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February 17, 2002
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Gary Shelton
Ohno's ups and downs
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
SALT LAKE CITY -- Watch him slide around the rink. His journey appears so smooth, so easy, you can understand why he infuriates the other competitors.

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Hubert Mizell
Blue means bruised and battered to Tar Heels
Carolina Blue never meant this.

With compensation set, the decision is Mariucci's
TAMPA -- All that's left is for Steve Mariucci to leave the City by the Bay for Tampa Bay.

Devil Rays
McHale upbeat about Rays' future
ST. PETERSBURG -- The joke around town is that the Glazer boys and the Lightning suits managed to bungle their way to a significant accomplishment last week -- they made the Rays look good.

Torborg enthused about Marlins' hopes
When owners approved the sales of the Marlins and Expos by conference call Tuesday, it allowed Jeff Torborg just enough time to arrange some last-minute appointments, finish his taxes and rave about his newly inherited team before spring training began.

Vaughn: 'I'm coming to play the outfield'
ST. PETERSBURG -- For all the articles you've already read and interviews you've seen about the composition of the Rays outfield, Greg Vaughn has the answer.

Huff brings new focus to spring
ST. PETERSBURG -- The hair color has changed, and so has the attitude.

Dudley made many right moves as GM
When Rick Dudley came to Tampa in July 1999, the Lightning was pathetic. As Dudley leaves, officially resigned but with shoe prints you know where, there at least is reason for hope.

Daytona 500
Reminders of a legend
DAYTONA BEACH -- There is a touch of black on the car Kevin Harvick drives in today's Daytona 500, as if NASCAR fans need a swatch of paint to remind them Harvick is driving Dale Earnhardt's old ride.

Junior takes No. 3 to checkered flag
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. put the No. 3 car in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway for the first time since his father's death in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Helicopter coming to pick up Gibbs crashes; 2 die
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Two people died in a helicopter crash Saturday while on the way to pick up NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs.

Robinson picks up where Guthrie left
DAYTONA BEACH -- Someday, Shawna Robinson hopes not to be known as a woman driver.

Fleisher up for the challenge
LUTZ -- The task no longer is so daunting, so inconceivable. In fact, should Bruce Fleisher defeat Tom Kite today at the Verizon Classic, it hardly would be considered an upset. Fleisher now can stand up to major-championship winners, unlike his previous golf life.

TPC holds special place in his heart
LUTZ -- Just about every Senior PGA Tour player gushes about the quality and the challenge of the TPC of Tampa Bay, but to Bruce Summerhays it is more than just a favorite stop on the circuit.

Late rough spot hinders Quigley
LUTZ -- Two "easy" swings Saturday will make today's final round at the Verizon Classic much harder for Dana Quigley.

Fishery council asks: What to do about reds?
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jim Zurbrick remembers the days when you could take a party boat out of Johns Pass and catch all the red grouper you wanted within sight of land.

Daily fishing report
It appears the grouper are as confused as the angles seeking them.

Lack of cash to blame for Lightning's troubles
While I am not especially a Rick Dudley fan, particularly of his trades of high first-round draft choices, his departure as Lightning general manager is disturbing since it appears he was fired because he became frustrated at running the team on a shoestring.

College basketball
Rebels' crawling pace stymies UF
OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi slowed the tempo, frustrating a quick and high-scoring Florida squad.

Kohn's career day keys Bulls romp
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Point guard Reggie Kohn scored a career-high 30 and had 10 rebounds as South Florida beat TCU 88-74 Saturday night, sweeping the season series and snapping the Horned Frogs' three-game winning streak.

Et cetera
Leesburg hustles past Panthers 79-52
BROOKSVILLE -- Leesburg lost to Belleview on a buzzer-beater in last season's district championship game.

Citrus holds off Leopards
CRYSTAL RIVER -- On a night when Citrus defeated Hernando 68-63 to claim its first district title since 1990, Hurricanes coach Jimmy Thomas was quick to note that it had been a "team effort."

Panthers' pin memorable
BROOKSVILLE -- There were only two people in the Hernando gym Saturday that gave Lecanto's Billy Simmons a chance in the 189-pound championship match: Simmons and his coach, Dana Wilkes.

'Cats claw way to first crown
BARTOW -- Wesley Chapel spent three quarters nipping at Bartow's heels in Saturday night's championship game.

Tornadoes blow away East Lake
LARGO -- It was a packed gym for a district final, "Postorino" was being called from the P.A. announcers, and they even went to Capogna's Dugout after the game.

Springstead 3rd behind Brandon
BRANDON -- After two days of grueling competition, all 28 teams in the tournament dropped good wrestlers to better competitors.

Bucs rally to defeat Rams for third time
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Gulf's 62-52 victory over Ridgewood in Saturday's Class 4A, District 8 final can be summed up thusly:

McMillen's 34 points pace IRC past Bayshore
LARGO -- Back-to-back 3-pointers by Chris Smith and Justin Bailey helped Indian Rocks Christian avoid a pesky Bayshore Christian team 76-65 on Saturday for the district title.

Bulls, Raiders each have one champion
PINELLAS PARK -- Wellington, paced by seven wrestlers in the top four, won the regional tournament Saturday with 137.5 points, 7.5 ahead of second-place Royal Palm Beach. Venice was third with 126 and Bloomingdale rounded out the top four with 109.

SPC rips Mooney for title
ST. PETERSBURG -- All week long, St. Petersburg Catholic dreamed about ending the school's district-title drought.

Spartans use depth to sink Dunedin
ST. PETERSBURG -- Lakewood put on an offensive show to pummel Dunedin 74-44 in the district's championship Saturday night.

Countryside rolls, sends 7 to state
PUNTA GORDA -- Countryside wrestled the finals under a dome light that shined on the center of the mat, a setup similar to the one the Cougars have in their own gymnasium.

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