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  • Rays rally past Brewers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays’ 11th win in 12 games.

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit

    CHICAGO — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

  • Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.

  • Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz.

    A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi’s style.

    “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said Monday. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished.

  • Bucs look to DE Johnson to bolster pass rush

    TAMPA — One of Tampa Bay’s top priorities this offseason is improving one of the NFL’s weakest pass rushes, an effort the Buccaneers launched with the signing of Michael Johnson in free agency.

    The Bucs signed the former Cincinnati defensive end to a five-year deal worth nearly $44 million and are banking on him helping coach Lovie Smith transform the Bucs from a struggling franchise that’s missed the playoffs six consecutive seasons into a division title contender.

  • Odorizzi goes 7 strong, Rays beat Brewers 2-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jake Odorizzi helped the Tampa Bay Rays get a bounceback win.

    Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night.

    Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft.

  • Still solid

    C.J. Risak

    Solid. It’s a description that has followed Matt Mullarkey around since the beginning of his golfing days at Crystal River High School — or at least that long. In simple terms, that’s just the way he plays.

    After he was selected to the all-Chronicle team his senior year at Crystal River, here’s what was written about him: “Mullarkey was the most consistently high-performing golfer in the county this season as he led his team to its second state playoffs in three years.”

  • Swimming in success

    Vincent Brown


    After winning the prestigious Elite 89 Award at this spring’s national championship meet, the sky is the limit for former Lecanto High School and current Williams College swimmer Jake Tamposi.

    “The Elite 89 Award is given to the swimmer at the meet with the highest GPA,” Tamposi said. “Ultimately, I am a student first and an athlete second.”

    Tamposi said he is seeking a double major in mathematics and economics.

  • Kempgens lives up to nickname at speedway

    INVERNESS — He’s known as “The Smooth Operator” in Sprint Car racing, and for the fifth leg of the Safety-Kleen TBARA Winged Sprint Series, Mickey Kempgens showed why. The Tampa driver made it look easy as he dispatched the field in both his heat and the
    30-lap event to notch his second feature win this month at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

  • Richardson wins pair of triathlons in one day

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Jeremy Richardson is in a class by himself.

    The 25-year-old Palm Harbor resident won the Top Gun Triathlon Saturday morning in St. Petersburg Beach and later that day won the Twilight Triathlon at Fort Island Gulf Beach.

    He took the Citrus County event with a time of 47:28. He said he felt the strain on the first mile of the run.