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  • Florida, FSU meet again on diamond

    GAINESVILLE — First baseman Peter Alonso and so many of his Florida teammates vividly remember leaving Omaha empty-handed last season.

    That oh-so-close feeling of losing two one-run games to eventual national champion Virginia has stuck with them since.

    It’s provided motivation. It’s kept them focused. It’s helped them maintain the No. 1 ranking for most of this season.

  • Things to know about NCAA super regionals

    OMAHA, Neb. — Super regionals is the next stop on the NCAA baseball tournament’s Road to Omaha.

    Four of the best-of-three series are today through Sunday, with the other four Saturday through Monday. The eight winners advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha starting June 18.

    Some things to know heading into the round of 16:

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  • Florida renaming field after coach Spurrier

    GAINESVILLE — Florida is renaming its football field after former coach Steve Spurrier.

    The university’s board of trustees approved the change Thursday, making it Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The board also approved a naming-rights deal for the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

  • Gators, Seminoles roll to next round

    GAINESVILLE — Peter Alonso drove in three runs, Alex Faedo pitched eight scoreless innings and overall No. 1 seed Florida advanced in the NCAA Tournament by beating Georgia Tech 10-1 Sunday night in the Gainesville Regional.

    The Gators (50-13) will host in-state rival Florida State in a best-of-three super regional next weekend. Florida swept all three games against the Seminoles this season and has won 10 of the last 12 in the series.

  • Longoria’s HR streak reaches 4

    MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria has rediscovered his power stroke.

    Longoria homered for the fourth consecutive game, connecting twice, and the Rays earned a 7-5 win against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

    Logan Morrison also homered twice and Longoria added an RBI single in the ninth for Tampa Bay, which entered with the third-most homers in the major leagues and hit a total of 11 in the four games in Minnesota.

  • ’Noles knocked out of softball World Series

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Pinch-runner Morgan Podany beat a throw to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning and Auburn beat Florida State 8-7 on Sunday night in the Women’s College World Series to advance to the best-of-three championship round.

    Auburn (57-10) reached the championship series for the first time and set a school record for wins.

  • Closer to his dream

    Citrus High School graduate and current University of Washington student, Ben Davison, began rowing at the age of 12 with his older brother. At 14, he began to take it seriously. Now at 19, Davison is still rowing and last week he did so with the world’s best in Lucerne, Switzerland — representing the United States with three others for a chance to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Amazing what a difference five years can make.

  • Rays end 5-game slide by beating Twins 4-2

    MINNEAPOLIS — Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins om Friday night.

    Evan Longoria hit his second homer in as many games for the Rays, who won for just the third time in 14 games. Logan Morrison added a ninth-inning homer.

    Erasmo Ramirez (7-4) and Xavier Cedeno combined for 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for Tampa Bay, and Alex Colome labored to get five outs for his 13th save in as many tries.

  • Miami rallies to thwart Stetson upset bid

    CORAL GABLES — Randy Batista scored the go-ahead run on Walker Sheller’s wild pitch in the eighth inning, and top-seeded Miami survived a strong challenge and beat fourth-seeded Stetson 4-2 in the Coral Gables Regional on Friday night.

    The top four batters in the order for Miami — Carl Chester, Batista, Zack Collins and Brandon Lopez — all had a hit and scored in the NCAA opener for the Hurricanes (46-11), who made the College World Series last year.

  • Local sports briefs

    Senior softball league available in Citrus

    Citrus County has a senior softball league for men over 55. 

    Games are Mondays and Fridays at the county park on Roosevelt St. in Beverly Hills (just up from the library). Games start at 9 a.m. 

    Call Bill at 352-465-0835 or Jim at 352-726-7535 or else just show up by 8:45 a.m.

    Crystal River sports physicals are July 28