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  • Yeldon yearns to finally take a hit

    JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon hasn’t been hit in more than two weeks.

    Now that the rookie is no longer wearing a non-contact jersey, it’s only a matter of time.

    A few days really.

  • Quite the start

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — One thing the opposing coaches agreed upon — if this match was any indicator, and they believe it was, then get ready for a long, contested season.

    Wednesday’s 5A-7 match between Citrus and Lecanto, played at Lecanto, fit that description. Five sets, the greatest difference in any of them six points — the other four decided by two, two, three and four points.

  • Escobar hits two homers, Twins beat Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Eduardo Escobar homered twice and Joe Mauer had a tiebreaking RBI single as Minnesota beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Wednesday night for the Twins’ sixth consecutive win.

    Minnesota has its longest winning streak away from home since a six-game stretch Aug. 14-26, 2007. The Twins are 6-3 entering the final game of a 10-game trip tonight.

  • Stepping up

    TAMPA — Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is just one of the reasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect to be better. A defense showing signs of improvement this preseason is eager to do its part, too.

  • Twins win five straight

    ST. PETERSBURG — Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario all homered as Minnesota beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-7 Tuesday night for the Twins’ fifth straight win.

    Dozier gave Minnesota a 7-5 advantage on a two-run drive off reliever Matt Andriese (3-4) in the fourth. It was his third homer in 11 at-bats against Tampa Bay this season.

  • ’Canes mix it up in win

    INVERNESS — Call it growing pains if you’d like, but one thing seemed certain: The two teams that started Tuesday’s volleyball contest, Seven Rivers Christian and Citrus, weren’t the same ones that finished it.

  • FSU running back not guilty of punching woman outside of bar

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty on Monday of punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June after she engaged in a shouting match with him and his teammates. The college immediately lifted his suspension following the verdict.

    It took the seven-member jury only about 20 minutes to deliver its decision after a one-day trial that included the testimony of the alleged victim, one of her friends and several of Cook's teammates. Cook had been charged with misdemeanor battery.

  • Winston shows progress in Bucs victory

    TAMPA — It’s only preseason, but Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston is clearly making strides as an NFL quarterback.

    The first overall pick in this year’s draft scored a 1-yard touchdown run after he was nearly flawless on the first drive of the game, and the Buccaneers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 25-11 on Monday night.

  • VB preview: Changes abound for spikers

    C.J. Risak


    Quite a bit has changed as the 2015 volleyball season opens — notably the district assignments. Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto will join Brooksville’s Nature Coast, Hernando and Central, as well as Weeki Wachee, to make up the seven-school 5A-7.

  • Finding a home

    C.J. Risak


    Just over a year ago, a girl wandered into the Lecanto gym and approached volleyball coach Alice Christian. She said she’d like to play for the Panthers.