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March 2, 2003
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Bucs
Bucs DB Jackson has two visits scheduled
TAMPA -- Safety Dexter Jackson, the Super Bowl XXXVII Most Valuable Player, has scheduled visits to Pittsburgh and Atlanta this week.

Teams still seek Bucs defenders
TAMPA -- The Bucs defense has been one of the elite units in the league the past five years and players and coaches alike have received appropriate recognition.

Rays
Sensitive subject
Dewon Brazelton is looking for support, but he is struggling to make friends with teammates.

Standridge starts strong
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jason Standridge had a good start, but the Devil Rays didn't finish well, losing their exhibition opener 2-0 to Toronto in 10 innings at Progress Energy Park.

It gives Gomes scare, but heart not an issue
ST. PETERSBURG -- If it would have even been a possibility, it would have been the last thing Jonny Gomes considered. Twenty-two years old, a pro athlete in the best shape of his life, preparing for a third straight strong season in the Devil Rays minor-league system, he figured the pain and pressure squeezing his chest Dec. 23 was nothing more than indigestion.

Lightning
Convincing, confident victory
LIGHTNING 2, SENATORS 1: Nikolai Khabibulin's 30 saves help end a 10-game losing streak in Ottawa to move into a tie for first in the Southeast.

Roy makes news in Ottawa
OTTAWA -- Left wing Andre Roy opened the newspaper Saturday and saw a story that said he threatened to "beat the (expletive) out of" Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

College basketball: Gators keep wits about them in W
UF 73, AUBURN 70: Bonner draws foul, keeps Tigers from extra possession.

Outdoors: A kayaking coup gone with the wind
Blustery conditions thwart first attempt to paddle around Pinellas County.

Season on the bubble: Southern Illinois 70, No.17 Creighton 62
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kent Williams scored 24 and Jermaine Dearman 18 to lead Southern Illinois, which clinched the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and a share of the league title Saturday. Creighton (25-4, 14-3) and Southern Illinois (21-5, 15-2) each have one league game left.

Rant and Rave
To be compared with Michael Jordan, to be seriously measured against the greatest, it would help to first be recognized as the best on your team.

Storm: Howfield relishes latest chance
The kicker survived a major accident and found a spot with the Storm.

NHL: Slapshots
Call it as they see it

NHL: Devils rally to defeat Caps
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner tied it with 32.6 seconds left in regulation and set up Scott Stevens' overtime goal that gave New Jersey a 2-1 victory Saturday against Washington.

Sailing: Swiss finally get their Cup
After several delays, Alinghi finishes a sweep of Team New Zealand.

College basketball: Eckerd completes season sweep of Tampa
LAKELAND -- After opening with a 17-7 run, Eckerd trounced Tampa 86-48 Saturday in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference men's tournament.

College basketball: 'Noles put away struggling Cavs
Tim Pickett's career highs help jump-start FSU to a 73-59 victory.

College basketball: Nittany Lions fall to 'Cats in 2OT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Jitim Young scored 26 and Aaron Jennings added 15, including seven in the second overtime Saturday, as Northwestern beat Penn State 85-79.

College basketball: Golden Eagles still control Bulls at home
For third consecutive season, Southern Miss beats USF on Senior Day.

College basketball: Arizona wraps up Pac-10 title
STANFORD, Calif. -- Salim Stoudamire had four of his 18 points in the final 45 seconds as No. 1 Arizona clinched the Pac-10 title for the 10th time in coach Lute Olson's 20-year tenure, beating No. 19 Stanford 72-69 on Saturday.

Blue Jays have rough day
ST. PETERSBURG -- Blue Jays shortstop Chris Woodward was a pregame scratch from Saturday's opener against the Rays on a day that turned out to be painful for more than one Toronto player.

College basketball: Sluggish UConn rallies, clinches
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence slowed down No. 1 Connecticut. The Friars just didn't have enough to stop the Huskies from winning.

In brief: Ward resigns as CEO of Olympic Committee
DENVER -- Lloyd Ward quit as CEO of the U.S Olympic Committee on Saturday, capping three months of turmoil for the world's most powerful national Olympic organization.

Boxing: Jones Jr. wins heavyweight crown
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Jones Jr. of Pensacola made history Saturday, becoming the second fighter to move up from the light heavyweight division to win a heavyweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz to win the WBA title.

Gators can celebrate
CLASS 2A GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: With its season on the line, Land O'Lakes turns to Stacy Bishop one last time.

Eagles' day best ever
Saturday was a day like no other Brandon High -- or any other high school in the state for that matter -- has ever experienced.

NBA: Spurs' 'future' stymies Kings
SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs got out to a big lead early against Sacramento on Saturday, then they held on.

Tennis: Legends mix comedy with skill
TAMPA -- They argued calls and teased ballpersons.

Motorsports: Andretti team takes front row
HOMESTEAD -- Michael Andretti's debut Saturday as a car owner was massively successful. Tony Kanaan gave the new Andretti-Green Racing team the pole and a front-row sweep for the opening event of the IRL IndyCar season.

Motorsports: Burton wants to join the fun
After two lackluster seasons, Jeff Burton is ready for a resurgence.

Golf: Woods, Toms go distance to make final
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods went from breathing easily to a huge sigh of relief.

Preps: Warhawks soar
CLASS 3A BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSIP GAME: Seminole wins with defense and key stops from goalie Aaron Ingham.

Preps: Hand grabs second title
The Zephyrhills heavyweight wins a narrow decision, while the Hernando team finishes in second place.

Preps: Pair of goals in second half wash away frustration
TAMPA -- With less than eight minutes to go in his team's Class 2A state championship game, Brandon's Jason Poole jogged to the sideline, reached down and picked up 27 years of futility.

Preps: Goals for glory, but defense wins
Without the nearly impregnable wall, the clutch scores wouldn't have mattered.

Preps: Land O'Lakes, Brandon are tops
TAMPA -- Neither the Brandon boys or the Land O'Lakes girls had ever won on the biggest stage. But today, both can call themselves state soccer champions.

Preps: Cambridge comes up short
CLASS A: Bradenton Christian pulls away in the fourth to advance to the state tournament.

Preps: Clearwater dominates Seminole
CLASS 5A: Dominique Redding scores 30 as the battle for a trip to state turns into a rout.

Preps: Durant falls to late run
CLASS 5A: Deltona Pine Ridge breaks open a game that's close until late in the third quarter.

Preps: Six champs, state records point to team's dominance
LAKELAND -- When the finalists in the Class 2A championship round lined up to battle for belts, a familiar sight was witnessed by fans of Brandon and Hillsborough County wrestling. Most of the competitors, nine of 14, were Eagles.

Preps: Relay puts Wharton in second
TAMPA -- It was just the kind of finish the Wharton boys team needed.

Outdoors: Hit docks for snook while weather cool
Pitching the light jig underhanded, it landed quietly with a slight "bloop" next to the rickety dock. After letting it settle at the bottom, the first twitch of the fake minnow bait brought a leaping, gill-rattling snook that peeled off drag. Palming the reel spool slowed it down briefly, but it took off again, burning line as it headed for the safety of another dock.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
Trout fishing along the northern Pinellas County boundary has been very productive. With the trout season just reopening, head a bit further north for multiple catches of keeper-size trout. A prevailing low-pressure weather system will have fish feeding practically nonstop during a moving tide.

Letters: Your turn
Rays should live in the real world

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