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  • Road to redemption

    GAINESVILLE — Florida running back Matt Jones was mostly miserable last season.

    The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior from Seffner missed considerable time with a viral infection, rushed back for the second game of the season and then injured his knee a few weeks later.

    He didn’t think things could get any worse.

    But with Jones watching from the sideline, the Gators ended the year with seven consecutive losses and recorded the program’s first losing season since 1979.

  • Hester grabs first win at CCS

    INVERNESS — Brannen Hester landed his first-ever win at the Citrus County Speedway in Super Late Models, and Travis Hoefler made a victorious return to the track in a 50-lap, tripartite Mini Stock feature in Saturday’s racing action in Inverness.
     

    Gator Hise kept Richie Smith at arm’s length to hold on for his second feature win on the season in Open Wheel Modifieds, while Larry Welter Jr. (Pure Stocks) and Drew Jackson (Pro Hornets), with a feature and heat win apiece, extended their division-leading win counts to 10.
     

  • Hellickson, Rays give up 4 runs, lose to Yankees

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sunday's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees marked the first time in two weeks the Tampa Bay Rays gave up more than three runs in a game.

    They went only 7-5 in that stretch, and the Rays’ lack of hitting again caught up to them.

  • Kelly: No change needed in how Notre Dame recruits

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months.

    “I think we’ve brought in the right young men,” he said. “I think we have to continue to do a better job educating them. We have to do a better job of providing the resources.”

  • Rays get a taste of Captain Clutch in loss

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees ended a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

    Brett Gardner opened the ninth with an infield single off Jake McGee (3-1) and advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. After failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jeter put New York ahead with a single to right-center on a 2-2 pitch.

  • Bucs fall to Fins

    TAMPA — Backup quarterback Matt Moore led the Miami Dolphins on two touchdown drives in a 20-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.

    The Dolphins took advantage of a mistake by Bucs rookie Mike Evans.

    Evans, the Bucs’ first-round pick from Texas A&M, caught a short pass from Mike Glennon in the second quarter and after breaking a tackle, sprinted down the sideline toward a 42-yard touchdown which could have given the Bucs a 14-3 lead.

  • Mini Stock special, more come to Speedway

    Super Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Legends, Hornets and a 50-lap Mini Stocks special make up today’s scheduled racing action at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

    Mini Stock and Late Model drivers will hold an autograph session during intermission, if weather permits. Qualifiers for Mini Stocks begin at 6 p.m.

  • Siner looks to honor father at speedway

    Throughout his 10 years of racing, Johnny Siner was used to having his father Hubert at his side. Even while suffering a severe loss of hearing and vision, the retired mechanic stayed involved with his son’s pursuits at the racetrack and in the garage.

  • Rays reach .500, blank Yankees 5-0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season, beating the New York Yankees 5-0 Friday night.

    The Rays won their third in a row and sent New York to its fifth straight loss.

  • Final preparations

    With preseason classics just around the corner, and a smattering of informal intra-squad scrimmages Friday and Saturday, fall football camps winded down this week, in preparation for the upcoming season, which officially kicks off August 29. We pick up where we left off last week, with a peek into the progress from local teams.