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  • No. 18 Florida could have Del Rio back

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio has spent the last two weeks watching from the sidelines, and he probably wanted to turn away at times.

    The Gators managed just 338 yards and 20 points in their last six quarters, a humbling output for an offense that expected to be dramatically improved this season.

  • Steele takes Non-Winged Sprint Car feature

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    Despite a last-lap slide into the grass through turns one and two, Dave Steele took a wire-to-wire win in Non-Winged Sprint Car action Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway. It was win No. 10 for Steele in the Sprint Car series. Steele set a blistering pace on the quarter-mile asphalt oval and led the way from the start.

  • Homecoming a good night for most

    Homecoming is generally one of the most exciting games on the schedule for players and coaches. For most of the county’s teams this year, it was. For others, not so much.

    The Lecanto Panthers were mauled defensively by Central’s running back De’Vonta Smith, who rushed for 358 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Panthers (1-3) lost 35-21 to the Bears (3-2) and fell to 0-2 in the district.

    Smith has scored 18 touchdowns this year and has rushed for almost 1,500 yards through five games.

  • Americans win back Ryder Cup

    CHASKA, Minn. — Patrick Reed shook his fists with fury for every big putt he made. Phil Mickelson leaped higher than when he won his first Masters. Ryan Moore delivered the final point in this American masterpiece Sunday at the Ryder Cup.

    The 17-11 victory over Europe was their biggest rout in 35 years at the Ryder Cup.

  • Weather only postpones Broncos victory over Bucs

    TAMPA — Paxton Lynch made his NFL debut sooner than expected Sunday, stepping in for injured starter Trevor Siemian to help the Denver Broncos remain unbeaten with a 27-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Defense leads UM to victory

    ATLANTA — For all the questions about his history at Georgia and his long record of success as a visiting coach at Georgia Tech, Mark Richt was only thinking about his ACC debut.

    Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned fumbles by Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas for touchdowns in a span of less than a minute in the second quarter and No. 14 Miami beat the Yellow Jackets 35-21 on Saturday.

  • Gators hold off Vandy

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Florida Gators aren’t in the mood to pick apart a road win in the Southeastern Conference, especially after last week’s ugly loss.

    No matter what they might need to fix.

    Jordan Scarlett ran for a 4-yard touchdown with Eddy Pineiro adding a pair of field goals as No. 23 Florida held off Vanderbilt 13-6 Saturday.

  • ’Canes swat Hornets

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — The shiny Mustangs parading homecoming queen finalists was a precursor to Citrus galloping away with a 47-7 win over Weeki Wachee in an important district match Friday night.

  • Pirates slip past Leopards

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — Friday night’s contest between visiting Crystal River and Hernando didn’t exactly feature many offensive fireworks.

    But the Pirates made the most of the few big plays that occurred, putting a damper on the Leopards’ homecoming festivities while capturing a key Class 5A, District 7 victory, 13-7.

  • Smith, Bears spoil Lecanto homecoming

    LECANTO — De’Vonta Smith had himself another career-game for the Central Bears (3-2) Friday night.

    Smith racked up 358 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on 40 carries in a 35-21 win, spoiling Lecanto’s homecoming night.

    But ask him and it’s not what he did, but what he didn’t do.