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Rays
John Romano
Early end to season is the answer to Rays' many woes
ST. PETERSBURG -- More than any other, baseball is a game of hope. Hope that the next day will look bright, the next season will promise more.

Rays show fight but lose again
ST. PETERSBURG -- It never seems to fail.

Tonight: Rays at Blue Jays
WHEN/WHERE: 7:05; SkyDome, Toronto.

Rays: no late payments
The Associated Press, citing management and player sources, reported Thursday that the Rays were more than two weeks late making almost $1-million in deferred payments to former players Steve Trachsel and Gerald Williams.

Up next: Rays at Blue Jays
TONIGHT: 7:05

Alvarez vows he won't retire
ST. PETERSBURG -- Wilson Alvarez isn't sure what his future holds, but he knows what it doesn't hold: retirement.

Lightning
Sign or miss season, GM says
Jay Feaster wants everyone in camp on time or he won't negotiate afterward.

British Open
Their day in the sun

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Leaders capitalize on the rare benign weather to grab low scores while they can.

CBS has its eye on Tiger Woods at British
While contemplating what kind of ratings ABC's coverage of the British Open may yield this weekend, think for a moment about this: What will those ratings be among this demographic: CBS executives.

British Open notebook
Smyth wakes up in time

Hole of the Day
No. 9

Tiger's best and worst from Round 1
The Grand Slam pursuit got off to a rocky start when Tiger Woods was twice distracted by photographers on the first hole, once yelling at them.

Tour de France
Armstrong gets an assist to top at Tour
American takes stage, lead thanks to pace set by teammate.

College football
Dad faults hospital in UF death
Eraste Autin's father says Shands cost son his life, may sue. Hospital says it acted properly.

Texas turns pass-happy due to 7-on-7 leagues
HOUSTON -- For decades, Texas tradition called for teams to do three things to be successful -- run hard, run fast and run often.

Et cetera
Side line
Unser Jr. to go into treatment

Sports briefs
Ex-Gator tennis star pulls upset

Site covers ad loss with fantasy fee
Free fantasy football is a powerful lure online, enough that Sportsline.com had about 2.5-million registered owners hitting its site last fall to keep up with their teams.

Baseball
Baseball briefs
Baseball sues umps on issue of discipline

NHL
Hockey briefs
Surgery to sideline Yzerman

Motorsports
Racing briefs
Still no apologies in return to spot of spat

NBA
Magic briefs
Season starts in Orlando

Basketball briefs
Hughes signs with Wizards for 3 years

NFL
NFL briefs
Butler wraps up 12-year career a lifelong Packer

Preps
Citrus Park wins to force showdown
CLEARWATER -- Citrus Park staved off elimination and gave Dunedin a taste of its own medicine in a 3-1 win Thursday in the championship game of the Senior Softball State Tournament. On Tuesday, Dunedin hurt Citrus Park on the scoreboard with a 10-0, five-inning victory over the youngest team in the tournament. Most of Dunedin's runs that night were the result of errors.

Sectionals set to begin
Three Little League baseball teams remain in each division heading into this weekend's Section 7 tournament at Interbay. By sundown Tuesday, only one team from each division will remain. In Major baseball, Northeast of District 5 breezed through the All-Stars tournament, winning in three games.

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