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  • Good as gold

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished.

    The dominant U.S. women’s basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 

    101-72 on Saturday.

  • Beltre homers twice in Rangers' 6-2 win over Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Adrian Beltre led off consecutive innings with home runs and Cole Hamels didn't give up a hit until the sixth in the Texas Rangers’ 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

    Beltre's 20th and 21st home runs of the season gave him 434 for his career, moving him into a tie with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 45th place all-time. He also hit two singles in the game.

  • Hurricanes claim 17-14 preseason victory

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — The Citrus Hurricanes controlled the clock and most of the game with a 17-14 preseason win over visiting Wesley Chapel on Friday night.

    The Hurricanes racked up 31:11 for time of possession and held the Wildcats to just 69 total offensive yards, compared to their own total of 268 yards. If not for a few special teams miscues, the ’Canes looked poised to turn the game into a runaway.

  • Learning experience

    CRYSTAL RIVER — If the Crystal River Pirates took anything away from Friday night’s preseason game, it was a learning experience.

    It was the team’s first time playing under new head coach Tony Lewis, who implemented a new offense this past offseason.

    Unfortunately for the Pirates, the game didn’t go as hoped, as they fell to South Lake 14-3.

  • Starter in ‘The Swamp’

    GAINESVILLE — Florida has named journeyman Luke Del Rio its starting quarterback for the Sept. 3 season opener against UMass.

    Coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Thursday, a day before the team’s second scrimmage. He gave Del Rio the nod over former Purdue starter Austin Appleby.

  • County teams hit the gridiron

    A new season means a fresh start.

    Whether a football team won just one game last year or lost only one, teams are going into their preseason games tonight even at 0-0.

    It is the last chance teams will have to experiment with offenses and defenses before the regular season starts Aug. 26.

    But that’s not all the teams have in common.

  • Tabor, Lewis suspended for practice fight

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain insists he has no problem with anything star cornerback Jalen Tabor says off the field, even if it’s a little controversial.

    What Tabor does on the field is a different story.

    McElwain suspended Tabor and tight end C’yontai Lewis on Wednesday for fighting in practice. McElwain said neither will play in the team’s Sept. 3 opener against UMass.

  • Archer, Miller help Rays sweep Padres

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer and Brad Miller did nearly all the work while the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth straight.

    Archer struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings, Miller hit his third homer in two days and Tampa Bay beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

    “That was outstanding,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

  • US routs Argentina

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The nail-biters ended for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team.

    So did a golden era of international basketball.

    Emphatically ending a stretch of three straight close games, the Americans advanced to the semifinals by sprinting past Manu Ginobili and Argentina, 105-78 on Wednesday night.

  • Miller hits 2 of Rays’ 5 homers in 15-1 rout of Padres

    ST. PETERSBURG — Brad Miller hit two of the Tampa Bay Rays’ five home runs in a 15-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

    Evan Longoria had three hits and his 27th homer while tying Carl Crawford atop the Rays’ career list with his 1,235th game played.

    Nick Franklin and Corey Dickerson also homered, and the Rays won their third straight.