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Local Sports

  • Seminoles football to appear on all-access Showtime series

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State will be featured on this season’s all-access football series on Showtime.

    The premium cable channel announced Tuesday that “A Season with Florida State Football” will debut on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. That is the night after the Seminoles season opener against Mississippi in Orlando.

  • Longoria homers twice, leads Rays past O’s

    ST. PETERSBURG — With a lot of scouts watching these days, Jake Odorizzi delivered rare win for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Odorizzi earned his first victory at Tropicana Field this season, Evan Longoria hit two home runs and the Rays won for just the fourth time in 28 games, beating the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Sunday.

  • Lightning sign Killorn to $31.15M, 7-year deal

    Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he’d be part of its long-term future.

    The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player.

    Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay signed captain Steven Stamkos for eight years and $68 million, defenseman Victor Hedman for eight years and $63 million and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for three years and $10.5 million.

  • Tillman wins 13th in decision over Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Tillman became the American League’s second 13-game winner, backed by J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the Baltimore Orioles’ 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

    Tillman (13-2) gave up one run and four hits, walked three and struck out three in seven innings. Only Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox has more wins (14) among AL pitchers.

  • British Open showdown

    TROON, Scotland — Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what everyone expects out of a major championship.

    They matched birdies and improbable par saves. Momentum could change with any shot. The lead changed four times over four hours of golf at its highest level, played in the cold wind and occasional rain off the Irish Sea. All the British Open lacked Saturday was a winner.

    Turns out this was only the preview to a duel at Royal Troon.

  • Schoop's homer in 8th lifts Orioles past Rays 4-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles came back from an early deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night.

    Schoop got his 15th homer leading off the inning against Chris Archer (4-13), who leads the majors in losses. Schoop is 5 for 13 with two homers in his career against the Rays’ opening day starter.

  • Local sports briefs

    Lecanto physicals will be provided next week

    Lecanto High School athletic physicals will be Wednesday, July 20 for last names starting with letters A-L, and Thursday, July 21, last names M-Z. 

    Both days will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

    Cost is $15.

    Crystal River sports physicals are July 28

  • Restoring balance to the SEC

    HOOVER, Ala. — The SEC East is relying heavily on three former Nick Saban assistants to restore balance to the league.

    The division that once reigned with the likes of Steve Spurrier, Phillip Fulmer, Mark Richt and Urban Meyer hasn’t won a Southeastern Conference title in eight years. Saban and Alabama still lead a formidable parade of Western Division teams but there’s an abundance of new blood in that sometimes overlooked East.

  • Jordan Spieth drops out of Rio

    TROON, Scotland — Golf waited 112 years to get back into the Olympics. The top four players in the world are waiting a bit longer.

    Jordan Spieth delivered the final blow Monday when he told the International Golf Federation he would not be going to Rio next month, leaving the sport without its four highest-ranked players who have captured six of the last eight majors.

  • The big fundamental

    Tim Duncan never wanted the spotlight, only the trophies. He never wanted the endorsements, only the camaraderie. He never wanted the accolades, only the collective achievement.

    So when one of the most understated superstars in sports decided to finally call it a career after nearly two decades of excellence, he made the announcement with a 15-foot bank shot and not a boisterous slam dunk.