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  • Pirates can’t keep pace

    C.J. Risak Correspondent

    LECANTO — Put it this way: Both Seven Rivers Christian and Crystal River won their season-opening volleyball matches. Unfortunately for Crystal River, their opener came Monday, when the Pirates edged The Villages in five sets.

    On Tuesday at Seven Rivers, Crystal River could not keep pace with the Warriors, who won in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17.

  • Orioles get 2 RBIs from Joseph to beat Rays

    BALTIMORE — Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Caleb Joseph had two RBIs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the fading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 Tuesday night.

    Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in a run for the AL East-leading Orioles, who improved to 10-4 against Tampa Bay. Baltimore relievers gave up one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings.

  • Bucs bolster offensive line

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito.

    That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have closed the door on the prospect of giving one of the players at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal a chance to resume his career.

  • CiCi Bellis, 15, youngest US Open winner since ‘96

    NEW YORK — While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.

    Like many teens, CiCi has strict rules for Dad in public — even if his 1,208th-ranked daughter is pulling out a back-and-forth 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory Tuesday over 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

  • Citrus opens season with loss

    The Citrus High School girl’s volleyball team began its regular season Tuesday night dropping three sets to St. John Lutheran 25-8, 25-15 and 25-18. 

    Morgan Cleary, a dual-athlete for Citrus also playing basketball, led the Hurricanes with 11 digs. Behind Cleary was Kayla King with 10 digs and 6 kills. 

  • Pirates edge The Villages in season opener

    The Crystal River volleyball team opened the season Monday night at home with a tense five-set victory over The Villages.

    After winning the first two sets 25-21, 26-24, the Pirates dropped the next two, 20-25, 16-25. In the fifth and deciding set, Crystal River claimed a 15-8 victory.

  • Tampa Bay bringing Incognito in for visit

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to determine if Richie Incognito is a good fit for their struggling offensive line.

    Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday he was going to meet with one of the central figures of the bullying scandal that engulfed the Miami Dolphins last season, but also cautioned the “visit” might not necessarily end with the free agent guard resuming his career with the Bucs.

  • O’s pound Rays in opener

    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have a knack for moving forward instead of looking back, a trait that just might be more important than their home-run power and solid pitching.

    “The strength of his team is the ability to forget,” center fielder Adam Jones said after Baltimore snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

  • Set to spike

    C.J. Risak
    Correspondent

    In 2013, the Citrus volleyball team did something its 19 predecessors had failed to do: Win a district title.

    So the obvious question — can the Hurricanes do it again?

    Certainly not, at least if Crystal River and Lecanto — which tied Citrus, all three at 4-2, for the regular season 5A-6 title in 2013 — have anything to say about it. And by all preseason indications, both squads will have more than a passing interest in the district outcome.

  • Rain washes away bulk of CCS races

    INVERNESS — Heavy rain and lightning cut short Saturday’s racing schedule at the Citrus County Speedway, forcing the cancellation of five feature events.

    After blowing the motor in his Street Stock two weeks prior, Tim Wilson returned with a second ride to collect his 13th feature win moments before the rainfall. The Floral City driver picked up his seventh heat win earlier in the evening. J.D. Goff finished second in the Street Stock feature to catapult himself into second place in the standings.