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October 30, 2002
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Chance to play hurts so good for Barlow
Little-used Bucs WR one of a few called on to boost depleted corps.

Situation same but different
If Piniella turns around Rays as he did M's, he'll do it with fewer stars, lower payroll.

Four coaches let go as Rays begin overhaul under Piniella
ST. PETERSBURG -- Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella and general manager Chuck LaMar met Tuesday morning to begin discussions about constructing Piniella's coaching staff for next season.

[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
With six goals and seven assists in nine games, Martin St. Louis has been a big reason for the Lightning's fast start.
No tall tales
Diminutive wing Martin St. Louis sparks the Lightning -- and he isn't just playing over his head.

Tonight: Lightning vs. Rangers
WHEN/WHERE: 7; St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa.

Hubert Mizell
Dungy's Tampa ties still strong
WASHINGTON -- After an invigorating 4-1 start as Colts coach, Tony Dungy has lost two straight, to Bill Cowher's Steelers in Pittsburgh and Steve Spurrier's Redskins in Washington.

College football
Gators offensive line tries to block criticism
Injuries and inexperience lead to poor rushing totals and 15 sacks allowed.

None rival Georgia game
GAINESVILLE -- Ron Zook grew up in Ohio and coached at Ohio State and Tennessee, so he is well-versed on college football rivalries.

Cockiness a concern for 'Canes
CORAL GABLES -- Miami center Brett Romberg is known for talking -- to opponents, teammates and reporters. He was more vocal than usual Tuesday. He was downright critical of the top-ranked Hurricanes.

State practice reports
Rix won't accept all the blame

NFL notebook
FB to do community service for break-in

Fantasy football
Holmes is top dog at midpoint
MVP: Priest Holmes.

Three clubs get new managers
Eric Wedge became the youngest manager in the major leagues Tuesday at 34, while Ned Yost took over in Milwaukee and Ken Macha officially got the job in Oakland.

Magic opens season with win over Sixers
McGrady, Hill finally shine together, keeping Orlando ahead late.

Turnovers aid Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 17 and Chris Webber had 14 rebounds as the Kings opened a season of great expectations with a 94-67 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Kings deny Thrashers win but lose their leading scorer
ATLANTA -- The Los Angeles Kings kept Atlanta winless, but not without taking a major loss of their own.

Et cetera
In brief
Woods: Augusta controversy won't hurt golf

JV kids out of PCAC meet
For the first time, Largo coach Mike Beck said, the county's junior varsity cross country runners won't be permitted to race at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet today at Taylor Park.

Lincicome wins handily at district
The Seminole golfer shoots 67 at East Lake Woodlands, 14 shots clear of the field, in the 2A-7 event.

Neal is facing added charges
The King junior, academically ineligible to play this season, is arrested for allegedly stealing a car.

Nauta establishes her name quickly
The eighth-grader at Tampa Prep already has times that would have been competitive at last year's state meet.

Citrus' Taylor medalist in A-6
WEEKI WACHEE -- Sure, Saddlebrook Prep won a fourth consecutive district team title Tuesday, but it still felt like a banner day for public schools everywhere.

Rally puts Wildcats in title game
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Trailing 8-5 on its home court in the third game of Tuesday's Class 3A, District 10 volleyball semifinal, defending champion Wesley Chapel was in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs when coach Julie Marks called for a timeout.

Durant, Riverview headed to regional
The Cougars and Sharks shake off bad rounds to finish second and third in the Class 2A, District 10 tournament.

Vikings, Warhawks in title game again
Northeast and Seminole make the playoffs and will square off for the 5A-10 volleyball crown Thursday night.

Venice's power, size end Gaither's season
The Indians, the top seed in District 5 and second-ranked team in Class 6A, win 15-4, 15-6.

Daily fishing report
Steve Lomicka promised his 14-year-old stepson James a fishing trip for quite some time. Timing seemed to be the problem, but Sunday everything came together.

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