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June 16, 2002
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Rays
Offense sputters for Rays
MARLINS 3, RAYS 0: Florida starter A.J. Burnett strikes out 11 in a complete-game 3-hitter.

Naimoli not thinking 'what if' with Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Vince Naimoli thought he was right.

Bierbrodt released from the hospital
MIAMI -- Eight days after being shot in the right arm and chest while sitting in the back of a taxicab, Rays pitcher Nick Bierbrodt was released from a Charleston, S.C., hospital on Saturday.

Rays tales
OF FATHERS AND SONS: As much as any other holiday, Father's Day seems connected to baseball. And for at least three Rays, it highlights a special relationship.

Bucs
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[Times photo: James Borchuck]
The addition of Keenan McCardell, right, should take pressure off Keyshawn Johnson.
Bucs find strength in (WR) numbers
Goal now is to watch a few with greatest number of strengths emerge.

Offense passable, high marks for pep
TAMPA -- Another phase of reconstruction is complete. The Bucs wrapped up the final offseason minicamp Saturday, one designed to acclimate new players and implement coach Jon Gruden's version of the West Coast offense.

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

Lightning
If all else fails, trade Vinny
It has been six months since the Lightning took Vinny Lecavalier off the trade market. But that hasn't stopped general managers from calling to see if the team has changed its mind.

John Romano
He still loves baseball, but will it love him back?
He loves this stuff. The smell, the sounds, the look. Every ballpark is different, yet they all feel the same. They feel like home.

Hubert Mizell
Readers respond, but say area is uninspired by baseball
Baseball passions are alive in Florida, but emotions aren't what the Rays or Marlins want to hear.

Golf
Rivals' run still short
Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia make their move, but in the end Tiger Woods increases his lead.

'Old' Faldo is playing like Nick of old
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- As if to justify the special exemption given to him by the USGA just a few weeks ago, Nick Faldo played as if it were the old days Saturday during the third round of the U.S. Open.

Emotions fill Garcia's round
A day after making ill-advised comments, Sergio Garcia apologizes, hears it from the crowd, then makes his run.

Letters
Lewis is still Lewis, and Tyson is still Tyson
Lennox Lewis is not the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of all time. There is only one, and that is Muhammad Ali. Lewis beat a fading boxer, Mike Tyson, who could have been one of the greatest if he had stayed out of trouble.

Arena football
Second-half miscues lead to a Storm loss
TAMPA -- Scott Milanovich had few options when a sack and back-to-back penalties forced him into third and 14 from the Tampa Bay 1 late in the third quarter of Saturday's game against New Jersey.

NFL
Dolphins place win pressure on Fiedler
Stop us if you've heard this before, but the folks in Miami are talking Super Bowl.

Baseball
Rios rising -- with some help?
Armando Rios might be a cult favorite.

Motorsports
A racing fan's ultimate vacation
Summer's around the corner and the kids are out of school.

Soccer
Defense, restarts are the key
Steve Trittschuh played on the 1990 U.S. World Cup team. He also played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of MLS and Tampa Bay Rowdies of the American Professional Soccer League. He spoke with Times staff writer Rodney Page about the U.S.-Mexico game:

England continues to impress in round of 16
NIIGATA, Japan -- Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is working his magic again.

U.S. squad could end gap for good
Mexico utterly owned the CONCACAF region but has lost the edge in the past decade. A neutral site could be key for the Americans.

Outdoors
Cartoon heroes can't surpass legacy of Dad
Sneakers are sneakers. Or so my father thought.

Daily fishing report
Targeting shipwrecks this time of year is fun, especially when 50 miles offshore in 150 feet of water. We refer to deep-water shipwreck fishing as "one-stop shopping" because it isn't unusual to catch half a dozen species in one location.

Preps
CCC's dominating duo
Justin O'Keeffe and Shawn Williams were stifling on the mound.

No-hitter sends Pin. Park National to title game
Pinellas Park National secured a place in the District 5 senior baseball championship game late Friday, by shutting out Azalea 2-0. Kyle Griffith tossed Pinellas Park National's second no-hitting in three games, striking out 11. Northwest and Pinellas Park National play the championship Monday at 8.

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