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  • Draft's last day a big day for big-name QBs

    NEW YORK — It took a few hours on the final day of the NFL draft for A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger to finally hear their names called.

    It took much longer, but Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to enter the draft, heard his in the seventh and final round.

  • Hurricanes' Dodd ready to jump into the Fire

    By James Blevins

    After dominating area girls tennis on the prep level for four years at Citrus High School, senior Melanie Dodd will take her considerable talents to Lakeland next fall after signing a letter of intent to play tennis at Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God, a private Christian liberal arts college.

  • Loaded race card for Mother’s Day special

    The Modified Mini Fab 4 Series 50 gets its start today during a Mother’s Day special at the Citrus County Speedway, joining a 50-lap Street Stock event as well as 25-lap runs from Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Pro Figure Eights.

    Also on the card is this year’s Citrus debut of the Daytona Antique Automobile Racing Association (DAARA), which features antique classes of Sprints, Midgets and Stocks.

  • Brooksville’s James Ellis enjoys taking on the best of the best on his own

    James Ellis is enjoying quite a run. After years of success at a multitude of tracks, the Brooksville driver and car owner has won all four of his feature races in the modified mini stock class, including his outing at the Citrus County Speedway on March 8.

  • Aviles hits 3-run homer, Indians beat Rays 6-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mike Aviles had a nice sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning that didn't result in any runs. One inning later he swung away with great results.

    Aviles hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh, Corey Kluber went 6 2-3 effective innings, and the Cleveland Indians stopped a seven-game road losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Friday night.

  • Bucs draft TE Seferian-Jenkins in 2nd round

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay is giving its low-scoring offense a face-lift in the NFL draft.

    A day after beginning their first draft under coach Lovie Smith with the selection of Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, the Buccaneers added Washington tight end Austin Seferin-Jenkins in the second round and West Virginia running back Charles Sims in the third on Friday night.

  • Pearce and Jimenez help Orioles sweep Rays 3-1

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer, Ubaldo Jimenez won his second straight start and the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 victory Thursday night.

    Pearce's second homer in three days came off David Price after J.J. Hardy's double in the second inning.

  • NFL DRAFT: Texans pick Clowney first

    NEW YORK — For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn’t wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade.

    No surprise: Clowney is the Texans’ man.

  • Trio of home runs lead Orioles over Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Adam Jones hit a pair of solo homers and Jonathan Schoop launched a tiebreaking, two-run shot that sent the Baltimore Orioles over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday night.

    Schoop’s drive in the seventh inning off Brandon Gomes (2-2) put the Orioles ahead 4-2.

    Jones hit leadoff homers in both the second and fourth off Cesar Ramos. It was his fourth multihomer game.

  • Eyes on the NFL

    Jeff Bryan
    Riverland News

    Beginning tonight, Terrence Brooks will keep an otherwise low profile while he surrounds himself with family and friends.

    That could all change within the next two to three days as the former Dunnellon High standout, who starred at Florida State University the past two seasons, could come one step close to fulfilling his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.