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  • ’Canes suffer first loss

    CINCINNATI — Hayden Moore threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his starting debut, and Cincinnati’s struggling defense held on for a 34-23 victory over Miami on Thursday night to end the Hurricanes’ streak of 10 straight wins over the Bearcats.

  • Key district tilts on tap tonight

    Crystal River celebrates homecoming in a meeting between a pair of 1-1 District 5A-7 teams, while Lecanto and Citrus head to Hernando County for road district tilts in local prep football action tonight. Meanwhile, Dunnellon opens up its District 4A-4 schedule at home, while Seven Rivers aims to stay perfect on the season against a rival school in Ocala.

  • Fast learner

    Citrus has produced its share of great defensive players over the past few years. 

    Former Chronicle Defensive Players of the Year Steven Knowles and John Bronson, as well as fellow Hurricane college signees like Travis Blotz, Desmond Franklin, Jaimee Juse and Sam Franklin, are just a few recent examples on that side of the ball that have stood out in the black and gold.

  • Sisto aiming for return to state finals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    A year ago, Quynn Sisto received a taste of states. 

    The only boy from Citrus County to reach the FHSAA Finals in 2014, the Crystal River senior would like to make a return trip before moving on to college. 

  • No. 11 FSU looking to stretch field

    TALLAHASSEE — Through three games, Florida State’s receivers have mirrored the rest of the offense — stretches of good play but generally 


    After being off last week, the 11th-ranked Seminoles feel that some of the things holding the passing game back have been rectified heading into Saturday’s game at Wake Forest.

  • Taylor has ‘matured’ since throat slash

    GAINESVILLE — Florida running back Kelvin Taylor’s first month of the season was shameful, educational and motivational.

    He was publicly berated on the sideline after his throat-slash gesture in the end zone, benched the following week, quickly forgiven and then heavily leaned on to be the team’s offensive workhorse.

    Taylor responded, maybe even better than the 25th-ranked Gators expected.

  • Odorizzi tops Fernandez, Rays beat Marlins 4-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jake Odorizzi ended his season with another strong start at home.

    Odorizzi allowed one unearned run over seven innings as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

    “It's a good way to go out,” Odorizzi said.

    Odorizzi (9-9) scattered four hits, walked two and struck out seven. He gave up one earned run or less in eight of 13 home starts.

  • Court strikes down possible payments to college athletes

    A federal appeals court struck down a plan to pay college football and basketball players in a ruling that NCAA leaders believe supports their contention that the athletes are students and not professionals.

  • Baldner helps Blazers to 3-0

    Editor’s note: This is a weekly roundup to update readers on the performances of various collegiate athletes who formerly played for area high schools. If you have any information in regards to an athlete currently playing that isn’t on this list, please notify the sports department via email at sports@chronicleonline.com.

  • More of the same

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Momentum can be a fickle creature. One thing is certain, it shouldn’t be wasted.