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February 10, 2002
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College football
Devaughn Darling's family still struggles with his death, particularly the way in which it happened at Florida State and the emptiness it has left in their lives.

Trait gets closer look by NCAA, agencies
At this time last year, people who carried the rare sickle cell trait were encouraged to lead normal, active lives.

Gary Shelton
Street runs from eccentric to enduring
SALT LAKE CITY -- She will stand on top of a mountain, and she will look upon her world once more. She will pause, serious and silent for a change, to gather herself. She will take a moment to study her path.

Hubert Mizell
Miracle on Ice unmatched in capturing American spirit
This morning, Utah has a Mama Lode of skiers, sledders and skaters. Winter Olympics are more complex, expensive, commercial and risky, but the goals are still to identify who's best at doing difficult stuff on ice and snow.

First 500 test easy for pair
DAYTONA BEACH -- The charge for a front-row starting position in the 2002 Daytona 500 began, of all places, on a couch reserved for ambitious young drivers who needed a place to sleep.

Stewart remembers '01 Shootout fondly
DAYTONA BEACH -- Tony Stewart never will forget battling the late Dale Earnhardt to win last year's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

McKay with Bucs -- for now -- as hunt for coach begins again
TAMPA -- The Bucs are back to square one in their search for a coach but don't expect general manager Rich McKay to be conducting it this time.

Your choice for Bucs coach
Jimmy Johnson is your man! He's right here in our state, not Florida, but the state of confusion.

Double dose of bad news for Lightning
TAMPA -- Some losses hurt more than others.

Alexeev still learning the ropes
TAMPA -- Right wing Nikita Alexeev has bounced between the Lightning and the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons, its minor-league team in the American Hockey League. He's with Tampa Bay at the moment, but he won't be for long. He needs more work to prove he really belongs in the NHL, coach John Tortorella said.

Rookie gets notice for his goals, mouth
Thrashers rookie Ilya Kovalchuk is making a name for himself with his goal-scoring and his arrogance. That may result in payback down the road, and the Oilers will be first in line.

Reader feedback
Glazer dad tolerates too much
I think Malcolm Glazer should be nominated as father of the year. After all, how many dads give their sons a $650-million toy and not get angry when they break it?

College basketball
Gators pull away from Commodores
GAINESVILLE -- Three weeks ago, Florida was in the midst of a three-game losing streak and sliding quickly down the ladder of the SEC East.

USF teeters right way in victory over Tulane
TAMPA -- South Florida held a one-point lead over Tulane when the teams emerged from a timeout with five minutes left Saturday at the Sun Dome.

FSU makes run, holds on to beat Wake
TALLAHASSEE -- Tasheika Morris scored 16 and former Clearwater High star Shinikki Whiting 12 as Florida State held off Wake Forest 63-56 on Saturday.

Sunrise team tops first set of qualifiers
SEMINOLE -- Sawgrass Lanes of Sunrise led the 49-team field after the first qualifying round in the ABCBrunswick World Team Challenge Saturday at Seminole Lanes.

Daily fishing report
Last week was nature's way of reminding us that winter is not over. A promising beginning quickly tapered off after a week's worth of windy conditions.

14-year-old's even pace captures 5K
TAMPA -- Jesuit High School freshman Andy Biladeau heard footsteps during the 5K event, footsteps that followed him all the way to the finish line on Bayshore Boulevard.

Oldmar's Teats gets first 15K win
TAMPA -- For Tony Teats it must have felt like December 2000 all over again, running alone on Bayshore Boulevard, with nothing but a finish line and a cheering crowd ahead.

Merging of events creates whopper January weekend
TAMPA -- Next year, area runners will need to clear one big weekend on their calendars: Jan. 18-19.

Devil Rays
Fischer readies himself for 'spring' without 'training'
ST. PETERSBURG -- It has been a mild winter in western Iowa, but Bill Fischer figures he hasn't seen the last of the snow.

McRae set to build on Rays' momentum
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hal McRae knows what he wants his Rays to do when they open spring training Friday: hustle, run a lot and get the fundamentals right.

What to watch for as spring arrives
Before spring training begins this week, here are some of the people, teams and issues to follow in the next six weeks:

As the years roll by, Palmer still the king
Fans flock to see him, perhaps more than any other player.

The hard way onto Senior PGA
NAPLES -- The system is not set up in his favor, even though an honest assessment by those in the locker room would reveal that Jay Overton easily could be among them, playing week after week for the big paydays on the Senior PGA Tour.

Lecanto never had a chance
LECANTO -- It wasn't just Leesburg's defense that did Lecanto in during Saturday's district championship. And it wasn't just the Yellow Jackets' offense, either.

Lakewood wins star-studded matchup 80-68
The two best players, the two best teams, the two best coaches, the two longest current winning streaks, the two highest-ranked teams and a sellout crowd.

Bucs edge Bulldogs, take 14 to regionals
NEW PORT RICHEY -- The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to regional competition, so with only five teams competing at Saturday's district meet, survival wasn't the overriding concern it often is.

Leopards hang on, win 64-62
INVERNESS -- Talking before the district championship, Hernando coach Pete Lahey and Williston coach Robert Patterson agreed that the team playing better at the end would win.

Pirates seniors claim first title
BROOKSVILLE -- After placing second twice and third once, Crystal River's six seniors wanted more from their final district tournament.

Fouls, turnovers spoil Bulldogs' chances
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Both teams wore orange, which might explain Zephyrhills' confusion in Saturday's district final against Bartow.

Defense carries Rams to fourth straight title
NEW PORT RICHEY -- No surprise, the best team in Pasco County is now the best team in Class 4A, District 8 -- but just two points better.

Wildcats retain their title
TAMPA -- Top seed Wharton trailed nearly the entire first half, and seemed completely unfazed.

SPC edges CCC a third time
SARASOTA -- How cruel. Clearwater Central Catholic had to travel an hour out of town to play its county rival, only to suffer through deja vu all over again.

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