Local Sports

  • Dunnellon’s Mack emerges as a leader

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Dunnellon hasn’t made back-to-back trips to the state playoffs by accident, boasting several standout performers garnering college attention.

    Senior Ivory Mack is certainly among them, having drawn 15 offers from various Division I and Division II schools, according to head coach Price Harris.

  • It all starts at the top

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Bobby Verlato had barely gotten started with his new job as Crystal River athletic director when he was thrust into one of the toughest duties called for by that position. He had to select a head football coach.

  • Cook closes in on rushing record at FSU

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s Dalvin Cook broke Warrick Dunn’s school single-season rushing record last November at home. One year later, the junior running back is in position to break another of Dunn’s marks.

    Cook needs 128 yards to surpass Dunn’s career mark of 3,959 yards from 1993-96. Last season Cook eclipsed Dunn’s single-season record in nine games en route to 1,691 yards.

  • Ravens on quest to keep Browns winless

    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens understand just how embarrassing it would be to lose to the winless Cleveland Browns in prime time.

    They would rather focus on the benefits of a victory, which would thrust Baltimore into sole possession of first place in the AFC North, a half-game ahead of the Steelers.

    Facing the Browns (0-9) tonight, the Ravens (4-4) have an opportunity to sustain the momentum derived from a win over Pittsburgh that ended a four-game losing streak.

  • Welcome back?

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is returning to Florida with his focus solely on beating the Gators and keeping his Gamecocks in the Southeastern Conference divisional race.

    Muschamp is not wrapped up in emotions over his return to The Swamp or dissecting his four-year tenure at Florida.

    Muschamp understands he’ll shoulder much of the attention when South Carolina (5-4, 3-4 SEC) arrives at No. 22 Florida (6-2, 4-2) on Saturday.

  • Rivals draw in District match

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Citrus and Crystal River matched shot-for-shot and save-by-save, playing to a 1-1 draw in district play Wednesday night.

  • Bucs sign former Eagles WR Huff to practice squad

    TAMPA — Josh Huff is getting a second chance in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The former Philadelphia receiver and special teams standout was signed to the Bucs’ practice squad Monday, less than a week after the third-year pro was arrested on gun and drug charges and subsequently released by the Eagles.

  • Smith scores late to lift Panthers over Bolts

    SUNRISE — Reilly Smith scored a tiebreaking goal with 4:28 left, Roberto Luongo made 34 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Monday night.

    Jonathan Marchessault got his seventh goal and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Panthers.

    Smith made it 2-1 after grabbing the puck inside the blue line away from Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman. His shot from the left circle beat goalie Ben Bishop on the stick side.

  • History books on standby

    David Pieklik


    A year after the single-season goals record was shattered for one school, girls soccer is underway and looking to make history again.

  • Chiefs shut down Bortles, Jaguars to escape with 19-14 win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Their starting quarterback and running back never dressed, their top wide receiver joined them on the sideline with an injury of his own, and their Pro Bowl tight end was ejected by an official who didn't seem to think his antics were very funny.

    Good thing for the Kansas City Chiefs that everything was status quo on defense.