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  • Lecanto’s Richards moving on to next level

    C.J Risak

    Paige Richards was searching for just the right fit in her pursuit of both an education and a place to play softball. She firmly believes she found the place, except that she may end up exploring a couple of different spots at that location while narrowing down her search.

  • Archer fans 12 for Rays in 10-1 win over Rangers

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Archer had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings and Matt Joyce hit the first of Tampa Bay's three early home runs in a 10-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

    Archer (8-6) had his only two walks in the first three batters he faced. But the hard-throwing right-hander got out of the inning when Alex Rios went down swinging, the first of six consecutive Rangers he struck out.

  • Mullarkey eliminated at US Amateur

    Former Crystal River standout and current Limestone College golfer Matt Mullarkey was eliminated Tuesday from the US Amateur Championship at Johns Creek, Georgia.

    Mullarkey shot a 6-over par 78 on the Atlanta Athletic Club Riverside Course to finish the two days of stroke play at 10-over par 153 to tie for 208th out of 308 entrants. Mullarkey shot a 4-over par 75 Monday on the Highlands Course.

    The top 64 golfers advanced to match play beginning Wednesday.

  • Schools invest millions in SEC Network

    The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.

    The network will be welcomed by millions of fans of who can’t get enough coverage of the most powerful conference in college sports, and SEC officials think it will increase revenue. Getting the network off the ground — with operations at 14 different campuses — wasn’t easy or inexpensive.

  • Lofty Gator goals

    GAINESVILLE — Little, if anything, went right for Florida last year.

    Mounting injuries, including a devastating one to quarterback Jeff Driskel in the third game of the season, were the main culprit in the program’s first losing season since 1979. Coaching conflicts, locker room issues and a woe-is-me mentality made a difficult situation downright dire.

  • Back to the courtroom

    The NCAA is going back to court in Oakland, California — to clarify two points in U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s ruling.

    Attorneys for the governing body filed a three-page legal brief Monday in California, asking for clarification of which players will be eligible.

    Wilken wrote Friday, in the landmark Ed O’Bannon case, that the decision would apply to athletes who enroll in school after July 1, 2016, or the next recruiting cycle.

  • Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before deathWard crafted reputation as wheelman before death

    PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.

    He’d sit up on his seat, floor it, and zip his way through a maze of cars straight toward the front of the pack.

    For points. For fun. Often for little money.

  • Ready or not?

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods’ words instead of his actions.

    Watson has said all year he wanted Woods on his team if he were healthy and playing well. Even though Woods is injured and not playing for the next month, Watson wouldn’t rule him out Monday.

  • Miami’s Tannehill, Wallace hope to click this year

    DAVIE — When it comes to taking advantage of Mike Wallace’s speed, the Miami Dolphins need to make strides.

    Little progress has been evident in training camp, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill is confident he’ll hit Wallace on long passes more often this year.

  • Boy Wonder strikes again

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.

    On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major.