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  • 'What a race!' Glory at Indy goes to Dario Franchitti, but the day belongs to Dan Wheldon

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books, the latest three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

    But this was not about Franchitti: It was all for Dan Wheldon.

  • Two-run shot puts Rays back on top

    BOSTON — Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Boston closer Alfredo Aceves, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, a day after losing in the final inning.

  • Pros converge on CR race

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Bob Brockett was practically floating on air Saturday morning at Fort Island Gulf Beach.

  • Red Sox's comeback shocks Rays


    BOSTON — Boston’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk’s ceremonial first pitch honoring a memorable Fenway Park moment.

    Then he made one of his own about three hours later.

    Saltalamacchia had a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Fernando Rodney with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

  • The tipping point


    BOSTON — Rajon Rondo had 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 85-75 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

    The Celtics will open the third round of the NBA playoffs in Miami against the Heat on Monday night.

    Rondo scored nine straight Boston points, helping the Celtics turn a three-point edge into a double-digit lead after Paul Pierce fouled out with 4:16 left in the game.

  • Bashing in beantown


    BOSTON — Matt Joyce hit his second grand slam in six games and Elliot Johnson had a two-run shot to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to their third straight win, 7-4 over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night in a game that saw the benches empty in the ninth inning.

    Carlos Pena, inserted into the leadoff spot after a miserable slump, added a solo homer for the Rays.

    Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI double for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.

  • Finishing the job


    INDIANAPOLIS — There was nothing soft about Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

    Wade scored 41 points, LeBron James chipped in 28 and the Heat finished off the Indiana Pacers, locking up a return trip to the Eastern Conference finals with a 105-93 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night.

  • Walking away with it

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — B.J. Upton helped the Tampa Bay Rays continue their home dominance over Toronto.

    Upton hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and Tampa Bay beat the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday.

    “I think I’m understanding the strike zone and trying to stay aggressive, and right now I guess I’m not missing any pitches,” said Upton, who homered in both Monday and Tuesday’s games. “Right now that’s the approach I have and it’s working out for me.”

  • Heat scorch Pacers, 115-83

    Associated Press
    MIAMI — Miami took a big step forward. Indiana lost two forwards.

    Suddenly, the road back to the Eastern Conference finals no longer looks daunting for the Heat.

    LeBron James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 28, and the Heat moved a win away from the NBA’s final four with a 115-83 victory over the hurting Pacers on Tuesday night.

    The Heat lead the best-of-seven East semifinals 3-2, with Game 6 in Indiana on Thursday night.

  • Seven Rivers QB signs with Illinois school

    C.J. Risak

    LECANTO — Josh Downey has some big things he’d still like to accomplish in football, and he’ll use a smaller collegiate stage to do it.

    The quarterback from Seven Rivers Christian School signed Monday to attend Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

    “I wanted to keep playing through college,” Downey said. “I just did not want it to end now.”