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  • Pirates, ’Canes fired up

    INVERNESS — The Crystal River and Citrus boys weightlifting teams may have found themselves in a similar situation to last week — back in the Citrus High School weight room for another meet — but this time the atmosphere was quite different. Nature Coast was there to make it a tri-meet, but that wasn’t it. 

  • D’Anna looks north to Boston University

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    For Austin D’Anna, he’s reached the next step along his career path.

    On Thursday, the boys soccer standout from Lecanto committed to play for NCAA Division I power Boston University.

  • Legend Cars Winter Nationals still going strong

    Kimberly Common: For the Chronicle

    The second-half of Tuesday’s Legend Cars Winter Nationals double-header saw much of the same high intensity door-to-door and three-wide racing as had been the case in the prior two events at Citrus County Speedway. The four of the five-day event continues today.

    For drivers Cory Hall, Tim Brockhouse and Jordan Black, finding victory lane has been their reward. Each has swept their respective divisions in three events.

  • No. 13 Florida tops South Carolina 81-66

    GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen scored 26 points, a considerably better performance than his last game against South Carolina, and No. 13 Florida beat the Gamecocks 81-66 on Tuesday night.

    Devin Robinson added 14 points for Florida, which won its ninth consecutive game and locked up one of the top four seeds in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament. Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

  • Palat, Kucherov shine in Lightning's 4-1 win over Oilers

    TAMPA — Ondrej Palat scored twice and Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

    Ben Bishop stopped 20 shots to win his fifth consecutive start to help the Lightning extending a season-best point streak to seven games (5-0-2), the team's longest since winning nine straight from Feb. 18 to March 5 last season.

  • Tigers take advantage of Citrus miscues

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — An opponent outhits you and outplays you, that’s a win they deserve.

  • Higgins among winners on busy second day of Winter Nationals

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

  • Season winding down for lifters

    As quickly as the season started, it’s practically almost over. With three weightlifting meets in the books for the boys of Lecanto, Citrus and Crystal River, area teams have but one more meet to go on the schedule before the county championship March 1.

  • A new look

    PORT CHARLOTTE  - - Evan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win.

    The 31-year-old third baseman still isn’t a fan of last month’s trade that sent second baseman and close friend Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pitching prospect; however, the three-time All-Star isn’t letting his personal displeasure cloud his overall view of efforts to improve the Rays’ roster.

  • Winter Nationals underway at speedway

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    INVERNESS — Competitors from across the United States and Canada converged on Citrus County Speedway for the 2017 Legend Cars Winter Nationals. In all, 120 competitors throughout seven divisions competed Monday.