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  • Still solid

    C.J. Risak
    Correspondent

    Solid. It’s a description that has followed Matt Mullarkey around since the beginning of his golfing days at Crystal River High School — or at least that long. In simple terms, that’s just the way he plays.
     

    After he was selected to the all-Chronicle team his senior year at Crystal River, here’s what was written about him: “Mullarkey was the most consistently high-performing golfer in the county this season as he led his team to its second state playoffs in three years.”

  • Swimming in success

    Vincent Brown

    Correspondent

    After winning the prestigious Elite 89 Award at this spring’s national championship meet, the sky is the limit for former Lecanto High School and current Williams College swimmer Jake Tamposi.

    “The Elite 89 Award is given to the swimmer at the meet with the highest GPA,” Tamposi said. “Ultimately, I am a student first and an athlete second.”

    Tamposi said he is seeking a double major in mathematics and economics.

  • Kempgens lives up to nickname at speedway

    INVERNESS — He’s known as “The Smooth Operator” in Sprint Car racing, and for the fifth leg of the Safety-Kleen TBARA Winged Sprint Series, Mickey Kempgens showed why. The Tampa driver made it look easy as he dispatched the field in both his heat and the
    30-lap event to notch his second feature win this month at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

  • Richardson wins pair of triathlons in one day

    Larry Bugg
    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Jeremy Richardson is in a class by himself.

    The 25-year-old Palm Harbor resident won the Top Gun Triathlon Saturday morning in St. Petersburg Beach and later that day won the Twilight Triathlon at Fort Island Gulf Beach.

    He took the Citrus County event with a time of 47:28. He said he felt the strain on the first mile of the run.

  • Archer rankled by Ortiz, Bosox end TB's win streak

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer saved his brushback pitch for David Ortiz until after the game.

    Ortiz hit a three-run homer to help the Boston Red Sox end Tampa Bay's nine-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday.

    Ortiz flipped his bat and took his time rounding the bases after his 25th home run, a shot off Archer's changeup in the third. That was enough for Boston to stop its losing skid at five.

  • Swimming in success

    Vincent Brown
    Correspondent

    After winning the prestigious Elite 89 Award at this spring’s national championship meet, the sky is the limit for former Lecanto High School and current Williams College swimmer Jake Tamposi.
     

    “The Elite 89 Award is given to the swimmer at the meet with the highest GPA,” Tamposi said. “Ultimately, I am a student first and an athlete second.”

    Tamposi said he is seeking a double major in mathematics and economics.

  • Nibali set to win Tour, with two Frenchmen on podium

    PERIGUEUX, France — 

    Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.

  • Rays beat Sox for 9th straight win

    ST. PETERSBURG — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

    The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004.

    John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs and eight hits over seven innings.

  • Torre, Cox and La Russa manage their way into Hall

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.

    “It’s still sort of unbelievable,” he said. “Cooperstown was always something way out there. OK, I know where it is. Doesn’t mean I’m going there to visit, much less be inducted. I never had a goal of getting to the Hall of Fame.”

    That’s exactly where he’s headed today.

  • Sprint cars come to speedway

    Sprint cars make back-to-back runs at the Citrus County Speedway, starting with today’s Safety-Kleen TBARA Sprint Series.

    It’s the first TBARA (Tampa Bay Area Racing Association) event of the season for Citrus, as well as its first winged sprint event of the year.

    The track will also host TBARA’s Frank Riddle Memorial Winged Sprints on Oct. 18.