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Rookie Rays pitcher Jorge Sosa hangs his head after a Tim Salmon two-run home run in the first inning, but Sosa had an impressive start.
Rays waste spectacular pitching by rookie
ANGELS 4, RAYS 3: Jorge Sosa keeps hot-hitting Anaheim in check, but Jesus Colome and Tampa Bay falter again on opponent's final at-bat.

Another tantalizing loss
Rays are frustrated again, losing an early lead and then a one-run game.

Johnson leaves as the team cites personal reasons
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Reserve infielder Russ Johnson left the Rays on Saturday for what team officials said were "personal reasons."

Expensive decision: whether to keep Winn
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There are plenty of ways to assess the progress Randy Winn made to go from part-time player at the start of spring training to the Rays Most Valuable Player through the first half of the season and an All-Star.

Rays Tales: At the All-Star Break
The Rays had no reason to know what, um, horror was ahead when noted novelist Stephen King was spotted in the Tropicana Field stands during an April 25 game. They were two outs from a fifth straight win that would have evened their record at 10-10.

Bucs
Bucs talk with CB Buckley
Free-agent cornerback Terrell Buckley, a member of the Patriots' Super Bowl team last season, is close to signing with the Bucs.

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

Gary Shelton
A big win for little sisters
WIMBLEDON, England -- The trouble with little sisters is this: They just don't know their place.

Hubert Mizell
With football just around the corner, here's what I think
This being a column, it's what I think. A newspaper editorial. Not intended to be a pontification. Still, almost every paragraph could be preceded by I think. It's a privilege, hopefully earned.

Darrell Fry
No red means no thrills at end this time
DAYTONA BEACH -- When the Pepsi 400 was over, Daytona International Speedway officials put on a spectacular fireworks show.

Motorsports
Waltrip repeats his feat
The veteran wins in a manner quite similar to the way he took the 2001 Daytona 500.

Gordon has the car, but not the luck
The four-time Winston Cup champion is winless in his past 25 races and drops two spots to fifth in the point standings.

Unhappy fans trash the track
DAYTONA BEACH -- As it came around for the final lap, the field -- or what remained of it -- was greeted by a shower of trash coming from the stands in Turn 2.

Sound bites
Thoughts and observations while watching the final Fox NASCAR broadcast of the season, another solid, informative outing handicapped by a slow start and the dreaded finish under caution, which spoiled a potentially thrilling conclusion:

Wimbledon
A power play
Serena Williams shows why she's No. 1 in the first final face-off with sister Venus that doesn't fall short.

Baseball
No funeral for Ted Williams
Red Sox plan a memorial, and there are reports his son wants cryogenics for the ex-baseball great.

Sobieraj settles into life as pro
Aaron Sobieraj made an outstanding prep and college career for himself by being versatile.

The First Half in Review
WORST OFFSEASON SIGNINGS AL: The Red Sox thought Tony Clark would be an upgrade at first base, but he's making $5-million this season and is batting .219 and had more strikeouts than RBIs (33-23).

A time to soothe the game's rifts
Major League Baseball is standing on wobbly legs.

Storm
Fortunes change, but rivalry doesn't

Even when both teams are below .500, Orlando vs. Tampa Bay is intense.

NFL
Ravens fans greet Redman skeptically
Chris Redman knows the most talked about number for him will be three. As in, he has thrown three passes in the NFL, a fact he's going to have to overcome if he is to convince Ravens fans he truly deserves to be the starting quarterback.

Preps
Keystone finally gets game with Palma Ceia
The District 6 Senior baseball tournament got some retooling Saturday when Skyway Little League dropped out of the field.

Team's new coach to maintain tradition
BRANDON -- Although he has 25 years of experience coaching and training swimmers, Bud Bowden, 47, is the new kid on the block as the coach of the Brandon Swim and Tennis Club's Blue Wave.

Colleges
USF runners win Citrus Showdown
INVERNESS -- The Citrus Summer Showdown 5K on Saturday morning at Whispering Pines Park had a definite University of South Florida feel to it.

Outdoors
Williams was a fish slugger, too
The Red Sox legend excelled in salt and fresh water, from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula.

Daily fishing report
Craig Lahr and Mike Hubbard fished 40 miles offshore on hard bottom Friday. The tide was slow and the gulf was flat calm. They chose to drift rather than anchoring because it was hard to get a good anchor heading.

Letters
If the Lightning won't pay, then neither will fan
It's nice to know Lightning general manager Jay Feaster is honest enough with the fans to say he won't be going after big-name free agents.

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