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  • Rookie Evans leads Bucs past Redskins 27-7

    LANDOVER, Md. — So here is this rookie, going in motion and telling a 35-year-old quarterback what to do.

    The way Mike Evans is playing, no one’s going to argue. The big, speedy receiver streaked down the left sideline and was open for the 36-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown. It was part of a milestone, 209-yard game Sunday for the No. 7 overall draft pick in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 27-7 win over the Washington Redskins.

  • Muschamp out as Florida coach after 4 seasons

    GAINESVILLE — Despite trying three coordinators and five quarterbacks, Will Muschamp never figured out one side of the ball at Florida.

    And it cost him his job.

    The Gators parted ways with Muschamp on Sunday, one day after a gut-wrenching loss to South Carolina that summed up the former defensive coordinator’s four-year tenure as head coach.

  • Area harriers finish season at state meet

    TALLAHASSEE - There were tears of joy and pain mixed in for Alexis Ulseth.

    The Crystal River senior cross country runner just finished her final high school race Saturday in the Class 2A State Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park. 

    She finished with a personal record of 22:15 and in 128th place at the state meet, despite running through some tendonitis.

  • Bucs look for first win in over a month

    WASHINGTON — Ah, mid-November, when winning teams talk of screens, blitzes, standout players and how best to make a run at the playoffs.

    And going-nowhere teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins? They find themselves wading through the heavy waters of topics such as discipline, leadership, unity and whether they have the right quarterback.

  • Escape artists

    MIAMI GARDENS — Dalvin Cook ran for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth, and No. 2 Florida State continued its season of rallies by erasing a 16-point deficit and topping Miami 30-26 on Saturday night.

    Jameis Winston completed 25 of 42 passes for 304 yards for the Seminoles (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 3 CFP), who extended their winning streak to 26 games and beat Miami for the fifth straight time.

  • Gators look to ‘take back the Swamp’ against Spurrier

    GAINESVILLE — Florida’s Will Muschamp and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier spend a few hours together each summer, sharing a flight to Connecticut for a Southeastern Conference media tour.

    They trade stories and talk football, and it’s made the coaches close friends. It could also create a somewhat awkward situation for the winner today in Gainesville. After all, neither can really afford another loss this season.

  • No. 7 Florida opens season with 68-45 victory

    GAINESVILLE — Even in a little pain, Dorian Finney-Smith looked quite comfortable in his new role.

    Finney-Smith scored 15 points, Michael Frazier II added 14 and No. 7 Florida opened the season with a 68-45 victory over William & Mary on Friday night.

    Michigan transfer Jon Horford chipped in 11 points for the Gators, who won their 24th consecutive season opener and improved to 19-0 on opening night under coach Billy Donovan.

  • 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).