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  • Williams beats Pennetta, into US Open semis

    NEW YORK — After a bad-as-can-be start, dropping the first three games, Serena Williams quickly turned things around and stretched her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches to get back to the semifinals.

    Considered the best server in women’s tennis, the No. 1-seeded Williams was broken twice in a row at the outset Wednesday night, before taking complete control for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

  • Reyes, Dickey lead Blue Jays over Rays 8-2

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey gave up two hits in seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Tuesday night.

    Reyes’ ninth home run broke a 2-all in the fourth inning and sent the Blue Jays to their third win in a row.

    Danny Valencia also homered off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (1-3). Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro added a two-run shot off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.

  • CR, Citrus split in pool

    James Blevins

    INVERNESS — The Crystal River Pirates girls’ swim team made quick work of the Citrus Hurricanes Tuesday evening at Whispering Pines Park, due in large part to three first-place relay finishes and 1-2-3 finishes in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 meter freestyles and the 100 meter butterfly.

    Crystal River won the dual meet with 128 points to Citrus’ 38.

  • Hurricanes fall at home again to Eastside

    C.J. Risak

    INVERNESS — The last time these two volleyball teams met in this gym, it required a major comeback by Gainesville Eastside to eke out a win. And Citrus suffered the consequences.

    Both teams have changed since then, each losing a large portion of their lineups from a year ago. But one thing hasn’t changed: The result.

  • Bolt of energy

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The lightning strike didn’t make much of a difference to Crystal River High golfer Kyle Kidd.

    After a one-hour delay, he went out and fired a 35 to take medalist honors in the Crystal River High-Citrus High match Tuesday at the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort.

    His team boosted its mark to 3-0 with a 159-184 win over Citrus.

    Citrus’s Brennen Bishop led his team with a 40.

    Citrus is now 0-2.

  • Florida still working on suspended game

    GAINESVILLE — Florida expects to know what will happen with its postponed season opener in the next two days.

    The Gators don’t need nearly as much time to decide what to do about the suspensions of receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick.

    Florida coach Will Muschamp reinstated Robinson, Cummings and Bostwick on Monday, saying they would play Saturday against Eastern Michigan (1-0). So their punishment essentially lasted 10 seconds.

  • Joyce’s RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Red Sox

    ST. PETERBURG — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday.

    Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, scored on Joyce’s hit to left.

  • Volleyball Notebook: Area squads start seasons

    C.J. Risak

    After just one week in the volleyball season, one fact is readily evident: This county has four pretty good teams.

    Of course, the obvious question is, how good each will be at season’s end? Growth, development and improvement will answer that query. Each team has shown the potential to go beyond being just pretty good, advancing into a higher realm, one that only teams with both ability and focus can attain.

    And that translates into a long run in the state tournament.

  • 'Gage' of success

    C.J. Risak

    A year ago, Seven Rivers Christian won 19 volleyball matches and reached the regional round of play in the 2A-3 tournament. Alyssa Gage wasn’t just a demon on the floor — she led the county in kills and also ranked in the top three in kill percentage, blocks, assists and service aces — she proved a valuable contributor off of it, serving as a team captain.

    She was just a junior then. Now, Gage returns for her senior campaign.

  • Decision yet to be made on Florida opener

    GAINESVILLE — Florida will have to wait at least another week to try to end a seven-game losing streak.

    Florida’s season opener Saturday night against Idaho was postponed because of unsafe field conditions following heavy rain.

    Florida Field became unplayable after hours of downpours. The season opener for both teams started after a nearly three-hour lightning delay — and then stopped after 10 seconds.