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  • Kucherov’s score gives Lightning 4-3 win in Detroit

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night .

    Captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Nikita Nesterov also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won five of eight (5-2-1). Vladislav Namestnikov had two assists and Ben Bishop made 25 saves.

  • Change in the air

    C.J. Risak


    It’s all about change. That defines this girls’ basketball season.

    We can start with the major alterations: New coaches at both Lecanto and Citrus. Ron Allan replaces Brittany Szunko at Lecanto, the school he serves as athletic director. At Citrus, Wyndall “Chop” Alexander takes over for Dave Hamilton.

  • Panthers pick up pair of weightlifting wins

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — For the past few years, Lecanto has been the barometer in girls weightlifting. So when Crystal River coach Randy Owens explained that what he hoped for in Tuesday’s tri-meet against the Panthers and Central, it wasn’t necessarily a win over Lecanto — just make it closer than previous meetings.

  • Looking to end drought

    David Pieklik


    With one football season winding down, another is cranking up: boys soccer is back and looking to break away from a recent pattern.

    Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto remain locked in battle in District 3A-5, while Seven Rivers has opted out of district play this season during a continued program rebuilding. While the Warriors look to build experience and chemistry, the other three teams look to end a playoff curse.

  • Merciless Hurricanes blank Crystal River

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — A high-powered Citrus offense was in high gear, shutting out Crystal River 8-0 on the road Monday in boys soccer district play.

    Senior forward Mauro Mondragon netted five goals and an assist and senior forward Matt Rinaldi had two goals and five assists. The game was called by mercy rule less than 10 minutes into the second half after Mondragon booted in his fifth goal off a Rinaldi pass.

  • Lecanto powerhouse Mancke signs with FIU

    C.J. Risak


    What Harrison Mancke said shortly after officially signing to attend Florida International University summed up her involvement perfectly:

    “It was definitely a stressful experience, but I’m glad I went through it.”

  • No. 21 Florida in tough spot with LSU looming

    GAINESVILLE — When Florida coach Jim McElwain got to his desk Sunday, there was a folder sitting on top labeled “Presbyterian.” One peek inside revealed a significant mistake.

    “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Something’s wrong here,’” McElwain said Monday. “I don’t have disrespect for them, but this didn’t look like Presbyterian.”

    Nope, it was No. 16 LSU.

  • Vasilevskiy, Lightning blank Islanders 4-0

    NEW YORK — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves, J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan scored 42 seconds apart in the first period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Monday night.

  • Justin Leon scores 17, Florida beats Mercer 76-54

    JACKSONVILLE — Florida's biggest weakness last season looks like it could be a strength now.

    Justin Leon scored a career-high 17 points, KeVaughn Allen added 13 and the Gators handled Mercer 76-54 on Sunday night.

    Playing in Jacksonville for the second time in three days, Florida (2-0) celebrated another lopsided victory. Leon, Allen and the Gators’ improved free-throw shooting had a lot to do with the latest one.

  • With holidays approaching Chicago generous with giveaways in Tampa

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston kept retreating toward his own goal line, seemingly in disregard for the best interests of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The second-year quarterback often is at his best when he’s improvising, though, and the first overall pick from the 2015 draft kept scrambling into the end zone and back out before heaving a 38-yard completion to Mike Evans.