Local Sports

  • Memorial Day Triathlon hits 20-year mark

    CRYSTAL RIVER — On Saturday, the Crystal River Memorial Day Triathlon was cause for celebration.

    The triathlon has been in operation for 20 years, beginning with Bob Brockett and Danny Stephens organizing it and the Crystal River Rotary Club sponsoring it at Hunter Springs in Crystal River.

  • Slumping Oakland shuts out Tampa Bay

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kendall Graveman gave the struggling Oakland Athletics a much-needed lift.

    Graveman gave up three hits over six innings in his return from the minors, Sam Fuld drove in two runs and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday.

  • Rangers blitz Lightning; teams head back to New York tied 2-2

    TAMPA — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Brantley returns to lead Panthers

    Jared Brantley wants to restore Lecanto boys basketball to the level it reached when he was a Panther.

    The 2007 Lecanto High School graduate was recently introduced as the new head coach, returning him to a program that has struggled with instability since reeling off multiple championships and unprecedented highs under longtime head man Chris Nichols.

  • Longoria helps power first-place Rays past A’s

    ST. PETERSBURG — Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer off Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Rays powered past the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Friday night.

    Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham added solo home runs for the Rays, who won for the fourth time in five games and remained in first place in the AL East.

  • Braves shut down Rays

    ATLANTA — If this was an audition for a permanent spot in the Braves rotation, Williams Perez nailed it.

    Perez gave up one run over five innings and had seven strikeouts in his first major league start and fellow rookie Todd Cunningham drove in the tiebreaking run with a groundout as Atlanta beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday night.

    “He was terrific,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “You can’t ask for anything more.”

  • Bolts strike in OT

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

    Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist, and Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each had one goal and an assist for the Lightning. They took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Friday night at Amalie Arena.

  • Honoring the area’s top athletes

    The annual Chronicle Student Athletic Recognitions banquet will be held Wednesday, May 27 at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto.

    The top athletes in Citrus County will be honored at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Red Carpet Reception. The awards ceremony is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. and finish at approximately 8 p.m.

  • Ramirez, Cabrera spur Rays to 5-3 victory over Braves

    ATLANTA — Erasmo Ramirez won his second straight start, Asdrubal Cabrera homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night.

    Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe both drove in a run for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight and five of seven.

    Ramirez (2-1) gave up two hits, three runs and two walks and struck out five in five innings. The right-hander has a 2.25 ERA over his last nine appearances, including three starts.

  • Golson a ’Nole

    Everett Golson came oh-so close to beating Florida State with Notre Dame last year.

    Now, he has another chance for victory at Doak Campbell Stadium — only this time, he’ll be playing for the home team.

    Golson is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston as the Seminoles’ starting quarterback.