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  • Unbeaten Orioles top Rays 5-3 for fifth straight

    BALTIMORE — The last time the Baltimore Orioles got off to a start like this, they ended up winning the World Series.

    It’s way too soon for the Orioles to be thinking about things like that because, after all, they’ve still got 157 games left. For now, however, Baltimore is the only unbeaten team in the major leagues.

    Manny Machado went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.

  • Road trip: FSU playing spring game in Orlando

    TALLAHASSEE — With renovations taking place at Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State has a rare opportunity today — play its spring game on the road in a stadium where it will open the season.

    The Garnet & Gold Game is being held at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Stadium. The stadium, which has a capacity of 65,000, has sold out the lower bowl and club areas as over 40,000 tickets have been sold as of Friday.

  • Del Rio shines in Florida’s QB race

    GAINESVILLE — Florida’s quarterback competition will stretch into fall camp, but college journeyman Luke Del Rio made a strong case to be the front-runner.

    Del Rio completed 10 of 11 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in Florida’s spring game Friday night, leading the Blue team to a 44-6 rout of the Orange.

    It was a welcome sight for fans eager to see the Gators get back to their pass-efficient ways.

  • Orioles rough up Rays, Archer in 6-1 win

    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles hit four solo home runs off Chris Archer and defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Friday night for their first 4-0 start since 2011.

    Chris Davis homered and scored three runs for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Minnesota. The best start in franchise history is 5-0 in 1970.

    Davis hit his second homer of the season in the second inning, and three of his teammates went deep in the fifth: Jonathan Schoop, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado.

  • A growing sense of urgency

    Caleb Purnell can sense a renewed attitude from his Crystal River baseball club as the district tournament approaches.

    The second baseman and pitcher is among the team’s six senior starters, a group that’s feeling a sense of urgency to prove themselves one last time in their final weeks in the blue and gold, after heading into spring break with four wins on the season.

  • Hernando edges CR for state tennis berth

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — Throughout her final prep season, only one player had stymied Crystal River senior Olivia Parker. On Thursday, she finally overcame that lone stumbling block.

    Unfortunately for Parker and her teammates, their year still came to a close at the hands of the one team they could never defeat, as host Hernando bounced the Pirates in a Class 2A, Region 4 girls tennis final at Brooksville City Courts, 5-2.

  • Rays get first victory after replay awards double play

    ST. PETERSBURG — Baseball's new rule on breaking up double plays gave Logan Forsythe and the Tampa Bay Rays a disputed 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

    With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to third base. After taking a throw from Evan Longoria for the force at second, Forsythe made an errant relay to first that appeared to allow the go-ahead run to score for the Blue Jays.

  • Lecanto girls second at Citrus-Hernando meet

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    WEEKI WACHEE — With nine teams converging on Weeki Wachee for the Citrus-Hernando Track Meet on Tuesday, Lecanto’s girls fell just short of knocking off Nature Coast.

    The Panthers scored 144.83 points, compared to 153.83 by the Sharks. Crystal River’s girls took fifth (58), while Citrus and Seven Rivers Christian tied for eighth (34).

  • Hudson takes five singles matches against Pirates

    C.J. Risak


    HUDSON — The final score of this 2A boys regional tennis meet between host Hudson and Crystal River won’t indicate its true competitive nature. Both teams’ coaches agreed on that.

    And they both knew what ultimately turned the tide — each team’s mental approach. 

  • CR girls advance to regional final

    TARPON SPRINGS — The Crystal River girls’ tennis team went on the road Tuesday and knocked off a district champion to earn a chance at redemption against its recent top nemesis.