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Rays
Extra effort needed for win
RAYS 3, PADRES 2 (10): Steve Cox's RBI saves Tampa Bay after blowing a 2-1 lead in 9th.

Bierbrodt is 'comfortable'
ST. PETERSBURG -- Nick Bierbrodt remained stable in serious condition Saturday and was said to be resting comfortably in the intensive-care unit of a Charleston, S.C., hospital.

Rays extra
TODAY: RAYS VS. PADRES

Sturtze falls 2 outs shy of his first win
ST. PETERSBURG -- The fastball was intended for the outside of the plate.

Dodgers chose Jackie, McRae chose Dodgers
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Dodgers used to be Hal McRae's team.

Rays tales
WHAT A HOOT: Hal McRae wasn't sure how to describe how his six rookies looked in the Hooters outfits -- white T-shirts and orange short shorts -- they had to wear through the Toronto airport, apparently much to the delight of onlookers at the customs and security lines, and on the flight home Thursday, but he was sure of this much: "It wasn't too good.

Lightning
Carolina is a model of success
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Stanley Cup final holds a good lesson for the Lightning. You don't have to break the bank to put together a playoff team.

Hubert Mizell
An apology for backing MLB dream
Blame me. Twenty years ago, I was writing of Tampa Bay's baseball promise as I perceived it. By now, it's painfully clear I was awry with many hopes and instincts.

Horse racing
Triple Crown tripped
70-1 long shot Sarava bursts to Belmont title after Triple Crown prospect War Emblem stumbles at start.

Prince bin Salman skips race to take care of business
ELMONT, N.Y. -- In the end, Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Salman was just as well off watching the Belmont Stakes on television in Riyadh. His absence, however, with War Emblem attempting to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, was odd.

Boxing
Lewis KO's Tyson in the eighth round
Heavyweight retains two world championships with victory.

NHL
Extra workpays off big for Wings
RED WINGS 3, 'CANES 2 (3OT): Igor Larionov scores the winner, after Detroit prolongs the game with 1:14 left in regulation.

Officiating has players unhappy
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Referees have earned significant face time during the first two games.

Media
FSWA rates Times sports section state's best
For the third time in four years, the Florida Sports Writers Association has rated the Times sports section as the best in Florida among major newspapers.

Letters
World Cup coverage on par with Olympics
I would like to congratulate you on your excellent coverage of the World Cup. This global competition is every bit as important as the Olympics, and you have given it the attention it merits.

Baseball
Jays won't run in financial race
Across the border on the shores of Lake Ontario, Blue Jays officials are spouting a refrain similar to what Tampa Bay baseball fans have heard about their team.

Motorsports
Jarrett says he's in it for the long haul
Dale Jarrett is honest.

Soccer
Croatia overjoyed; Italy is angry
IBARAKI, Japan -- Ivica Olic and Milan Rapaic scored second-half goals to lead Croatia over highly favored Italy 2-1 Saturday in a Group G game.

United States vs. South Korea
WHEN/WHERE: 2:25 a.m. Monday; Daegu, South Korea.

Korean coach has inspired team, nation
GYEONGJU, South Korea -- When Guus Hiddink became South Korea's coach in 2000, the expectations of a nation starved for World Cup success were thrust upon him.

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

Rookie QB impresses in Detroit
Joey Harrington has looked impressive in his first workouts with the Lions. The former Oregon standout has thrown crisp passes, made solid decisions and shown poise for a rookie quarterback.

Arena football
Jersey issue spices up rivalry
His number unretired, Jay Gruden plays for 1st time against the Storm.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Fishing 45 miles offshore Tuesday produced our first blue water "West Coast Quinella" of the summer. Dr. Larry Jeisey and his sons, Rich and Kurt, wanted to catch tuna, so we ran offshore to 150 feet and started a chum slick by chunking Spanish sardines.

Closing speed serves winner well at Coca-Cola Classic
TAMPA -- This time, there were no phantom penalties, no embarrassing post-race visits from officials.

If you had been here yesterday
There's an old saying among surfers: "You should have seen it yesterday."

Preps
One-two punch lifted Marauders
Justin O'Keeffe and Shawn Williams pitched (and hit) CCC to the Class 2A state championship.

Pinellas Park National cruises past Gulfport
Kyle Griffith hit a home run and allowed only one hit in Pinellas Park National's 10-0 senior baseball victory over Gulfport on Saturday in the District 5 Tournament of Champions.

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