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  • Pirates prevail

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — For two sets, Citrus battled Crystal River for every point in this volleyball rematch between 5A-6 rivals, losing both by 25-20 margins. In the third set, it looked like the Hurricanes left early though, trailing by as many as 

    13 points before falling 25-14 as the Pirates beat Citrus in straight sets for the second-straight time.

  • Panthers finish opposite of perfect Pirates

    HERNANDO — A little change of scenery certainly worked for Crystal River High School girl golfers Haylee Snodgrass and Brooke Discher.

    Snodgrass shot her best score yet, carding 50 while Discher finished with a 59 Tuesday at the Citrus Hills golf course.

    The Pirates boosted their record to 6-0, beating Lecanto 223-237. And though Crystal River may be accustomed to playing home matches at Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club, many of them felt very much at home in Citrus Hills.

  • Phins use bye to fix roller coaster offense

    DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins have totaled 71 points in their two victories while scoring one touchdown in each of their two defeats, a roller-coaster pattern that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor finds easy to assess.

    “We have a better chance if we score a lot,” Lazor said Monday.

    So that’s what the Dolphins (2-2) will try to do in the final 12 games. A bye this week means extra time to figure out how to get more from a maddeningly unpredictable offense.

  • FCC calls out NFL on ‘unsportsmanlike’ conduct

    WASHINGTON — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market.

    Well, you can’t blame the government anymore.

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman.

  • Pirates swept by Wolves

    The Crystal River volleyball team stepped out of district play Monday night in Gainesville and was handed a 25-14, 25-13, 25-9 loss by St. Francis Catholic.

    Cassidy Wardlow had eight digs and five kills for the Pirates. Allie Whited added five digs and three kills, Mercedes Scott had a team-high 12 digs, Olivia Townsend added eight digs and Abby Epstein had four kills and four digs.

  • Bucs’ Glennon makes his case

    TAMPA — Lovie Smith wasn’t ready Monday to deal with the inevitable questions about his starting quarterback.

    On the day after his first victory as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he certainly said nothing to rule out Mike Glennon. He who threw for 302 yards Sunday, 46 of them in the final 40 seconds of a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh.

    “You do judge quarterbacks on what they do late,” Smith said, “and he was at his best at the end, right up until the last throw.”

  • Disappointing season will gnaw at Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays are no longer accustomed to playing meaningless games, so the past week or so has been especially tough on a team that began the season with expectations of contending for a World Series berth.

  • VB notebook: District races taking shape

    C.J. Risak


    Time for some midseason analysis — or what each county volleyball team must do to make a run to the next level of the state tournament.

    Let’s start with the three 5A-6 teams. Two of the three will make a trip to the regionals, that much seems assured, since Dunnellon has yet to win a set in four district matches.

    The question is: Which two?

  • Work in progress

    C.J. Risak


    It hasn’t been easy.

    That’s one way to summarize the way the season has gone for Jordan Josey and her Citrus volleyball teammates. One season after the school claimed its first district title in the sport in 19 years, it’s been a struggle.

    Lots of players graduated from that squad. One who didn’t is Josey, who led the Hurricanes in kills as a junior.

  • Rays end rough year with a loss

    CLEVELAND — A year ago around this time, the Tampa Bay Rays stopped at Progressive Field, won a wild-card game and kept on the road in the 

    AL playoffs.

    On Sunday, they packed up and went home.

    Considered a World Series favorite when training camp opened, Tampa Bay ended its first losing season since 2007 as Alex Cobb gave up two home runs in the second inning and the Rays dropped their finale 7-2 to the Indians.