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  • Zobrist and Longoria carry Rays over Twins, 6-2

    MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Zobrist homered and Evan Longoria had three RBIs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

    Alex Cobb (5-6) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings and Matt Joyce added an RBI single as the Rays continue to play themselves back into contention.

    Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, a two-run shot in the third highlighted by a fan leaning over the railing in left-center and making a sno-cone catch before the ball landed in a flower bed.

  • In Gainesville, 'Canes Pryor finds future

    One of the most accomplished prep basketball players in the county’s history is taking his game just up I-75.

    After impressing coaches at a workout with the school this past spring, Citrus High School graduate Devin Pryor has earned preferred walk-on status at Santa Fe College in northern Gainesville, where he’ll suit up at guard as a full member of the basketball squad.

  • Gallopin wins Tour de France Stage 11

    OYONNAX, France — French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.

    The peloton returned to action after the race’s first rest day with the 116.3-mile ride from Besancon to Oyonnax, not far from the Swiss border. The stage featured four small- to medium-sized hills near the end.

  • SEC Network TV launch looming; some fans in dark

    HOOVER, Ala. — Fan Lee Massengale is already worried about Georgia’s game with Troy, even with Clemson and South Carolina coming up first.

    Massengale’s not sure if his cable provider will be carrying the SEC Network, which broadcasts the Sept. 20 contest with the Trojans.

  • A new generation emerging at golf’s oldest major

    HOYLAKE, England — Even when he’s not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.

    Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history, and the attention is just as great now because his recent past includes back surgery and his immediate future is more uncertain than ever. ESPN plans to show his entire round online today.

  • Baldner looks for bigger things in 2014

    Vincent Brown

    For the Chronicle

    Dallas Baldner, the former all-everything playmaker for the Crystal River Pirates football team, is confident about his opportunities this fall with Valdosta State University following a freshman year of learning the ropes and practicing with the scout team.

  • Williams rolls to another tournament title

    C.J. Risak

    Jenna Williams knows what she must do better to keep moving up the competitive ladder in bowling.

    “Probably focusing more,” the 13 year-old prodigy from Homosassa said. “I have a tendency to drift away sometimes.”

    If her most recent triumph proves nothing else, it illustrates how focused Williams is already.

  • Lecanto physicals scheduled for July 29

    Lecanto High School will be having their all-sports physicals on Tuesday, July 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the gym. Cost is $15.

    Students should either download a copy of the physical packet from the high school web page or they can pick one up in the high school office. Students must bring a copy of their current health insurance card with them.

    Any questions, call Lecanto High School at 746-2334.

  • Muschamp unconcerned about job security

    HOOVER, Ala. — Florida coach Will Muschamp is confident he has the remedy for questions about his job security: Winning a lot of football games.

    These are strange times for the Gators, who are coming off their first losing season since 1979. Nearly everything went wrong in last year’s
    4-8 disaster, but Muschamp was upbeat during his Monday address at SEC Media Days, saying Florida has the talent for a quick

  • Price wins 4th straight

    ST. PETERSBURG — Not even a stomach virus could derail David Price’s surge.

    The All-Star left-hander scattered five hits in eight-plus innings to win his fourth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday.

    Price (9-7), who had his start pushed back one day due to being ill, struck out five and walked one. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the ninth to Melky Cabrera.