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Fennelly: Chase Elliott's ascendancy runs out of gas

Fennelly: Chase Elliott's ascendancy runs out of gas

DAYTONA BEACH — He's going to win a lot of races.Just not the one held Sunday.The new face of NASCAR ran out of gas.Chase Elliott, the pole-sitter, the son of racing royalty, was bearing down on a coronation. He was three laps from winning his ...
Published: 02/26/17
Banged-up USF women finish regular season against No. 1 UConn

Banged-up USF women finish regular season against No. 1 UConn

TAMPA — Their ranks are in need of more generals.Fortunately, plenty stand on a sideline or beneath a basket waiting to be summoned. In the recruiting sector, they probably would garner nary a star. But in terms of their value to the USF women'...
Published: 02/26/17
Strategy pays off for Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon champ Christo Landry

Strategy pays off for Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon champ Christo Landry

TAMPA — For Christo Landry, Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon resembled a chess match as much as a foot race.The former William & Mary standout did not have to worry about the frontrunners as long as he could see them. H...
Published: 02/26/17
Women's half-marathon champ Stephanie Bruce reps for moms, pro runners

Women's half-marathon champ Stephanie Bruce reps for moms, pro runners

TAMPA — As Stephanie Bruce crossed the finish line in Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon she dropped to her knees, dry-heaving, on the Bayshore Boulevard asphalt.Race officials rushed to her assistance. She waved them off...
Published: 02/26/17
Another Gasparilla first for 13-year-old Ellie Pleune

Another Gasparilla first for 13-year-old Ellie Pleune

TAMPA — Going into Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, 13-year-old Ellie Pleune had already made history a day earlier by taking the women's 5K and becoming the youngest winner in 40 years.So the Benito Middle School eighth-grader f...
Published: 02/26/17
NASCAR's Drive for Diversity helps dreams come true for bay area brothers

NASCAR's Drive for Diversity helps dreams come true for bay area brothers

DAYTONA BEACH — Collin Cabre's NASCAR dreams were nearing the end of their road.The son of a stay-at-home mom and attorney investigator didn't have a pile of cash to buy his next ride. And without more money, the Thonotosassa native and Armwood...
Published: 02/25/17
Time for Bucs to start finding playmakers

Time for Bucs to start finding playmakers

TAMPA — The Bucs feel the need for speed, especially on offense, where coach Dirk Koetter noted how their fuse kept going out on explosive plays last season."We need more speed, and when we say playmakers, playmakers and explosive plays are one...
Published: 02/25/17
No. 13 Florida loses at No. 11 Kentucky in battle for first in SEC

No. 13 Florida loses at No. 11 Kentucky in battle for first in SEC

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Not satisfied with making perimeter jumpers, Malik Monk drove to the basket to create numerous opportunities at the free-throw line and found openings to feed his Kentucky teammates. The freshman guard wasn't aware until afterw...
Published: 02/25/17

Two USF basketball players home safely after being left at airport

Two USF men's basketball players arrived home safely Friday afternoon after they were left at an airport in Houston when the team's connecting flight home from a game at Tulsa left without them.Guards Troy Holston and Geno Thorpe, who played in USF's...
Published: 02/25/17
Youth wins the day in Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K

Youth wins the day in Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K

TAMPA — When Ellie Pleune finished as the runnerup in last year's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K by 19 seconds, she wasn't satisfied with her result.If anything, it drove her for more.In the year after that race, the 13-year-old Pleune w...
Published: 02/25/17