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  • Welcome addition

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    For the third time in as many seasons, Jaziana Mathis has joined a new girls basketball team. And her newest team, Lecanto, couldn’t be happier.

    The junior guard has emerged as a top playmaker on a team in desperate need of one. Last year the Panthers won just six games and were trying to rebuild.

  • No help from 12th man

    TAMPA — Sloppy but victorious, Cincinnati extended its slender lead in the AFC North with help from a 12th man.

    Andy Dalton shrugged off flu-like symptoms to run for one touchdown and throw for another Sunday as the first-place Bengals overcame his mistakes and others in a 14-13 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • No more Muschamp

    TALLAHASSEE — It was fitting end to fired coach Will Muschamp’s season.

    His tenure, too.

    Florida made costly mistakes, had a critical dropped pass, settled for field goals and even provided some strange play-calling down the stretch in a 24-19 loss at Florida State on Saturday night.

  • Down but technically not out

    TAMPA — Go ahead and snicker.

    While it may seem laughable that today’s game between Tampa Bay (2-9) and Cincinnati (7-3-1) is just as important to the playoff aspirations of the struggling Buccaneers as those of the AFC North-leading Bengals, it’s also true.

    The surging Bengals, who’ve won four of five, clearly are in a position to control their own fate in the NFL’s tightest division race.

  • ‘Survive and advance’

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State was again far from perfect.

    And still ended up with another flawless record.

    “Survive and advance,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “That’s what we did.” 

    Seemingly playing with fire game after game, the Seminoles rallied for a 24-19 victory over rival Florida in Will Muschamp’s final game as the Gators’ coach.

  • Football at 46? Why not?

    Kevin “Woody” Wood got a later start than most playing football, but the Citrus County resident has certainly made up for lost time.

    Wood first put on a helmet and stepped onto the gridiron 11 years ago at the age of 35 for a semi-pro team in Brooksville, where he played for six years before also spending two years in Tampa and another in St. Petersburg.

  • Carolina tops Florida, 75-64

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds, Marcus Paige added 16 points and No. 5 North Carolina built a big early lead and beat No. 18 Florida 75-64 in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night.

    Justin Jackson had 12 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who scored the first 12 points. J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson added 10 apiece for North Carolina.

  • Hungry for more

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Last June’s commencement exercises dealt Citrus County wrestlers a huge reality check.

  • Final countdown

    TALLAHASSEE — No. 1 Florida State is 60 minutes from accomplishing a feat that Bobby Bowden and the powerhouse Seminoles of the 1990s never could — putting together back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing with all of Florida State’s goals there for the taking.

  • ’Canes dominant at home

    The Citrus boys’ basketball team has rolled to a 3-0 start with decisive home wins against Weeki Wachee, Hernando and The Villages Charter, extending its regular-season win streak to 16 games. The Hurricanes’ only loss since last December was an overtime defeat at the hands of Gainesville Eastside in the state regional semifinals.