Local Sports

  • Rays end season on winning note

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mark Buehrle missed making history and found out he will be left off the Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff roster.

    Buehrle failed to become the fifth major leaguer to pitch 200 innings or more in 15 consecutive seasons, and the AL East champion Blue Jays missed out on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 12-3 Sunday in their regular-season finale.

  • District success

    Crystal River and Lecanto each picked up their second district win, while Dunnellon and Seven Rivers Christian stayed perfect on the season in blowout league wins in local football action on Friday. 

  • Swamped

    GAINESVILLE — Will Grier was sick all right.

    He was downright nasty.

    Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers — all in the first half — and No. 25 Florida upset third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night to give coach Jim McElwain a signature win in his first season in Gainesville.

  • Winston faces QB with similar story

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston reached out to a number of people for advice in the months before he was selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft, including Carolina’s Cam Newton.

  • Tulowitzki returns, AL East champ Blue Jays rally past Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Troy Tulowitzki played as if a late-season injury is behind him.

    Tulowitzki doubled and singled in his return to the Toronto lineup after missing three weeks with injuries, and the AL East champion Blue Jays rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night.

    “Big relief he's back out there,” Toronto center fielder Kevin Pillar said. “Doesn't seem like he's missed a beat.”

  • Memorial race headlines tonight’s card at speedway

    The Citrus County Speedway celebrates auto racing history today with a couple of throwback series and a memorial race for one of Florida’s most legendary sprint car drivers.

    The Frank Riddle Memorial Race, a 40-lap Non-Winged Sprint event, headlines racing action at the Inverness track, joining Pure Stocks 

  • Warriors remain undefeated with big win at St. John

    The Seven Rivers Christian football team hammered St. John Lutheran 50-3 Friday night in Ocala, to improve to 6-0 on the season.

    The Warriors also moved to 6-0 in the SSAC Coastal-Orange Division, while the Saints fell to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in league play.

    The Warriors led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 50-3 at halftime.

  • Mistakes cost ’Canes in 34-7 loss

    WEEKI WACHEE — Following a 34-7 loss Friday night to the Weeki Wachee Hornets, Citrus head coach Justin Taylor sat beside himself on the bench as his players headed for the buses.

    His team, now 0-6, may have had it’s best night of the season as far as moving the ball up and down the field, but it wasn’t enough.

    “Our guys need to grow up and stop making the same mistakes week in and week out,” Taylor said.

  • Team effort lifts Lecanto

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — Every time Lecanto got knocked down Friday night, it seemed somebody stepped up and made a play. 

    In a back-and-forth Class 5A, District 7 battle that featured four lead changes in the second half alone, the Panthers found a way to survive, defeating host Central, 39-28. 

  • Unattractive win

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Despite improving to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 5A-7 play with a 21-7 Homecoming victory over Hernando on Friday night, Crystal River head coach Nate Varnadore was anything but pleased afterward.

    The Pirates allowed the Leopards (1-5, 1-2) to hang around all night — despite out-gaining them by more than 100 yards — due to penalties at key moments and turnovers.