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  • Fumbled away

    TAMPA — Anthony Barr stripped the ball, scooped it up and took off for the end zone.

    “I’m thinking win, score, get out of here,” the young Minnesota linebacker said Sunday after his 27-yard fumble return on the first scrimmage play of overtime enabled the Vikings to stop a three-game losing streak with a 19-13 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • NFL, Ravens not helping union in Rice probe

    The attorney leading the NFL players’ union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.

    Richard Craig Smith told the AP on Friday night that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA’s investigators, while the Ravens have refused any cooperation with similar requests.

  • Bucs look to set sail

    TAMPA — Leslie Frazier has moved on since being fired in Minnesota, settling into a position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that hasn’t allowed much time to ponder what went wrong in his old job.

    The former Chicago Bears star and long time NFL assistant spent seven seasons with the Vikings, the final three as head coach. He led them to the playoffs two years ago, but was dismissed last winter after a 5-10-1 finish.

  • Phins, Jags: Battle in the Sunshine State

    JACKSONVILLE — If the Miami Dolphins are going to be a playoff contender, they probably need to start stacking some wins together.

    It hasn’t happened this season.

  • Bulls blown out

    CINCINNATI — Gunner Kiel threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score before hurting his ribs again, and Munchie Legaux took it from there Friday night, scoring a notable touchdown of his own while Cincinnati pulled away to a 34-17 victory over South Florida.

    The Bearcats (4-3, 2-1 American Athletic) took advantage of the Bulls’ many mistakes and got their second straight lopsided win. They also came away with more worries at quarterback.

  • Racing returns to CCS Saturday night

    The Citrus County Speedway hosts the first of two final nights of points racing today, featuring Modified Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pro Hornets and a season finale for Non-Winged Sprints.

    There will be trick-or-treat festivities during intermission, including a kids’ costume and car-decorating contests.

  • Gainesville blanks Citrus

    Sean Arnold


    INVERNESS — Gainesville pieced together four short touchdown drives off Citrus turnovers and added another after a blocked punt to clinch its fifth district championship in six years with a 40-0 romp of the Golden Hurricanes in Inverness. 

  • Pirates pick up a road win

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    BELLEVIEW — It wasn’t a perfect showing Friday night, but Crystal River’s good was good enough to secure its second win.

    The Pirates varsity football team ground out 277 rushing yards and forced two turnovers during a 28-7 District 5A-5 road victory over 


  • Panthers pounce

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Lecanto gave fans a homecoming night to remember with a 42-7 win over Williston.

    Five players scored touchdowns for the Panthers (4-4), giving head coach Greg Harper his first home win of the season. The win was the team’s most dominant this season, with its defense recovering two forced fumbles, grabbing an interception and Caleb Casey recording three sacks.

  • XC Notebook: Lecanto girls hoping to move beyond district

    Larry Bugg


    Lecanto girls cross country coach Dan Epstein is hoping his girls are at their top form in the upcoming district meet.

    Lecanto is in Class 3A-District 7 next week at McKethan Lake along with Citrus High.