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  • Florida not counting on Carter, Finney-Smith

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan expects to have just six scholarship players available in the Bahamas.

    Although guard Eli Carter and forward Dorian Finney-Smith are making the trip to Paradise Island, Donovan isn’t counting on either to play.

  • Bears claw past Lecanto

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — In a girls basketball game that could best be described as a seesaw affair, Lecanto won the first and third quarters, while Brooksville Central captured the second and fourth.

    The Bears quarters proved more decisive. Their 54-46 victory improved their overall record to 3-3 overall, while Lecanto slipped to 2-3.

  • ’Canes dunk Buffalo

    INVERNESS — The Citrus boys basketball team was able to flex its above-the-rim skill and go deep into its bench against an overmatched The Villages Charter in an 83-58 defeat of the Buffalo in the Hurricanes’ gym on Monday.

    The triumph extends CHS’ regular season winning streak — dating back to last December — to 16 games. The ’Canes (3-0) have won 29 of their last 32 games.

  • FSU faces another test

    TALLAHASSEE — Top-ranked Florida State is not as dominant as the 2013 Seminoles that swarmed opponents en route to a national championship. Ten games have proven the 2014 roster is unlikely to mimic that record-breaking level of play, but these ’Noles have pushed through new tests almost on a weekly basis.

  • Grey claims inaugural Manatee Amateur Golf Classic

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Austin Grey fought through Saturday’s rainy weather to fire a one-under-par 71, before shooting a 73 on a windy Sunday to claim the top championship division with an even-par score of 174 in the inaugural Manatee Amateur Golf Classic Tournament at Plantation on Crystal River.

    The 27-year-old from Spring Hill, who won the 52nd annual St. Patrick’s Golf Championship at Inverness Golf and Country Club back in March, edged out Ocala’s Kelly Gosse (146) by two strokes.

  • Mistake-prone Bucs falter down stretch

    CHICAGO — Lovie Smith got to see some old friends, and he enjoyed Tampa Bay’s strong start in the first half. The rest of the day was disappointing for the coach and the Buccaneers.

    Josh McCown threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, and Tampa Bay lost 21-13 to the Bears in Smith’s return to Chicago.

    “Won a lot of games here at Soldier Field,” Smith said. “Lot of great memories, but this is a bad memory right now.”

  • Bosh lifts Heat over Magic 99-92

    ORLANDO — Chris Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, leading the Miami Heat to a 99-92 victory over the Orlando Magic.

    Bosh’s two free throws with 6:45 left pulled the Heat out of a 77-77 tie and started a 14-4 run that put the Heat firmly in charge of their 10th straight win against their intrastate rivals.

  • Swamp send-off

    GAINESVILLE — After a tumultuous week that included the firing of coach Will Muschamp, this was exactly what Florida needed.

    A feel-good victory.

    Jeff Driskel threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the Gators became bowl eligible with a 52-3 win over lower-division Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Bucs bring familiar faces to Soldier Field

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The previous time Lovie Smith coached in Chicago, the Bears came away with a loss.

    He won’t mind if they are defeated again.

    Smith makes his return to Soldier Field when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Bears in a matchup between struggling teams that are looking to start winning streaks today.

    “I realize I was in Chicago for a long time,” said Smith, who coached the Bears from 2004-12.

  • Gators say goodbye to a long season at the Swamp

    GAINESVILLE — No matter what Florida does today, it won’t really change the season.

    Sure, the Gators can end a three-game losing streak at Florida Field, become bowl eligible and give 22 seniors and fired coach Will Muschamp an enjoyable home finale.

    But none of those would redefine Florida’s year, which will be remembered for continued offensive failures, late-game meltdowns and Muschamp’s dismissal.