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  • Developing their game

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    There were some important elements missing on last year’s Seven Rivers Christian girls’ basketball team — most notably, a full-time coach.

  • Suddenly stingy ‘D’

    TAMPA — Gerald McCoy summed up the mind-set of the suddenly stingy Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

    “It’s our job to keep the other team from scoring,” the four-time Pro Bowl tackle said. “If they don’t score, they don’t win.”

    The streaking Bucs (8-5) have been as effective as anyone in shutting down opposing offenses during a five-game winning streak that has propelled the team into contention for its first playoff berth in nine years.

  • A Strong hire for Bulls

    Three weeks after being fired by Texas, Charlie Strong was hired Sunday to be the coach at South Florida, returning to a region where he has deep roots and a conference where he has won championships.

    Strong was fired by Texas on Nov. 26, the day after coaching his final game with the Longhorns. At No. 25 USF, he replaces Willie Taggart, who left the Tampa school to become coach at Oregon just a few days ago.

  • Bacon, Mann lead FSU past No. 21 Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Dwayne Bacon scored 24 points, Terrence Mann added 16 and Florida State held on to beat No. 21 Florida 83-78 on Sunday.

    Bacon scored nine points during a 15-4 run early in the second half that helped the Seminoles (10-1) take control after it was tied at 38.

    Florida State led by 13 midway through the second half before the Gators (7-3) started to slowly chip away. Florida used a 14-5 run to get within three, but could not get closer.

  • Tampa Bay extends win streak to five with 16-11 win over Saints

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston and his supporting cast are anything but the same old Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The second-year quarterback led the streaking Bucs (8-5) to their fifth straight win Sunday, a 16-11 victory over the New Orleans Saints that bolstered the young team’s growing confidence and playoff prospects.

  • UF’s Allen, FSU’s Bacon bump heads

    TALLAHASSEE, — KeVaughn Allen and Dwayne Bacon both made their mark in last year’s Florida-Florida State game. That has continued this season as the sophomore guards face each other again today in the latest edition of the Sunshine State Showdown.

  • Welcome to the South

    TAMPA — Welcome to the NFC South, where two games over .500 gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a share of first place, and two under has the New Orleans Saints in position to make up ground in a hurry.

    Talk about playing meaningful games in December.

  • Two county grapplers earn gold

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Chronicle correspondent

  • Depth on display

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Depth was the difference.

    Crystal River’s superior depth was on display when the Pirates hosted Citrus in a girls basketball game that, if Citrus had won, would have plunged District 6A-7 into a three-way tie for first, with Hernando also in the mix.

  • ’Canes top Pirates in boys hoops

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Coming into the season, it was generally accepted that Crystal River was the favorite to win the county and possibly even the district boys basketball title.

    The Pirates returned nearly all their key players from last season, while a team like Citrus was employing an entirely new starting lineup.