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  • Rays beat Astros 5-0, as Moore outduels Keuchel

    ST. PETERSBURG — Dallas Keuchel had only one bad inning Sunday. Matt Moore had none, and that was the difference in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 5-0 win over the Houston Astros.

    Keuchel, the AL’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, became the first major leaguer to lose nine games this season when Moore pitched two-hit ball over seven innings.

  • Gators Capture 3rd NCAA Outdoor Title

    EUGENE, Ore. — There was no single win that Jarrion Lawson was most proud of, and he had three to choose from.

    Lawson won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump at the NCAA track and field championships, becoming the first athlete to win all three since Jesse Owens did it 80 years ago.

  • Gators blanked by ’Noles

    GAINESVILLE.  — Drew Carlton pitched a two-hitter, Taylor Walls had an RBI double and Florida State beat rival Florida 3-0 in the opening game of an NCAA super regional Saturday night.

    The Seminoles (41-20), who had lost five in a row and 10 of 12 against the Gators, can clinch a spot in the College World Series with a victory today or Monday. No one should count out Florida 

  • Pearce has 3 hits, drives in 2 as Rays beat Astros 4-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Pearce continued a hot stretch with three hits and two RBIs, helping the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

    Pearce had a two-run double in the first inning, and Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller drove in runs with two-out hits off Lance McCullers (3-2) in the second to give Matt Andriese (5-0) an early four-run lead.

  • Florida, FSU meet again on diamond

    GAINESVILLE — First baseman Peter Alonso and so many of his Florida teammates vividly remember leaving Omaha empty-handed last season.

    That oh-so-close feeling of losing two one-run games to eventual national champion Virginia has stuck with them since.

    It’s provided motivation. It’s kept them focused. It’s helped them maintain the No. 1 ranking for most of this season.

  • Things to know about NCAA super regionals

    OMAHA, Neb. — Super regionals is the next stop on the NCAA baseball tournament’s Road to Omaha.

    Four of the best-of-three series are today through Sunday, with the other four Saturday through Monday. The eight winners advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha starting June 18.

    Some things to know heading into the round of 16:


  • Florida renaming field after coach Spurrier

    GAINESVILLE — Florida is renaming its football field after former coach Steve Spurrier.

    The university’s board of trustees approved the change Thursday, making it Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The board also approved a naming-rights deal for the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

  • Gators, Seminoles roll to next round

    GAINESVILLE — Peter Alonso drove in three runs, Alex Faedo pitched eight scoreless innings and overall No. 1 seed Florida advanced in the NCAA Tournament by beating Georgia Tech 10-1 Sunday night in the Gainesville Regional.

    The Gators (50-13) will host in-state rival Florida State in a best-of-three super regional next weekend. Florida swept all three games against the Seminoles this season and has won 10 of the last 12 in the series.

  • Longoria’s HR streak reaches 4

    MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria has rediscovered his power stroke.

    Longoria homered for the fourth consecutive game, connecting twice, and the Rays earned a 7-5 win against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

    Logan Morrison also homered twice and Longoria added an RBI single in the ninth for Tampa Bay, which entered with the third-most homers in the major leagues and hit a total of 11 in the four games in Minnesota.

  • ’Noles knocked out of softball World Series

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Pinch-runner Morgan Podany beat a throw to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning and Auburn beat Florida State 8-7 on Sunday night in the Women’s College World Series to advance to the best-of-three championship round.

    Auburn (57-10) reached the championship series for the first time and set a school record for wins.