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  • Anderson cruises in Pro Trucks

    INVERNESS — Danny Anderson led all 50 laps to collect his second Fastrucks Pro Trucks Series win on the season in Inverness, and Wes Wilson made a triumphant return to the track with his own wire-to-wire feature win in Pure Stocks during Saturday’s racing action at the Citrus County Speedway.

  • Allmendinger takes the pole

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — After faltering in the final Sprint Cup practice, AJ Allmendinger was searching for answers.

    He found them on Saturday, winning the pole in knockout qualifying at Watkins Glen International.

    Allmendinger turned a fast lap of 127.839 mph to beat Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot. After being 28th in final practice on Friday, that was a huge relief for the defending race winner.

  • Rays snap streak for Mets

    ST. PETERSBURG — Grady Sizemore and Kevin Kiermaier each drove in two runs to erase an early deficit as the Tampa Bay Rays stopped the NL East-leading New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Saturday night.

    Tampa Bay relievers Xavier Cedeno, Steve Geltz, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, combined for four hitless innings. Rays starter Nathan Karns (7-5) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

  • Becoming legendary

    CANTON, Ohio — The humbled men in gold jackets were unmistakable.

    So were the unending seas of yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them.

  • Trucks headline race card

    Trucks headline tonight’s races at the Citrus County Speedway with 50 laps, while Super Late Models roll out for their second points feature of the season at the Inverness track.

    Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Modified Mini Stocks join those pair of classes on today’s racing card, which culminates with the giveaway of a boys’ and girls’ bicycle at the end of the night.

  • Minor League Update: Dunnellon’s Love earns first victory

    Jordan Humphreys added two more scoreless innings on the mound in a 5-2 win on July 31 for his Gulf Coast Mets of Port St. Lucie, and fellow Crystal River graduate Donnie Dewees recorded his third three-hit game of his rookie campaign in a 7-0 victory on Aug. 1 for the Eugene Emeralds in recent Minor League action.

  • Rays give up game in 9th

    ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Conforto hit a tying double and Wilmer Flores had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning as the surging New York Mets rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

    Juan Uribe and Daniel Murphy homered late for the NL East leaders, who improved to 4-0 on a six-game road trip and moved 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Washington.

  • ‘I like where we’re at’

    TALLAHASSEE — Jimbo Fisher begins his sixth season at Florida State with many unanswered questions about his team that has run roughshod over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents in recent years.

    The Seminoles have been favorites to win the league the last three seasons — but not this year.

  • Morrison on the mend

    GAINESVILLE — Linebacker Antonio Morrison was mostly a spectator at Florida’s first preseason practice Thursday.

    It’s a role he might have to get used to this fall.

    Morrison, a 6-foot-1 senior from Bellwood, Illinois, is recovering from a left knee injury that required two operations. He has no idea when he’ll be ready to play, and the Gators aren’t sure it will be this season.

  • Gone too soon

    SAN DIEGO — Junior Seau was many things to many people.

    He was one of the most ferocious linebackers of all time, the fist-pumping, emotional leader of his hometown San Diego Chargers for 13 seasons. He was a beach rat, living the Southern California lifestyle to the fullest. He always had a big smile and called everybody “Buddy.”