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  • Horned Frogs leap into top 4, ’Noles drop to No. 3

    TCU still has Baylor beat in the College Football Playoff rankings — even though the Bears got the better of the Horned Frogs on the field.

    The Horned Frogs moved up to fourth in the rankings released Tuesday night, while the Bears were up to seventh, closing the gap between themselves and their Big 12 rivals.

  • Stoned in shootout

    CHICAGO — Corey Crawford made 25 saves and three more stops in the shootout to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

    Patrick Kane scored the only goal in the tiebreaker as Chicago won for the third time in four games and stopped Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak. The Blackhawks had lost their last five games against the Lightning, with four of the defeats coming in a shootout or overtime.

  • ’Canes top Fivay

    The Citrus boys soccer team got two goals apiece from Xavier Monsegur and Rudy Salazar in a 5-2 victory at Fivay on Monday night.

    Matt Rinaldi also scored a goal, as the Hurricanes improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in District 3A-7 action.

    Mauro Mondragon had a pair of assists, while Noah McGinnis and Monsegur each had one. Dakota Gruzdas made eight saves in goal for Citrus.

  • Warriors win opener

    The Seven Rivers Christian girls basketball team opened the season Monday night at home with a 60-34 victory over Agape Christian.

    Alyssa Gage had 23 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Warriors. Tessa Kacer added 12 points, three assists and four steals, Maloni Lewis had 11 points and eight rebounds, Katelyn Kelso added four points and two rebounds and Abby Kuntz chipped in six points.

  • Bucs coach Smith not discouraged

    TAMPA — Lovie Smith is not discouraged. He just wants his players to play smarter.

    “Discouraged? No, disappointed, very disappointed,” Smith said Monday, a day after a 27-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons dropped his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 1-8. “Eventually we’re going to get over the hump. We’re not there yet.”

  • Muschamp, Florida taking more chances

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp is taking a few extra chances these days.

    And it’s working.

    A week after seizing momentum against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia with a fake field goal, the Gators went for it on fourth-and-goal at the Vanderbilt 1 on consecutive drives in the second quarter Saturday. The first one failed, but the second one turned out to be the game-winner in a 34-10 victory.

  • Maximum effort

    Larry Bugg

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Jessica Anspaugh screamed and celebrated like she won the showcase showdown on the Price is Right.

    Actually, Anspaugh had just lifted a 120-pound clean and jerk to win the 183-pound weight class at a girls weightlifting meet Monday at the Citrus High School weight room.

  • Macaisa, Sisto swim to state

    Despite some record-setting performances and several top-six place finishes at the Class 2A Region 2 Swimming and Diving Meet held Friday at Merritt Island, there were only two athletes from the county headed to the state meet when the list of qualifiers was announced Sunday.

  • Pirates head to state meet

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    ALACHUA – The resurgent Crystal River Lady Pirates’ tale continues.

    A year ago, CRHS girls cross country couldn’t get out of districts at Nature Coast Tech.

  • Payback for prime time

    TAMPA — Seven weeks have passed, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still feel the sting and embarrassment of a nationally televised 42-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons.