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  • Addicted to the track

    A lot of factors have to go right to make a successful driver. A talented racer behind the wheel still needs the right setup and some luck. 

    James Holly is well aware of the mechanical pitfalls and hardships a team has to endure to make its mark in local racing. With his first feature win in three years at the Citrus County Speedway last Saturday — after a glut of top-five finishes in his Pure Stocks division — the 18-year-old driver got a taste of the rewards the struggle can yield.

  • Winston signs 4-year contract with Bucs

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston is eager to get to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner signed a four-year, $23.35 million contract Friday, less than 24 hours after being selected with the first pick of the NFL draft.

  • Bolts take home ice in Game 1 2OT win

    MONTREAL — Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:06 of the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

    Kucherov took a pass in the slot from Valtteri Filppula and beat goalie Carey Price with a wrist shot to the glove side on the first shot of the period.

    "Boyle made a good play and Filppula got it through the D's legs. He put it right in my wheelhouse. I just had to shoot," Kucherov said.

  • Pirates Byrne, Spivey medal at state track

    Larry Bugg


    Angela Byrne has something nice and shiny as well as a memory to cherish from the Class 2A state track and field meet Friday in Jacksonville,

    Byrne, a senior at Crystal River High School, earned a fifth-place medal with a 10-6 pole vault. It was her third and final trip to state. She earned a seventh-place finish last spring, but missed her sophomore year due to a back injury after qualifying as a freshman.

  • End of the road

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Mistakes were made, and — as Seven Rivers Christian softball coach Gary Dreyer noted, “Everyone’s good at this level” — those miscues must be eliminated or at least kept to a bare minimum to succeed.

  • Sunny NYC day for Tampa Bay

    NEW YORK — James Loney helped Tampa Bay let the sunshine in.

    With Tampa Bay playing an outdoor day game for the first time this year, Loney’s go-ahead infield single in the 13th inning gave the Rays a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday that avoided a three-game sweep.

    “Two infield hits in one day for me is always fun,” said the slow-afoot Loney, who hasn’t topped four steals in a season since 2010.

  • Lightning blank Red Wings 2-0 in Game 7

    TAMPA — Braydon Coburn broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and Ben Bishop made 31 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the first-round series.

    Ryan Callahan set up Coburn’s third goal in 79 career postseason games with a pass through the slot to the top of the right circle, where the Tampa Bay defenseman sent a shot over goalie Petr Mrazek’s right shoulder.

  • Mound mastery

    HOMOSASSA — The Seven Rivers Christian baseball club is a confident bunch when senior hurler Cory Weiand is on the mound with a lead.

    A low-scoring regional playoff opener at Homosassa’s Dazzy Vance Field on Wednesday proved why. 

    The Warriors answered a Central Florida Christian Academy third-inning run with two of its own in the same frame, and Weiand issued 11 strikeouts and seven additional putouts to secure a 2-1 victory in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals. 

  • Bucs expected to use No. 1 pick on QB

    TAMPA — Selecting a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback won’t end the debate about who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should take with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.

    In a sense, it’ll just be beginning if the offensively challenged Bucs — as expected — choose either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota to become the face of a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in more than a decade.

  • Warriors trip up Lions 9-4

    C.J. Risak


    Once again, pitching and defense was the difference for the Seven Rivers Christian softball team — along with some important hits at just the right time.

    The Warriors broke a 4-4 tie by scoring five runs in the sixth, and freshman pitcher Delaney Byers and the defense behind her did the rest in a 9-4 triumph over host Winter Garden Foundation Academy in a 2A regional semifinal Tuesday.