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June 23, 2002
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Starting pitcher Wilson Alvarez, right, is consoled by pitching coach Jackie Brown after giving up three consecutive solo home runs in the fifth inning Saturday.
Naimoli on LaMar: 'He's here'
Rumors to contrary have cropped up again, but the general manager's status is said to be solid.

McRae mulls options after latest collapse
DENVER -- Hal McRae doesn't like what he sees in his bullpen, but he doesn't know what can be done to make it better.

Rays squander another late-inning lead, fall 6-5
The loss in 11 innings is nearly a carbon copy of Friday's extra-inning defeat to the Rockies.

Rays player, coach offer fond memories of pitcher
DENVER -- The death of Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile touched the Rays as well.

A pitching prospect carries dad's memory
DENVER -- John Beaven got to realize his dream. The Rays signed him out of a tryout camp last week and made him a professional baseball player, assigning the right-handed pitcher to the Rookie League team in Hudson Valley, N.Y.

Rays tales
HERE COMES THE BRIDE: While some Rays went sightseeing and others went to visit family during Monday's off day in San Francisco, Randy Winn had more important matters to attend to.

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

Lightning
Wilson: Local presence is welcome
The CEO of the Lightning's ownership group says PS&E would only sell a small share.

Feaster continues to shop
Two trades, one pick make Lightning "a better hockey team right now," general manager says.

Fans gather to (mostly) cheer
At the Ice Palace, there was only a little dissent about dealing a top pick.

Gary Shelton
Don't recognize these Bucs? Relax, that is not a bad thing
Never have so many left.

Hubert Mizell
Buck's influence reached far beyond KMOX, St. Louis
His strong, crusty, baseball-wise voice cascaded across the U.S.A. heartland, stretching the Cardinals well beyond St. Louis to tumbleweed precincts of Oklahoma and Texas, through willowy corn fields of Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, sneaking as far as the snow-kissed Rockies.

World Cup soccer
South Korea sends another favorite home
The host team needs penalty kicks to eliminate Spain, which criticizes the officials for three disallowed goals.

Turkey's goal in OT ends Senegal's run
Ilhan Mansiz gives his team another shot at Brazil in the semifinals.

Italian fans deluge FIFA with wrathful e-mails
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- FIFA has received about 400,000 hateful e-mails from Italian fans irate over refereeing they say was to blame for their team's elimination.

Soccer
Pro soccer teaches Wegerle tough lessons
The last time Bryce Wegerle's name appeared in the Times was in May 2001 in a listing of Gaither graduates.

Baseball
Cardinals mourn again
St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile, 33, dies in his hotel room in Chicago, apparently of natural causes, just days after longtime broadcaster Jack Buck.

Pair of aces: Braves' winning hand
They are 36 years old going on timeless.

Tennis
Williamses knew it was coming
The Williams patriarch prepared his daughters for fame and success long before he predicted it.

Drop shots
WANT BLOOD, TOO?: The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which hosts Wimbledon, was founded in 1868. There are 375 full members and about 100 temporary members.

Et cetera
Highs and lows

NBA
You can't go wrong with Ming
The 7-5, 296-pound center from China is all but a Rocket.

Motorsports
A vagabond's shot at glory
Robby Gordon drove for nine teams before he landed a top ride at RCR.

NFL
Batch, back home, now backs up
To say this will be an adjustment season for Charlie Batch would be an understatement. For the first time in years, Batch is the clear second-string quarterback and, barring something unforeseen, will ride the bench for the season.

Colleges
Texas wins 5th CWS title
An MVP closer and rusty outfielder propel the Longhorns past South Carolina 12-6 in the championship.

Preps
Wildcats share learning load
TAMPA -- For most of the year, the under-14 Tampa Wildcats are a travel team without a home. During the school year, it travels from field to field or anywhere it can find an invitation to practice and prepare for perhaps two games a month.

Land O'Lakes holds off Pinecrest
The Land O'Lakes 9-10 softball team withstood a three-run comeback by Pinecrest on Saturday to move into the District 13 championship game.

More than good grades, awards motivate Stargel
The Seminole cross-country and track star pushes herself because she wants to do well in life.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
The weather could have been better for the Old Salts Ladies Tournament on Saturday in St. Pete Beach. But the conditions did not deter more than 100 women from participating.

Letters
Mets play vs. Yanks class act
These sports "Talking Heads" amuse me. They decided ahead of time the Roger Clemens/Mets meeting June 15 should be a bean-ball contest, and because it wasn't, the Mets are a bunch of wimps.

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