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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.

  • Reyes, Dickey lead Blue Jays over Rays 8-2

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey gave up two hits in seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Tuesday night.

    Reyes’ ninth home run broke a 2-all in the fourth inning and sent the Blue Jays to their third win in a row.

    Danny Valencia also homered off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (1-3). Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro added a two-run shot off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.

  • CR, Citrus split in pool

    James Blevins

    INVERNESS — The Crystal River Pirates girls’ swim team made quick work of the Citrus Hurricanes Tuesday evening at Whispering Pines Park, due in large part to three first-place relay finishes and 1-2-3 finishes in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 meter freestyles and the 100 meter butterfly.

    Crystal River won the dual meet with 128 points to Citrus’ 38.

  • Hurricanes fall at home again to Eastside

    C.J. Risak

    INVERNESS — The last time these two volleyball teams met in this gym, it required a major comeback by Gainesville Eastside to eke out a win. And Citrus suffered the consequences.

    Both teams have changed since then, each losing a large portion of their lineups from a year ago. But one thing hasn’t changed: The result.

  • Bolt of energy

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The lightning strike didn’t make much of a difference to Crystal River High golfer Kyle Kidd.

    After a one-hour delay, he went out and fired a 35 to take medalist honors in the Crystal River High-Citrus High match Tuesday at the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort.

    His team boosted its mark to 3-0 with a 159-184 win over Citrus.

    Citrus’s Brennen Bishop led his team with a 40.

    Citrus is now 0-2.

  • Florida still working on suspended game

    GAINESVILLE — Florida expects to know what will happen with its postponed season opener in the next two days.

    The Gators don’t need nearly as much time to decide what to do about the suspensions of receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick.

    Florida coach Will Muschamp reinstated Robinson, Cummings and Bostwick on Monday, saying they would play Saturday against Eastern Michigan (1-0). So their punishment essentially lasted 10 seconds.

  • Joyce’s RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Red Sox

    ST. PETERBURG — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday.

    Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, scored on Joyce’s hit to left.