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February 9, 2003
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Gary Shelton: I want my ... I want my Buc news ... right now!
The eyes. First, you notice the eyes. The hollow, hungry eyes that plead as they approach.

Victories answer every Rays question
For every hurdle, new manager Lou Piniella says winning will clear them.

Rays will be getting back to basics
ST. PETERSBURG -- From the sound of it, two buzzwords of Lou Piniella's first Devil Rays spring training are going to be fundamentals and versatility.
Devil Ray not at fault in crash, police say
A preliminary investigation found Devil Rays pitcher Jesus Colome was not at fault in a car crash that killed three women Thursday in the Dominican Republic, police said.

Charity goes on in draw
LIGHTNING 4, PANTHERS 4: Another third-period lead is lost. Another point is given away.

Buy or sell? GM will wait
SUNRISE -- Lightning general manager Jay Feaster is very much a buyer in the NHL's trade market. His priority: a top-four defenseman.

Motorsports: No restricting Junior
Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes from last to win another restrictor-plate race, the Bud Shootout.
Dixon wins consecutive NHRA Shootouts
POMONA, Calif. -- Larry Dixon won the Budweiser Shootout bonus race for the NHRA's Top Fuel division Saturday for the second year in a row.
Keep an eye on DEI teammates
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip, teammates at Dale Earnhardt Inc., have a legitimate chance to start side by side in the front row for the Daytona 500.

College basketball: Gators hammer Tide for one last hurrah at No. 1
UF 75, ALABAMA 56: Florida sends message to SEC with 16th straight home win.
Kentucky's 12th straight another blowout
OXFORD, Miss. -- If the pollsters are looking for a new No. 1 this week, they might want to consider No. 6 Kentucky.
Taurasi leads UConn past pesky Eagles
BOSTON -- Top-ranked Connecticut survived a scare and kept its winning streak alive.
Salukis watch
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kent Williams drove the lane and sank an off-balance 5-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds left to lift Southern Illinois over Southwest Missouri State on Saturday night.
Michigan returns to top conference
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan ended its short losing skid and is back atop the Big Ten.
Tar Heels steal one from FSU
Theft, free throw lift UNC 61-60, deny 'Noles second straight upset.
USF dodges trouble
In another close one until the end, Bulls prevail 71-64 over Saint Louis, sweeping a home series.

NFL: Plummer has offer to stay a Cardinal
MESA, Ariz. -- The Cardinals have taken a step to keep quarterback Jake Plummer and plan to do the same with receiver David Boston, both of whom are scheduled to become free agents this month.

Hubert Mizell:
Chief of the Chiefs gets well-deserved spot in Hall
Hank Stram was the cockiest, most quotable, most outrageous, most fancy attired football coach I ever knew. Next summer, with a bust that should be K.C. Red instead of Canton Bronze, the 80-year-old rooster from Purdue will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Baseball: Marlins win their case over P Nunez
NEW YORK -- The Marlins beat Vladimir Nunez in the second arbitration case of the year, and the pitcher will make $1.4-million this season instead of the $1.75-million he wanted.

NHL: Slapshots
In memory of Jemima
Av rally keeps it hot, Wings cold
DENVER -- Patrick Roy has made some amazing saves during a career. Never before had he put together a string such as this.

Parimutuels: Ben Awhile gets break in Classic
ST. PETERSBURG -- When Ben Awhile broke cleanly from the 4 box in the $85,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane on Saturday night, owner Dick Adler dug the tie out of his pocket.

Arena football: Cohen, Dell get to see other side
The Storm players left the Orlando Predators after last season with title chances in mind.

In brief: James scores a career-high 52
TRENTON, N.J. -- LeBron James returned to the basketball court Saturday night and showed everyone why he might be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Sailing: Student and master face off for the Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- In 1995, hungry and modestly funded Team New Zealand won the America's Cup and took it away from the United States for the second time.

Running: Wins prove to be workouts
Lisa Vaill and Owen Shott work harder than expected to capture titles in Saturday's race.

NBA: Richardson puts on quite a show
ATLANTA -- Jason Richardson's bounce pass off Carlos Boozer's forehead was the highlight of the afternoon. His final throw-down in the dunk contest was the perfect ending to the night.
Game a changing of guard (and center)
ATLANTA -- When the ball goes up for tipoff of the All-Star Game today, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan will be watching from the bench for the first time.

Tennis: Croatian rally stuns U.S. team
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Goran Ivanisevic winced with each serve.

Golf: Love won't need a record round
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Davis Love won't need an unbelievable comeback to win this Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Preps: Meet Brandon's 'Death Row'
Matt Juncal, Rashard Goff and Keith Simmons work to put the finishing moves on another state title for the Eagles.
Tornadoes collect title, milestones
Senior star Dominique Redding sets school scoring mark and coach Tom Shaneyfelt nears 400 wins.
Spongers' road leads to 20 wins
The Tarpon Springs girls find satisfaction playing in a district with Pasco County teams.

Bowling: Slow start can't stop the Xmen
SEMINOLE -- PBA Tour pro and anchorman Roberto Silva said his Xmen Storm squad from Orlando performed very well during qualifying for the ABC/b.line World Team Challenge Saturday at Seminole Lanes, but it didn't start that way.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
Lower Tampa Bay to John's Pass has good numbers of trout on the edges of the flats. Low water temperatures have moved most into 3-6 feet, and jigs dragged across the bottom draw strikes during strong tides. Drifting allows you to cover areas faster, important because most trout congregate in one spot and can be found by drifting. As the tide rises, look for big trout to move onto the flats.

Staff opinion: Rant & Rave

Letters: Your turn
Until a few recent Sundays, it has been all too easy to find the gray clouds surrounding the silver linings of our local professional sports teams.

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