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  • Citrus’ Franklin shines at all-star contest

    Sam Franklin was prepared to make the most of a special opportunity last week. 

    As one of 73 players — and just one of four from the area’s five adjoining counties — selected to play in the 60th annual FACA North-South All-Star Classic football, the Citrus senior receiver was determined to showcase his skills for prospective college recruits, build on his education of the game, and boost the reputation of Citrus County’s football talent. 

  • Bucs can still earn No. 1 draft pick after 20-3 loss to Packers

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith understands the reality: Green Bay fans have a large presence at a Buccaneers’ home game.

    With the NFC North title still up for grabs, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers couldn’t afford a slip-up against the struggling Bucs (2-13).

    Rodgers threw for 318 yards and one touchdown and Eddie Lacy scored on a 44-yard run to pace a 20-3 victory that clinched at least a wild-card playoff berth Sunday.

  • Gators come up big in win over Wake Forest

    SUNRISE — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points and had four of the Florida Gators’ season-high 17 steals to help beat sloppy Wake Forest 63-50 Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.

    Wake Forest tied a season high with 24 turnovers and shot just 37 percent. Codi Miller-McIntyre converted a four-point play to cut the Demon Deacons’ deficit to 52-49 with 5:10 left, but they were then shut out until the final seconds.

  • Pick or pride?

    TAMPA — A late-season loss already knocked Green Bay off-stride, and the hungry Packers know they can’t afford to stumble again against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • ’Canes blank Pirates

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Heading into the Christmas break, the Citrus boys soccer team wanted to get a leg up in the District 3A-7 standings.

    Against Crystal River on Friday night, the visiting Hurricanes used their heads to accomplish that goal.

    Citrus scored once around the midway point of each half to take a convincing 2-0 victory in Earl Bramlett Stadium at Crystal River High School.

  • Citrus happy to leave CR with an ugly win

    CRYSTAL RIVER — On what was a mostly woeful offensive night for both teams, the Citrus boys basketball team managed 18 points in the final 6:10 of play and saw its top shooter notch an individual milestone at the Crystal River gym on Friday. 

    Senior Desmond Franklin shot a game-high 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career as a Hurricane, aiding his team to a 48-37 district win against the Pirates in the 2014 Pink Ribbon Challenge.

  • Similar story

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    It’s been a month since Citrus and Crystal River opened up their 5A-6 girls basketball seasons with a game at Citrus, which the Hurricanes won by 12 points. On Friday the same two teams met, this time at Crystal River.

  • Lammer scores a pair in Citrus win over CR

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Jesselyn Lammer’s unassisted goal early in the second half proved to be the game winner as Citrus beat Crystal River 2-1 in girls soccer Friday night.

  • Bennis the menace

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    One of the main pillars of Crystal River’s early-season mat success rests with ongoing development of junior Edward “Eddie” James Bennis.

    To his opponents, Bennis (70-35 career won-lost record) might best be known as a mat menace.

  • Pirates, ’Canes chasing Blue Devils at Gulf Duals

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    On the first weekend of the Christmas break, both Crystal River and Citrus’ mat programs will remain active, beginning Friday in the two-day, 20-team, 13th annual Gulf Duals in New Port Richey.