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  • Boy Wonder looks human

    PARAMUS, N.J. — Bo Van Pelt had just the round he needed to start the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory McIlroy could afford an off day, and he finally had one.

    With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Van Pelt combined a great start and a great finish for a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead Thursday at The Barclays. He is No. 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.

  • Back on the field

    Crystal River (3-7 in 2013) vs. Ocala Trinity Catholic (8-4 in 2013, regional semifinals), 7:30 p.m.

    Perennial area powerhouse Ocala Trinity Catholic rolls into Crystal River tonight for the county’s only home preseason classic. CRHS is coming off its first losing season since 2006, but figures to have a more mature club, with much of the production and talent returning from last year’s sophomore-laden bunch. 

  • Price’s homecoming

    ST. PETERSBURG — David Price allowed only a first-inning RBI triple to Brandon Guyer in his first start against his former team, and Alex Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

    Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez and scored on Guyer’s hit. Price then retired his final 

    23 batters, nine on strikeouts, to finish an eight-inning complete game.

  • Fall Fest Tennis Tournament

    Eric van den Hoogen
    On tennis

    Another event is reaching the milestone of its 10th anniversary. It is the Fall Fest Compass Tennis Tournament at Crystal River High School.

  • Can Bucs keep up?

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will need to rewrite history if they hope to repeat as NFC South champions this season.

    It won’t be easy.

    No team has won back-to-back NFC South division titles since the league realigned in 2002. The Panthers are in a division stacked with formidable foes — not to mention tremendously talented quarterbacks — in Atlanta and New Orleans. And Tampa Bay is considered a dark horse under new coach Lovie Smith.

  • Tigers tackle tough South Sumter

    The high school football season kicks off tonight with one area preseason game on tap. The other four area teams will be in action Friday.

  • Porcello pitches 3-hitter, Tigers blank Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Porcello hasn’t won any Cy Young awards like three of his teammates, but he has pitched some of the better games of the season for the Detroit Tigers.

    One of them came Wednesday night when Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout, a 6-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    “Nine shutout innings. You literally can’t ask for anything more,” said Tiger manager Brad Ausmus.

  • Tigers score 3 in 11th, top Rays 8-6

    ST. PETERSBURG — Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.

    Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour (1-5), a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.

  • Philbin seems to be enjoying these Phins more

    DAVIE — Make no mistake, Joe Philbin is not always happy. When the Miami Dolphins had to repeat the same play four times in practice Tuesday and still failed to get it right, their head coach was steaming.

    Those moments have seemed rare so far this preseason.

  • Florida St. may go Green at receiver

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said senior Christian Green would start opposite senior receiver Rashad Greene if the season were to begin today.

    The Seminoles held their final scrimmage of camp Tuesday before the season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 30.