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March 31, 2002
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Baseball Preview 2002: Play time   Not that long ago,many of the Rays’ key players still were in Little League. For Tampa Bay to succeed in 2002, this enthusiastic bunch of youngsters has to grow up in a hurry. Story

Rays player and coach capsules, League previews, schedules and more.

Everything needs to improve this year
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
For the Rays to compete, all facets of their game will have to be better than last season.
Rule 5 helps Rays' Rule 1: proficiency

DURHAM, N.C. -- There has been some criticism, some questions and some in-house discussions about why the Rays would want to carry three Rule 5 draft picks who have yet to play past the Class A level.

Rays tales
STYLIN': It was a big deal when Hal McRae made the Reds opening-day roster for the first time in 1970, and it meant big changes to his wardrobe. "I remember being told, and I went shopping when I got home," McRae said. "I had to buy some suits."

Comella visits as Alstott waits
TAMPA -- Greg Comella is to Mike Alstott what Michael Pittman is to Warrick Dunn.

Not enough offense to bother Ottawa
SENS 3, LIGHTNING 1: Tampa Bay gets 17 shots, ruining Dieter Kochan's effort.

Ylonen takes Ottawa trade in stride
OTTAWA -- Lightning left wing Andre Roy has maintained his surprise at being traded by the Senators. Center Juha Ylonen, whom Ottawa received in return, said he understands completely why he was traded from Tampa Bay.

Gary Shelton
IU's Jeff Newton, superstar
ATLANTA -- Games like this are reserved for stars. Nights like this are reserved for dreams.

Hubert Mizell
Iowa State wrestler the epitome of sporting perfection
What comes to mind if I say "wrestling"? Hulk Hogan? WWF? The Rock? Flamboyant, overdramatized, arrogant, scripted mayhem? Jesse "The Body" Ventura?

NCAA Tournaments
Indiana 73, Oklahoma 64:
The five-time champion Hoosiers advance to their first final since '87 behind their bench.

Maryland 97, Kansas 88: The Terps surge ahead in the second half and repel a rally to reach their first final.

Sooners want respect; Huskies want history
Oklahoma refuses to surrender without taking its best shot at highly favored Connecticut.

Good friends face off in today's final
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- If Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma and Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale ever want to find new careers, they might try stand-up comedy.

Et cetera
2001 champion wins again
Molly Ashe and Kroon Gravin earn the American Invitational title.

Lacy gets challenge, still wins
Jeff Lacy said he was growing tired of the easy knockout wins and wanted a challenge, and Saturday night he got one.

Around the camps
Don't call him Ron-DL anymore

A new season, but not different
It still doesn't seem right.

Serena completes world sweep
Williams defeats Jennifer Capriati 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) in the Nasdaq-100 Open final.

Current star faces rising star in Nasdaq final
KEY BISCAYNE -- Andre Agassi is a known commodity to the world. Roger Federer is not, but that might be about to change.

College football
Defense, QB praised in USF scrimmage
TAMPA -- South Florida held its first football scrimmage of the year Saturday, and coach Jim Leavitt gave a fairly positive critique.

Fans upset with Rays' seat policy
I have a season ticket to the Beach section. Quite a surprise finding out about this ticket: I can't go in the front door but must use a side door used by the cheap paying customers.

Audette ready to go after frightening skate injury
MONTREAL -- The nightmares are over. Donald Audette is sleeping peacefully.

Antarctic explorer a hero for all ages
TAMPA -- They say time loves a hero.

Daily fishing report
Somewhere south of Anna Maria, Glenn Carr, on Jay Mastry's JayBird, grabbed the rod when a 32.3-pound kingfish hit.

Duo does it for Bulls
Bloomingdale shuts out Seminole 4-0 behind the play of Stacey Bronson and Courtney Raney.

Terriers' Wood captures long jump title
GAINESVILLE -- It was one and done for Hillsborough senior Marlon Wood on Saturday.

Pitching, defense frustrate Pirates
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Crystal River left its chances for victory against Flanagan on the basepaths and in the field in Saturday's final. The Pirates (17-2), ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, stranded seven baserunners in the first three innings and committed seven errors in an 8-2 loss to the Falcons.

It's time to notice Tornado
A sophomore competing in track for the first time, Clearwater's Jason Jones has been a bit of an unknown.

Cougars better together
Countryside state champions have each other to thank for outstanding seasons.

Four named to all-state first team
A banner season by Pinellas County teams is reaping a plenitude of postseason honors. This week, four players were named first-team all-state -- Indian Rocks Christian's Gabe McMillen (Class A), Lakewood's Marcus Morrison and Kevin Dorsey (4A), and Largo's Billy McDade (5A).

Duo leads Bloomingdale to title
The Bulls shut out Seminole 4-0 in the Rams Classic and Berkeley Prep takes third in the Spring Fling.

Saldino extra
Major-league name game

Gryphon deja vu
Sickles repeats as tournament champion with another 10-0 victory, this time against Leto.

Softball roundup
Cougars master the 1-0 win

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