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February 19, 2003
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Rays
Bierbrodt's focus back on the game
Months after shooting, Rays pitcher is bidding for rotation.

Grieve bracing to be trade bait
ST. PETERSBURG -- Greg Vaughn wasn't the only highly paid veteran outfielder heading into the final year of his contract coming off two disappointing seasons to check into camp Tuesday.

Death leaves Rays shaken
ST. PETERSBURG -- Steve Bechler couldn't wait to become a father, to have a child of his own romping throughout a clubhouse like Leslie Brea's son had done last year at Triple-A Rochester.

John Romano
To Vaughn, pride is far bigger than any bat he wields
ST. PETERSBURG -- So he stunk last year. You think that's a revelation? You think the thought doesn't creep into Greg Vaughn's head every hour or so?

Lightning
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[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
John Tortorella knows he makes players angry at times, but says "you can't get through a season just patting people on the back."
Tortorella pushing players to new level
Coach will keep challenging Lightning and telling it like it is.

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

Grand Prix
Streets to be buttoned up

Starting today, stretches along the waterfront race course will be closed. Navigating traffic and finding parking will take time.

Pook needs savvy to get CART going
The man who made the Long Beach race a success has a bigger task now.

Begley's determination wins over CART
The promoter initially was turned down. "We're not interested in your market," he heard.

What do they really drive?
MARIO DOMINGUEZ: The 2002 Champ Car rookie of the year, who drives for Herdez Competition, says, "Cars are my thing."

New faces will fill field of new race
ST. PETERSBURG -- Champ Car racing is new to St. Petersburg, and many of the racers coming to St. Petersburg are new to Champ Cars.

Golf
Fernandez gives golf a good name

The Champions Tour's latest winner proves that nice guys don't finish last.

NFL
Police cleared in death of former Buc DuBose

SAN DIEGO -- Two San Diego police officers acted reasonably when they shot and killed former NFL player Demetrius DuBose during a July 1999 confrontation, a federal jury ruled Tuesday.

Sailing
New Zealand despairs over home team's form

Even the wind has been working in favor of Swiss boat Alinghi.

Baseball
Canseco jailed for violating probation

MIAMI -- Jose Canseco was sent to jail Tuesday after violating his probation for a 2001 nightclub brawl.

Money didn't drive Thome
CLEARWATER -- Still, they are talking about the home run Jim Thome hit in batting practice two days ago at Carpenter Complex.

Storm
Kicker on hot seat for rash of misses

Pete Elezovic is in his fourth season of Arena football, so he's familiar with the league's narrow goal posts. He has made important kicks in the past.

NHL
Panthers, Luongo shut out Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Roberto Luongo took advantage of his teammates' strong all-around effort to record a milestone shutout.

College basketball
Women's team on basketball bubble

Despite its impressive third-place standing in one of the nation's strongest leagues, the Florida State women's basketball team is hardly sitting pretty for the postseason.

Freshmen stars have lost scoring punch
GAINESVILLE -- After displaying gaudy numbers at the beginning of the basketball season, star freshmen Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh have dropped in offensive production.

Irish avert collapse for 20th win
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dan Miller's inside basket with 18.8 seconds left lifted Notre Dame past West Virginia 56-55 Tuesday night to give the Irish their fourth straight 20-win season.

Tulane takes one away
Green Wave rebounds well and hangs on for a 68-65 win to hand South Florida its ninth loss in 10 road games.

Road remains unkind to FSU
A 71-60 loss to N.C. State is the Seminoles' 14th in a row in an ACC road game.

In brief
Tyson now ready to go

LAS VEGAS -- Just when it seemed Mike Tyson's world couldn't get more bizarre, he outdid himself.

College football
Bulls may end up with a full list of opponents

The South Florida football team has become a very undesirable opponent.

NBA
Rally keeps Orlando in touch

ORLANDO -- The Magic had every reason to roll over and let the game slip away: Tracy McGrady's shots weren't falling; the Hornets were too big; and a comeback from an early double-digit hole was going for naught.

Preps
Durant picks up familiar victory

SEMINOLE -- Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki extended his good-game hand to Durant coach Tim Sheffield after the game.

Seminole moves on
SEMINOLE -- The first time Seminole saw Durant was during warm-ups. The Warhawks saw a considerably smaller team, and one that had played a little more than half as many games as Seminole. "We thought we were going to take this team lightly," said Seminole sophomore Richard Legg. "We thought we didn't have to play our best game and we'd be able to walk all over them and that wasn't the case."

Plant stuns PHU
PALM HARBOR -- Palm Harbor University coach Juan Pablo Pinzon was still gathering up belongings and consoling dejected players as he tried to figure out how his team couldn't cash in when it had Plant on the ropes.

Bailey, McMillen pace Golden Eagles
TAMPA -- Indian Rocks Christian coach Joe Frost has spent much of this season wondering where last season's playoff ace, Justin Bailey, had gone.

Bad bounce sinks Tampa Prep
SARASOTA -- The ball didn't bounce Tampa Prep's way Tuesday, literally.

Bulls' off-night costly
VALRICO -- It is easy to tell when Bloomingdale is playing its game. The balls are on the ground, the passes are crisp and the shots are in the net.

Penalty kicks lift Cobras to victory
HUDSON -- Travis Miller quit basketball to play soccer when it appeared his hardcourt career was headed nowhere fast.

One-point win good enough for Gulf
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Tonight, Ridgewood coach Gary Anders will seek his 400th career victory against an old nemesis: Gulf.

Eagles pounce on OT mistake
PALMETTO -- Outplayed, outshot and outhustled, Brandon somehow found a way to win Tuesday against Palmetto 3-2 in overtime.

History repeats in Gators' win
Stacy Bishop again scores twice to lift Land O'Lakes into the final.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Flats fishing from John's Pass to lower Tampa Bay is better. Water temperatures have risen to the mid 60s. This will spark a feeding frenzy in trout, redfish and snook. The trout will move out of deeper holes that line the outside edge of the flats and reposition in potholes on the flats. The most productive area will be the first 50 feet of the flats. Jigs worked across the edge of the potholes draw the most strikes. The best action is during a tidal movement.

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