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Local Sports

  • Back on the track

    The Citrus County Speedway is returning to Saturday racing action on July 18, with its first stock car racing events in more than two months.

    Racing classes will include the recently-rebooted Fastruck Pro Truck Series as well as the Sportsman, Modified Mini Stock, Pure Stock, Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions. 

  • Three-game slump

    ST. PETERSBURG — Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Tuesday night.

    Jason Kipnis, Giovanny Urshela and David Murphy homered for the Indians, driving in all six runs and sending the Rays to their third straight loss.

  • One more to go

    MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women’s World Cup.

    Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.

    “Just slotted it home. I knew what I had to do,” Lloyd said.

  • Cleveland rookie spins gem at Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

  • New coaches, talented freshmen will add intrigue to SEC hoops

    Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won’t take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era.

    Donovan left for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech’s Michael White, one of four new coaches in the league.

  • Archer touched up

    ST. PETERSBURG — If there’s a secret to Boston’s success against Chris Archer, the Red Sox aren’t eager to share it.

    David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Alejandro De Aza homered against Tampa Bay’s best pitcher on Sunday, keying a 5-3 victory that clinched a series win over the first-place Rays and stopped Archer’s career-best six-game winning streak.

  • No Grand Slam pressure — yet

    LONDON — While tennis fans everywhere anxiously wait to see if Serena Williams can take the third step toward a true Grand Slam, the 20-time major winner said she will only start to feel the pressure in about two weeks.

    That is, after Wimbledon ends.

  • Another year, another injury

    MIAMI — For the second year in a row, Giancarlo Stanton’s chances of winning the major league home run title have been hurt by an injury.

    The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.

  • All smiles

    BEREA, Ohio — Jameis Winston knows there are always eyes on him — watching, dissecting and waiting for him to make a mistake.

    The spotlight doesn’t leave, and Winston wants to shine in it.

  • Dodging bullets

    LONDON — Defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided his three biggest traditional rivals in the Wimbledon draw on Friday as the other members of tennis’ “Big Four” were all placed on the opposite side.

    Serena Williams had no such luck in the women’s draw, where she may have to get past a trio of former No. 1s — sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova — just to get to the final.