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  • Bolts can’t clinch

    TAMPA — The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed home for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

    Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at three games.

    Game 7 is Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year.

  • Rays hang on to beat Marlins, ending slide

    MIAMI — Jake Odorizzi was great at the start, and Alex Colome provided just as good a finish.

    Everything else for the Tampa Bay Rays was an adventure.

    Odorizzi allowed two hits in five shutout innings, Colome got a two-inning save and the Rays held on to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday, ending a three-game slide.

  • Athletic banquet Thursday

    The top high school athletes in Citrus County will be honored Thursday, May 26 at the ninth annual STARS Student Athletic Recognitions award banquet.

    Once again, the event will be held at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program to follow at 6 p.m.

  • Houpt prepared for her ‘Swab Summer’

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Lecanto’s Megan Houpt gets to keep her soccer cleats while adding to her footwear, committing to the Coast Guard Academy and starting with boot camp next month.

    Houpt announced at a Monday morning signing with her family that she’ll be attending the academy in New London, Conn. She visited the campus last year and after accepting to attend, was offered a spot on the soccer team. 

  • Miami rallies in eighth inning for 7-6 Citrus Series opening win

    MIAMI — Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a single in Miami’s two-run eighth inning, and the Marlins rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 Monday night.

    The 42-year-old Suzuki has 10 hits in the past three games to raise his average to .417 and increase his career hit total to 2,960.

    Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton showed signs of emerging from a prolonged slump. He put the ball in play in all three at-bats and reached on a single and walk.

  • Lightning one win away

    TAMPA — The bigger the playoff moment, the more Nikita Kucherov shines.

    The young Russian has a knack for scoring when Tampa Bay needs it most, which is one of the reasons the Lightning are within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year.

    Kucherov has found the back of the net a NHL-leading 11 times in 15 games this postseason, seven of them in situations in which he’s either tied the score or given his team a lead.

  • Another rough Archer outing in 9-4 loss

    DETROIT — Jordan Zimmermann and Miguel Cabrera helped Detroit to a comfortable lead — then they both had to leave with injuries.

    Zimmermann exited in the sixth a strained groin, and Cabrera was taken out the following inning with a bruised knee. The Tigers were able to hold on without them for a 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, but health concerns for two key players dominated the postgame talk. Manager Brad Ausmus said Zimmermann was having an MRI.

  • Lightning strikes

    PITTSBURGH — The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

    Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove 53 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

    Game 6 is Tuesday night in Tampa.

  • Friendship bond gets rings

    Heading into their first college season, Jordan Josey and Kayla Quesenberry didn’t have the highest expectations.

    They were at a new school in a different state and didn’t know anyone but each other. They were just getting their feet under themselves, picking majors and finding places on the softball team.

  • Souza, Pearce homer as Rays beat Tigers 7-5

    DETROIT — Steven Souza and Steve Pearce homered to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 Friday night.

    Miguel Cabrera homered twice in losing effort for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game winning streak.

    Matt Andriese (3-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Four relievers followed, with Alex Colome pitching the ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.