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  • Florida brings back fired Alabama coach Anthony Grant

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan has the gang back together in Gainesville.

    Donovan announced Monday that he has hired former Alabama coach Anthony Grant as an assistant. Grant replaces Matt McCall, who left to take the head coaching job at Chattanooga.

    The move reunites Donovan, Grant and John Pelphrey — the trio that helped turn fledgling Florida into a Southeastern Conference and national power beginning in the late 1990s.

  • Odorizzi leads Rays over Jays

    TORONTO — Jake Odorizzi pitched eight impressive innings and the Tampa Bay Rays scored on two bases-loaded walks by R.A. Dickey to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Monday night. 

    The Rays improved to 3-10 all-time in opponent’s home openers, sending a sellout crowd of 48,414 home unhappy. 

  • Area track and field athletes set for districts

    Larry Bugg

    Correspondent

    It is place-or-go-home time for the Citrus County high school track athletes.

    District track meets are this week, with all four county schools in action and berths in regional meets on the line.

    Panthers host 3A meet

  • In perspective

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Despite not winning a set — let alone a match — at the Class 3A State Tennis Championships on Monday at Sanlando Park, the Lecanto girls tennis team couldn’t have been happier.

    This trip wasn’t about wins and losses for the Panthers, who hadn’t been to state as a team since 2006. It was a road trip to the center of the state to enjoy playing together as a team one last time.

  • Rays total 14 hits to beat Marlins 8-5

    MIAMI — The Tampa Bay Rays’ hit parade Sunday included a backup outfielder, a reserve infielder and their previously hitless catcher.

    Add it all up, and the Rays beat the reeling Miami Marlins 8-5.

    David DeJesus, making his first start of the year in left field, led the way with a three-run homer. That was one of 14 hits for the Rays.

  • Andersons finish 1-2 at Speedway

    INVERNESS — The father-son combo of Wayne and Ricky Anderson took the top two spots in the Super Late Model points debut, and Lane Wilson captured his first-ever feature win in Pure Stocks in Saturday’s racing action at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

  • Gosse does it again

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Fast starts have paid off well for Kelly Gosse in the Presidential Invitational at the Crystal River Golf Club.

    On Saturday, the 50-year-old Ocala amateur fired a five-under-par 67, before beating out Daniel Ogen on the final hole Sunday to win the 48th edition of the annual men’s tournament.

    The win represents Gosse’s third in the event, and his second in three years. 

  • Gator signal callers shine in spring game

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Will Grier delivered the first and last big plays of the team’s spring game Saturday.

    Fellow quarterback Treon Harris had a couple in between.

    Together, they gave the Gators some hope that coach Jim McElwain’s first season in Gainesville could be better than initially expected.

  • Archer pitches Tampa Bay past Marlins 2-0

    MIAMI — Chris Archer committed a throwing error that allowed his first batter to reach on opening day. In his second outing, he delivered mostly strikes.

    Archer needed just 84 pitches to complete seven sparkling innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Saturday.

  • Now the points matter

    Super Late Models, Sportsmen and Modified Mini Stocks make their points season debuts at the Citrus County Speedway, joining Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and Hornets on today’s racing card at the Inverness track.