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  • Sale blanks Rays on two hits

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Sale tossed a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera singled in Jimmy Rollins in the ninth and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night.

    Sale (3-0), from nearby Lakeland, struck out nine for his best start to a season since going 5-0 in 2014. He retired 16 straight between singles by Desmond Jennings in the second and Steve Pearce in the seventh.

  • Strong district showing for Lecanto track teams

    The track and field postseason got underway Thursday with Lecanto competing in the District 3A-7 Meet in New Port Richey.

    The top four place finishers in each event advance to the Class 3A Region II Meet held April 29 at First Academy in Orlando.

    The Panther girls, led by four first-place finishers, placed second in the team race with 119 points. Land O’ Lakes claimed the team crown with 161 points.

  • Pirates fall short in district title game

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — Crystal River gave host, and top-seeded, Spring Hill Springstead a battle in the 6A-6 softball championship game, which just reaffirmed the conviction Eagles’ coach Craig Swartout already had.

  • ’Canes wear crown

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Citrus won its first flag football championship with a nail-biting 14-13 win over Crystal River on Thursday night, surviving a final drive that ended a yard short of a devastating defeat.

  • Major boxing event in Citrus

    Rochelle Kaiser

    Special to the Chronicle

    Punches are going to be thrown this weekend. And so will a few jabs, uppercuts and hooks, as the Citrus County Boxing Academy and Youth Center hosts the 2016 Florida Association State Prep, Junior Olympic and Youth Championship Amateur Boxing Tournament.

  • Panthers counting on Carl’s right arm

    As the most durable arm at the most important position on the field, Hunter Carl has been an indispensable resource for the Lecanto baseball club the past two seasons.

    The senior right-hander is approaching 100 innings pitched over his junior and senior seasons, and has already put in 51 2/3 innings and 10 starts this spring, while averaging five innings per start.

  • Indians hand Rays, Archer another loss 6-0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer's winless streak reached nine games Thursday in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

    Danny Salazar gave up three hits in six innings and Marlon Byrd hit one of three Cleveland home runs — a two-run shot off Archer, an All-Star who has lost all three of his starts this season.

    Cleveland took two of three in the series, limiting the Rays to 15 hits.

  • Sloppy play hurts Panthers

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — Coming into Wednesday night’s Class 6A, District 6 softball semifinal, Lecanto knew it faced a stiff challenge against top-seeded host Springstead.

    So the fifth-seed Panthers could hardly afford to beat themselves, as they did in committing nine errors, helping the Eagles to a 9-1 victory.

  • Pirates take care of Tigers

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    SPRING HILL — If you’re going to have an unforgettable performance, why not do it when it’s needed most?

    Savannah Edwards did just that in Wednesday’s 6A-6 softball tournament semifinal, collecting four hits including two home runs and driving in seven runs to propel Crystal River past Dunnellon 14-5 at Spring Hill Springstead.

  • Lightning and Red Wings meet in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs again

    BRANDON — There’s nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs to make Brad Richards feel young again.

    The two-time Stanley Cup champion is in the postseason for the 10th time during a 16-year career that includes stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and his current team, the Detroit Red Wings, who squeezed into the playoffs for the 25th consecutive season.