Local Sports

  • Homecoming Royal-ty

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kansas City’s James Shields sparkled in his return to Tropicana Field, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 over seven innings and the Royals beat his former team 6-0 on Monday night.

    Shields (9-4) spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rays before being dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.

  • Motor change pushes Smith to victory

    INVERNESS — A last-minute motor change helped snap Chucky Smith’s string of bad luck in a 50-lap Pure Stock special, and Mickey Kempgens scored his second Non-Winged Sprints win of the year in Inverness with a little bit of patience during Saturday’s racing events at the Citrus County Speedway.

  • Price, Rays escape cellar with 7-3 win over Tigers

    DETROIT — All-Star David Price came within an out of a complete game, and the Tampa Bay Rays climbed out of last place in the AL East with a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.

    The Rays have won three straight and eight of nine to move a half-game ahead of defending champion Boston in the standings. Tampa Bay had sole possession of the cellar for 39 consecutive days.

  • West Hernando tops CR

    Steve McGunnigle

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River Junior Baseball All-Stars faded out of the tournament in their final game, giving a lackluster performance in a 10-5 loss to West Hernando Sunday from Bicentennial Park.

  • Netherlands tops Costa Rica in penalty shootout

    SALVADOR, Brazil — Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

    Krul saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.

  • Have mercy

    CRYSTAL RIVER — After the second delay due to inclement weather, when Inverness was already in control up 5-0, Tyler Price made no doubt of it in the top of the fifth inning, crushing a towering grand slam to left field en route to a 10-0 win over West Hernando and clinching the Junior Baseball All-Stars championship.

  • Special K: 2nd Wimbledon title for Petra Kvitova

    LONDON — Petra Kvitova plays so much better at the All England Club than anywhere else, and now she owns two championships to prove it.

    In one of the most dominant performances in a women’s final at Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered and overwhelmed 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday to add to her 2011 title at the grass-court Grand Slam.

  • Rays use bats, bullpen to beat Tigers 6-3

    DETROIT — Evan Longoria homered, Ben Zobrist doubled twice and the Tampa Bay Rays finally broke through offensively against Detroit, beating the Tigers 6-3 on Friday night.

    The Rays had gone 19 straight games against the Tigers without scoring more than four runs, a streak that went back more than three years. Tampa Bay had seven extra-base hits Friday, including a two-run triple by Sean Rodriguez in the sixth.

  • Independence Day weekend brings big lineup to Speedway

    The Citrus County Speedway celebrates Independence Day weekend with today’s lineup of Non-Winged Sprints, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Three-Quarter Midgets, Hornets and a 50-lap Pure Stocks special.

    Pure Stocks begin qualifying at 5:30 p.m., and front gates open at 4 p.m. Sprint drivers will hold an autograph session during intermission, if weather permits.

  • Harrod on a roll

    Kevin Harrod’s No. 34 Modified Mini Stock wasn’t even finished with tech inspection last Saturday before his team was contemplating a bid for three wins in a row in the class.

    There’s reason for optimism for the Harrod clan, even beyond his back-to-back wins in Mod Minis on June 14 and June 28. The 41-year-old Inverness driver has prevailed in three features in three weeks, including his June 21 win in Dr. Shannon Kennedy’s No. 20, and he’s posted four top-three finishes in five Mod Mini features this season.