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February 20, 2003
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Bucs won't take drastic steps to keep Jackson
Tampa Bay is taking a realistic approach with free agents and will not use the franchise tag to keep safety Dexter Jackson from shopping around.

Bears may look at King
INDIANAPOLIS -- It could be a Bear market for Shaun King in free agency.

Rays give their pitchers a hand
The club sees its best chance to improve in an upgraded defense.

Roster battle gets under way
ST. PETERSBURG -- There were players on every field, in every batting cage and on every pitcher's mound at the Ray Naimoli Complex.

Striking while hot
LIGHTNING 2, THRASHERS 0: Tampa Bay scores late again to stay in top eight in playoff chase.

Gary Shelton: Owners, it's time to ante up
TAMPA -- The stretch run is here. Show us something.

St. Petersburg Grand Prix
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
Roy Hanchett puts up race flags Wednesday around a hospitality tent at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg's corporate village on top of the Bayfront Center garage. The CART race begins Friday.

Jourdain ready to move to the front
Inspiration has come from an NFL star and now Team Rahal.

Best part of Prix for VIPs: It's free
St. Petersburg will hand out 600 race tickets and roll out the red carpet for politicians, developers and executives.

Sitting out and not in a car is hard on driver
ST. PETERSBURG -- Roberto Moreno didn't race last season.

What do they really drive?
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ: The only owner/driver in the Champ Car series owns four personal cars and a motorcycle in addition to the cars he owns as part of Fernandez Racing.
Golf: Age no factor for Irwin; it's victories he counts
At 57 and in top shape, he destroys myth 55-plus golfers can't win.
Optimism high event will go on
LUTZ -- Among the many topics sure to be discussed by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a mandatory meeting with Champions Tour players Wednesday night was the status of the Verizon Classic.
Nissan Open challenge for Woods
LOS ANGELES -- First, it was Phil Mickelson who called out Tiger Woods by suggesting he used inferior equipment.

College basketball: Raiders' Sharp gets win No. 500
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech's Marsha Sharp won her 500th game Wednesday night, becoming the 22nd Division I women's coach to reach that mark, when the eighth-ranked Raiders beat Oklahoma 59-48.
Streaking Memphis powers past Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino went into Wednesday night's game with Memphis worried about the Tigers' 3-point shooting.
Season on the bubble: Salukis watch
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kent Williams had a season-high 28 points and made 9 of 11 shots as Southern Illinois won its 24th straight home game Wednesday night.

NFL: Meeting focuses on hiring minorities
INDIANAPOLIS -- When James Harris retired as an NFL quarterback two decades ago, no team would hire him as an assistant coach.

College football: USF, UCF decide to delay series
TAMPA -- South Florida and Central Florida agree they should develop an annual football series. It just won't begin this fall.

Baseball: Flaherty happy to cede flash to team
Ex-Rays catcher is working hard to win backup job with star-studded Yankees.
Turmoil in home nation keeps Abreu grounded
CLEARWATER -- Phillies rightfielder Bobby Abreu was the only player absent from the first full-squad workout Wednesday at the Carpenter Complex.
Bechler had a history with heart ailments
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Steve Bechler, the Orioles pitcher who died Monday of complications from heatstroke, had two previous heat-related illnesses, his parents said.

NHL: Senators rebound to beat Devils after blowing a three-goal lead
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Squandering a three-goal third-period lead seemed to make the Senators work harder.

NBA: Orlando trades Miller, Humphrey to Memphis
ORLANDO -- Orlando and Memphis pulled off the first big trade before today's deadline, agreeing to a four-player deal Wednesday that sent Mike Miller and Ryan Humphrey to the Grizzlies for rookies Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek.

Motorsports: Cup teams anxious for next race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Daytona was a disappointment for Ryan Newman after a wreck tore apart his car and sent it barrel-rolling through the grass. He went home from the biggest race of the year in last place in the standings.

Sailing: Shifting winds force Race 4 postponement
And Kiwis, down 0-3, replace tactician after multiple errors.

In brief: Tyson vs. Etienne gets green light
TUNICA, Miss. -- Mike Tyson was more eager to show off the new tattoo on his face than to show off his fighting shape. The tattoo looked real, but Clifford Etienne's camp was not sure about anything else.

Preps: A Tigers win here won't be so easy
Alex Enriquez and eight other district champions lead Jesuit into the region tournament this weekend.
Injury keeps champ grounded
Dixie Hollins senior Kevin Marion has the long jump record, but he is focused on running.
Hernando squeaks into semis
INVERNESS -- Jeff Brown calls himself a late-game player.
Celebration can wait, Anders' Rams still busy
BOYS CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 8: The Ridgewood coach wins 400th game and will face Land O'Lakes in final.
UT's Sargeant gives a boost off the bench
TAMPA -- With less than a week left in the regular season and the University of Tampa men's basketball team staring at the unfamiliar but real prospect of a low seeding in the conference tournament, the Spartans could look at their string of four losses in their past fives games as a negative.
Boca Ciega rallies to win
BOYS CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 10: The Pirates eliminate Gibbs and face St. Petersburg, which beat Seminole.
St. Pete Catholic receives a lesson
BOYS CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 12: The Barons beat Clearwater Central Catholic, but not before learning they aren't invincible.

Bowling: Couch falls to 1st-time winner
Chris Hayden spoiled the homecoming party for Clermont's Jason Couch by winning the PBA VIA Open Sunday at Orlando's Boardwalk Bowl.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
It feels like the night before Christmas, but we need to be patient with the offshore fishing scene. As always, water temperature is the key, and the gulf still is a bit cool for the good fishing that is just around the corner. In two or three weeks, the warming weather will heat offshore water and perk up the sportfish, including migrating kings and Spanish mackerel.

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