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July 21, 2002
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Ready or not, here's Crawford
Rays, seeking a spark, call up the top prospect, but will be careful with him.

Creek bids farewell with sights on future
TORONTO -- The Rays sent Doug Creek on his way Saturday, designating the veteran reliever for assignment, and he sounded happy to be going.

Rays road skid is at 13
After trailing 11-1, Tampa Bay rallies but Jays still win 12-10.

Rays tales
HEY TEX: Aubrey Huff wasn't always so Florida cool.

A mistake from start, Alvarez's time limited
TORONTO -- The Rays would rather be done with Wilson Alvarez.

[Times photo: Toni Sandys]
Jon Gruden's arrival and an offensive makeover have Super thoughts emanating from One Buc Place.

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Great expectations, this time from within
Preseason talk of the Bucs making a Super Bowl run is getting old. What's new is where it's coming from.

Plenty to learn as camp starts
TAMPA -- Their hotel is Celebration, their cafe is All Star and their training camp address is Disney.

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

Feaster says team staying on course
Lightning general manager Jay Feaster decided to sit out the first frenzied weeks of unrestricted free agency. With prices crazy -- $9-million a season for Bobby Holik and Bill Guerin, $6-million for Tony Amonte, -- it is not a surprise.

Hubert Mizell
A lot of history, honor in a number
Nobody will ever again wear 9 for the Red Sox, the Ted Williams number. Digits of respect are voluminous in sports, from the 3 of Dale Earnhardt's race car to the 3 of Babe Ruth's uniform.

Gary Shelton
The Boss can become The Hero
In a time of trouble, a sport looks for a hero.

British Open
Woods' Slam bid is gone with the wind (and rain); Els takes lead

Showing up from middle of nowhere
GULLANE, Scotland -- After poor performances in the second round, former champion Justin Leonard and British phenom Justin Rose were all but dismissed from consideration at the 131st Open.

NASCAR joins exhaustive coverage trend
With a new service similar to other sports, iN Demand offers seven channels to watch one race.

Heat will be an issue for teams to monitor
With training camps opening around the league, there are interesting developments to watch over the next several weeks.

Storm gets its victory in final game of season
STORM 67, FORCE 61: Fourth-quarter comeback sustains team's hope for the postseason.

Dodgers closer key to pennant
If the hitters feel a bit uncomfortable, that's fine with Eric Gagne.

Et cetera
Highs & lows

Dixie caps its busy summer
So much for Walter Weller's summer vacation. The Dixie Hollins principal has been too busy filling out a coaching staff.

Two Citrus Park teams lead way
The District 6 champs in major softball and junior baseball both win twice, advancing to their title games.

Palm Harbor wins two in major baseball play
TAMPA -- Palm Harbor's major baseball team bested Northeast and Bayshore Saturday to win its pool at the Section 7 tournament at Interbay.

Math not Rays' best subject
Thank you for publishing the baseball salaries for 2002 (Wednesday). If my math is correct, the Rays could have the best closer (Trevor Hoffman), best defensive player (Omar Vizquel), best leadoff man (Ichiro Suzuki) and one of the best starters (Derek Lowe) for the same money they pay Wilson Alvarez and Greg Vaughn. Who's running this club? We could use a guy like him in our monthly poker games.

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