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April 21, 2002
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Rays
Rays fail in clutch situations
O'S 6, RAYS 3: Greg Vaughn continues to slump, going 0-for-3 and stranding four runners in the loss to Baltimore.

Rookie downplays first start at home
ST. PETERSBURG -- He has watched a game from the stands and once was honored on the field before a game for helping thwart a bank robbery.

Upheaval in homeland concerns Venezuelans
ST. PETERSBURG -- In the next few days, Elizabeth Zambrano hopes to leave her house in the Caracas, Venezuela, suburb of Los Teques for the first time in nearly two weeks and return to work.

Bucs
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Marquise Walker pulls in a touchdown against Rice, one of 16 at Michigan.
After a wait ... Walker
Day 1 of NFL draft features no sudden moves for Tampa Bay, and eventually yields a wide receiver with size.

All pleased with resolution of Alstott deal
TAMPA -- It has been an offseason of change in the Bucs offense, but one thing will remain constant: the power-running style of veteran Mike Alstott.

Things will heat up today
After a slow first three rounds, the Bucs' draft gets back to normal.

Lightning
Lightning waits out Svitov military saga
It may one day go down in Lightning history with infamous episodes such as the Chris Gratton smudged fax and Daren Puppa's balky back/hip/groin.

Gary Shelton
What is, and what easily could have been for Bucs
TAMPA -- In the real world, we wait.

Hubert Mizell
Justice's diverse skills unmatched
You'd like to see Byron Raymond White's spirit perpetuated, as the epitome of a role model, but to ask anyone, however smart or gifted, to emulate "Whizzer" may be too much.

NFL Draft
Jags fortify both front lines near the top
OT Mike Pearson completes a Florida sweep by staying in-state.

A surprise in the South
New rival Atlanta goes for a RB, even after getting Dunn.

Dolphins glad to give up picks to get Williams
Miami selects center Seth McKinney in the third round after trading early picks.

Houston's slow pace at pick sets sluggish mood
Random thoughts on the NFL Draft from the couch:

'Canes rule Round 1 with 5 picks
It's a first for Miami and ties an NFL record for first-round picks from one school.

Motorsports
Gordon tries to drive around one of life's big distractions
The champion's slump has coincided with his divorce. Bill Elliott says he has to be affected.

Keller escapes big wreck
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- A spectacular 29-car crash on Lap 14 reduced Saturday's Aaron's 312 Busch Grand National race to something resembling a midweek test session at Talladega Superspeedway.

Storm
Storm drops opener
Two goal-line fumbles and an inability to convert key short-yardage situations doom Tampa Bay, which falls 51-37 at home against Toronto.

Letters
U.S. No. 1 viewpoint egocentric
Gary Shelton's column (Please present your visa when turning in your card, April 13) lamenting the presence of so many foreign golfers on the leaderboard at the Masters has it all wrong.

Baseball
Alou returns but wants to lead
Hungry for an inkling of the past in an already tumultuous season, Sparky Anderson's name frequented conversations involving the Tigers last week in Detroit.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Some call them golden nuggets. Others call them silver ghosts. One thing's for sure, Florida pompano can't be called wimps. These feisty fish will pull your drag again, and again, and again.

Preps
Cougars have the team, maybe not the talent
All Durant coach Gary Graham wants is 14 more innings.

Spongers, Falcons have high hopes for tourneys
With such a young roster, no one would have blamed Tarpon Springs for treating this season as a dress rehearsal for 2003.

Falcons take first step
DUNEDIN -- As nice as it is to win a county championship, Dunedin's players and coaches admitted that Saturday's PCAC title game was just another step toward the ultimate goal of a state championship.

Central's Lam takes second
DELAND -- Central's Viet Lam lost the chance to defend his state Class A championship when the Bears were bumped up to 2A this season.

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