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  • Rays blow lead, beat Yankees 4-3 in 12 innings

    NEW YORK — Logan Forsythe hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Monday night after squandering a late lead.

    Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier homered for the resurgent Rays, who have their first three-game winning streak since taking a season-best four in a row May 22-25. They've won five of six overall and no longer own the worst record in the majors, a distinction that had belonged to them every day since June 4.

  • Inverness Junior baseball hands CR 9-1 defeat

    Steve McGunnigle

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Inverness was in the driver’s seat and stayed there throughout, in a 9-1 victory over Crystal River in Junior Baseball All-Stars play Monday night from Bicentennial Park.

    After starting pitcher Tyler Price put Crystal River down in order in the top of the first inning, Price delivered a two-run standup double to deep center to get it going for Inverness.

  • A clean victory

    Larry Bugg

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It doesn’t happen very often.

    Monday night, the Crystal River 11/12 Major Softball All-Stars were errorless in taking South Sumter 13-5 in the Little League Tournament at Harley Levins Softball Complex.

    Crystal River advances to a possible title game tonight at 6:30 p.m. against Inverness 1-0. Crystal River is now 1-1.

  • Joyce homers twice as Rays beat Orioles

    BALTIMORE — The Tampa Bay Rays took a break from their miserable season to put on a dazzling hitting performance against the Baltimore

    Now if they can find a way to sustain the momentum for a bit, the Rays just might make some real noise over the next three months.
    Matt Joyce homered twice, had a career-high five hits and drove in four runs to power the Rays to a 12-7 victory Sunday.

  • Inverness takes down South Sumter 9-2


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Bekkah Adams and her softball family seem to have this softball game under control.

    Inverness’ Adams struck out two and allowed five hits, along with one walk, in controlling South Sumter in a 9-2 11/12 Major Softball Little League All-Star Tournament victory Sunday.

  • An emotional victory

    David Pieklik

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Tommy Cavanaugh knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Central Citrus defeated Crystal River 6-5 Sunday in the 11/12 Little League All-Stars Tournament.

  • Inverness crowned champs

    SPRING HILL — With timely hitting, solid pitching, and stellar defense sprinkled with a few highlight reels, Inverness defeated Dunnellon 5-1 to be crowned champions of the 9/10 Little League All-Stars Saturday from Metro PCS Field in Spring Hill.

    Inverness was able to take advantage of fielding miscues by Dunnellon to help generate runs, while flashing good gloves to maintain control of the game.

  • First Venus, now Serena

    Associated Press

    LONDON — All of a sudden, Serena Williams is failing to stick around for long at Grand Slam tournaments.

    Betrayed by her backhand and, more surprisingly, her usually dangerous serve, five-time Wimbledon champion Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in the third round at the All England Club.

  • Rays hit 3 homers, beat Chen and Orioles 5-4

    BALTIMORE — The Tampa Bay Rays usually work their way around the bases one at a time, so they took great delight in putting on a power-hitting display against a team known for the long ball.

    Desmond Jennings opened the game with the first of Tampa Bay’s three home runs off Wei-Yin Chen, and the Rays got an impressive pitching performance from former Oriole Erik Bedard in a 5-4 victory over Baltimore on Saturday.

  • World duathlon champ scores at triathlon

    CRYSTAL RIVER — There was some visiting royalty Saturday at the Crystal River Fourth of July Spring Triathlon at Fort Island Gulf Beach.

    Tarpon Springs’ Dave Morrow, 61, took fifth in the race with a 1:06:52.

    Morrow is the reigning world champion in the 60-64 age group in the Sprint Duathlon. The Duathlon is the triathlon without the swim. He won the title in Spain.

    He didn’t do too bad Saturday at the beach, either.