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  • Setting the Pace

    Dakota Pace and the Seven Rivers Christian football program were looking for a new beginning. Both got their wish when Pace, a sophomore running back and safety, transferred from Crystal River to the Lecanto private school this year.

  • Citrus standout suspended

    Desmond Franklin, a multi-talented defensive back, receiver, quarterback and kick returner for Citrus, was issued a six-week suspension by FHSAA for throwing a punch on the final play of the first half in his team’s 30-13 victory at Hernando last Friday. Hurricanes head coach Justin Taylor says his team is appealing the suspension.

  • Dunnellon opens up District play

    While Crystal River takes a bye to lick its wounds after last week’s stumble against Lecanto, Dunnellon, on the eve of next week’s rivalry game with the Pirates, kicks off its District 5A-5 football schedule against Alachua Santa Fe. Elsewhere, the Panthers 

    return home to see if they can sustain their momentum by avenging last year’s loss to Hudson Fivay, while Seven Rivers Christian returns to divisional play against Jacksonville Temple Christian at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville. 

  • Florida’s Driskel better prepared for No. 3 ’Bama

    GAINESVILLE — Jeff Driskel’s first game against Alabama was a blur.

    The Florida quarterback was thrust onto the field as a freshman in 2011 because of an injury to starter John Brantley, played the entire second half and failed to get the Gators past their 45-yard line. He completed two passes for 14 yards, fumbled a snap that led to a turnover, was sacked twice and also sprained an ankle in the 38-10 home loss to the eventual national champions.

  • Jeter ends long skid, Rays lose

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derek Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.

    The retiring Yankees captain lined a single off Alex Cobb leading off the sixth inning. Jeter had a 0-for-32 stretch in April 2004.

  • Falcons, Bucs eager to get back on field

    ATLANTA — The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.

    Ditto for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Both teams are eager to get back on the field Thursday night after the way they played the last time out.

    The Falcons (1-1) were mauled at Cincinnati, losing 24-10 in a game that really wasn’t that close. The Bucs (0-2) lost at home to St. Louis, failing to take advantage of an opponent down to its third-string quarterback because of injuries.

  • Kidd verbals to USF

    One of the top area golfers has already picked out a school.

    Crystal River High senior Kyle Kidd made a verbal commitment earlier this month to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    “He will sign sometime in November,” golf coach Jere DeFoor said. 

  • ’Canes set to open district play

    For the second year in a row, the Citrus football team opens its 6A-5 district schedule against Ocala Forest.

    Last season, the Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats, dating back to the 1980s, and set the tone for a playoff-bound run by tallying over 500 yards while holding the Wildcats to just 91 yards and three first downs in a 63-7 blowout at the Citrus Bowl in Inverness.

  • Leader of the pack

    CRYSTAL RIVER — One day, Katelin Clardy may have the perfect remedy for the golfer who can’t find the hole with a compass.

    The 16-year-old sophomore may end up becoming an anesthesiologist. That means she could take the frustrated duffer and knock him or her out with a local shot.

    For now, Clardy is just trying to play good golf for the Crystal River girls golf team.

  • FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

    TALLAHASSEE — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline.