Local Sports

  • Pirates prevail

    CRYSTAL RIVER — When the final horn sounded on senior night Friday at Earl Bramlett Stadium in Crystal River, the crowd rewarded the home team with a roar which could have stretched for miles.

    Letting go of their tough guy personas, players and coaches hugged for one last time on the gridiron, many unable to fight back the tears.

    The 10-6 win over the Hudson Cobras (5-5) meant the world to the Pirates — and they weren’t afraid to show it.

  • Speedway races canceled next two weekends

    The Citrus County Speedway has cancelled its scheduled racing programs for today and next Saturday, Nov. 14. 

    The two days were to be the final point season races for many local classes at the Inverness track. 

    Lease owner and promoter Gary Laplant said he will make a statement about potential makeup dates by next Wednesday. 

  • Virginia set to face emotional Hurricanes

    MIAMI GARDENS — Different opponent, different week, same story for Virginia.

    And that tale is a cautionary one for Miami.

    The two most dramatic finishes in college football of late — maybe all season — were Georgia Tech beating Florida State on a blocked field-goal return for a touchdown, followed seven days later by Miami’s eight-lateral, still-debated kickoff return with no time remaining to beat Duke.

  • No. 11 Florida gets shot at SEC East, redemption

    GAINESVILLE — Josh Grady and his Florida teammates have considerably different memories of Vanderbilt’s last trip to the Swamp.

    Grady was on the opposite sideline. The visiting sideline. The winning sideline.

  • ACC showdown: ’Noles vs. Tigers

    CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney won’t have to ramp up his enthusiasm this week with No. 17 Florida State in town to take on the third-ranked Tigers.

    “Every game is the Super Bowl every single week,” he said.

    This one certainly means a lot for both teams.

  • Harris steps in, No. 11 Florida stays on track

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Treon Harris is a backyard baller.

    He’s an elusive scrambler. He’s accurate on the run. He’s got a knack for turning busted plays into big gains.

    He’s 6-3 as a starter in two seasons and another victory Saturday against Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3 SEC) would put the 11th-ranked Gators back in the Southeastern Conference championship game for the first time since 2009.

  • A lot to play for

    With district play in the books, area prep football teams look to cap their regular seasons on a high note tonight. Crystal River and Lecanto celebrate their respective senior nights in the county, while Citrus and Dunnellon look for wins in Ocala. Seven Rivers Christian also plays at home, taking on Orlando Christian Prep in a conference playoff consolation game at Warrior Park.

    No. 5 Fort White Indians (7-2) at Lecanto Panthers (7-2), 7:30 p.m.

  • Another shot at Johnny Football

    CINCINNATI — The unbeaten Bengals know how to torment and taunt Johnny Football.

    Johnny Manziel had a horrid NFL debut last season in Cleveland. The Bengals chased him around the field, knocked him around and did his signature “money-rubbing” gesture to rub it in during a 30-0 win.

    All this after Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called Manziel “a midget” on a radio show.

  • About that time

    Editor’s note: This is a weekly roundup to update readers on the performances of various collegiate athletes who formerly played for area high schools. If you have any information in regards to an athlete currently playing that isn’t on this list, please notify the sports department via email at sports@chronicleonline.com.

    It’s that time of the season.

  • Rebuilding, rebounding

    Experienced team means high expectations for Miami hoops

    CORAL GABLES — During the Miami Hurricanes’ media day, a photographer asked senior guard Angel Rodriguez to pose by spinning a basketball on his index finger.

    “I can’t,” Rodriguez said, drawing laughter. “I’m serious. I can’t.”