Local Sports

  • Rays drop third straight

    ST. PETERSBURG — Robinson Cano drove in two runs, Roenis Elias threw six solid innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Monday night. 

    Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Cano and Nelson Cruz. Cano entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats. He made it 3-1 on a run-scoring single in the eighth. 

  • All-Chronicle spring sports teams

    All-Chronicle Baseball Team

    Austin Bogart, Jr. CF/P, Citrus

  • Lightning on verge of spot in the finals

    TAMPA — Steven Stamkos knows what it’s like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup finals and wind up not playing on the NHL’s biggest stage.

    It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let another opportunity slip away.

    After a slow start to the playoffs, the high-scoring team captain helped the speedy Lightning push the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination from the Eastern Conference finals.

  • ’Noles beat NC State 6-2 in ACC title game

    DURHAM, N.C. — Florida State sure turned things around at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

    In reeling off four straight wins, the Seminoles captured their sixth league tournament title by beating North Carolina State 6-2 on Sunday.

    They arrived in Durham having lost five in a row before getting themselves right — with MVP Boomer Biegalski earning two wins.

  • 3 Rays injured in a 7-2 loss to Athletics

    ST. PETERSBURG — This was a particularly painful loss for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. and first baseman James Loney wound up with braces over their left hands and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was limping with a strained left groin after the Rays fell to the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Sunday.

  • Bolts need one more win

    NEW YORK — Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula's go-ahead goal and scored another and the Tampa Bay Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with 2-0 victory Sunday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

    Ben Bishop, who gave up 10 goals in the previous two games, had 26 saves in posting his second shutout and getting Tampa Bay within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. They won the Cup in 2004.

  • Memorial Day Triathlon hits 20-year mark

    CRYSTAL RIVER — On Saturday, the Crystal River Memorial Day Triathlon was cause for celebration.

    The triathlon has been in operation for 20 years, beginning with Bob Brockett and Danny Stephens organizing it and the Crystal River Rotary Club sponsoring it at Hunter Springs in Crystal River.

  • Slumping Oakland shuts out Tampa Bay

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kendall Graveman gave the struggling Oakland Athletics a much-needed lift.

    Graveman gave up three hits over six innings in his return from the minors, Sam Fuld drove in two runs and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday.

  • Rangers blitz Lightning; teams head back to New York tied 2-2

    TAMPA — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Brantley returns to lead Panthers

    Jared Brantley wants to restore Lecanto boys basketball to the level it reached when he was a Panther.

    The 2007 Lecanto High School graduate was recently introduced as the new head coach, returning him to a program that has struggled with instability since reeling off multiple championships and unprecedented highs under longtime head man Chris Nichols.