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  • Florida, Miami agree to renew football rivalry in 2019

    GAINESVILLE — Florida and Miami will renew their rivalry in Orlando.

    The Gators and Hurricanes have agreed to open the 2019 season at Camping World Stadium, the new name of the Citrus Bowl. It will be their first meeting since 2013.

    The in-state rivals have a storied history, with the teams first playing in 1938 in Gainesville. Miami leads the series 29-26, including wins in seven of the last eight games.

  • Kiermaier bomb leads Rays past Orioles

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier had two weak outs and fell behind 0-2 on his third at-bat against Ubaldo Jimenez.

    One swing then changed everything.

    Kiermaier hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday night.

  • Stamkos skates, but not close to returning

    TAMPA — Steven Stamkos is serving as an inspiration for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the defending Eastern Conference champions attempt to make a deep playoff run without him.

    The team’s captain and leading scorer was back on the ice with teammates Tuesday, participating in shooting and skating drills for the first time since undergoing surgery for a blood clot discovered near his right collarbone this month.

  • CR heartbreaker

    C.J. Risak


    SPRING HILL — One final swing of the bat.

    That was the situation — twice — when Springstead hosted Crystal River in a Class 6A regional semifinal Tuesday. The Pirates were one strike away from seeing their season end in the top of the seventh inning, but Lexi Laxton kept battling Springstead’s standout pitcher Kama Woodall, until she got a pitch she could handle.

  • County track athletes take shot at state meet this week

    Track and field athletes from Citrus County will attempt to qualify for the State Championships when regional meets are held during the week. The top four place finishers in each event at regionals advance to state, held May 6 and 7 at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

    The first teams in action will be Citrus and Crystal River today at the Class 2A, Region II Meet at Lake Minneola High School.

  • Pirates get final shot at Springstead in Regional semifinal

    C.J. Risak


    Prediction fulfilled.

    Just moments after Craig Swartout’s Springstead softball team — one of the state’s best in Class 6A — had defeated No. 6 seed Crystal River 3-0 in the District 6A-6 championship game, he forecast another meeting between the two, even though the Pirates were just 10-17 at the time.

    The two squads meet again tonight in a 6A Regional Semifinal in Spring Hill.

  • Archer fans 10, Rays top O’s

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings to end a 10-start winless streak, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Kevin Gausman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Monday night.

    Archer (1-4) allowed five hits to get his first win since beating the Orioles on Aug. 31. The Rays opening day starter was 0-7 during the winless stretch.

    Archer also ended a 10-start winless run at home, which included six losses, dating to a June 23 victory over Toronto.

  • Rays’ Souza homers twice on 27th birthday

    NEW YORK — Steven Souza Jr. celebrated his 27th birthday in style. Drew Smyly was the guy getting all the gifts.

    Souza homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays went deep five times in all, finally giving Smyly some run support Sunday in an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

  • Making Mom proud

    David Pieklik

  • Could FSU kicker Aguayo go in second round?

    TALLAHASSEE — Roberto Aguayo has tried not to buy into the speculation that he might be the first kicker in 11 years to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.

    But with the draft less than a week away, everything is lining up well for the former Florida State kicker.