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  • O’s pound Rays in opener

    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have a knack for moving forward instead of looking back, a trait that just might be more important than their home-run power and solid pitching.

    “The strength of his team is the ability to forget,” center fielder Adam Jones said after Baltimore snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

  • Set to spike

    C.J. Risak

    In 2013, the Citrus volleyball team did something its 19 predecessors had failed to do: Win a district title.

    So the obvious question — can the Hurricanes do it again?

    Certainly not, at least if Crystal River and Lecanto — which tied Citrus, all three at 4-2, for the regular season 5A-6 title in 2013 — have anything to say about it. And by all preseason indications, both squads will have more than a passing interest in the district outcome.

  • Rain washes away bulk of CCS races

    INVERNESS — Heavy rain and lightning cut short Saturday’s racing schedule at the Citrus County Speedway, forcing the cancellation of five feature events.

    After blowing the motor in his Street Stock two weeks prior, Tim Wilson returned with a second ride to collect his 13th feature win moments before the rainfall. The Floral City driver picked up his seventh heat win earlier in the evening. J.D. Goff finished second in the Street Stock feature to catapult himself into second place in the standings.

  • Longoria gets winning hit in 10th inning

    TORONTO — After using his bat to give Tampa Bay a one-run lead in extra innings, Evan Longoria protected that slender advantage with a sparkling catch.

    Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Sunday.

    “It’s good to come out on top of that one,” Longoria said.

  • Catching on

    Terrence Brooks isn’t soaring quite yet as the Baltimore Ravens rookie is adapting to life in the NFL.

    But that doesn’t mean he’s not catching on.

    Like most first-year players throughout the NFL, Brooks is slowly coming into his own, but the Baltimore Ravens third-round selection knows he has plenty of work remaining in the coming weeks to make his mark with the two-time Super Bowl Championship franchise.

  • Three-team trade brings Love to Cavs

    CLEVELAND — Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.

    Cleveland has craved a championship for 50 years.

    One drought over. One to go.

  • Bucs find a win

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald provided quarterback Josh McCown and the rebuilt Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense a hand in helping run up the score on the Buffalo Bills.

    McDonald returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown and McCown directed two scoring drives in a 27-14 preseason win Saturday.

  • Reyes lifts Blue Jays over Rays in 10 innings

    TORONTO — Jose Reyes singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday in a game the Rays played under protest.

    Toronto took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger, but closer Casey Janssen couldn’t hold on. Pinch-hitter James Loney singled home the tying run with one out in the ninth, handing Janssen his fourth blown save.

  • 6-Pack series hits Speedway

    The fifth leg of the Sportsman 6-Pack Series 50 headlines today’s racing action at Citrus County Speedway, joining Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure/Street Stock Figure 8s, Powder Puff, Hornets and Fan Participation Racing.

  • The drought is over

    Though he never lost the taste for winning, it had been a while since Brannen Hester prevailed in his Super Late Model class.

    The 37-year-old Lakeland driver couldn’t have predicted the kind of win he would collect in last Saturday’s 25-lap event at the Citrus County Speedway, his first feature victory at the Inverness track. After starting on the pole, Hester never looked back, pulling away from the field while building up a half-a-lap lead on the third-place finisher.