Local Sports

  • CR’s Kidd taking his clubs to South Florida

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For the last four years, Crystal River senior Kyle Kidd helped establish the Pirates’ golf program as an area powerhouse. Now he wants to help take the University of South Florida men’s club to new heights.

    Amid family, friends, coaches and administrators, the two-time Chronicle Boys Golfer of the Year signed a letter of commitment Friday to take his clubs to Tampa and play for the Bulls.

  • An even match

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Players for Citrus and Lecanto immediately shook hands on the pitch after their 1-1 draw Friday night, a show of respect for each team’s play after an intense rivalry game.

  • Niemi keys Sharks’ 2-1 win over Lightning

    TAMPA — Antti Niemi made 32 saves and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Thursday night.

    Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Sharks, who are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip. Niemi improved to 5-0-1 against the Lightning.

    Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots. The Lightning are 0-1-1 since their six-game winning streak was snapped.

  • Wild wild west

    NEW YORK — For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end.

    Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968, coasting to an easy victory Thursday.

    “A little bit of shock, honestly,” the Dodgers ace said on a conference call. “I guess I never really anticipated to win that.”

  • No. 2 FSU eyes Miami’s Duke Johnson

    TALLAHASSEE — Miami running back Duke Johnson circled Saturday’s home game against rival Florida State on the calendar over a year ago, when his season ended with a broken ankle on the turf in Tallahassee.

  • Aces honored

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous choice for his third NL Cy Young Award, and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber edged Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to win the AL honor for the first time.

    Kershaw led the majors in victories and ERA and threw a no-hitter, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions.

    Now, the big question: Is he the Most Valuable Player, too?

  • Local gymnasts earn honors


    Members of Citrus Gymnastics recently attended a pair of big meets and came out with some outstanding performances.

    At an AAU Gymnastics Qualifier in Palm Coast Delaney Loyed received a score of 35.975 elite gymnast. Alexis Herndon received a 34.555, Jordyn Fontaine earned a 33.5, Emma Christensen received a 34.275, Emma Algor scored a 34.275, Jaela Richardson received a 35.725 elite gymnast and Lauren Stokes received a 34.925. 

  • Miami faces nemesis Buffalo

    MIAMI GARDENS — The Dolphins have found it difficult to block the Bills in recent meetings, and now Miami will try to do it with a rookie making his first start at left tackle since high school.

  • NASCAR’s Final Four lacks star power

    MIAMI — There’s no Jeff, Jimmie or Junior. Bad Brad missed the cut and Smoke never contended.

    NASCAR’s biggest stars are all absent from this final field of four racing for the Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.

  • 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.