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  • A rough start

    Larry Bugg
    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Four defensive errors translated to eight runs in a disastrous third inning for the 11/12 Major Inverness Softball All-Stars Friday night.

    Dunedin topped the Citrus County team 16-5 in five innings in the opening game of the Little League Section 7 All-Star Tournament at Harley Levins Softball Complex.

    Dunedin also had five hits in the inning.

  • Uehara’s 68 leads Women’s British Open

    SOUTHPORT, England — Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women’s British Open. And the best she could manage was a 4-under 68.

    Pot bunkers can present problems on any links course. Throw in some thick grass and par becomes a problem.

  • A berated Shelly Sterling takes the stand

    LOS ANGELES — A day after being berated in court by her husband, Shelly Sterling returned to the witness stand Thursday in a trial to determine whether she has the right to sell Donald Sterling’s Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

    Mrs. Sterling said her husband encouraged her to sell the team for the best price after the NBA banned him from the league for life for making racist remarks.

  • Montgomerie leads after first day of Senior Open

    EDMOND, Okla. — Colin Montgomerie declared Bernhard Langer the favorite heading into the U.S. Senior Open.

    After 18 holes, Montgomerie may well have seized that position himself with a 6-under 65 to lead at the end of Thursday at Oak Tree National.

    The Scotsman started on No. 10 and birdied Nos. 14, 15 and 16 on the way to a 33 on the back nine. He birdied six, seven and eight to finish strong in oppressive heat and humidity.

  • Waiting on the king

    Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn’t rush to grab their pens.

    Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James — isn’t everybody? — before making their decisions.

  • Royals stun Rays with three-run ninth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays
    5-4 on Wednesday night.
     

    Kirby Yates (0-1), the fifth Tampa Bay reliever, entered with runners on first and third with one out and gave up Perez’s towering shot into the left-field corner.

    It’s been a big week for Perez, chosen Sunday to start at catcher for the American League in next week’s All-Star game.

  • Longoria drives in 2, Rays top Royals 4-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Evan Longoria drove in two runs, Jeremy Hellickson went 4 1/3 innings in his season debut, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Tuesday night.

    The Rays opened the sixth with three consecutive hits, including a two-run single by Longoria off Jason Vargas (8-4), to take a 2-1 lead.

    Vargas, who allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, was coming off seven innings in the Royals’ 4-0 win Wednesday against Minnesota.

  • Homecoming Royal-ty

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kansas City’s James Shields sparkled in his return to Tropicana Field, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 over seven innings and the Royals beat his former team 6-0 on Monday night.

    Shields (9-4) spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rays before being dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.

  • Motor change pushes Smith to victory

    INVERNESS — A last-minute motor change helped snap Chucky Smith’s string of bad luck in a 50-lap Pure Stock special, and Mickey Kempgens scored his second Non-Winged Sprints win of the year in Inverness with a little bit of patience during Saturday’s racing events at the Citrus County Speedway.

  • Price, Rays escape cellar with 7-3 win over Tigers

    DETROIT — All-Star David Price came within an out of a complete game, and the Tampa Bay Rays climbed out of last place in the AL East with a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.

    The Rays have won three straight and eight of nine to move a half-game ahead of defending champion Boston in the standings. Tampa Bay had sole possession of the cellar for 39 consecutive days.