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  • Woods ready to tee it up in PGA Championship

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.

    Woods caused the biggest sensation of the week Wednesday afternoon simply by driving his silver SUV into the parking lot at Valhalla. He has never arrived so late for a major championship and had so little time to prepare — just nine holes at Valhalla, which he had not seen since winning the PGA Championship in 2000.

    But at least he’s playing.

  • Rays break loose, avoid sweep in Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer to help Jeremy Hellickson end a six-start winless stretch for his first victory in 11 months, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Wednesday to avoid a sweep.

  • ‘All or nothing’

    James Blevins, Correspondent

    Crystal River — Kyle Kidd, 17, a two-time Chronicle Boys Golf Player of the Year recipient (2012, 2013) from Crystal River, has been racking up some impressive scorecards this summer on the Florida Junior Tour as well as qualifying for a recent Amateur Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament at Ocala National on July 28 to 31.

  • Jaguars seek improved pass rush

    JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville’s Ryan Davis jokingly rehearsed a sack celebration in the locker room Tuesday, giving fellow defensive end Andre Branch a preview.

    The routine included an imaginary cellphone and a selfie.

    It drew chuckles from Branch and nearby teammates. It surely would get an even better reception on the field. After all, the Jaguars are desperate to improve their pass rush — and sack totals — this season.

  • Spurs hire WNBA’s Becky Hammon as assistant

    SAN ANTONIO — As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.

    She’s busting through the glass ceiling instead.

  • ACC football looking for even more respect

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference owns a few prized possessions that once were property of the Southeastern Conference.

    Among them: A national championship trophy, a Heisman Trophy, and a measure of respect.

    That’s mostly because of Florida State’s big 2013 season, and now it’s up to the ACC to keep that momentum going.

  • Football is back

    Crystal River — Monday marked the  first official day of non-contact practice for Florida high schools, as regulated by the FHSAA. 

    Schools such as Crystal River High School took to the feild to prepare for the 2014-15 season. 

    Teams are allowed to put on pads for full-contact practice starting Friday. 

    For more on high school football in Citrus County, look for the football notebook in Friday’s issue of the Chronicle.

  • Satele back with Phins as stopgap center

    DAVIE — Mindful that playing for the Miami Dolphins has its ups and downs, center Samson Satele is back.

    Satele was a rookie starter with the Dolphins in 2007, when they went 1-15. He also started every game in 2008, when they were division champions and went 11-5 — their most recent winning season.

  • Jackson takes ‘team first’ attitude in camp

    TAMPA — Vincent Jackson thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be better on offense this season, even if he catches fewer passes and gets into the end zone less often.

    That’s how much the three-time Pro Bowl receiver believes in quarterback Josh McCown and some of the other changes the team has made after ranking 30th in scoring and last in passing and total yardage in 2013.

  • Butler dominates Sprints at Speedway

    INVERNESS — Shane “The Bushnell Bullet” Butler’s last win at Citrus came via a disqualification to the race’s top finisher. For his latest performance, he didn’t leave it up to post-race inspections to gain the top spot. Butler, a four-time second-place finisher in various Sprint events this season, mounted a lead on the third lap before running away with a decisive victory in the sixth leg of the Non-Winged Sprint Series at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.