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  • Sankey next in line?

    ATLANTA — Greg Sankey is limping around on a knee that is feeling the effects of 41 marathons, most of which he has run during the last 12 years when he has been working as the Southeastern Conference commissioner’s right-hand man.

    A few years back Sankey decided to run a marathon a month for a year. He ended up doing it for 15 straight months, and one month he ran two.

  • Royals crowned AL Champs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series.

    With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning, and a bullpen that shut down the Baltimore Orioles once again, Greg Holland and the wild-card Royals wrapped up a sweep of the AL Championship Series with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

  • Giants beat Cardinals in 10 on Choate wild throw

    SAN FRANCISCO — Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy.

    A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.

  • Slive to retire as SEC commissioner in July

    Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league to unprecedented success and prosperity.

    The 74-year-old Slive said his retirement will take effect July 31, and also announced he plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.

  • Warriors rule

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — The Citrus volleyball team played its best match of the season, but it still wasn’t good enough to overtake Seven Rivers Christian.

  • Bucs are ready for a bye week

    TAMPA — Lovie Smith says Tampa Bay’s bye week is coming at a good time, though not just because the break will give some injured players a chance to get healthy.

    No, the struggling Buccaneers (1-5) have been blown out twice in the past month, and the coach is hoping having the embarrassment of a 48-17 loss to Baltimore will be motivation for the team to get back on the practice field and make necessary corrections to turn the season around.

  • Florida’s Harris to split snaps with Driskel

    GAINESVILLE — Florida is changing things up at quarterback — at least partially.

    Coach Will Muschamp said Monday that freshman Treon Harris will share snaps with fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, who has eight turnovers in the last three games, against Missouri on Saturday.

  • VB Notebook: Warriors versus Citrus County

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It’s pre-district tournament week, a time when teams prepare for the upcoming opening of the postseason by fine-tuning their play. But in Citrus County, there’s more at stake than that.

    Last night, Seven Rivers Christian began a week of difficult challenges when it traveled to Crystal River and won in five. Tonight, the Warriors will continue their trek with a trip to Citrus, and on Thursday they’ll go to Lecanto.

  • Key components

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    If time spent together is a decisive factor in a team’s success, then it’s understandable why Seven Rivers Christian’s volleyball squad is 15-7 overall and was unbeaten against county rivals going into this week.

  • Seven Rivers storms back

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River focused on the task at hand when it met county rival Seven Rivers Christian on Monday at Crystal River — for two sets. 

    What the Pirates failed to do was pay heed to what their coach told them between the second and third sets.