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February 22, 2003
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Bucs
Gruden: Bucs have plenty of work to do
The coach knows NFL offseason will be the key in team's attempt to repeat.

Players may have a ring of their own
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bucs could become the first Super Bowl winner to produce two championship rings: one for players and one for members of the organization.

Rays
Veteran pitchers hope they are in right place
Steve Parris and Jim Parque will try to stay healthy and provide some leadership for Rays.

Bierbrodt earns praise for poise
ST. PETERSBURG -- The manager was extremely encouraged. The pitching coach offered heaps of praise.

Lightning
Lost chances, one lost point
LIGHTNING 2, HURRICANES 2: Tampa Bay can't get the winner past ex-teammate Kevin Weekes and now sits one out of first.

Right wing becomes a casualty of victories
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sheldon Keefe had a feeling he might be sent to the minors.

Grand Prix
Respect from garage comes in her own time

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[Times photo: Bill Serne]
CART's only female mechanic has climbed the ranks after a late start.

The roar at their door

For the Morgans, the race rings loud and clear through their trackside condo.

Two sparkling debuts
CART rookie Sebastien Bourdais sets the pace; drivers give the waterfront course good reviews.

A new Player's on the scene
Team, teammate are new to Paul Tracy, but not the Lola chassis.

Rival's sales still strong
Michael Andretti is gone to the rival IRL but his merchandise lives on in the Champ Car series. One of the longest lines at the souvenir trailers Friday was at the one offering the Andretti Signature line, including shirts for his IRL team, Andretti Green Racing ($20 short sleeve, $35 long). At the Team Rahal trailer, an Andretti diecast car was marked down from $55

Souvenirs move quickly, not just for CART drivers
More than shirts can be had, too: Bikini tops, earplugs, and autographed replica helmets are available.

Rookies not major cause for concern yet
ST. PETERSBURG -- With almost half of the 19-car field never having run a Champ Car race, all eyes are sure to be on the rookies this weekend.

The next Unser takes more gradual path
ST. PETERSBURG -- He's 20 and he's got a lot of catching up to do. Such is the fate of a young man whose grandfather, granduncles, father, uncle and cousins are synonymous with checkered flags.

Race-side parkers pay $25
Parking spaces were at a premium Friday in downtown St. Petersburg with some private lots near the race course charging up to $25 per car for the day.

Safety crews stand by for race
ST. PETERSBURG -- Is the city prepared if a 1,535-pound race car going 170 mph crashes or ends up in the bay during the Grand Prix?
Golf: Game change pays off
After years of pedestrian performance, a fundamental change in his play brings Mike McCullough success.
TV analyst strives to improve game
Commentator Andy North likes being in the booth and on the course, but would like it more if his game were better.
Back pain sends Palmer home; tee times moved up
TAMPA -- Fans surrounding the first tee at the TPC of Tampa Bay on Friday morning were disappointed to learn Arnold Palmer would not be stepping through the ropes.
Howell leads by one in a day of surprises
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods took a mighty swing and hit the ball about 6 inches. Nick Price finished his round by chipping in from 90 feet, which topped the 60-foot chip he made earlier. David Duval rolled one in from 80 feet off the green.

College basketball: Salukis, mid-majors get rare day in sun
The Bracket Buster allows teams such as SIU to impress the selection committee.
Suspended Red Raider quits team
LUBBOCK, Texas -- A Texas Tech player suspended for one game by coach Bob Knight left the team Friday after failing to show up for meetings and practices.
Hot home team or hot team?
USF, 12-1 in Tampa, must beat Memphis, winner of five in a row.
Saluki-meter
Losing in overtime to Bradley (9-14) hurt the Salukis.
Big man shines at small school
If David West were at Arizona, Duke or Kansas, he likely would be the favorite as the national player of the year. But he is not. On either score.

NFL: QB Palmer not scared to land in Cincinnati
INDIANAPOLIS -- Carson Palmer understands the history.

Baseball: Johnson shut down because of pain in wrist
TAMPA -- Yankees designated hitter and first baseman Nick Johnson has stopped taking batting practice because of a lingering left wrist injury.
Selig wants talks on ban reopened
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Bud Selig called Friday for new talks with the union to ban ephedra, the nutritional supplement that may have contributed to the death of Baltimore pitcher Steve Bechler.

NHL: Islanders end Avalanche's points streak
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Dave Scatchard and Garth Snow teamed to give the Islanders another big victory and the Avalanche a rare loss.

In brief: Marshall interested in series with USF
Marshall athletic director Bob Marcum called South Florida athletic director Lee Roy Selmon on Friday and is pursuing an annual football series with the Bulls.

Sailing: Lack of wind delays Race 4 a second time
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The fickle Hauraki Gulf was at it again.

Boxing: Lacy hopes win boosts his ranking
Jeff Lacy wants to know -- what's your next question?

NBA: McGrady scores 52, sits for fourth
ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady's first step in getting over the departure of friend and teammate Mike Miller was to score a career-high 52 points. And he did it without playing the fourth quarter.

Motorsports: Weather aids first pole win for Blaney
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Dave Blaney won the first pole of his career Friday when most teams chose not to bother with qualifying on a cold, wet day at North Carolina Speedway.

Preps: Aggressive defense puts Gaither in final
CLASS 6A, DISTRICT 5: The Cowboys dig in late in the game to hold off Bloomingdale.
Extra practice pays off for stronger Terrapins
CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 11: Tampa Prep easily defeats short-handed Fort Meade 41-30.
Northside shuffles athletic hierarchy
Bob Dare is out as athletic director, but may remain as football coach.
Eagles get revenge in shutout
CLASS 2A BOYS: Brandon uses memory of loss to Lake Gibson in last season to fuel 4-0 win.
Cougars' attackers neutralize Hurricanes
CLASS 3A GIRLS: Durant forces two overtimes, then wins match 2-1 by using third forward.
Familiar foe sinks Berkeley
CLASS A GIRLS: Clearwater Central Catholic ends the Buccaneers' run with a 3-0 victory.
Warhawks end drought
CLASS 3A BOYS: A 2-1 win in four OTs sends Seminole to state for first time in 21 years.
Larson jumper lifts Baptist
CLASS A, DISTRICT 10: The Rams advance on a 10-footer with 11 seconds left in the game.
Crusaders hold off Robinson comeback
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 9: Tampa Catholic wraps up its 11th playoff berth in the last 12 seasons.
Showdown set for Lions, Chiefs
CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 8: Chamberlain defeats Hillsborough in a wild game, while King gets past Wharton.
Spongers outlast Cougars
CLASS 2A GIRLS: Tarpon Springs moves on with Jessica Lukas' winner in penalty-kick round.
Durant surges past Palm Harbor in OT
CLASS 3A GIRLS: The Hurricanes try to hang on to a 1-0 lead late, but falter.
CCC returns to final four
CLASS A GIRLS: Jessica Hallgren scores three times to eliminate Berkeley Prep.
Warhawks end drought
CLASS 3A BOYS: A 2-1 win in four OTs sends Seminole to state for first time in 21 years.
Cobras battle No.1 Nease but fall short
CLASS 2A: Hudson loses 3-1, but not without putting up a fight and finishing as the best team in school history.
Gators among final four
CLASS 2A: In its third straight try, Land O'Lakes advances state semifinals for first time.
Pirates play poor at the worst time
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 6: Second seed Crystal River suffers an ugly loss against Dunnellon, which will face Citrus in tonight's final.
Pasco charges into title game
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 10: Down by 17 in the second half, Pasco shocks Mulberry with a stunning late reversal.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
It is amazing what a few warm days and an increase of a few degrees in water temperature can do for bottom fishing. Calm days almost tempted me to make the run offshore into depths of more than 100 feet, but the little bit of common sense I have prevailed. I decided to start in 60 feet, where we had been getting fish to bite eventually the past few weeks when the weather allowed us to leave the dock.

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