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  • Tampa Bay pounds out 15 hits in 10-4 win at Houston

    HOUSTON — Chris Archer struck out 10 in seven innings, Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 10-4 on Sunday.

    Matt Duffy and Nick Franklin also went deep for the last-place Rays, who have homered in 21 of their last 24 games.

    Houston, in the hunt for an AL wild card, had won three straight.

  • Wayne Anderson dominates Super Late Models

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    INVERNESS — Wayne Anderson dominated the 75-lap Super Late Model feature in front of a near-capacity crowd Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway. The event was part of the track’s Burnin’ Rubber 210 program that saw 100 drivers within six different divisions race a combined 210 laps on the 1/4-mile asphalt oval.

  • Lopsided opening night


    By Andrew Caplan
    For the Chronicle

    Teams headed into Friday night’s season-opening matchups with envisions of outscoring their opponents and winning a state title.

    Unfortunately for Crystal River and Citrus, both with first-year coaches, it wasn’t their night. For Dunnellon, Lecanto and Seven Rivers, it was.

  • Off to the races

    Danny Aiello

    For the Chronicle

    Inverness – Citrus County runners took their places Saturday at Whispering Pines to kick off the 2016 cross country campaign at the Citrus Invitational.

    Local squads dominated the action with Lecanto (45 points) taking the Boy’s title, followed by runner-up Crystal River (89 points) and host Citrus (117) finishing fourth.

  • Bucs win big over Browns

    TAMPA — Josh Gordon showed why the Cleveland Browns are so happy to have him back on the field.

    The talented receiver with a history of suspensions for drug violations caught everything thrown his way in his preseason debut Friday night, scoring on a 43-yard reception and also hauling in another pass from Robert Griffin III for a 44-yard gain that led to a first quarter field goal in a 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Untamed Tigers


    That’s how Crystal River running back Tyrek Scriven described his team’s 60-12 defeat to the Dunnellon Tigers on Friday night.

    “We got a lot of things we need to work on — and it showed tonight,” Scriven said.

    It was the season-opening game. Hopes were high and the Pirates had the home crowd behind them. But it didn’t take long before the Tigers imposed their physicality and dominance.

  • Warriors dominate from opening whistle

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Seven Rivers’ football season began with a kickoff return for a touchdown and ended with a 42-0 shutout of visiting Eagle’s View on Friday night at Warrior Park.

  • HRs by Correa, Gattis give Houston 5-4 win over Rays

    HOUSTON — Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

    Mikie Mahtook's first homer this season, a towering shot with two outs in the ninth inning, had put the Rays on top before Houston's dramatic comeback.

    Correa connected on the first pitch in the ninth inning from Alex Colome (1-4) on a home run to the seats in right field to tie it 4-4.

  • Teams hit the ground running

    Colleen Bennett


    All four county cross country teams — Citrus, Crystal River, Lecanto and Seven Rivers Christian — get the season underway Saturday at the Citrus Invitational at Whispering Pines in Inverness. Each team has its own set of goals entering the fall.

    Here is a look at each program heading into the 2016 campaign.

    Citrus Hurricanes

  • Tabor, Lewis return to Gators

    GAINESVILLE — Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor and tight end C’yontai Lewis have rejoined the team after a weeklong suspension.

    Coach Jim McElwain suspended both players for fighting in practice, saying neither will play in No. 25 Florida’s opener against UMass next week.

    McElwain said Thursday that both have resumed team activities and would return to practice later in the day.