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  • Pens even series in OT

    PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby beat Andrei Vasilevskiy from the circle 40 seconds into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Monday night to leave the Eastern Conference finals tied at a game apiece.

    Crosby, who hadn't scored since the opening round against the New York Rangers, took a feed from Bryan Rust and buried it for his fourth goal of the postseason. Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins.

  • Rays hit 4 homers, rout Blue Jays

    TORONTO — Drew Smyly has taken losses and no-decisions in a few well-pitched games this season. The Tampa Bay Rays made sure he didn’t have to do much to end a winless streak Monday night.

    Curt Casali hit a three-run homer, Tim Beckham and Steve Pearce each hit two-run blasts and the Rays had four homers while beating the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2.

    Desmond Jennings also homered, and the Rays set season highs in runs and hits (17).

  • Valencia homers 3 times as A’s beat Rays 7-6

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays were one out away from a victory Sunday.

    Unfortunately for Steve Geltz, Danny Valencia was up for the Oakland Athletics with a man on base.

    Valencia hit Geltz’s first pitch for his third homer of the day, sending Tampa Bay to a 7-6 loss. It was first loss of the season for the Rays when they led after eight innings.

  • Bishop’s status uncertain

    PITTSBURGH — Ben Bishop’s mind raced as the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie writhed in pain on the ice after awkwardly twisting his left leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night.

    The internal “what ifs” ran the gamut. What if the leg was broken? What if his season over?

    “It’s funny how much you can think about in such a short amount of time,” Bishop said Sunday.

  • Andriese lifts Rays past A’s

    ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Andriese won for the second time in two starts this week and earned the chance to remain in the Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation.

    The right-hander pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout, leading the Rays to a 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

  • Kings of the county ball diamonds

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored May 26 at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto. 

    All-Chronicle Baseball Team

    Matthew Kelley, Sr., catcher, Citrus

    Coy Phillips, So., first baseman, Seven Rivers Christian

  • State meet memories

    The FHSAA State Track & Field Championships were held May 6 and 7 at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

    There were ups and downs for the Citrus County participants and here are some of the images captured during the two-day meet.


  • Warriors in a romp

    LECANTO — The Seven Rivers Christian football team racked up nearly 400 yards of offense to cruise past St. Petersburg Canterbury School of Florida, 59-10, in spring football action at Warrior Park in Lecanto on Friday.

    After leading just 7-3 at the end of the opening quarter, SRCS opened up a 37-3 advantage by the end of the first half behind three rushing touchdowns and a 51-yard scoring pass from incoming transfer Broughton Martin to Markel Pryor.

  • Mathis finds the right fit at Flagler College

    C.J. Risak


    For Jaziana Mathis, the choice came down to the right atmosphere. And she found it in Flagler College, an NCAA Division II school located in St. Augustine.

  • Lightning lose Bishop but top Penguins 3-1 in Game 1

    PITTSBURGH — The Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night may have come at a heavy price.

    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop left the ice on a stretcher in the first period after injuring his left leg. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 stops while filling in and the Lighting took advantage of some sloppy miscues by Pittsburgh's defense to take away home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series.