Local Sports

  • Betts hits grand slam, Sox beat Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night.

    After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0.

    Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He has won all three of his big league starts.

  • Fourth leg of Mod Mini Fab 4 headlines at Speedway

    Modified Mini Stocks and Open Wheel Modifieds go 50 laps in headlining a racing card that also includes Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Hornets and Pure/Street Stock Figure 8s today at the Citrus County Speedway.

    Mod Minis roll in as one of the most competitive classes at Citrus this season for the fourth leg of the Mod Mini Fab 4 Series 50.

  • Lecanto drops wild opener to Bulldogs

    LECANTO — With the unveiling of its new uniforms, the Lecanto football team made sure to put on a show in its home opener against Umatilla. But the Panthers fell victim to the exploits of do-it-all receiver Caleb Robinson one too many times, as the Bulldogs junior combined for five touchdowns at four different positions to help his squad outlast the Panthers in a 49-42 thriller at Panther Stadium on Friday.

  • CR wins with TD pass on final play

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.
    Hernando Today

    BROOKSVILLE — Crystal River lost its starting quarterback early in Friday night’s game, but somehow managed to pull out a victory at the last possible second.

    With time expired, backup signal caller Khyrel Harvey tossed a 31-yard pass down the left sideline toward Keshon Hopkins, who caught the ball over the defensive back in the end zone to seal a 26-21 triumph over host Nature Coast.

  • Last-second heroics

    Tony Castro

    SPRING HILL — Last Nov. 15, Citrus junior wide receiver Sam Franklin didn’t make it out of the first quarter of the Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal playoff game after throwing a punch as a defensive player at Springstead wide receiver Brandon Geiger.

  • Orioles beat Rays 5-4 to stretch lead in AL East

    BALTIMORE — J.J. Hardy singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Thursday night to lengthen their lead in the AL East.

    Steve Pearce homered for the Orioles, who took three of four from the sinking Rays. The victory, combined with the Yankees’ loss to Detroit, put Baltimore seven games ahead of New York with 30 games remaining.

  • Bucs fall in preseason finale

    TAMPA — Kirk Cousins didn’t get a chance to add any fuel to the idea that there is an unlikely quarterback controversy brewing in Washington.
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden rested both struggling Robert Griffin III and backup Cousins in Thursday night’s 24-10 preseason-ending victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Third-stringer Colt McCoy played the entire game for Washington (3-1), throwing for 321 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of end-zone interceptions that stopped promising drives.

  • Seven Rivers makes in-county statement

    C.J. Risak

    LECANTO — In the early stages of Thursday’s volleyball match, Lecanto had a 13-8 lead over host Seven Rivers Christian. The Warriors narrowed that gap, eventually catching the Panthers at 19-all on a kill error.

  • Ready for kickoff

    The regular season in high school football kicks off tonight, with four area teams in action. Seven Rivers Christian has to wait a week to get started following a Week 1 bye.

  • USC’s Shaw not a hero

    LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

    The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.”