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  • Smith scores late to lift Panthers over Bolts

    SUNRISE — Reilly Smith scored a tiebreaking goal with 4:28 left, Roberto Luongo made 34 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Monday night.

    Jonathan Marchessault got his seventh goal and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Panthers.

    Smith made it 2-1 after grabbing the puck inside the blue line away from Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman. His shot from the left circle beat goalie Ben Bishop on the stick side.

  • History books on standby

    David Pieklik


    A year after the single-season goals record was shattered for one school, girls soccer is underway and looking to make history again.

  • Chiefs shut down Bortles, Jaguars to escape with 19-14 win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Their starting quarterback and running back never dressed, their top wide receiver joined them on the sideline with an injury of his own, and their Pro Bowl tight end was ejected by an official who didn't seem to think his antics were very funny.

    Good thing for the Kansas City Chiefs that everything was status quo on defense.

  • The gap widens

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The only thing standing between an undefeated record for the Southeastern Conference’s West teams against their East counterparts this season is a 51-yard field goal.

    Despite that unlikely make as time expired, giving Kentucky a 40-38 win over Mississippi State on Oct. 22, the gap between the two divisions in college football’s premier league is as large as ever.

    Just how big is the gap between the East and West?

  • Razorbacks upset the Gators

    Associated Press

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Losing is one thing for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

    Losing in the fashion the Razorbacks did two weeks ago to No. 11 Auburn — allowing 543 yards rushing in a 56-3 loss — is another completely.

    With a bye week to put that humiliation behind it, Arkansas (6-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) bounced back with a dominating 31-10 win over No. 10 Florida on Saturday.

  • Citrus runners post fast times at state

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Chronicle correspondent

    The Citrus boys finished 19th and the girls 20th respectively at Saturday’s Class 2A FHSAA Cross Country Finals. But far more relevant to the Hurricanes were the times they posted during a cool morning at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.

    “Overall they did really well,” Citrus girls coach Roselle Lattin said. 

  • Lecanto girls take 3rd in region

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Chronicle correspondent

    A week after repeating as district champions, the Lecanto girls swimmers finished a respectable third place in Saturday’s Class 2A, Region 3 meet at The Long Center in Clearwater.

    The Panther totaled 214 team points, behind only Tampa-Academy of the Holy Names (452) and Land O’ Lakes (298).

  • Warriors march on

    LECANTO — It was win or go home at Warrior Park on Friday night in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference Coral League semifinal. Seven Rivers Christian was coming off a quarterfinal win over Shortcrest Prep — a year after falling in the quarterfinal round — and Christ’s Chruch hadn’t lost a game since Week 1. On the line for the Warriors was a shot to play in the Coral League Championship next Saturday — and the site for said matchup just so happened to be at Warrior Park. 

  • Pirates pull out road win

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    HUDSON – Earlier in the week, Crystal River head coach Tony Lewis said he wanted to treat Friday’s regular-season finale at Hudson like a 

    playoff-type contest.

    If the final outcome is any indication, the Pirates are at least emotionally prepared for the real thing. In a game that featured two lead changes in the final minute, Crystal River pulled out a thrilling 30-27 victory.

  • Citrus falls hard at home in season finale

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — As the clock ticked to zero on Citrus’s football season Friday, the rain drenching players as they walked off the field was somehow fitting; they weathered many storms to get where they ended up and the future should be brighter.