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  • Change of heart leads Greene to return to Seven Rivers

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Rayburn Greene’s departure from Seven Rivers Christian didn’t last very long.

  • Lecanto swimmer Macaisa signs with UNF

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Lauren Macaisa has spent much of her life swimming, and she recently assured she would continue doing so for another four years.

  • Sale gets win No. 1 with Sox

    BOSTON — Chris Sale was dominant with 12 strikeouts over seven innings for his first victory with Boston, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Saturday.

    Sale (1-1) allowed one run on three hits with three walks, striking out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

    Boston acquired the 6-foot-6 left-hander from the White Sox for four prospects during the offseason. The Red Sox had lost five of eight. The Rays dropped their fourth in five games.

  • From couch to Boston Marathon

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Anybody can set a goal. Achieving it — that could be a challenge.

    Of course, it depends how ambitious the goal is. The description provided by George L’Heureux of the objective he set for himself after discovering a mid-life path to follow makes it sound like a natural course of events.

  • Rays hit 4 HRs off Porcello; Archer ends long skid vs Red Sox

    BOSTON — Logan Morrison hit a grand slam and Shane Peterson homered in his first big league at-bat since 2015, two of the career-high four homers allowed by Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 10-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

    Chris Archer (2-0) gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings, ending his 11-game losing streak against the Red Sox.

  • Dix fast becoming a force on the mound

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Caleb Dix has been many things for Crystal River this season. Ace starting pitcher, regular shortstop, cleanup hitter and now a closer.

  • District tie broken

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Two days of the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament in Zephyrhills couldn’t decide who captured the district crown.

  • Late two-run blast lifts Yankees past Rays

    NEW YORK — Aaron Hicks homered twice, including a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Thursday night to move above .500 for the first time this season.

    Luis Severino (1-0) struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings, including four of his last five batters. The Yankees completed a three-game sweep and won their fourth in a row following a 1-4 start.

  • Dodd, Davis off to FHSAA State Finals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Two Citrus girls are headed to states, while both Crystal River teams are going to regionals. Yet not everything was settled Wednesday in the second day of the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament.

  • Pirates get big win at home

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — In a must-win game to keep its playoff hopes alive, Crystal River did just that with a 6-0 win over Lecanto in flag football Wednesday night.