Local Sports

  • Neri outlasts 20-car Late Model field for win

    Kimberly Kelly, For the Chronicle

    As car counts continue to rise, so does the level of competitiveness between those drivers at Citrus County Speedway. Saturday night was no exception as 20 of the best Late Model drivers in the state made their way to compete on the quarter-mile asphalt oval.

  • ‘A dream come true'

    Chris Bernhardt Jr., For the Chronicle

    For as long as Jesse Lepore can remember, baseball was a way of life. Whether it was with his parents or his brothers, the Pine Ridge family often bonded at the ballfield.

    Baseball brought them together again on June 14, when Jesse received the news of a lifetime. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed pitcher was selected in the 24th round of the MLB Draft, with the 716th pick overall by the Colorado Rockies.

  • Former ’Nole wins US Open

    ERIN, Wis. — Brooks Koepka traveled around the world to find his game. He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion.

    Koepka broke away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open for his first major championship. A par on the final hole tied Rory McIlroy’s record score to par at 16 under for a four-shot victory.

    Not even the wind could stop the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills.

  • Souza celebrates Father’s Day in style

    DETROIT — Steven Souza Jr. has been looking forward to playing on Father’s Day since his son Micah was born in December.

    The day ended up more memorable than he could have imagined.

    Souza hit his first career grand slam as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1 on Sunday. He also homered this season on Mother’s Day.

  • Crowded at the top

    ERIN, Wis. — Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style.

    All it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge.

    He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday.

  • Rays bounce back, beat Tigers

    DETROIT — After seeing their team trounced by the Detroit Tigers, Chris Archer and Jesus Colome pitched in to stop them.

    Archer threw six strong innings and Colome got the final five outs as the Rays held off Detroit 3-2 on Saturday.

    Daniel Robertson drove in Tampa Bay’s first two runs, then scored the tiebreaker in the seventh inning. Detroit had won the first two games of the series, outscoring the Rays 18-7.

  • Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows


    Doug Ferguson

    AP Golf writer

    ERIN, Wis. — Erin Hills made its debut as a U.S. Open course Thursday with a most gracious welcome for Rickie Fowler, who matched the record to par in the opening round with a 7-under 65 on the longest course in major championship history.

    Fowler had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele. And they plenty of company.

  • Lightning trade Drouin to Canadiens


    Stephen Whyno 

    AP Hockey writer

    The Tampa Bay Lightning got the young defenseman they have been looking for, acquiring Mikhail Sergachev from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in exchange for highly skilled forward Jonathan Drouin.

  • NCAA suspends Pitino


    Gary B. Graves

    AP Sports writer

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA has suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games following its sex scandal investigation.

  • Jays bounce back with win over Rays

    TORONTO — Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

    Kendrys Morales homered among his two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who won after giving up a three-run lead in the top of the eighth.

    Trailing 6-3, the Rays tied it on Logan Morrison’s 19th homer, a two-run shot off reliever Joe Smith (3-0) and Derek Norris’ sacrifice fly.