Local Sports

  • D-Backs acquire pitcher Hellickson from Rays

    PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The trade, announced Friday night, is the first major move by new Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart. The Diamondbacks sent Tampa Bay two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams.

  • Stetson’s Consol earns academic all-conference honor

    Stetson University women’s cross country sophomore Clarissa Consol has been named to the Atlantic Sun Conference Academic All-Conference team, the league announced on Thursday.

    Consol, a 2013 graduate of Crystal River High School, is a mathematics major and a psychology minor and maintains a 3.87 GPA. 

  • Warriors Pace, Greene honored by football district

    Seven Rivers Christian had a record-breaking football season and one of its star players and the head coach were recently honored by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA).

  • Local swimmers compete at Class 2A state meet

    A pair of local high school swimmers took to the water Friday morning at the Class 2A FHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Stuart.

    In the boys 100 breaststroke preliminaries, Crystal River’s Quynn Sisto finished 21st out of 24 competitors with a clocking of 1:04.31. The top eight finishers in the prelims advanced to Friday night’s finals.

  • CR’s Kidd taking his clubs to South Florida

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For the last four years, Crystal River senior Kyle Kidd helped establish the Pirates’ golf program as an area powerhouse. Now he wants to help take the University of South Florida men’s club to new heights.

    Amid family, friends, coaches and administrators, the two-time Chronicle Boys Golfer of the Year signed a letter of commitment Friday to take his clubs to Tampa and play for the Bulls.

  • An even match

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Players for Citrus and Lecanto immediately shook hands on the pitch after their 1-1 draw Friday night, a show of respect for each team’s play after an intense rivalry game.

  • Niemi keys Sharks’ 2-1 win over Lightning

    TAMPA — Antti Niemi made 32 saves and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Thursday night.

    Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Sharks, who are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip. Niemi improved to 5-0-1 against the Lightning.

    Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots. The Lightning are 0-1-1 since their six-game winning streak was snapped.

  • Wild wild west

    NEW YORK — For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end.

    Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968, coasting to an easy victory Thursday.

    “A little bit of shock, honestly,” the Dodgers ace said on a conference call. “I guess I never really anticipated to win that.”

  • No. 2 FSU eyes Miami’s Duke Johnson

    TALLAHASSEE — Miami running back Duke Johnson circled Saturday’s home game against rival Florida State on the calendar over a year ago, when his season ended with a broken ankle on the turf in Tallahassee.

  • Aces honored

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous choice for his third NL Cy Young Award, and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber edged Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to win the AL honor for the first time.

    Kershaw led the majors in victories and ERA and threw a no-hitter, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions.

    Now, the big question: Is he the Most Valuable Player, too?