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  • Cubs on a roll with Cy Young

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday.

    In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points.

  • Surviving in the AFC South

    JACKSONVILLE — Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles are throwing to some different targets these days.

    Mariota will be without his top receiver, veteran Kendall Wright, for the third consecutive week when Tennessee plays at Jacksonville tonight. Wright is sidelined with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

    Adding to the team’s wideout woes, Justin Hunter was placed on injured reserve Monday with a fractured right ankle.

  • ‘Hard work’ brings Citrus standout to Stetson

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Really, there was no doubt it would happen. Only questions were with whom and when.

    Erica Corlew has been a softball standout since starting as a freshman for Citrus. She began her high school career as a shortstop, and she excelled at it; however, she spent her sophomore and junior seasons behind the plate, as the Hurricanes’ catcher.

  • Area sports briefs

    Lecanto falls to Citrus in a close one at home

    For the Lecanto girls weightlifting team, Citrus has been the target heading into this season. And in just the second meet of on the schedule, the Panthers hosted the defending county champions as well as Central High School on Tuesday. 

    Unfortunately for Panther coach Bob LeCours, his s1quad came up short — finishing with 48 points, second to Citrus’ 54 and ahead of Central with four points. 

  • Varnadore steps down at Crystal River

    Crystal River’s head football coach Nate Varnadore has resigned.

    Varnadore, who went 10-20 during his three seasons, leaves the program after his first non-losing season.

    “I need to step aside,” he said. “I came here to build a solid foundation and I did it to the best of my best ability. I feel its someone else’s turn to run this program.”

  • Mathis tackles leadership role head-on

    C.J. Risak


    Responsibility — it’s something that the more advanced an athlete becomes, the bigger a role it plays.

  • Farnsworth running off to South Florida

    C.J. Risak


    It didn’t end the way she wanted, to be sure, and it wasn’t the way she expected. But Friday afternoon Claire Farnsworth made certain her running career would continue.

    That’s when the Lecanto senior officially committed to attend, and run for, the University of South Florida. Farnsworth will receive partial athletic scholarships for both cross country and track.

  • Citrus explodes for four second-half goals in 6-1 victory over CR

    INVERNESS — The Citrus boys’ soccer club blew open a 2-1 halftime lead, pouring on four late goals in an 11-minute span to upend county and district rival Crystal River, 6-1, at the Citrus Bowl in Inverness on Monday.

  • Bucs edge ’Boys 10-6

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston never lost his cool, even when it looked as though he might cost the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a victory.

    The No. 1 overall draft pick shrugged off two interceptions — the first he’d thrown in a month — and benefited from a defensive holding call that wiped out his goal-line fumble in the final minute to score on a 1-yard quarterback keeper that beat Dallas 10-6 Sunday.

  • Citrus County talent shines in postseason

    Editor’s note: This is a weekly roundup to update readers on the performances of various collegiate athletes who formerly played for area high schools. If you have any information in regard to an athlete currently playing who isn’t on this list, please notify the sports section via email at sports@chronicleonline.com