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  • Fall Fest Tennis Tournament

    Eric van den Hoogen
    On tennis

    Another event is reaching the milestone of its 10th anniversary. It is the Fall Fest Compass Tennis Tournament at Crystal River High School.

  • Can Bucs keep up?

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will need to rewrite history if they hope to repeat as NFC South champions this season.

    It won’t be easy.

    No team has won back-to-back NFC South division titles since the league realigned in 2002. The Panthers are in a division stacked with formidable foes — not to mention tremendously talented quarterbacks — in Atlanta and New Orleans. And Tampa Bay is considered a dark horse under new coach Lovie Smith.

  • Tigers tackle tough South Sumter

    The high school football season kicks off tonight with one area preseason game on tap. The other four area teams will be in action Friday.

  • Porcello pitches 3-hitter, Tigers blank Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Porcello hasn’t won any Cy Young awards like three of his teammates, but he has pitched some of the better games of the season for the Detroit Tigers.

    One of them came Wednesday night when Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout, a 6-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    “Nine shutout innings. You literally can’t ask for anything more,” said Tiger manager Brad Ausmus.

  • Tigers score 3 in 11th, top Rays 8-6

    ST. PETERSBURG — Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.

    Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour (1-5), a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.

  • Philbin seems to be enjoying these Phins more

    DAVIE — Make no mistake, Joe Philbin is not always happy. When the Miami Dolphins had to repeat the same play four times in practice Tuesday and still failed to get it right, their head coach was steaming.

    Those moments have seemed rare so far this preseason.

  • Florida St. may go Green at receiver

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said senior Christian Green would start opposite senior receiver Rashad Greene if the season were to begin today.

    The Seminoles held their final scrimmage of camp Tuesday before the season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 30.

  • Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season, dealing a severe blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ national title hopes.

    Ohio State confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will need surgery. The two-time Big Ten player of the year left practice in pain Monday after making a short throw.

    “My goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a statement.

  • Road to redemption

    GAINESVILLE — Florida running back Matt Jones was mostly miserable last season.

    The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior from Seffner missed considerable time with a viral infection, rushed back for the second game of the season and then injured his knee a few weeks later.

    He didn’t think things could get any worse.

    But with Jones watching from the sideline, the Gators ended the year with seven consecutive losses and recorded the program’s first losing season since 1979.

  • Hester grabs first win at CCS

    INVERNESS — Brannen Hester landed his first-ever win at the Citrus County Speedway in Super Late Models, and Travis Hoefler made a victorious return to the track in a 50-lap, tripartite Mini Stock feature in Saturday’s racing action in Inverness.

    Gator Hise kept Richie Smith at arm’s length to hold on for his second feature win on the season in Open Wheel Modifieds, while Larry Welter Jr. (Pure Stocks) and Drew Jackson (Pro Hornets), with a feature and heat win apiece, extended their division-leading win counts to 10.