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June 2, 2002
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Going zero-for-Zito
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
A'S 8, RAYS 3: Tampa Bay (0-4) never has beaten Oakland's young starter, Barry Zito.

Rays need to rely on the draft

Finances have forced Tampa Bay into hoping its picks will be all-stars.

Injured ump released and will return
ST. PETERSBURG -- Umpire Steve Rippley went home Saturday with an ugly bruise and a slight fracture on the side of his head but no serious injury.

Customs postpones Jimenez's pro debut
ST. PETERSBURG -- Had he arrived 20 minutes earlier at the airport in Ottawa on Saturday Jason Jimenez might have made his major-league debut against the A's.

Rays tales
KARMA CITY: Tanyon Sturtze appealed for good-luck charms to help snap a his seasonlong winless streak and he got plenty. Buddhas, baseball angels, an angel with an American flag, prayer cards, rabbit postcards, a bag of rabbit hair and another bag of rabbit, um, pellets, all displayed in his locker.

With time to think, Hall finally sees light
ST. PETERSBURG -- Sitting in a motel room in Scranton, Pa., on Friday, Toby Hall said he finally got it.

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

Hodson ready after seasons off
It would have been so easy for Kevin Hodson to blame former coach Steve Ludzik for what went wrong when Hodson played for the Lightning from 1999-2000.

Hubert Mizell
Tyson-Lennox bout a distasteful, money-driven spectacle
There are a lot of good reasons to visit Memphis. Paying respects to Elvis at Graceland. Swinging to historic jazz on Beale Street. Stopping at the airport to feel the packaged FedEx pulse. Seeing the mighty Mississippi, glancing across at Arkansas.

Gary Shelton
Who should be out of the Hall of Fame?
You say you want to see Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame. Well, doesn't everyone?

World Cup soccer
World Cup initiative goes slowly for U.S.
MLS has helped, but it will take longer than 12 years to win a title.

NBA playoffs
Kings set to encounter Game 7 against vets
It's the Lakers' guile vs. Sacramento's team play and raucous fans.

Steroid issue taints former great pastime
That's it. The final straw. Freaked out bozos, veins filled with steroids, destroying the sport we used to call the national pastime. Goodbye professional baseball. Goodbye to the sport I loved growing up with star-crossed eyes at Williams, DiMaggio, Musial amd later Mantle, Mays and Aaron. Thanks Selig; thanks owners; thanks Fehr; thanks players. Goodbye.

Steroid talk hurts hard workers
With the revelation by Ken Caminiti that he won the 1996 National League MVP award while using steroids, a suspicious eye will now be cast on every slap hitter who suddenly belts tape-measure home runs or comes to spring training wearing 25 more pounds of muscle on his frame.

Military stint lures player from Cardinals
Just when you think you've seen it all and heard it all, here comes Pat Tillman.

Hurricanes one win from advancing; face Gators
GAINESVILLE -- The Miami Hurricanes are the defending national champions in baseball until somebody takes that title away.

Bulls earn chance to face 'Noles
TALLAHASSEE -- South Florida wasn't supposed to be here. Now the Bulls are playing for the championship.

For fun in summer, try fishing area lakes
It won't be long before all the youngsters rejoice with schools closing for summer break. What better time for them to go fishing? And just in time, the city of St. Petersburg's Department of Leisure Services has opened 18 freshwater and two saltwater lakes.

Daily fishing report
Fishing for redfish in lower Tampa Bay has been outstanding during big high tides. Schools of 30-inch plus reds feed on the recent pinfish spawn. Smaller schools of 20- to 24-inch reds are hanging in the mangroves at pike high tide.

Pinellas' 1st-round streak in danger
Pinellas County's streak of producing first-round picks could end at two years Tuesday.

All-County Softball Teams
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bree Spence, Countryside

Countryside's new attitude starts with Spence's smile
To say Bree Spence was all smiles on the mound yet all business as she mowed down opposing hitters with ease en route to a state title is simplistic.

West Tampa rallies for win
TAMPA -- One team needed a huge comeback to stay alive. Another was snake-bitten on the pitching mound. And the home team continued to cruise during Saturday's American Legion tournament at Jefferson.

Club season heats up in a hurry
TAMPA -- Little dust had settled from the high school state championships when many of the county's stars were back on the diamond for new seasons. Many of them play for the Tampa Mustangs.

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