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  • Resurgence continues as Rays blank Cards

    ST. LOUIS — Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Rays’ seventh straight win.

    Cobb (6-6) blanked the Cardinals on five hits over seven innings. It was the fourth time he has thrown at least seven innings without an earned run this season. Cobb missed 50 games last season with a concussion after he was hit near the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer.

  • Smith confident Bucs can make quick turnaround

    TAMPA - Lovie Smith talks about making the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relevant again.

    And the third coach the struggling franchise has hired to try to end a playoff drought that’s grown to six seasons doesn’t think it will take nearly as long as last year’s 4-12 finish might suggest.

    Smith not only has a proven track record as an NFL head coach, but inherited a talented nucleus the club began accumulating under Raheem Morris and later Greg Schiano, who was fired after going 11-21 during a tumultuous two-year stint.

  • Inverness Seniors finish 0-2 at state softball

    The Inverness All-Stars Senior softball team went 0-2 on Saturday at the State Tournament in Plant City to wrap up a successful season.

    Inverness opened pool play with a 13-6 loss to South Putnam and then fell 11-0 to eventual state champion DeFuniak Springs.

    DeFuniak Springs hammered East Orange 9-2 Sunday in the state title game.

  • Inverness, Dunnellon fall in Section 7 title games

    It was a rough day for area Little League baseball teams Sunday at Clearwater, as the Inverness Junior squad and Dunnellon 11-12 Major team both lost out on chances to advance to their respective state tournaments.

    In Junior baseball action, Inverness lost 8-6 to Citrus Park.

  • Third time a charm for Neumann

    INVERNESS — The third time proved a charm for Herb Neumann Jr. The veteran Late Model champion from Inverness, who’s splitting his time with sprint cars this year, found the right formula for his No. 98 to notch his first Super Late Model win of the season in Saturday’s 50-lap headline feature at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

  • Tampa Bay finishes off road sweep of Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS — James Loney had two hits and two RBIs and Chris Archer won consecutive decisions for the first time this season as the Tampa Bay Rays won their fifth straight with a 5-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

    Archer (6-5) pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits while walking two and striking out four. Rookie Kirby Yates got two outs in the ninth for his first career save.

  • Majka wins 14th stage on Tour

    RISOUL, France — Rafal Majka of Poland won the 14th stage of the Tour de France — a second day of punishing Alpine climbs and over the highest point on the race — as Vincenzo Nibali again extended his overall lead by finishing second on Saturday.

    Majka led a breakaway on the final climb in the 177-kilometer (110-mile) roller-coaster course over two infamous climbs, including the 2,360-meter (7,742-foot) Izoard pass, and a finish up to Risoul ski station.

  • McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open

    HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looks as if he has just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

    When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist.

    He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.

  • Price throws 8 shutout innings; Rays top Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS — Pushing the Tampa Bay Rays back toward .500 might be David Price’s way of dampening trade rumors.

    The All-Star left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

  • Super Late Models make return to CCS

    Super Late Models make a return to the Citrus County Speedway today for a 50-lap event, sharing a racing card with Legends and Bandoleros, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Streets Stocks, Hornets and Fan Participation Racing.

    Wayne Anderson added to his extensive career win total at Citrus — and overall — with a victory in the 100-lap feature on June 14.