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  • Preparing for the grind

    TALLAHASSEE — At the quarter mark of the season, Florida State enters its bye week with two goals — prepare for the long grind ahead and try to fix an inconsistent offense.

    The 10th-ranked Seminoles (3-0) have an early bye but coach Jimbo Fisher says it is coming at a perfect time.

  • Rays drop Red Sox back into AL East cellar

    BOSTON — Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and Matt Moore recovered from a difficult start to strike out seven as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night.

    Moore (2-4) allowed two hits and walked two in the first inning as Boston took a 2-0 lead.

    Boston rookie Henry Owens was perfect through four innings.

  • Central QB Rivera injured in motorcycle accident

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Central High quarterback Sebastian Rivera was severely injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning. 

    At 6:36 a.m., Rivera’s motorcycle collided with the back of a car that slowed to avoid other traffic traveling northbound on Mariner Blvd. approaching Delbarton St. in the outside lane. 

  • Pirate pool power

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Considerably stronger in numbers, Crystal River easily swept Citrus on Tuesday evening in a swim meet at Bicentennial Park. 

    The boys defeated their Hurricane counterparts, 145-21, while the Lady Pirates cruised to a 112-71 victory. Both Crystal River teams improved to 5-1 on the season. 

  • Tampa defense steps up

    TAMPA — Jacquies Smith stood in front of his locker, a bit reluctant to talk about his role in helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get their season on track.

    The Bucs (1-1) rebounded from an embarrassing four-touchdown season-opening loss to Tennessee, with Smith keying a superb defensive effort that stifled Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in a 26-19 victory.

  • Late grand slam lifts Red Sox over Rays

    BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lift Boston to an 8-7 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday night, moving the Red Sox out of the AL East’s basement and ahead of the Rays.

  • Warriors take down Panthers

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — Unexpected.

    That’s what Monday’s volleyball match between Lecanto, a defending district champ, and Seven Rivers Christian, a team trying to rebuild after losing most of its top players, produced. The Panthers should have been in control in this match; after all, Seven Rivers was just coming off a stretch of seven consecutive losses, a stretch in which the Warriors didn’t win a set.

  • Setting up wins

    C.J. Risak


    Can’t win consistently in football without strong play from the quarterback. That’s true in volleyball, too — and the Crystal River quarterback has been doing just that.

  • Nicholls earns 50-lap Sportsman victory

    INVERNESS — Andy Nicholls picked up his first-ever 50-lap win in the Sportsman Benny Stevenson/Lenny Brown Memorial, while Clint Foley, Richard Kuhn and Larry Welter Jr. also left victorious on a night of skillful handling by racing veterans at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness on Saturday.

  • Rays rally to top Orioles 7-6

    ST. PETERSBURG — Brandon Guyer's power and Kevin Kiermaier's speed were just enough to keep the Tampa Bay Rays out of last place for another day.

    Guyer pinch hit leading off the ninth and hit a tying homer, and Kevin Kiermaier beat out a two-out single for the winning run as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Orioles 7-6 Sunday.

    Tampa Bay stayed a half-game ahead of Boston in the AL East; the Red Sox have held at least a share of the cellar since early June.