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Today's Sports

  • Smoak homers, Blue Jays beat Rays

    TORONTO — As they try to recover from a tough start, the stakes sure feel high to the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.

    Smoak went 3 for 3 and scored twice as Toronto improved to 7-17.

    “Every win, we need,” Smoak said.

  • That’s a wrap in Philly

    PHILADELPHIA — The final day of the NFL draft began with an impromptu rendition of “Fly Eagles Fly” by former Philadelphia star safety Brian Dawkins and ended with a player who was far from irrelevant in college being picked last.

    Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, a talented player with a history of off-the-field issues and injuries, was the 253rd and final selection Saturday by the Denver Broncos.

  • ‘On the cusp’

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Only a couple left.

    For Lecanto’s Ally Thomasson, that’s all that remains — two more track meets. She competes this morning in the Class 3A, Region 2 meet hosted by George Jenkins HS in Lakeland, trying to secure a berth in the 3A State Meet.

  • Several athletes advance to...

    Chronicle

    Thursday was a busy for track and field athletes throughout Florida with several FHSAA regional meets taking place —two of which featured plenty of Citrus County talent.

    Both Citrus and Crystal River High School had a good showing in Orlando at Lakeland Highland Prep for the 2A-2 meet, advancing athletes in nine events total between the two schools in the boys and girls divisions.

  • Pirates come up short

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River had chances in this match-up. In fact, more than one. But in the end, the Pirates didn’t have quite enough to reach their goal:

    Winning a district softball championship.

  • Despite end result, hard work...

    SANFORD — A pair of Citrus High School senior tennis players went out with their rackets swinging at the FHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Finals on Wednesday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.

    Natalie Dodd reached the final tournament of the season in singles and was joined later in the day by teammate Chase Davis in doubles play.

  • Pirates revel in state meet...

    CASSELBERRY — Even though it was a rough day score-wise for the Crystal River boys tennis team, you couldn’t take the smile off the faces of the players, coaches and fans before, during or after the FHSAA Class 2A Team State Finals held Wednesday at Red Bug Lake Park.

    The Pirates lost 4-0 to a powerful Bolles program, but the result was secondary to the experience of becoming the first boys tennis team from the school to make it this far.

  • Crystal River takes down...

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The pitching was there and so were the key hits that gave Crystal River the lead in its District 6A-6 Tournament softball semifinal Thursday against Dunnellon. But in the final analysis, it was defense that provided the difference.

  • Lecanto’s bats silenced in semis

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Robert Dupler had a very simple explanation for his team’s downfall in Tuesday’s Class 6A, District 6 Tournament semifinals.

  • Canterbury closes out season for...

    Andy Villamarzo

    Correspondent

    ST. PETERSBURG — Seven Rivers softball coach Gary Dreyer vowed that his team wouldn’t play like it did the last time they faced Canterbury, which ended up being a 10-0 loss.