Local Sports

  • Miami rallies to thwart Stetson upset bid

    CORAL GABLES — Randy Batista scored the go-ahead run on Walker Sheller’s wild pitch in the eighth inning, and top-seeded Miami survived a strong challenge and beat fourth-seeded Stetson 4-2 in the Coral Gables Regional on Friday night.

    The top four batters in the order for Miami — Carl Chester, Batista, Zack Collins and Brandon Lopez — all had a hit and scored in the NCAA opener for the Hurricanes (46-11), who made the College World Series last year.

  • Local sports briefs

    Senior softball league available in Citrus

    Citrus County has a senior softball league for men over 55. 

    Games are Mondays and Fridays at the county park on Roosevelt St. in Beverly Hills (just up from the library). Games start at 9 a.m. 

    Call Bill at 352-465-0835 or Jim at 352-726-7535 or else just show up by 8:45 a.m.

    Crystal River sports physicals are July 28

  • SEC expanding ‘serious misconduct’ rule for transfers

    DESTIN — The Southeastern Conference anticipates continuing dialogue and maybe even broadening the scope of its “serious misconduct” rule.

    It might eventually be expanded to include incoming freshmen.

    For now, though, the league has no means of preventing Mississippi State from enrolling highly touted defensive end Jeffery Simmons.

  • Twins bullpen locks up 6-4 win over reeling Rays

    MINNEAPOLIS — Eduardo Nunez led off the game for Minnesota with an inside-the-park home run, Max Kepler picked up his first two major league RBIs and four Twins relievers combined for five scoreless innings in a 6-4 win over the reeling Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.

    Byung Ho Park went a career-best 3 for 3 for the Twins, who had a season-most 15 hits and recovered smoothly from a rocky start by Phil Hughes that ended with a two-run homer by Evan Longoria in the fifth that put the Rays up 4-3.

  • Golden State takes Game 1

    Stephen Curry’s “Strength In Numbers” supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Shaun Livingston scored a personal postseason best of 20 and Golden State’s bench came up big as the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday night to move three wins away from a repeat title.

  • NASCAR fighting to get fans back

    RICHMOND, Va. — At the zenith of its popularity a decade or so ago, many NASCAR tracks could count on sellout crowds for every Sprint Cup Series race. It seemed like the only real effort they had to make was simply to open the gates.

    That has changed dramatically during an extended economic downtown, and put track presidents and other administrators back into the position of promoters trying to get fans to fill the seats that once sold themselves.

  • SEC coaches welcome new replay, ‘want to get it right’

    DESTIN — Steve Shaw has a busy week at the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings.

    He’s already met with athletic directors. He’s already briefed football coaches. And he’s got a media session scheduled for today.

    His presentation also might be the most important one of the week, at least in the short term.

  • AP sources: NFL moving Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017

    ORLANDO — The NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Honolulu to Orlando this season, three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    The people spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made.

  • Rowing ride takes Dutton to Tennessee

    C.J. Risak


    The decision had been made several months earlier, when Mikayla Dutton first committed to the University of Tennessee, but she made it official in May when she officially signed to attend UT on an athletic scholarship for rowing.

    The recently graduated Lecanto High School student, who lives in Inverness, will have everything covered except her first year’s meal plan. 

  • Hosmer hits 3-run homer as Royals top Rays 6-2

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer after Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night.

    The Royals have won four straight, matching their season best streak, and have scored 19 runs after the sixth innings in those victories.