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  • No. 24 Gators edge out Vols

    GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen hit four 3-pointers in the final 7:34 and scored 23 points to send No. 24 Florida to an 83-70 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

    The Gators (12-3, 3-0 SEC) pulled away from a 56-all tie with 8:57 left to win their fifth game in a row. Allen made three of his 3s in a span of five possessions to turn a game that had featured six ties and 12 lead changes into a runaway at the end.

  • Grapplers struggle

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Chronicle correspondent

    SPRING HILL — Saturday night’s finals of Springstead’s Corey Hill Memorial Invite may have gone well into the evening, but for the two Citrus County squads in attendance it was an earlier night.

    Neither Crystal River nor Citrus was able to advance anyone into the championship finals of the rugged two-day, 25-team tournament, and no county grappler finished higher than fourth.

  • Florida promotes Shannon to defensive coordinator

    GAINESVILLE — No. 20 Florida is sticking with Randy Shannon as its defensive play-caller.

    Shannon was promoted to defensive coordinator Friday, assuming the role he held for the Gators’ 30-3 victory against 21st-ranked Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

    Shannon previously coached linebackers the last two seasons in Gainesville. He also served as associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator, although Geoff Collins called plays. Temple hired Collins as its head coach last month.

  • Ball bounces Citrus’ way in road victory

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — The ball bounced Citrus’ way Friday in a girls’ basketball game played at Lecanto. And the reason basically was twofold — Danielle Smith and Hayleigh Reeves.

    The duo accounted for 33 of the Hurricanes’ 41 points as they held off a late Panther rally to post a 41-33 triumph.

  • Perfect in 2017

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — So far, the Citrus boys basketball team is loving 2017.

    Playing in its third game during this first week of the new year, the Hurricanes improved to 3-0 since the ball dropped in Times Square, knocking off visiting Lecanto on Friday night, 57-45.

  • Sissons gets first hat trick, Predators beat Lightning 6-1

    TAMPA — Colton Sissons called it a “surreal” performance.

    Sissons ended a 12-game goal drought with his first career hat trick, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-1 on Thursday night.

    “I've been struggling to find the back of the net just in general,” Sissons said. “To pop three feels pretty good.”

  • Warriors drop district tilt

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Seven Rivers dropped its district match 6-1 to Carrollwood in girls soccer Thursday night, showing improvement from its last outing against the Patriots.

  • Pirates’ O’Callaghan becoming ‘big’ asset

    Chris Bernhardt

    Correspondent

    Last summer during an AAU basketball game, Crystal River head coach Jim Ervin struck up a conversation with an impressive big man playing for a church team.

    When the topic of where the young man went to school came up, Ervin received a shocking answer: Crystal River. Somehow Zach O’Callaghan, all 6-foot-7 of him, had escaped the attention of the boys basketball program on his own campus.

  • Ehlers has 2 goals, Jets beat Lightning 6-4

    TAMPA — Nikolaj Ehlers had two goals, including a penalty shot during Winnipeg's three-goal second period, and the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 on Tuesday night.

    The Jets, coming of a pair of losses where they were outscored 11-5, also got goals from Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba, Dustin Byfuglien and Patrik Laine. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves

  • Florida CB Wilson, OT Sharpe leaving early for NFL draft

    GAINESVILLE — Cornerback Quincy Wilson and offensive tackle David Sharpe are the first Florida players to leave school early this season and declare for the NFL draft.

    Wilson and Sharpe announced their intentions Tuesday on Twitter, one day after the 20th-ranked Gators beat No. 21 Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl.