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  • FSU headed to CWS for first time since 2012

    TALLAHASSEE — Taylor Walls had two home runs and three Florida State pitchers teamed up for a four-hitter as the Seminoles are back in the College World Series for the first time since 2012 after their 19-0 super-regional win over Sam Houston State on Sunday night.

  • Smith helps Rays top A’s

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith had three hits and used his speed to set up the go-ahead run and the Tampa Bay Rays took three of four from the Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory Sunday.

    Smith had a bunt single leading off the seventh and went to third after reliever Daniel Coulombe (0-1) was charged with an error for an errant throw to first that ended up in the right-field corner. Tampa Bay went ahead 5-4 when Corey Dickerson hit a sacrifice fly on the next pitch.

  • ’Noles rally in Tally for 7-6 win over Sam Houston

    TALLAHASSEE — Jackson Lueck had four hits, including the game-winner in the ninth inning, and four RBIs as Florida State rallied from a four-run, second-inning deficit to defeat Sam Houston State 7-6 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Tallahassee super regional.

    Taylor Walls opened the ninth with a single and advanced to second after Dylan Busby was hit by a Nick Mikolajchak (0-4) pitch. Lueck then got his third walk-off hit of the season with a single to right-center to score Walls.

  • A’s and Rays split rare doubleheader

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sean Manaea won his fifth consecutive start to help the Oakland Athletics split a rare scheduled doubleheader with a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Tampa Bay won the opener 6-5 on Evan Longoria’s RBI single in the 10th inning that completed a 3-hour, 

    56-minute game.

    The split came in the majors’ first scheduled doubleheader since 2011.

  • Sooner surprise: Stoops retires at 56

    NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, a stunning offseason move by the 56-year-old future Hall of Famer who led the Sooners to 10 conference championships and a national title in 18 seasons.

  • Faria tops Sox in debut

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jacob Faria took a three-hitter into the seventh inning of his major league debut for the Tampa Bay Rays, who beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Wednesday night.

    The 23-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings, settling down after falling behind three batters into the game to help Tampa Bay end a season-high four-game losing streak before a crowd of just 9,313.

  • MLS in Miami

    MIAMI — David Beckham is a big step closer to bringing Major League Soccer back to Miami.

    In a 9-4 vote Tuesday, Miami- Dade County commissioners decided to allow Miami Beckham United to buy three acres of county land, the final piece in a nine-acre plot on which a 25,000-seat soccer stadium is planned. It’s a big win for the English soccer icon, who has spent four years — and counting — trying to bring Miami an expansion MLS franchise.

  • Rays fall to Sox

    ST. PETERSBURG — Avisail Garcia, Volmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered, helping the Chicago White Sox stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

    Chris Beck (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to get the victory in relief of Jose Quintana, who avoided becoming the first pitcher in the major leagues to lose eight games this season.

  • Hindman bested in Pure Stocks, but takes glory in demo

    Kimberly Kelly: For the Chronicle

    William Hindman was on a mission Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway: hit or be hit. To hit could cause his engine to fail. To be hit could bring imminent doom to his No. 89 demolition derby car.

    Either way, he was focused on the prize, a $1,500 payday to add to his demo derby earnings from April’s demolition derby at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. And in the end he was the last car still operational.

  • Barnhill leads Florida softball past LSU 7-0

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida coach Tim Walton has a simple mentality when it comes to winning games — if the other team doesn’t score, his team can’t lose.

    For the school-record 40th time this season, the Gators made his simple concept look brilliant. Kelly Barnhill threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts in top-seeded Florida’s 7-0 victory over LSU on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series.