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  • Bucs fall in preseason finale

    TAMPA — Kirk Cousins didn’t get a chance to add any fuel to the idea that there is an unlikely quarterback controversy brewing in Washington.
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden rested both struggling Robert Griffin III and backup Cousins in Thursday night’s 24-10 preseason-ending victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Third-stringer Colt McCoy played the entire game for Washington (3-1), throwing for 321 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of end-zone interceptions that stopped promising drives.

  • Seven Rivers makes in-county statement

    C.J. Risak

    LECANTO — In the early stages of Thursday’s volleyball match, Lecanto had a 13-8 lead over host Seven Rivers Christian. The Warriors narrowed that gap, eventually catching the Panthers at 19-all on a kill error.

  • Ready for kickoff

    The regular season in high school football kicks off tonight, with four area teams in action. Seven Rivers Christian has to wait a week to get started following a Week 1 bye.

  • USC’s Shaw not a hero

    LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

    The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.”

  • FSU could have QB guru in Fisher

    TALLAHASSEE — The foundation of Jimbo Fisher’s coaching philosophy began during rides home with his father after Pop Warner games. His dad would pepper him in the car with a single question: Why?

    John Fisher would ask the young quarterback why did he make a certain throw? Why didn’t he make different decisions?

  • Sharapova rallies to advance

    NEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.

    On Wednesday, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered by the whipping wind, her own off-target strokes and an opponent who wasn’t backing down.

  • Rays hold early lead for win

    BALTIMORE — Drew Smyly allowed two hits over seven innings in his second straight overpowering performance, and the Tampa Bay Rays jumped to an early lead against rookie Kevin Gausman in a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

    Evan Longoria had three hits for the Rays, who won for only the fourth time in 11 games. Tampa Bay scored all its runs in the first two innings and Smyly (9-10) made the margin stand.

  • Citrus opens season with loss

    The Citrus High School girl’s volleyball team began its regular season Tuesday night dropping three sets to St. John Lutheran 25-8, 25-15 and 25-18. 

    Morgan Cleary, a dual-athlete for Citrus also playing basketball, led the Hurricanes with 11 digs. Behind Cleary was Kayla King with 10 digs and 6 kills. 

  • Bucs bolster offensive line

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito.

    That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have closed the door on the prospect of giving one of the players at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal a chance to resume his career.

  • CiCi Bellis, 15, youngest US Open winner since ‘96

    NEW YORK — While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.

    Like many teens, CiCi has strict rules for Dad in public — even if his 1,208th-ranked daughter is pulling out a back-and-forth 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory Tuesday over 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at Flushing Meadows.