Local Sports

  • Dunnellon holds off Lecanto in girls hoops

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — From the start of the season, Lecanto girls basketball coach Ron Allan has said it would be a process building this team. It has been just that.

  • Third quarter dooms Pirates

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    LECANTO — On Wednesday night in Lecanto’s Chris Nichols Classic, Crystal River exploded for 33 points in the third quarter and rode that wave to an 80-64 victory over Sunlake.

    Thursday’s game likewise featured the Pirates blowing open a close game out of halftime. But this time, it was the Pirates from Fernandina Beach, who outscored Crystal River 31-11 in the third, pulling away for a 77-51 win.

  • FSU, Michigan set to tangle in Orange Bowl

    MIAMI GARDENS — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh finds oranges refreshing and has consumed at least two this week. And Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher used to break his bedtime as a kid to stay up late and watch bowl games.

    On Thursday, those were their big revelations.

    Friday, neither coach will seem so relaxed.

  • USF has Flowers power

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — South Florida’s Quinton Flowers says there were a lot of big-name college football programs that thought he could be a star player. As a running back. Or maybe as a safety.

    But Flowers knew he could be a great quarterback. And on Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl against a team from the Southeastern Conference, he proved it once again.

  • Kaaya’s 4 TDs lead Miami past West Virginia

    ORLANDO — Miami fans asked Brad Kaaya to end the school’s 10-year bowl-victory drought, and he delivered.

    Now they have another request.

    “One more year! One more year!” they chanted at Kaaya on Wednesday night, after he threw four touchdown passes to help Miami top No. 14 West Virginia 31-14 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

    And it’s easy to see why they’re clamoring for the school’s most prolific quarterback to return.

  • Citrus falls to Dunnellon

    C.J. Risak


    Yes, Dr. Henry Jekyll was present during Citrus’ performance against a strong Dunnellon team in Wednesday’s opening game of the Lecanto Holiday Basketball Tournament.

    Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Mr. Edward Hyde paid a visit as well.

  • Lecanto loses in tourney opener

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Chronicle correspondent

    LECANTO – The first day of Lecanto’s Chris Nichols Classic left the host Panthers wanting to quickly move on to the second.

    Wednesday night’s action ended with the Panthers suffering a 79-21 defeat at the hands of Fernandina Beach.

  • Hoops preview: SEC still has plenty of questions

    As the Southeastern Conference prepares to begin league competition, this much seems clear: Kentucky’s freshman class is as good as advertised.

    But there are plenty of questions surrounding the rest of the league as it tries to bounce back from a 2015-16 season in which the SEC earned only three NCAA Tournament invitations.

  • ‘Cubs win! Cubs win!’

    CHICAGO — Everything changed for the Chicago Cubs on a rainy November night. A century-plus worth of heartache washed away by a wave of pure joy.

    There were hugs, cheers and tears — and bottles and bottles of booze, sprayed everywhere from Cleveland to the shadow of Wrigley Field.

    Lovable losers, no more. The story of so many lifetimes is The Associated Press’ Sports Story of the Year.

  • Playoff hopes hurt

    NEW ORLEANS — Mark Ingram rushed for two-touchdowns and a game-sealing first down in the final minutes, and the New Orleans Saints put a considerable damper on Tampa Bay’s playoff aspirations with a 31-24 victory Saturday.

    The Buccaneers (8-7) needed a win to keep pace with Green Bay (9-6) for the final NFC wild-card spot, but couldn’t keep up with the Saints’ explosive offense.