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  • Mahtook single in 9th lifts Rays to 5-4 win over White Sox

    CHICAGO — Mikie Mahtook singled with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to drive in Logan Forsythe and give the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

    Forsythe, who drove in two runs, started the winning rally with a one-out walk.

    Evan Longoria had three hits and an RBI. Rays top prospect Richie Shaffer went 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and a walk in four plate appearances before leaving the game in the seventh.

  • McCoy ready to lead Bucs out of NFC South cellar

    TAMPA — Gerald McCoy is entering his sixth NFL season and has yet to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs.

    That doesn’t sit well with the three-time Pro Bowl selection, who is determined to help the team end a postseason drought and become relevant again.

  • Sparing no expense

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much.

    There are 14 new coordinators — seven on each side of the ball — in the Southeastern Conference. That includes Vanderbilt coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and the number creates extra homework for staffs around the league leading up to the season.

  • Cabrera’s double helps Rays avoid sweep

    BOSTON — James Loney knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time.

    Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and then scored on Loney’s bloop single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

  • Gordon to wave goodbye to winless races in final season

    LONG POND, Pa.  — Jeff Gordon’s request for a low-key farewell tour has mostly been respected, though the four-time NASCAR champion has been feted with a parade, bourbon, an 18-liter bottle of wine, even a track named in his honor.

    In the final season of his trailblazing career, there was another tribute this weekend for the retiring great: Pocono Raceway painted “GORDON” in white at the start/finish line in honor of the winningest driver in track history.

  • Changes coming to NFL

    NEW YORK — Bob Dylan sang about them. So did David Bowie.

    For 2015, the NFL is embracing the message from those musical giants. Yes, the most successful of American sports leagues is into changes.

    Extra-point attempts have been altered. Medical timeouts are the latest player safety measure. A female on-field official has a full-time job.

    For all that’s new in the NFL, read on.

  • Red Sox roll over Rays

    BOSTON — Travis Shaw hit his first two major league homers and went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and four RBIs to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 11-7 on Saturday.

    Xander Bogaerts had four hits and three RBIs, and Rusney Castillo three hits with three RBIs for the Red Sox, who their third straight after losing 12 of 14.

    Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and two-run single for the Rays, who have lost five of seven.

  • Points matter this week at Speedway

    Non-winged Sprints and Open Wheel Modifieds return to the Citrus County Speedway tonight, headlining a racing card that includes Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pro Hornets, and the vintage racers of the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association (DAARA).

    The races, which begin with heat events at 6 p.m., will count toward the track’s point season standings.

  • Dewees, Humphreys have impact

    Donnie Dewees notched a two-run home run in the third inning and drove in another run with a double in the seventh to help lift his Eugene Emeralds to a 6-4 victory over the Spokane Indians on Thursday. Dewees, a 2012 Crystal River High School graduate who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round in this year’s MLB draft, recorded multiple extra-base hits in a game for the first time since joining the minor league ranks, while also adding a pair of runs scored.

  • Sox edge Rays

    BOSTON — The Red Sox held onto Mike Napoli at the trading deadline, and he responded a few hours later with a two-run homer off the top of the Green Monster that led Boston over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Friday night.