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Keyshawn Johnson denies Serena rumor
TAMPA -- Has Serena Williams met her match? Is it love-love for the sultan of slams and Keyshawn Johnson?

Arms shortage spring's top obstacle
Rays have more pitchers than anyone in camp in search for 12 useful ones.

Draw must be wins, not Lou
ST. PETERSBURG -- They added a manager with hometown ties who has a reputation for cultivating talent.

Gary Shelton: Lou has hope. Well, that's one
ST. PETERSBURG -- Either he knows something we do not, or we know something he will learn.

Three-game suspension starts tonight for Roy
Lightning enforcer Andre Roy is punished for shoving officials after a fight against Islanders.

Auto racing 2003
A look at NASCAR, CART, Indy Racing League and Formula One racing. Stories

Junior's driving scared

After another easy win at Daytona, in a 125-miler, he's afraid odds are against his winning Sunday's 500.

CART sues Road America track over payments
CART has filed a lawsuit against the Road America racetrack, contending it failed to make its first of three payments of sanctioning fees for the 2003 CART race.

Busch and jackman go flying on pit stop
DAYTONA BEACH -- Drivers had a feeling a visit to pit road, made necessary by smaller fuel cells being used for the first time at Daytona International Speedway, would spice up Thursday's 125-mile qualifying races.

Nicklaus on Augusta fence

He is unhappy the gender issue hasn't been resolved, but eschews involvement.

A sloppy return for Woods
SAN DIEGO -- A soupy fog made Tiger Woods wait four hours before he could tee off Thursday in the Buick Invitational.

In brief
NBC will return boxing to network television

NEW YORK -- NBC, which brought boxing to national television 57 years ago, will return the sport to network telecasts for the first time since 1996 through an agreement with Main Events Productions.

Daytona 500's popularity thrives on

Racing fans often argue the best part of NASCAR is the access available at events, with infield passes that not only put them inside the track, but feet from garages and pit road.

Jeter hurt by shot at integrity

TAMPA -- For Derek Jeter, the issue is his integrity, and that's what's so galling to him about George Steinbrenner's jabs.

College football
Another charge for McPherson

Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson has been charged with felony grand theft, accused of bouncing five checks at two Tallahassee Publix stores last summer.

Trailing by 3, Flyers defeat Blues in OT

ST. LOUIS -- Michal Handzus scored on a rebound at 2:02 of overtime as the Flyers rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Blues 4-3 on Thursday night.

College basketball
Deacons put end to Duke's mastery

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It took six years and 15 tries for Wake Forest to beat Duke, and then it took two overtimes.

Gender barrier falls in Tennessee State loss
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Teresa Phillips showed that a woman can coach a men's team.

Florida battles back but can't conquer record skid
GAINESVILLE -- Natasha Brackett scored 26 and Auburn hit five of its first six 3-pointers to take a big lead and beat Florida 62-51 on Thursday night, handing the Gators their school-record 10th loss in a row.

Salukis watch
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kent Williams scored 20 and Jermaine Dearman, playing on an ankle he twisted in practice Tuesday, had 15 points and 14 rebounds as Southern Illinois won its 23rd straight home game Thursday night.

Rivalry spices up Cup final

It will be Kiwis vs. Kiwi Swiss, and that has sparked quite a controversy.

Mr. Webster has nothing on DW

In the annals of great sports calls, "boogity boogity boogity" would be right up there with ... well ...

Streaking Pistons top Magic

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It's motivating the Pistons that few seem to mention them as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Albury accepts UT offer

LECANTO -- In the end, Danielle Albury wanted the University of Tampa as much as it wanted her. The Seven Rivers Christian volleyball star will sign a letter of intent in April and join the Spartans lineup next fall.

Zettel turns offensive in leading Brandon
CLASS 2A: Usually a stopper, the junior scores three times as a forward and the Eagles are in the semifinals with a 6-0 win over Bartow.

Panthers stay unbeaten
CLASS 3A: Howell, Ifeanyi score in Plant's 2-1 win against Armwood.

Bulls avoid trap, coast to 4-1 win
CLASS 4A: Angelo Metallo's three goals help Bloomingdale get past Sarasota and into the semifinals.

Durant gets physical to get by Sickles
BOYS SOCCER REGION QUARTERFINALS CLASS 3A: The Cougars change their approach and stay strong on defense for a 2-0 win against the Gryphons.

Gaither gets by Tornadoes
CLASS 4A: The Cowboys take advantage of a young keeper, scoring three goals on free kicks in a 3-0 victory.

'Canes, Pirates have seasons end
OCALA -- An era came to an end in the district semifinal Thursday between Citrus and Ocala West Port.

Springstead slips by Jenkins on Emmerman goal
CLASS 3A: A huge defensive effort early in the second half enables the Eagles to hang on.

Rams win wild one on late PK
CLASS 3A: Ridgewood rallies to win 3-2 on Jose Anazco's penalty kick in stoppage time.

Hudson edges Lecanto
CLASS 2A: David Connors scores to snap a tie, and the Cobras get past the Panthers 2-1.

Wildcats dump Crystal River
CLASS 2A: Wesley Chapel's defense keeps the Pirates' shots to a minimum in a 2-1 victory.

Wildcats pull off upset against Leto
TAMPA -- The way the Wharton Wildcats were embracing, holding back tears and gushing over their victory against Leto on Thursday, one would think they had just swept the whole tournament.

Chargers chip in for playoff trip
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tess Mullinax will get her points; that's a given in any Shorecrest game. The question is whether she gets help along the way.

Land O'Lakes surprises Tarpon Springs 41-40
CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 8: A year after being upset, the Gators take their turn and earn a playoff berth.

Big 2nd quarter puts Bears in final
CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 7: entral outscores Lecanto 26-8 in the pivotal quarter and cruises 43-31.

Spartans come alive with second-half run
Lakewood overcomes Boca Ciega's plan to slow down the game for a 69-52 win at Eckerd College.

Dragons pose no problem
CLASS A: Berkeley Prep avoids upset and injury in a 7-1 rout of Lake Placid.

PHU gets past St. Petersburg
CLASS 3A: Hurricanes take advantage as Green Devils show up late and start the game flat.

Daily fishing report: Patience required in cold

Gulf water temperatures remain miserably cold even with the improvement of weather. The grouper bite has been almost nonexistent. Patience is truly the key to muster up a fish or two.

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