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March 24, 2002
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Tanyon Sturtze, drafted by the A's, also has been with the Cubs, Rangers, White Sox and Rays.
Rays MVP flourishes after his long journey
Tanyon Sturtze has been with five teams and spent many years in the minors learning to pitch.

Utilityman might start at third
ST. PETERSBURG -- Russ Johnson hasn't heard anything officially, but he's getting ready just in case.

Rays tales
TRAVIS GUMP: We like Travis Harper. Really, we do. Nice guy. A little quiet. So you have to believe us when we say there is no reason -- except for our carelessness -- that we keep running his photo and misidentifying him.

Personnel decisions still based on money
ST. PETERSBURG -- Chuck LaMar looks around, so he realizes there are several areas of his Rays team that could be improved substantially.

Bucs
Pittman's closer to coming aboard
The Bucs are expected to announce his signing soon, addressing a lack of depth a running back.

Poole not last move for Bucs
TAMPA -- Behind the scenes, new coach Jon Gruden has repeated his mantra that the team's pressing needs are at running back and receiver.

Lightning
Keefe works way back up
After a tiff with the team last season, the forward has shown enough grit to stay.

Hubert Mizell
Another slugger coming with good bloodlines
Ken Griffey was a good Cincinnati outfielder. Junior is far better. Bobby Bonds hit lots of homers for San Francisco, but not nearly so many as son Barry.

John Romano
Midnight Madness means more to Oregon
MADISON, Wis. -- We begin with a break-in.

NCAA Tournament
That's 2 for The Show
INDIANA 81, KENT ST. 69: With outstanding 3-point shooting, the Hoosiers make the Final Four for the first time since '92.

That's 2 for the Show
OKLAHOMA 81, MIZZOU 75: The Sooners' ninth win in a row over the Tigers earns their first trip to the Final Four since '88.

Golf
Steady Paulson remains on top
He leads by one at TPC and looks for his 1st PGA win as the big names falter.

Tiger's optimistic despite 6-shot deficit
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- In order to do what no man has done, Tiger Woods will need to do what he has not done this tournament: shoot in the 60s. At least.

Letters
It's better that Dunn left town
I read with great interest the article Goodbye Bucs and hello good buys by Gary Shelton (March 16). I believe Shelton is absolutely right about Warrick Dunn's departure to the Falcons.

Colleges
Wrestler ends perfect career with final title
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Cael Sanderson went out perfect.

NHL
Girl's death weighs heavy on Knutsen
Through no fault of his, Blue Jackets forward Espen Knutsen will forever be associated with one of the NHL's most tragic moments.

Baseball/Spring Training
Area camps
Despite good spring, Phillies send top pitching prospect to minors

Hall of Famer takes on new task
JUPITER -- He knows every player by at least one name.

Outdoors
New snook regulations this season
With water temperatures at the magical mark of 72 degrees, the fishing action, inshore and offshore, is about to explode.

Daily fishing report
Saturday morning's 24 knot winds did not deter participants in the Old Salt's 15th Annual TV John Trolling Tournament held at Leverock's in St. Pete Beach. All fish were caught on a trolled lure; no dead or live bait was used.

Horse jumping
Tampa hosts Grand Prix today
The competition is the final qualifier for the American Invitational.

Preps
Baron, Packer pace All-Stars
ST. PETERSBURG -- It might be late March, but Pinellas County All-Stars Brett Stone and Monica Adams still have a few moves to display.

Mustangs win, eye Falcons
CLEARWATER -- In the tournament bracket, undefeated Northside Christian (16-0) stands opposite undefeated tournament host Dunedin (17-0).

Frayer almost wins NCAA title
Oklahoma senior Jared Frayer was one win from becoming the first wrestler from Pinellas County and only the second from Florida to win a Division I national title.

Marion, Davis set marks at Disney
Dixie Hollins' Kevin Marion and St. Petersburg Catholic's Chris Davis established new standards in the long jump at the Disney Showcase.

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