Prep wrestling: Manatee third at tourney in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE -- Caleb Rudisill and Jumar Gaskin each went unbeaten to lead the Manatee wrestling team to a third-place finish at the Danny Byron Duals hosted by Kissimmee Osceola.
Rudisill (126-pound weight class) and Gaskin (195) went 8-0 and 7-0, respectively. The Hurricanes went 6-2, defeating Lakeland Teneroc (66-12), Titusville Astronaut (40-33) and Oviedo (57-15) on Friday and going 2-3 on Saturday. The Canes fell to Jensen Beach (45-28) and tournament champion Osceola (48-21) before rebounding to beat Lakeland George Jenkins (42-37), Astronaut (43-33) and Melbourne Palm Bay (56-18).
Jesse Fulk (182) and Tim Dinsdale (152) went 7-1 for the Canes. Marshall Craig (106) was 6-2.
Fulk, who set the Manatee record for career victories on Friday, suffered his only loss to nemesis Fox Baldwin of Osceola, a three-time state champion who moved up in weight to face Fulk. Fulk owns the school record with 175 career victories, breaking Alex Doran's mark of 168.
Baseball: Desmond entering final year of Nats deal
WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond could be bound for free agency a year from now -- or sent to another team before that -- and acknowledges he's well aware he could end up leaving the franchise that drafted him out of Sarasota High in 2004.
"I've got guys that I consider 'Dad' in this organization. I've got guys that are just like my brothers," Desmond said Saturday at the club's fan festival. "I was 18 when I signed; I had like four armpit hairs. Now I've got three kids."
Asked if he found recent trade talk jarring, Desmond replied: "'Jarring?' Look, this isn't my first day on the job. I understand what's going on. ... It's part of the business. The Nationals didn't get here by sitting still."
ELSEWHERE -- The Chicago Cubs officially announced the signing of new ace Jon Lester. The Cubs are scheduled to introduce him at a news conference Monday at Spiaggia Restaurant, a favorite of President Barack Obama's family. Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs.
Prep football: Apopka wins 2nd title in 3 years
ORLANDO -- Chandler Cox rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown to lift Apopka to a 30-23 win against Miami Christopher Columbus in the Florida Class 8A championship game.
Apopka (11-4), which defeated Manatee in the state semifinal, won the 8A title for the second time in three years. Columbus finished 13-2
Cox, who is verbally committed to the Auburn Tigers, also went 3-of-5 passing for 67 yards. His 22-yard touchdown pass to James Crider gave the Blue Darters a 30-16 lead with 8:18 remaining in the game.
ALSO -- Anthony Jones rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns to help Miami Central defeat Seffner Armwood, 24-10, in the Class 6A championship game. Miami Central (13-1) won its third consecutive 6A championship. Armwood finished 14-1
Boxing: Sarasota Boxing Club fighter wins
ST. PETE BEACH -- Sarasota Boxing Club fighter Carlos Reyes used hook combinations to knock out Tampa's Mike Bissett in the second round during a Thursday night bout at Tradewinds Island Gulf Resort Hotel.
Reyes, who weighed in at 203 pounds, improved his record to 6-5-1 with four knockouts. Bissett (7-7), who weighed 204 pounds, was ranked 24th among U.S. cruiserweights.
Figure skating: Hanyu retains Grand Prix Final title
BARCELONA, Spain -- Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu successfully defended his Grand Prix Final title after extending his lead through Saturday's free skate with a personal best score.
Hanyu barely qualified for the final after struggling in his last two events following a scary on-ice collision with another skater during warm-ups at the Cup of China last month.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia also protected her lead to win the women's final, while Canadian skaters did likewise to claim gold in both pair and ice dance.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won in pairs, while Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won in ice dance. Both couples also followed up their leading short programs with free skates that marked personal bests.
Bobsled: Meyers Taylor leads U.S. women's sweep
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Elana Meyers Taylor and Cherelle Garrett set both the track and start records in winning the opening women's World Cup bobsled race of the season and leading an American sweep of the medal spots.
Meyers Taylor and Garrett finished two runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 1 minute, 52.68 seconds -- winning by 1.12 seconds, a gigantic gap in bobsledding.
Jazmine Fenlator and Natalie Deratt were second in 1:53.80 and Jamie Gruebel Poser and Lauren Gibbs were third in 1:54.04.
-- Herald staff, wire reports