Local Sports

  • Columbus skates past Lightning

    TAMPA — Brandon Saad scored on a power play and Cam Atkinson had a short-handed goal in the third period in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

    Alexander Wenneberg, Nick Foligno and Josh Anderson also scored to help the Blue Jackets improve to 9-2-2 in their last 13 games and 11-5-3 overall. The loss was only the second for the Lightning (13-8-1) in their last eight games against Columbus.

  • Florida-Florida State rivalry defined by quarterbacks

    TALLAHASSEE — In a rivalry that features six Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, the signal callers for today’s matchup between Florida and Florida State aren’t commanding the spotlight.

    It has been the play, however, of No. 13 Florida’s Austin Appleby and 15th-ranked Florida State’s Deondre Francois that has allowed both teams to gain momentum late in the season.

  • Rookies lead Cowboys to 10th straight, 31-26 over Redskins in key Thanksgiving Day game

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keep winning for the Dallas Cowboys, even with Kirk Cousins setting records for the Washington Redskins.

    Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Redskins 31-26 on Thursday.

  • Lions use last-minute interception, field goal to take first place in the North from Vikings

    DETROIT — Darius Slay dropped into coverage as if he was going to cover a deep route and pounced on an opportunity to help the Lions come back to win another game.

    Slay intercepted Sam Bradford’s pass from the left hash across the field to help send the Lions into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

  • Surging Buccaneers in middle of playoff hunt

    TAMPA — Thanks to the steady progress of Jameis Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back in the thick of the race for a playoff berth.

    The team’s 19-17 road upset of the Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Bucs (5-5) back to .500, one game behind the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons with six weeks remaining in the regular season.

  • Gators hoping for more consistency

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain feels like his team’s been too up and down in two seasons.

    Significant victory one week, pedestrian performance the next.

    It hasn’t happened too often, but McElwain has seen it enough to know he doesn’t want it to become a trend. So he challenged his players this week to show they’ve grown, ready to better handle success.

  • Pirates poised for playoffs

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Chronicle correspondent

    Last season, Crystal River went somewhere it hadn’t gone in 22 years. The Pirates advanced out of their district and into regionals for the first time since 1994.

    With four returning starters, Crystal River (17-11 in 2015-16) entered a campaign that began this week hungry for more.

  • Lecanto’s youth on display in home loss

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — It’s still early and Lecanto is still very young.

    That’s the easiest way to describe the Panthers’ performance at home against Mitchell on Tuesday, a game in which they trailed by 15 after one quarter and by 26 at the half, leading to a 63-23 thumping.

  • Crystal River pounces on Hernando early in 87-69 district triumph

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River’s boys basketball team hasn’t had much time to pull together so early into the season, but the Pirates still appeared in fine form on Tuesday night.

    Hosting Class 6A, District 7 foe Hernando, Crystal River stormed out of the gates in the first quarter and mostly cruised the rest of the way to an 87-69 victory.

  • Subban, Rinne lead Predators over Lightning 3-1

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — P.K. Subban scored twice in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves, helping the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

    Viktor Arvidsson also scored and Ryan Ellis added three assists for the Predators, winners of two of three.

    Rinne continued his hot November, improving to 6-1-2 on the month.