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May 12, 2002
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Randy Winn, center, is surrounded by rejoicing teammates after his three-run homer in the ninth inning.
It's a Winn
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays couldn't have come up with a happier ending.

Rays extra

Winn doing what it takes on offense
ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Hal McRae never had any inkling that Randy Winn would be leading the Rays in RBIs 35 games into the season. Maybe because he never expected him to be in the lineup so much.

For Tyner, every day is his Mother's Day
ST. PETERSBURG -- Today will be a rough one for Jason Tyner. It has been each Mother's Day since his mother, Juliet, died in June 1998 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Rays tales
TUNE IN: The Yankees have debuted the YES (Yankee Entertainment and Sports) Network, which shows Yankees games, highlights and features 24 hours a day. We couldn't help but wonder what the programming would be for a similar Rays network:

Possible new Buc biding his time
Keenan McCardell must wait until June 1, when he will become a free agent and perhaps sign with Tampa Bay.

Darrell Fry
Southern Fryed
A weekly update on the Bucs' new opponents in the NFC South division:

Hubert Mizell
Bowden has no ill wishes for Spurrier
Steve Spurrier, after years of squashing NFL flirtations, bolted from the Florida Gators four months ago at age 56, taking a $5-million-a-year Washington Redskins gig, which means disappearing from the life of old No. 11's hottest rival, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Gary Shelton
Straw fails to communicate with system
Hey, you. Guard! Yeah, you. I demand to see the warden. Now.

Indy 500
Junqueira wastes no time in getting pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bruno Junqueira pushed the limits Saturday, winning the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average of 231.342 mph.

Violence in NHL a new low
Thanks for John Romano's column (NHL ducks its most public playoff fight, Tuesday). Finally somebody said it. Many fans have wanted to say it for years: Hockey is more spectacle than sport. Fans say fighting is part of the game.

Horse racing
127th Preakness Stakes
WHEN/WHERE: 6:04 p.m. Saturday; Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.

Uruguay is first of 3 final tests
Things should start getting more interesting today for the U.S. national team and coach Bruce Arena.

USF men oust Miami, take on Gators today
GAINESVILLE -- South Florida coach Don Barr believes his men's team is hitting its stride at just the right time. And he's happy because he expects the Bulls to need their best play of the season today.

College roundup
DePaul nips UAB for title

Griffey will start, rest assured
Like thousands of other parents last weekend, Ken Griffey treated his son to the movie Spider-Man.

Ex-'Nole grateful to resume career
Former Florida State receiver/returner Tamarick Vanover is getting a second chance in San Diego.

Grouper stock issue hits decisive phase
Anglers have one more chance to weigh in on pending grouper regulations.

Daily fishing report
There's plenty of action inshore and offshore if you're interested in showing mom a great time fishing on her special day.

Et cetera
Three ring up individual state horseshoe titles
Members of the Clearwater Horseshoe Club successfully defended their turf last month at the 42nd annual state horseshoe championships.

Coaches, players ready for first all-star game
TAMPA -- With graduation approaching, a group of county high school coaches have combined their organizational skills to stage the first Senior All-Star Softball Game.

Softball all-star rosters

Senior saves best shot for last
CORAL SPRINGS -- Sam Vavra whirled, released the shot from the tip of his fingers and threw it farther than he had before.

Banner day for county vaulters
CORAL SPRINGS -- Hillsborough County rules. The pole vault, that is.

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