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  • A Giant dynasty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

  • Kersh rides hot start to place 55th at state

    HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS — Some days the ball just doesn’t want to go in the hole.

    On Tuesday at the Class 2A Girls State Golf Finals, Citrus junior Camrin Kersh saved several strokes with her putter for an 87. On Wednesday, however, she saw several par- and bogey-saving putts rim out or burn right past the hole on her way to a 96.

  • Panthers prevail

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — Gainesville Eastside really never had much of a chance. Lecanto made certain of that.

    In a truly dominating performance, the now 17-6 Panthers thumped Eastside in straight sets, 25-10, 25-16, 25-15 Wednesday in a 5A state regional volleyball quarterfinal to earn a berth in the regional semifinals opposite Belleview, winners over Crystal River in straight sets.

  • Pirates fall hard in three

    David Pieklik: Correspondent 

    BELLEVIEW – Crystal River’s volleyball season and playoff push came to a disappointing end Wednesday with a three-set loss to Belleview in the Class 5A Regional Quarterfinals.

  • No Gurley, no problem?

    ATHENS, Ga. — Without Todd Gurley, the Georgia Bulldogs are still big favorites to hand Florida another defeat.

    The tide has definitely turned in this heated rivalry.

  • ’Noles look to avoid upset

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has been looking forward to tonight’s game against Florida State since it joined the ACC.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference newcomers are looking forward to proving they can play with the best in the league. But to pull off the upset will be challenge for the Cardinals.

  • Miss. St., Florida St. top playoff list

    GRAPEVINE, Texas — The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken — and it likes the SEC.

    At least for now.

    Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

  • Barron, Casillas get shipped out in trades

    TAMPA — Mark Barron will get an opportunity to shed a label as an underachiever with a new team.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday gave up on the plan that the third-year safety would develop into an impact player on their struggling defense, trading him to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for fourth and sixth-round picks in the 2015 draft.

  • Royals force Game 7

    Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the World Series.

    Pitching with the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, 23-year-old rookie Yordano Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings for his first Series win.

  • Panthers poised for success, Pirates in rough water

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Lecanto’s volleyball team has a strong chance to make a statement in the state tournament.

    For Crystal River, the road is far more treacherous — but it is navigable.