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March 17, 2002
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Rays
Bierbrodt shelved as Rays dig for answers
Coaches will work with left-hander, who's confident he'll overcome sudden bout of wildness.

Rays tales
BOBBLING ALONG: It's one thing to see yourself on TV or in the paper. It's another to be on posters and highway billboards, as several Rays are.

Movie benches Rays until the final frames
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays turn out to be not much more than bit players in The Rookie, the new movie about Jim Morris' journey from high school coach to major-league reliever.

Rupe is working to earn it
CLEARWATER -- Ryan Rupe understands how crucial his spring performance is to his shot at the rotation.

Bucs
Report: Bucs' Green is going to Redskins
The reunion of former University of Florida standouts and one-time Gators coach Steve Spurrier in Washington continued Saturday. ESPN.com reported the Redskins agreed to terms with Bucs unrestricted free-agent receiver Jacquez Green.

Lightning
He leads debate team too
Brad Richards doesn't back down, whether on the ice or in discussions with his coach.

Dudley had role in rule that helps Tampa Bay
What constitutes a loss in the NHL?

Hubert Mizell
Tournament a vision of how good football could be
Awaken the self-serving dinosaurs of college football: conference commissioners who sadly shortchange America with their Bowl Championship Series.

John Romano
Playing under the influence -- of his brother
CHICAGO -- Label him, if you must. It is easy enough to do.

photo
[AP photo]
Tiger Woods misses a par putt at the ninth for his third bogey of the day.
Golf
Tiger takes 2 steps in wrong direction
Woods hangs on to the lead, but his 74 at Bay Hill opens the door to a slew of players.

Huston finding his lost touch
ORLANDO -- John Huston has struggled with his putting this year, and as anyone who follows the PGA Tour knows, professional golfers are rarely content to miss the hole.

College basketball
Hungry Tigers move on
MISSOURI 83, OHIO ST. 67: Playing like the team it was early in the season, Mizzou is in the Sweet 16.

In a Flash, the Tide's out
KENT ST. 71, ALABAMA 58: Another upset for the 10th-seeded Golden Flashes, whose confidence grows.

Creighton loss says it all
To describe Florida's season, one needs only to look at Friday's debacle.

UF's Haslem doesn't regret senior season
CHICAGO -- His final season didn't play out nearly the way he had hoped. In fact, Udonis Haslem and the Gators didn't accomplish any of the goals they set this season. But in a time when most players at big-time schools don't stick around to see their senior seasons, Haslem said he has no regrets.

Walton takes over for Cats
Luke Walton comes up big in the closing minutes to help send Arizona to the next round by beating Wyoming 68-60.

Unheralded BYU routs Gators 90-52
UF handed its worst NCAA Tournament loss in school history.

Letters
Fry 'race card' column on the mark
Just read Darrell Fry's column on Nolan Richardson and Charles Barkley and the race card (Don't play the race card if you can't cover the bet, March 9).

College football
Situations stressed at Gator workout
The Florida football team had its first scrimmage of the spring at Florida Field on Saturday.

Horse racing
From bargain rack to the winner's circle
Bunk N Ted, a $30,000 purchase, can solidify standing as a Kentucky Derby contender today.

Motorsports
Force eager to surpass milestone of 100 wins
GAINESVILLE -- If it takes John Force as long to get his 100th career win as it did his first, this could take a while.

Close enough to sniff nitro fumes
Want access? Forget NASCAR and take a walk among NHRA legends.

Engine problems cost solid qualifiers
SEBRING -- David Brabham and Jan Magnussen seem to have an unrelenting demon at work against them at Sebring.

Audi wins 3rd straight 12 Hours of Sebring
Temperatures soar, but the team of Capello, Herbert and Pescatori endures and leads the final seven hours.

Baseball
Cards need J.D. to stop breaking
Back problems, sprained ankles, strep throat, food poisoning and a broken hand.

All just for fun, and the fans
ST. PETERSBURG -- "Folks, when you're talking about third base," the announcer proclaimed, "you're talking Brooks Robinson!"

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
The start of kingfish season requires some work to produce banner catches.

Preps
Chiefs hand Gryphons first loss
TAMPA -- In a battle between two of the top teams in the state, Chamberlain jumped out to an early lead and dealt Sickles its first loss of the season with an 8-3 victory Saturday.

Strikeouts not enough
Riverview ace Beth DiPietro is keeping the Sharks alive with strikeout after strikeout, but she needs help from a slumping offense.

Redding happy to have help
This season, the Clearwater junior could depend on her teammates to share the load.

NFL
Rules an issue at meetings
Super Bowl sites also a topic as owners meetings begin today; officials say the NFL is in good shape.

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