Local Sports

  • Yanks lose to the Rays at the Trop

    Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The PGA Championship was halted because of thunderstorms Saturday, raising the possibility of a second straight Monday finish in a major championship at Baltusrol.

    Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes from teeing off in the third round when clouds gathered, the sky rumbled and the horn sounded to suspend play. The course was pounded with rain and players eventually were sent home.

  • Local football coaches and players talk upcoming season at annual media day

    Andrew Caplan

    Chronicle Correspondent

    It doesn’t take much to assemble most of the high school football teams in Central Florida.

    A few flat screens with the option to play Madden 16, free food and a few dozen reporters will do the trick. At least that is what Legacy Team Sales did Friday for its third annual Central Florida High School Media Day in Ocala.

  • Odorizzi sharp as Rays beat Yankees 5-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jake Odorizzi pitched masterfully into the seventh inning, Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers in the first, and the Tampa Bay Rays cooled off the surging New York Yankees 5-1 on Friday night.

  • Spurrier returns ‘home’ to Florida

    GAINESVILLE — Just call him the Head Ball Consultant.

    Steve Spurrier, who already has a statue outside Florida’s football stadium and recently had the field named after him, will now serve as ambassador and consultant for the school’s athletic department.

  • Winston embracing leadership role

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston is embracing his role as the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    If there were any lingering questions about him unquestionably being the leader of the team, the young quarterback is putting them to rest as he prepares for his second NFL season.

    The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft threw for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns as a rookie, helping the Bucs triple their victory total from the previous year.

  • Local swimmers compete at Championships

    This past weekend, four swimmers from Citrus County competed in the 2016 Summer Florida Senior Championships at the Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. 

    The local swimmers involved were Lauren Macaisa, 17, from Lecanto High School, J.J. Saslo, 16,  from Citrus High School, Ethan Kennedy, 16, from Crystal River High School and Jason Steel, 19, from Berry College (CHS class of 2015).

  • Sapp bitten by shark

    MARATHON, Fla. — Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is OK after being bitten on the arm by a shark while catching lobster off the Florida Keys.

    A photo posted by a fishing charter boat’s account on Instagram Wednesday appears to show Sapp’s arm with a deep gash.

    Charter captain Jack Carlson told The Tampa Bay Times Sapp was bit while reaching for a lobster the shark was also going after. He said Sapp is OK, but might need stitches. 

  • Jaguars’ Robinson says drugs, alcohol not factors in crash

    JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars running back Denard Robinson insists he wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he fell asleep behind the wheel of his car that rolled through a red light and into a retention pond.

    Robinson was cited for careless driving a week after the July 3 accident. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s began an investigation of officers who responded to the scene.

  • Moore pitches Rays to their 1st win at Dodger Stadium, 3-1

    LOS ANGELES  — Matt Moore pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays won at Dodger Stadium for the first time, 3-1 over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

    Luke Maile had an RBI double in a three-run fourth inning as Tampa Bay wrapped up a nine-game West Coast road swing by snapping a four-game skid.

  • The job? Rebuild Miami

    CORAL GABLES -- Mark Richt outstretched his arms, leaned back and fell off the 10-meter diving platform at Miami’s aquatics complex as those who were at a recent Hurricanes’ recruiting event cheered wildly.

    He flipped in the air, hitting the water feet-first.

    For Miami’s sake, Richt better have bigger splashes coming.