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Bucs
Christy might be first cap casualty
Agent says it may be tough for Bucs to keep their starting center.

Dungy: Bucs' win 'was bittersweet'
INDIANAPOLIS -- The week leading up to Super Bowl XXXVII, Tony Dungy was at home in Tampa watching the city erupt with excitement over a Bucs team he helped build.

Rays
Fabregas knows place on team, if he gets one
Veteran catcher can bring experience to the Rays, if they want him.

Colome's outing is 'tremendous'
ST. PETERSBURG -- The brightest spot of the day Thursday might have been the bright smile on the face of Jesus Colome.

Lightning
Vinny poses for SI
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Vinny Lecavalier doesn't remember how long the photo shoot lasted, but said it seemed like it took "all day."

Lightning's success in details
Doing the little things on defense is the reason for the team's recent hot streak.

St. Petersburg Grand PrixSpecial Section
Fit, fast ... and for real
A recent study shows race car drivers are as well-conditioned as other athletes -- and their sport is just as demanding.
Leonardo Maia
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Leonardo Maia, a native of Brazil, has received the training necessary to become one of the top drivers in the Barber Dodge Pro Series.
Today's coverage
Taking it from the top
That's what Bruno Junqueira will try to do as he takes the seat vacated by 2002 CART champ Cristiano da Matta.

Race car drivers join 300 at inaugural Grand Prix ball
The event held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort will benefit three bay area charities.

Rain won't halt races; grooved tires help
ST. PETERSBURG -- Severe thunderstorms might sweep through the Tampa Bay area on Saturday, but organizers of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg say this weekend's races will go on, rain or shine.

'Clean zone' riles some downtown business owners
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tavern at Bayboro was all set to cash in on Grand Prix weekend. The restaurant's owners put up colorful streamers and a few vinyl signs, hoping to bring racing fans into their little pub near the race course.

Surreal helmet suits Servia fine
ST. PETERSBURG -- Do not let the ants crawling up Oriol Servia's chin bother you. It's just a tribute on his helmet to surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Both were born in Spain's Catalonia region.

John Romano: Tyson Freak Show in full swing again
It's a job, like any other.

Golf
From mediocre to meteoric

Given a second chance, former unknowns are grabbing the spotlight, and the titles, on the Champions Tour.

NFL
Jets cut ties with ex-Bucs

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Former Bucs safety Damien Robinson was released by the Jets on Thursday, ending his troubled two-season stay with the team.

Baseball
Phils get visit from Alstott

CLEARWATER -- The most popular hitter at the Carpenter Complex on Thursday wasn't Pat Burrell or Jim Thome. That distinction belonged to Buccaneers running back Mike Alstott, who was invited by Burrell and the Phillies to take part in batting practice.
Angelos calls for a ban on ephedrine
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Orioles owner Peter Angelos called on Major League Baseball to ban ephedrine, a stimulant that may have contributed to the death of pitcher Steve Bechler.

NHL
Roberts helps lift Leafs over Capitals

WASHINGTON -- The Maple Leafs aren't waiting for the playoffs to prove they can win on the road.

College basketball
Wake Forest protects spot at top

ATLANTA -- Josh Howard knew all too well how long it had been since Wake Forest won at Georgia Tech.
Duke routs Heels; ACC streak at 37
DURHAM, N.C. -- Iciss Tillis scored 21 and Alana Beard added 19 as No. 2 Duke ran its ACC winning streak to 37 straight with a 97-63 victory over No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday night.

In brief
Capriati rolls into semifinals at Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Jennifer Capriati suddenly has a winning streak. After losing her first two matches of 2003, she has won two straight, reaching the semifinals of the Dubai Open by beating Conchita Martinez 6-2, 6-3 Thursday.

TV/Radio
Barkley not buying into Bryant hype

Kobe Bryant is lighting up NBA scoreboards these days, but TNT's Charles Barkley, bless his heart, is one of the few television announcers not ready to anoint him the greatest ever.

NBA
Payton, Allen in major trade

In a blockbuster five-player deal Thursday at the NBA trading deadline, Ray Allen was sent from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.

Motorsports
New tracks could take race from Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- What was a whisper in NASCAR circles is now a shout: North Carolina Speedway is in danger of losing one of its Winston Cup races.

Golf
Funk's putter prowessearns clubhouse lead

LOS ANGELES -- Fred Funk knows he doesn't have the same skills as Tiger Woods, though he wasn't about to trade scores Thursday in the Nissan Open.
TPC is reason Jack's playing
LUTZ -- Jack is back, and there's a big reason why: the TPC of Tampa Bay.

Preps
Slow start leads to Bulls loss

WEST PALM BEACH -- Getting a spark from one of its smallest players, Palm Beach Lakes pulled away from Bloomingdale in the first half and cruised to a 49-30 quarterfinal victory.
Stalwart defense carries Knights
CLASS 3A: Robinson builds a 17-point lead at the half and is never really threatened by Bartow.
Hooks rescues St. Pete Catholic
CLASS 2A: Senior scores 21 as Barons avert late collapse in 63-49 win.
Hustle carries Durant to win
CLASS 5A: The smaller Cougars beat King on the boards in a 50-31 win.
Cambridge follows its lessons in blowout
CLASS A: Lancers press on defense, get balanced scoring in 88-37 win over Celebration.
Lakewood lets chances slip away with season
CLASS 4A: Missed shots, turnovers doom Spartans in 42-34 loss to Naples Barron Collier.
Gattusos lead Eagles past Sonrise
CLASS A: Mo scores 25 and Gabby 17 as Indian Rocks Christian advances to the region semifinals.
Marauders get a needed breather
CLASS 2A: CCC manhandles Tampa Prep 44-25 and now heads out on tough stretch.
Tornadoes make it look easy
CLASS 5A: Boca Ciega is just another bump in the road as Clearwater cruises to a 32-point win.
Pasco wastes no time putting away Patriots
CLASS 3A: After a 65-30 win over a first-year school, the Pirates will face a tougher test in the semifinals Tuesday.
Experience down stretch lifts Rams
CLASS 4A: Ridgewood scores the final six points of the game to eliminate Central and move on.
Tampa Bay Tech ends it quickly
CLASS 4A: Titans are never challenged in an 80-35 win over Lake Gibson.
Villanova lands Fabrizio
SEMINOLE -- Of all the things Seminole's Joey Fabrizio experienced during his recruiting process, the waiting seemed to be the hardest part.

Outdoors
Krazy about kayaks

ST. PETERSBURG -- There was a time when Russell Farrow would pull his sea kayak up on the beach and people would stop and stare.
This time of year is better than you'd think
Who says you shouldn't go fishing until spring? Speckled trout, sheepshead, flounder and even snook are there for the taking.

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