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Rays shortstop Felix Escalona takes the high throw from catcher Toby Hall, too late to tag out A's Esteban German stealing second base.
Call-up baffles Rays hitters in his debut
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Until the day Aaron Harang is inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Rays don't want to remember what happened Saturday.

Rays extra
TODAY: RAYS AT A'S

Harper does his part as a starter
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Travis Harper was the only Ray who earned a gold star Saturday.

Rays tales
A DIFFERENT VIEW: Spending a lot of his free time on the road in his hotel room, manager Hal McRae has developed something of a guilty pleasure: watching The View, the topical talk show featuring an all-women panel of Barbara Walters, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, Lisa Ling and Joy Behar.

Time to make hard decisions draws near
OAKLAND, Calif. -- General manager Chuck LaMar has a lot to do. He has the draft coming up and he has to soon address which of the veterans in line for hefty raises, such as Paul Wilson, Tanyon Sturtze, Randy Winn and Esteban Yan, should be kept or traded by the July 31 deadline.

Hubert Mizell
You can take the coach out of Florida but ...
You can move away, to Virginia or to Pluto, but there's no fleeing the spunk, irrationality and pulverizing charm of the Florida-Florida State rivalry.

John Romano
Age-old chase alters outlook for NASCAR
CONCORD, N.C. -- Fear not for tradition. NASCAR's new generation of drivers have it within their sight. Just check the rearview mirrors.

Motorsports
Series sends drivers usual word of caution
INDIANAPOLIS -- They're told the same thing every year, and they nod, and sometimes they behave themselves.

Racing's biggest turn
He was 18 when he packed a bag and left his home in Indiana for a stock-car racing school in the humid south. He had no notion what the future might hold, no inkling what he found in rural North Carolina would change his life.

Jarrett isn't happy about move rumors
CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Jarrett's most frustrating season in years was made worse this weekend by rumors he is among several drivers looking to make a move for next season.

Indianapolis 500: 5 drivers to watch

Coca-Cola 600: 5 drivers to watch

Legends left holes unfilled
As old-line stars retired, no open-wheel drivers took their place in the public eye.

World Cup preview
Planet turns its focus to Asia
Super Bowl? It pales when compared with the worldwide audience of the World Cup.

Security made a top priority by both hosts
Measures include searches, troops, anti- aircraft missiles and extra protection for U.S. personnel.

Coach still must set U.S. lineup
Unlike some, the United States isn't planning any last-minute scrimmages against other World Cup teams before its opener June5.

Lightning
St. Louis negotiations: quick and painless
General manager Jay Feaster was not completely surprised Martin St. Louis' contract negotiations went so smoothly, but he did admit to some prenegotiation jitters.

Letters
Profiting from fame does not equal greed
If Larry Csonka is so greedy (Reader Views, May 19), why doesn't he do more than one or two shows a year? I do not find any fault in someone trying to make an extra buck. I found Csonka personable and accommodating to fans.

Baseball
Angels are rising to prominence
His Angels lost 14 of their first 20 and were not playing to their potential.

Tennis
French Open notebook
News and notes on the French Open, tennis' second major championship of the season:

Storm
Storm loses 49-45, is adrift at 1-5
TAMPA -- The first five weeks of the season, the Storm looked like a ship lost at sea.

Running
Runners enjoy steeplechase
ORLANDO -- After watching the steeplechase on TV last week, Jeff Masterson decided to try the event at the 26th annual Bert M. Warden Golden South Classic on Saturday.

Boxing
Area fighters end bouts quickly
TAMPA -- Starfight Productions, the new challenger in Tampa Bay boxing promotion, hopes to find its niche by signing and launching what it considers the area's top prospects. Three of Starfight's best, super middleweights Gene Molen and Jose Alonzo and heavyweight Moises Droz, rewarded that faith Saturday night, with knockouts at the West Tampa Convention Center.

Outdoors
Books inspire grand adventure ... sort of
Years ago, as a neophyte police reporter for the Ledger in Lakeland, my city editor often entertained me with tales of fishing in New Zealand.

Daily fishing report
Wind can be an angler's worst enemy. Most TV forecasts are for land. To get marine updates, call (727) 822-0022. When a voice answers, press 3. This will connect you with the PORTS weather buoy. The next thing you'll hear is current wind speeds for Tampa Bay. When a TV weatherperson says the wind is 10 knots, call the buoy and find out the wind speed over water. Generally it will be 10-15 mph stronger than the land report.

Colleges
Hometown heroics help FSU take title
FSU 4, CLEMSON 2: East Lake's Marc LaMacchia gets the win in ACC clincher.

Preps
All-county girls tennis teams
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Dent, Countryside

Brandon club wins again
Led by its younger wrestlers, the team captures its third straight freestyle/Greco-Roman state title.

Dent's season perfect
The Countryside senior not only won singles and doubles state titles, but was undefeated against county opponents.

Around Hillsborough
Football

A new high for Miller
The Bloomingdale pole vaulter wins his event with a personal best 16 feet.

Busy day for Marion & Co.
The Dixie Hollins junior competes in six events and finishes no worse than third in any of them.


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