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  • 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


    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.

  • Rough night for county football teams

    It was a rough Friday night for the county’s prep football teams; all four lost their respectable matchups.

    Dunnellon, a team just over the county line, walked out of Citrus County with a win though, after crushing the Citrus Hurricanes 41-6.

  • New York Yankees win 7 straight, beat Rays

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Even when a pitcher tried to walk him on purpose, Gary Sanchez almost hit a home run.

    That’s how good things are going for the rookie — and his team, too.

    Sanchez homered and nearly launched another as Tampa Bay messed up an intentional walk, leading the hard-charging Yankees to their season-best seventh straight win, 5-1 over the Rays on Saturday.

  • Florida beats Kentucky 45-7 for the 30th straight win in series

    Mark Long

    AP Sports Writer

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio delivered Florida’s most prolific passing performance in a Southeastern Conference game in a dozen years — even topping Tim Tebow’s best with the Gators.

    Del Rio threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, including a 78-yarder to Antonio Callaway, and Florida beat Kentucky 45-7 Saturday to extend its winning streak in the series to 30.

  • Warriors fall hard at home

    The Seven Rivers Christian Warriors were no match for its 4A opponent Lake Highland Prep Friday night — and it showed. 

    The Warriors (1-2) were pummeled 42-6 at home by the Highlanders (3-0), in a game where a running clock offered little hope of a second-half comeback.

    Following the loss, Warriors head coach Ray Greene spoke to his players and said its time to “get right” and “get to work.” Greene said that starts with him.

  • Rattlers bite Pirates

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It may have not been the outcome Crystal River wanted, but when former coach and athletic director Earl Bramlett stepped onto the football field at halftime to watch as the stadium — once named after him — be rededicated to also honor his late wife Cathie with a new sign that simply read “Bramlett Stadium,” the game took a respectable backseat.