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May 19, 2002
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Vaughn finally comes through
RAYS 5, O'S 4: The slumping designated hitter hits two homers, his first ones since Aug. 5.

Rays extra

Thumb, ankle keep Hall out of lineup
BALTIMORE -- Rays catcher Toby Hall, who took a foul ball off the tip of his right thumb Friday, is not expected to play until Thursday in Oakland.

Sandberg gets chance to play before family
BALTIMORE -- When Bill Evers, manager for Triple-A Durham, rousted Jared Sandberg from bed May 8 to inform the infielder he was heading back to the majors, Sandberg was surprised and excited. But for reasons other than the obvious.

Rays tales
When Greg Vaughn broke into the big leagues with the Brewers in 1989, Dave Winfield told the 24-year-old to make a videotape of nothing but hits so that in tough times he could stay positive.

Trading game can begin anew with the draft fast approaching
Slowly, the names are trickling out; names of established players who may be on the trading block and others who will test the market for unrestricted free agents.

Gary Shelton
Strike may be best thing for a fading sport
Perhaps we have been looking at this all wrong.

Hubert Mizell
Smilin' Shigeki an uplifting presence in sports
When he smiles, it enhances global warming. Shigeki Maruyama seems to invite us to feel his competitive pulse. To hear every palpitation of his Sunday heartbeat. To share an athlete's vibrant world.

[Times photo: Toni Sandys]
East Lake catcher Nate Huegel looks up in disbelief as Mosley celebrates its Class 5A state title.
Eagles' title slips away
TAMPA -- It was a play his teammates say he makes 99 times out of 100.

Pitching change comes too late
East Lake starter Mike Billek tires in the sixth but is left in the game to feed the Mosley comeback.

Chiefs fall to Eagles in extra-inning battle
Nate Huegel's blast in the eighth inning sends East Lake to its first state championship game.

The Preakness
War Emblem wins Preakness, goes for Triple Crown in three weeks
BALTIMORE -- War Emblem is versatile after all, and his victory in the Preakness Stakes has trainer Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown chase.

Storm is grappling for answers
Loss at Los Angeles means team has matched worst five-game start in franchise history.

Interest stirs in Los Angeles
Here we go again.

NFC South notebook
This is a weekly update compiled by Times NFL writer Darrell Fry on the Bucs' new opponents in the NFC South:

Csonka's greed not in keeping with seemingly simplistic life
Darrell Fry (Csonka's life after football? Just perfect, Friday) spun a nice yarn about how Larry Csonka has eschewed attempts to capitalize on his Dolphins exploits to pursue the simple life of a hunter/fisherman in the great outdoors.

Et cetera
Auction madness doesn't stop
Really, Jeff Nelson was content to let the chips fall where they may.


Spartans lose twice to miss out on title
Florida Southern defeats Tampa 4-3 and 3-1 to advance to the World Series.

Youngest Drew takes his turn
Stephen, a freshman shortstop for Florida State, wants nothing to do with avoiding his brother's legacy.

ACC baseball tournament
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday-Sunday; Florida Power Park, St. Petersburg.

No time to play with lightning
Running to my truck through a torrential downpour Thursday afternoon, a bolt of lightning flashed nearby and gave me quite a shock.

Daily fishing report
The threat of an approaching storm front might have kept most anglers off the water Saturday. But John Archer and Kathy Douglas braved the rough conditions to try to catch a Spanish mackerel big enough to win the Billy's Stonecrab Restaurant Big Mack Attack.

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