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Highs and lows

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 23, 2002


HIGHS

TIGER WOODS: Four others have reached the halfway point of golf's annual grand slam with the first two in hand, but none could close the deal. With the dominating Woods -- and the lack of competition to challenge him -- it seems more and more like a gimme that one of sports' most hallowed marks will fall.

U.S. SOCCER TEAM: We salute the players for their magnificent run. Now American soccer fans will resume proclaiming it our nation's next great sport. The rest will get back to ignoring it until the next World Cup.

JERRY WUNSCH: The Bucs offensive tackle teamed with Rams defensive end Grant Wistrom to host 50 pediatric cancer patients on a four-day weekend that ends today at St. Petersburg Beach. Wunsch is reuniting youths who have participated in similar trips the past two years.

LOWS

BARRY BONDS: It's not that baseball's greatest active player griped about Rays pitcher Travis Harper throwing behind his legs. It's that he griped because Giants pitchers won't retaliate. Hey, the guy's got an easy chair and big-screen TV (among other things) at his locker and won't share them with anyone. There is no "I" in team, and there is no "team" in Bonds.

THE RAYS: No matter how they try to spin it, trading players for cash does little to improve the team and only supports the idea that ownership is not ready to pay in the big leagues.

DEATH OF JACK BUCK: All you have to do is listen to his call of Kirk Gibson's home run to win Game 1 of the '88 World Series -- "I don't believe what I just saw! I don't believe what I just saw!" -- to experience the chills (and thrills) this legendary baseball broadcaster brought to the game and the fans for nearly 50 years.

TAMPA POLICE: During a gathering of soccer fans at Beef O'Brady's near the Ice Palace early Monday morning for the U.S.-Mexico game, Tampa's finest lingered outside the doors. They pounced just after 3 a.m. -- moments before the final bottles and pitchers were collected inside -- issuing a citation to the owner for having alcohol visible after 3 a.m. Great work! Can we prioritize a little better, officers? Thanks.

-- Bruce Lowitt, Anthony Perez, Mike Stephenson, Pete Young

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