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  • Lightning beat Penguins 4-3, even Eastern Conference finals

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan provided an early spark, Andrei Vasilevskiy made two big saves in the closing minutes to avoid a total third-period collapse and the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Panthers show promise in spring game

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Lecanto got a glimpse of the potential season prospective starting quarterback Rudolph Holton could have come fall, in a 13-10 spring football exhibition loss to Triumph Christian Academy on Friday night.

  • Citrus cruises to 42-0 spring football game victory over Belleview

    INVERNESS — The Citrus football team might have kickstarted a new era of success on offense in its spring football game on Friday, as it dominated Belleview, 42-0, in Inverness. 

    The Hurricanes churned up 396 yards, including 311 on the ground, while their defense picked off four Rattler passes. 

    Citrus head coach Justin Taylor missed the game due to a personal matter; Jim Haeser served as the ’Canes’ interim coach. 

  • ‘A long way to go’

    OCALA — Two quarters of football were enough for Dunnellon’s varsity football team to awaken itself from a dormant start in its spring jamboree with Ocala Vanguard and Citra North Marion on Thursday.

    After getting out-gained 104 to minus-3 in a 14-0 loss to Vanguard in one quarter, DHS bounced back for a 20-7 win over North Marion for its second quarter of play at Booster Stadium in Ocala.

  • ’Canes, Panthers spring into action

    The Citrus and Lecanto football teams each cap off the spring football season at home tonight with spring games.

    The Hurricanes welcome Belleview, now under former Ocala Trinity Catholic head coach John Bratley III, while the Panthers take on Auburndale Triumph Christian, a first-year program. LHS was originally scheduled to play Alachua Santa Fe, a state semifinalist in 2015, but the Raiders backed out after recently changing head coaches.

  • Pens grab series lead after 4-2 win

    TAMPA — Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz scored third-period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

    Carl Hagelin snapped a scoreless tie late in the second period and Matt Murray had 26 saves for the Penguins, who took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

    Game 4 is Friday night at Amalie Arena.

  • Springtime woes

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River football team lost its spring game 17-2 to Zephyrhills at Earl Bramlett Stadium on Wednesday, as it unveiled a new pistol spread offense under new head coach Tony Lewis.

    The offense showed promising glimpses, but mistakes, penalties, sacks and inevitable growing pains helped conspire to keep the Pirates out of the end zone. 

  • Rays dominant again

    TORONTO — Chris Archer pitched six innings to win his third straight decision, Brad Miller had three hits and three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays routed the Toronto Blue Jays again, 12-2 on Tuesday night.

    Logan Morrison had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who beat Toronto 13-2 on Monday night. Tampa Bay has scored in each of the first three innings in back-to-back games for the first time in team history.

  • Pirates to debut new head coach

    A pair of football teams with new head coaches meet today at Earl Bramlett Stadium, as Crystal River and Zephyrhills square off in spring football action at CRHS at 7:30 p.m.

    Head coach Tony Lewis makes his spring game debut with the Pirates, as they face a Bulldogs squad that is coming off back-to-back playoff seasons and five straight winning campaigns. ZHS is also introducing a new head man in former Land O’ Lakes Sunlake assistant and ZHS graduate Nick Carroll.

  • Pens even series in OT

    PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby beat Andrei Vasilevskiy from the circle 40 seconds into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Monday night to leave the Eastern Conference finals tied at a game apiece.

    Crosby, who hadn't scored since the opening round against the New York Rangers, took a feed from Bryan Rust and buried it for his fourth goal of the postseason. Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins.