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  • Meaningful matchups

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Just two weeks remain in the regular season, and some teams are preparing for postseason play while others are just trying to build something positive heading into the offseason.

    There remains a couple of meaningful games, however, and another with local bragging rights on the line. Here’s a look ahead to this week’s matchups:

    Citrus (2-5) at Lecanto (2-5), 7:30 p.m.

  • Russell, ’Canes eager to take on rivals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    With playoff positioning already decided in Class 5A, District 7, this final week of district play is meaningless in the standings. 

  • Panthers determined to learn from last year

    Colleen Bennett


    The Lecanto High School’s girls cross country team knows all too well about redemption.

    Last season, the girls team missed the state meet by only five points. Plagued by injuries, the team — once believed to be a shoe-in for state — left the regional competition heartbroken and determined to never again take anything for granted.

  • Florida, White welcome road challenges

    GAINESVILLE — A good chunk of Florida coach Mike White’s second season will be spent on the road.

    Airports, busses, hotels, room service, fast food, makeshift meeting rooms, White is ready for the worst. He’s embracing it, though, as a way for the Gators to forge bonds off the court that could pay dividends on it.

  • Jaguars, Titans looking for AFC South win in lone prime-time game

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans have been so bad in recent years that each sees the other as an opportunity for a rare win.

    In the woeful AFC South, tonight not only offers the lone prime-time opportunity this season for both teams, but the chance for a huge step up in the division.

  • AP Was There: Indians win 1948 World Series

    The Cleveland Indians had won their only World Series appearance in 1920 when they returned in 1948.

    The Indians made it 2 for 2 when the defeated the Boston Braves to win the 1948 championship in six games. The Indians defeated the Braves 4-3 in Game 6 on Oct. 11, 1948. The Indians would go on to win three more American League pennants but not another World Series championship.

    Here’s the report from The Associated Press on the day the Indians won their last title.

  • Cubs strike back

    CLEVELAND — Jake Arrieta made a teasing run at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

  • Fivay knocks out Crystal River in four sets

    C.J. Risak


    HUDSON — In the first set of Crystal River’s 6A regional quarterfinal at Fivay (Hudson), the Pirates should have won. The second set they did.

    The third set...

    The first 10 points of the third set decided the match. The Falcons jumped out to a 9-1 lead and, although Crystal River battled back to within a point on a couple of occasions, it never caught up.

  • Stamkos' 4 points lead Lightning over Maple Leafs

    TORONTO — Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points — two goals and two assists — and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

    Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

  • Pirates, Warriors carry volleyball banner for county

    C.J. Risak


    For Crystal River, one goal has slipped away. But redemption beckons; it’s within reach if the Pirates can refocus the drive needed to attain it.

    Seven Rivers Christian is in a similar position, but advancing past that ultimate challenge — the one that always seems to block their path — will require a convergence of different effects.