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  • Going the distance

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    To hear his coach talk about Ethan Kennedy, it makes all the sense in the world that he would excel at distance events.

  • Smyly gets win, Ramirez homers as Rays beat Jays 6-2

    TORONTO — In the middle of August, Alexei Ramirez hit a home run off Rays left-hander Drew Smyly.

    Almost a month later, Ramirez connected again, this time helping give Smyly a win.

    Smyly pitched 5 2/3 innings to remain unbeaten at Rogers Centre, Ramirez and Steven Souza Jr. hit home runs and Tampa Bay beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Tuesday night.

  • No. 2 FSU looks to contain Louisville’s Jackson

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State has its hands full going up against Louisville dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, and that was before the second-ranked Seminoles lost one of their most versatile defensive players.

    Coach Jimbo Fisher said during Monday’s press conference that defensive back Derwin James was having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The injury occurred during the second half of last Saturday’s win over Charleston Southern .

  • Pirate power play

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — One team featured more than half a roster of sophomores, freshmen and an eighth-grader, while the other had seven seniors who have experienced at least three seasons of playing together.

  • Newly renovated Oaks Course hosts grand reopening

    HERNANDO — Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club proudly announces the reopening of its Oaks Golf Course. The event celebrates the completion of a three month, $500,000 improvement project. The course was closed on May 1 for a renovation project involving the re-grassing of tees and fairways with Celebration Bermuda grass. Celebration is a deep blue-green Bermuda grass engineered for tolerance and recovery from wear and drought as well as shade tolerance. 

  • Blue Jays, Rays clear benches after game

    TORONTO — After the final out, that's when things really heated up between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.

    Both benches and bullpens cleared after the Blue Jays wrapped up a 3-2 win Monday night, and the skirmish got settled without anyone throwing punches.

    After Steven Souza Jr. hit a liner to center for the last out, he traded words with Russell Martin, misunderstanding the Toronto catcher's praise for his hard-hit drive as criticism.

  • Leading the way

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    How to build a successful season: The theories abound. 

    Whatever strategy a coach preaches — building a team’s confidence by piling up victories, constantly trying different formats and player combinations to seek improved production, or simply using each match as a learning process — the ultimate aim is the same. ... Peak by season’s end, when it counts the most.

  • Bresnahan takes Super Late Model feature

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    Mike Besnahan’s history at Citrus County Speedway runs deep. So deep, that when he found himself in contention to win the Super Late Model event he knew exactly what he had to do.

    “I really didn’t think 50 laps was enough to get to the front,” Bresnahan said after having to start near the rear of the field.

  • A grand opening

    ATLANTA — Dirk Koetter got a game ball after his debut as an NFL head coach.

    Jameis Winston made it all possible.

    The second-year quarterback bounced back from an early interception to throw four touchdowns passes, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-24 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons in a season-opening matchup between NFC South rivals.

  • Andriese ends skid, Whitley returns as Rays stop Yanks, 4-2

    NEW YORK — Even after ending his long losing streak, Matt Andriese was treated no better than a rookie.

    Andriese won for the first time since June, Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays slowed the New York Yankees’ playoff charge by stopping their seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Sunday.