat the district game like a playoff match, Crystal River responded with a 2-0 win over Citrus in girls soccer Friday night.

  • The Great Escape keeps Citrus boys undefeated

    Tony Castro

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Move over Steve McQueen. The latest ‘Great Escape’ was perpetuated Friday night at the Citrus Bowl.

    In what seemed to be an eternity of extra time, an additional 3 to 5 minutes, the host Hurricanes’ 22nd and final shot of the game provided the most decisive.

  • Opening statement

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Really, there was just one thing Crystal River’s girls basketball team had to handle when it visited Citrus Friday — the Hurricane backcourt combination of Kiersten Weaver and Shally Morales.

  • Schedule is not on the side of lifters

    Girls weightlifting teams face the same scheduling problem as other winter sports in that there is this big stretch called Christmas vacation.

    There are no scheduled meets during that period, and only the most dedicated lifters will keep pumping over the holidays. Some will go away on vacation.

  • Schedule is not on the side of lifters

    Girls weightlifting teams face the same scheduling problem as other winter sports in that there is this big stretch called Christmas vacation.

    There are no scheduled meets during that period, and only the most dedicated lifters will keep pumping over the holidays. Some will go away on vacation.