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April 28, 2002
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Derek Lowe celebrates after the Rays' Jason Tyner grounded out to second base.
New Lowe for Rays
BOSTON -- They started around the third or fourth inning, figuring they needed any help they could get. As each batter stepped up, the Rays talked more and more about Boston pitcher Derek Lowe and the white zero under the H on the top line of the Fenway Park scoreboard.

Rays extra

Rays tales
BUDDHA BELLY: It's not that Toby Hall has a big thing with Buddhas, those round-bellied symbols of good luck. It's just that someone gave him one in college, he started doing well and ever since he has had one sitting in his locker and another on his dresser at home.

Flaherty playing role of mentor on bench
BOSTON -- John Flaherty's view of the game has changed.

James struggles in third start as a Ray
BOSTON -- The no hits allowed by Derek Lowe was the news of the day. The five hits and six runs allowed by Rays rookie Delvin James turned out to be a short story.

Helllloooo down there
Into a Bucs camp filled with big receivers blazes Aaron Lockett ... if you can find him. Hint: Look low.

Whatever his role, Alstott thrilled
TAMPA -- Mike Alstott still is trying to find a place in the Bucs offense, but he is relieved he will not have to find a new team.

Gary Shelton
Gruden unworried about offense's speed limit
TAMPA -- The new kid in town was running free now. He had broken the line of scrimmage, maneuvered past the linebackers and into the secondary. He ran, all arms and legs as he windmilled downfield.

Hubert Mizell
NASCAR's fan loyalty to be envied
Hearing the passionate roar as Dale Earnhardt Jr. was gunning his Chevy, spewing happy mud, celebrating a Talladega conquest by playfully carving doughnuts into Alabama infield grass, it reaffirmed how deep and personal driver/spectator NASCAR relationships go.

Australian wins her sixth St. Anthony's title
ST. PETERSBURG -- The grand lady of the St. Anthony's Triathlon -- and perhaps the entire sport -- has plenty left in her tank, mate.

Frenchman emerges from big pack
ST. PETERSBURG -- For two-thirds of the way, a herd mentality ruled at the St. Anthony's Triathlon men's race.

New course has mixed reviews
ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Anthony's Triathlon pro course underwent some changes this year.

Loss dumps Storm to 0-2
A late turnover produces winning points for San Jose 61-54.

NBA playoffs
Magic fails in second chance
An apparent blown call gives Orlando a reprieve but Charlotte dominates OT to win 110-100.

McRae's pitching choices detrimental to Rays
It's time to get a new manager for the Rays. Hal McRae's philosophy works against the hustling team. Twice this week McRae pulled a starting pitcher who showed no signs of tiring.

Twins, Expos need more than Ws
Wins alone will not alleviate their problems.

Mediate proving his worth
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Rocco Mediate's long putter took him a long way in the first three rounds of the Greater Greensboro Classic.

NFL roundup
Owens, Mariucci make up

Wallace at site of last win, and maybe next
The veteran, winless for a year, is confident at California Speedway, the track his car owner built.

Sailfish tales abound among local anglers
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ed Campbell just had to show me the pictures.

Daily fishing report
He was getting discouraged and just about ready to leave when a big king looked over the three threadfins he used for bait. But he didn't hit, Greg Sellers lamented.

Doubleheader sweep denies Lions 40th win
SAINT LEO -- Things looked promising for the home team Saturday as Saint Leo had two chances to set a single-season record for wins.

County sends 13 to playoffs
County teams dominated district play last week, winning championships in seven tournaments and taking runner-up honors in six. That means 13 teams will compete in regional quarterfinals Tuesday.

Bulls tough to overlook
TAMPA -- There were probably a lot of wide eyes when fans learned that Bloomingdale took Class 6A, District 5 power Sarasota into the 12th inning before losing in the championship game Thursday.

It takes two aces to succeed
All eyes might not be on Pinellas County teams as the region quarterfinals begin Tuesday, but they soon could be.

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