Local Sports

  • Rays top Dodgers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night.

    Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays, who went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand.

    Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2. Pearce has all three over a 17 at-bat span.

  • Taking it back in OT

    NEW YORK — Brian Boyle scored at 2:48 of overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series.

    Nikita Kucherov tied it in the final minute of regulation, and Ryan Callahan, Victor Hedman and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop stopped 35 shots.

  • Thompson leads Dodgers over Rays 10-5

    ST. PETERSBURG — Trayce Thompson, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out of an offensive funk with a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

    Howie Kendrick had four hits, including a two-run double that broke a fifth-inning tie, to help left-hander Scott Kazmir (2-2) get his 100th win. The RBIs were the first of the season for Kendrick, coming in his 59th at-bat.

  • Spring is in the air

    High school spring football practices officially began this past week around the state, with yesterday marking the first day of pads. 

    That means local teams are beginning the process of replacing key losses, while building off recent successes and seeking to set a foundation for the summer and fall.

    Spring football consists of three to four weeks of practice, culminating in an exhibition game around mid-May. All four county teams are slated to play at home.

  • Blue Jays top Rays behind big ninth inning

    ST. PETERSBURG — Marcus Stroman gave himself and the Toronto Blue Jays a birthday gift.

    Stroman allowed one run in eight innings on his 25th birthday, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer during a four-run ninth and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday.

    “It was awesome,” Stroman said. “More importantly just to get the win.”

  • Nightmarish seventh ends Warriors’ season

    LECANTO — Seven Rivers Christian’s postseason came to a heartbreaking conclusion on Thursday, as it surrendered five runs with two outs in the final inning to relinquish a late one-run lead in the opening round of the state baseball playoffs.

    Naples Seacrest Country Day took advantage of a couple of costly Warrior miscues, while stringing together three straight walks and then four straight hits to prevail 7-3 at Warrior Park in the Class 2A, Region 3 semifinals.

  • Tampa Bay selects Florida’s Hargreaves III

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Vernon Hargreaves III to be part of the solution for a porous secondary.

    The Florida cornerback and hometown favorite who played in high school at Tampa Wharton was the 11th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. He was an All-American last season and a three-time All-SEC selection with the Gators.

  • Citrus County gets several representatives at state meet

    Several members of the Citrus and Crystal River track teams will be competing in the FHSAA State Championships next week after some outstanding performances at the Class 2A-Region II Meet held Tuesday at Lake Minneola High School in Clermont.

    The top four place finishers in each event move on to the state meet May 6 and 7 at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

    A pair of girls made it out of the regional.

  • Regional glory once again?

    After claiming its fourth consecutive district title last Thursday, the Seven Rivers Christian baseball team today begins its quest to capture its second straight regional championship.

    The young club opens the state playoff tournament at home against Naples Seacrest Country Day at 4 p.m. in the regional semifinals (round of 16). It will be the first-ever state playoff game at Warrior Park in Lecanto.

  • Florida, Miami agree to renew football rivalry in 2019

    GAINESVILLE — Florida and Miami will renew their rivalry in Orlando.

    The Gators and Hurricanes have agreed to open the 2019 season at Camping World Stadium, the new name of the Citrus Bowl. It will be their first meeting since 2013.

    The in-state rivals have a storied history, with the teams first playing in 1938 in Gainesville. Miami leads the series 29-26, including wins in seven of the last eight games.