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  • Pirates among 6A Elite

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It was time to panic. Everything that Crystal River’s girls basketball team had worked for all season was slipping away. A team the Pirates had beaten three times in three previous meetings this season had them on the ropes.

  • Archer, Rays ready to leave 2016 behind

    PORT CHARLOTTE — As the leader of a pitching staff that underperformed last season, Chris Archer relishes the challenge of helping the revamped Tampa Bay Rays re-emerge as playoff contenders.

    The team opened spring training Tuesday with increased competition for jobs at a number of key positions, as well as expectations of improving on last year’s last-place finish in the AL East.

  • Barry scores 30, No. 15 Florida races past Auburn 114-95

    AUBURN, Ala. — With defensive stops hard to come by, Canyon Barry and the Florida Gators simply scored more than they had all season.

    Barry scored a season-high 30 points and the 15th-ranked Gators kept up with high-scoring Auburn for a half, then sprinted away to a 114-95 victory Tuesday night.

  • Lecanto girls tennis team opens season with shutout victory at Citrus

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — This was a moment the Lecanto girls tennis team had been waiting for.

    Not necessarily the score, which was a dominating sweep of Citrus — although the lopsided results did help get their season started in the direction they want to pursue. But just to get this season going — it’s something the Panthers have been looking forward to for a while.

  • Bresnahan holds off Anderson for Super Late Model victory

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    The night’s top competitors gave it everything they had in an effort to see victory lane Saturday at Citrus County Speedway.

    For Super Late Model driver Mike Bresnahan, it took more than driver ability to outmaneuver Wayne Anderson.

  • Mikko Koivu's shootout goal gives Wild 2-1 win vs. Lightning

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mikko Koivu got the lone goal in the shootout for Minnesota, and the Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Friday night to avoid losing consecutive home games for the first time this season.

  • Tampa Bay Rays retool for 2017, as well as future success

    ST. PETERSBURG — The goal of playing meaningful games in September and beyond remains the same for the cost-conscious Tampa Bay Rays, who feel a busy offseason has improved their chances of contending for a postseason berth.

    Escaping the basement in the AL East won’t be easy, especially after trading left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and lead-off man Logan Forsythe, however general manager Erick Neander likes the way the roster is shaping up heading into spring training.

  • Defense pays off

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — This 6A regional quarterfinal went just the way Crystal River girls basketball coach Charlie Bryant scripted it, with defense the clear winner.

    For both teams.

  • Pirates host River Ridge Thursday night in regional play

    C.J. Risak


    When Crystal River and New Port Richey River Ridge tangle tonight in their Class 6A girls basketball regional quarterfinal, each team will face the same challenge: Whose full-court pressure defense will work the best, and who can handle that full-court pressure the best?

    It’s no given that just because a team is proficient at applying pressure that it can absorb it.

  • Undefeated Sharks knock Pirates out of postseason play

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — There was 1:47 left in the first half when Nature Coast’s Anthony Valante drove to the basket and scored.

    The significance wasn’t that it gave the Sharks a 14-point lead over Crystal River in this District 6A-7 tournament basketball semifinal; it did, but their lead would reach 17 early in the second half.