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  • Warriors run over, around Crusaders

    OCALA — The Seven Rivers Christian football team probably wanted to come out Friday night at conference foe Ocala Christian Academy and put last year’s 0-9 campaign in the rear view mirror.

    Instead, the Warriors buried it.

    Behind 550 yards rushing and a hard-hitting defense, Seven Rivers scored eight touchdowns en route to a 65-28 victory over the Crusaders.

    The win makes the Warriors 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s North Division. The loss drops OCA to 0-2 and 0-1.

  • Special victory

    INVERNESS — It looked like another brilliant performance by the Citrus defense might set up another last-minute win by the Hurricanes Friday against Dunnellon at the Citrus Bowl in Inverness.

  • Rays fall to Rasmus, Blue Jays in extras

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus homered in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their first three-game sweep at Tampa Bay by beating the Rays 1-0 on Thursday night.

    Rasmus led off with a long drive into the right-field seats against Steve Geltz (0-1).

    Tampa Bay had runners at first and third with none out, and the bases loaded with one out, in the ninth. But reliever Brett Cecil 

  • Harriers set to get season off and running

    Larry Bugg

    Crystal River High cross country coach Tim Byrne and Lecanto High cross country coach Dan Epstein both want a return to the good old days. New Seven Rivers Christian coach Alexandra Robison wants to enjoy some good new days.

  • Harvey steps in, steps up for Pirates

    Splitting his time between several positions helped prepare Crystal River standout junior Khyrel Harvey for his latest role. After senior quarterback Collin Ryan went down with a broken collarbone in the team’s season opener at Brooksville Nature Coast, Harvey stepped in as the backup signal caller and tossed a pair of touchdowns to fellow junior Keshon Hopkins, including a 31-yarder that clinched a 26-21 come-from-behind victory on the game’s final play.

  • Border battle

    The second week of the high school football season kicks off tonight with all five area teams in action. Seven Rivers Christian competes for the first time after a week 1 bye. Area rivals Citrus and Dunnellon highlight the week’s games with their clash in Inverness.

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  • Blue Jays homer their way past Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to their fourth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wedesnday night.

    Adam Lind had four straight hits and scored twice for the Jays, who have won a road series against the Rays for the first time in more than seven years.

  • NFL opens with ‘Fail Mary’ reunion

    SEATTLE — At some point they will take a moment to acknowledge the celebration taking place around them. Pete Carroll and his team will step back from an offseason focused on forgetting what happened in 2013 and for a brief second appreciate the festivities commemorating Seattle’s first Super Bowl title.

    Once the Super Bowl banner is unveiled, it will be time to embark on the quest to become the first team in a decade to repeat.

  • Leading the pack

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    When Citrus senior James Taulbee slings his golf bag over one shoulder and marches down the fairway after his first drive on the first hole of the 2014 season, he will be one veteran on a very small Hurricane boys’ golf team looking for as much success as they can get with what they have.

  • Williams beats Pennetta, into US Open semis

    NEW YORK — After a bad-as-can-be start, dropping the first three games, Serena Williams quickly turned things around and stretched her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches to get back to the semifinals.

    Considered the best server in women’s tennis, the No. 1-seeded Williams was broken twice in a row at the outset Wednesday night, before taking complete control for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy.