Local Sports

  • Price throws 8 shutout innings; Rays top Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS — Pushing the Tampa Bay Rays back toward .500 might be David Price’s way of dampening trade rumors.

    The All-Star left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

  • Super Late Models make return to CCS

    Super Late Models make a return to the Citrus County Speedway today for a 50-lap event, sharing a racing card with Legends and Bandoleros, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Streets Stocks, Hornets and Fan Participation Racing.

    Wayne Anderson added to his extensive career win total at Citrus — and overall — with a victory in the 100-lap feature on June 14.

  • Luck at speedway turns around for Smith

    Chuckie Smith was due for better luck on the race track. Heading into the Citrus County Speedway’s 50-lap Pure Stock event on July 5, the
    32-year-old Inverness stock car driver had been through seven motors this year. At noon on the day of the race, he realized he needed another change. Luckily, his friend and supporter Wes Wilson, who happened to be on vacation that week, had a motor available.

  • Zobrist and Longoria carry Rays over Twins, 6-2

    MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Zobrist homered and Evan Longoria had three RBIs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

    Alex Cobb (5-6) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings and Matt Joyce added an RBI single as the Rays continue to play themselves back into contention.

    Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, a two-run shot in the third highlighted by a fan leaning over the railing in left-center and making a sno-cone catch before the ball landed in a flower bed.

  • In Gainesville, 'Canes Pryor finds future

    One of the most accomplished prep basketball players in the county’s history is taking his game just up I-75.

    After impressing coaches at a workout with the school this past spring, Citrus High School graduate Devin Pryor has earned preferred walk-on status at Santa Fe College in northern Gainesville, where he’ll suit up at guard as a full member of the basketball squad.

  • Gallopin wins Tour de France Stage 11

    OYONNAX, France — French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.

    The peloton returned to action after the race’s first rest day with the 116.3-mile ride from Besancon to Oyonnax, not far from the Swiss border. The stage featured four small- to medium-sized hills near the end.

  • SEC Network TV launch looming; some fans in dark

    HOOVER, Ala. — Fan Lee Massengale is already worried about Georgia’s game with Troy, even with Clemson and South Carolina coming up first.

    Massengale’s not sure if his cable provider will be carrying the SEC Network, which broadcasts the Sept. 20 contest with the Trojans.

  • A new generation emerging at golf’s oldest major

    HOYLAKE, England — Even when he’s not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.

    Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history, and the attention is just as great now because his recent past includes back surgery and his immediate future is more uncertain than ever. ESPN plans to show his entire round online today.

  • Baldner looks for bigger things in 2014

    Vincent Brown

    For the Chronicle

    Dallas Baldner, the former all-everything playmaker for the Crystal River Pirates football team, is confident about his opportunities this fall with Valdosta State University following a freshman year of learning the ropes and practicing with the scout team.

  • Williams rolls to another tournament title

    C.J. Risak

    Jenna Williams knows what she must do better to keep moving up the competitive ladder in bowling.

    “Probably focusing more,” the 13 year-old prodigy from Homosassa said. “I have a tendency to drift away sometimes.”

    If her most recent triumph proves nothing else, it illustrates how focused Williams is already.