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  • Local runners stay active
  • Exciting finish emerges amid mulitiple crashes

    INVERNESS — Whether it was due to the extended layoff, a late afternoon shower or the larger car counts, Saturday’s program at the Citrus County Speedway looked more like a crash-fest for much of the more than four hours of feature racing. 

  • Estrada handles Rays

    TORONTO — Last month, Marco Estrada took a perfect game into the eighth inning against Tampa Bay.

    On Sunday, the Blue Jays’ right-hander turned in another exceptional performance against the Rays.

    Estrada pitched eight shutout innings to outpitch Chris Archer, Chris Colabello and Jose Bautista each hit two-run homers and Toronto beat Tampa Bay 4-0.

  • Playing to win

    Associated Press

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — For a place dripping with centuries of history, St. Andrews got more than it could have wanted Sunday.

  • Bad weather, worse Tiger

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods at least enjoyed that familiar walk over the Swilcan Bridge and up the 18th fairway Saturday at St. Andrews, the gray old town in the background and a crowd six deep lining the road and watching from windows.

    Not so familiar was his score.

  • Harsh conditions

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — For all the debate over whether the British Open should have started Saturday, Dustin Johnson only cared about the finish.

    A second round that lasted nearly 39 hours due to rain one day and a raging wind the next finally ended with Johnson driving the 18th green and taking two putts from 150 feet for birdie and a 3-under 69.

  • Casali hits tiebreaking HR in win

    TORONTO — After six innings of swinging at knuckleballs, the Tampa Bay Rays adjusted well to facing more traditional pitchers.

    Brandon Guyer hit a tying home run in the seventh and Curt Casali had a go-ahead shot in the eighth as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Saturday.

  • Speedway back in action

    A 50-lap Pro Trucks race headlines tonight’s return to action at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

    The Sportsman, Pure Stock, Modified Mini Stock, Street Stock and Mini Stocks also run for points in the first night of stock racing since May 9.

  • Back from break

    TORONTO — Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run, Justin Smoak added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night.

    Both homers came in a five-run fifth, the ML-leading 36th time this season the Blue Jays have scored four or more in a single inning. Toronto has 

    19 five-run innings, also a league best.

  • Still in control

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The grand pursuit of Jordan Spieth, redemption for Dustin Johnson, the mystery that has become Tiger Woods. It all came to a momentary halt Friday in the gloaming of St. Andrews when Tom Watson said goodbye to the British Open.