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At the NFL combine, Miami running back Willis McGahee has told everyone that he'll play this season, but it isn't likely.
McGahee is an intriguing option
INDIANAPOLIS -- Miami Hurricanes running back Willis McGahee is an intriguing player in the draft and one the Bucs may have an interest in.

Rays
Baldelli plays the right game
After heeding his father's advice, outfielder is poised to make the major leagues.

Pay scale isn't sitting well with younger players
ST. PETERSBURG -- The increase in the major-league minimum from $200,000 to $300,000 is the maximum raise the Devil Rays are offering the less experienced players on their roster.

That extra cash? It's already been spent
ST. PETERSBURG -- The question is fairly straightforward:

Lightning
Lightning defenseman Boyle is in a rhythm
Listening to music is part of a routine that's led ex-Panther to career highs.

Grand Prix
Bourdais even better up close

The rookie is no longer a secret after earning the pole for today's race, his first in CART.

After losses, CART counts on its youth
The future arrives quickly for teams that hope for the next Zanardi, Montoya or da Matta.

Start your engines
As the Grand Prix goes full throttle, St. Petersburg is ready to taste the success Miami and Denver had with the event.

Grand Prix watchers can hoist a few early
The City Council acts at the last minute to allow Sunday morning sales.

Companies sold on network they can build as sponsors
Executives gain access to others because of their relationships with CART.

Simulations drive some unreal laps
Computers run racing scenarios so actual cars don't always have to.

Fernandez standing tall after 2002
Mexican driver returns after accidents that cost him races, and a half-inch.

Kids find their zoneaway from the action
Kid Zone provides games for children not interested in the race.

Changing weather creates mystery on track
ST. PETERSBURG -- The weather during the first two days of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been unpredictable. Conditions on the track haven't been the same during any of the three Champ Car practices or either qualifying session.

Running series in another way
Paul Gentilozzi has more on his mind as Trans-Am's owner.

Said not happy about being sent to the back
ST. PETERSBURG -- When qualifying ended Saturday for today's Trans-Am race, 2002 series champion Boris Said was fourth behind the three-car team owned by Paul Gentilozzi, who runs the series.

Late restart doesn't worry Barber Dodge race winner
With rain looming, Leonardo Maia holds off Dan Di Leo.

Smooth course makes mechanics' job easier
Biggest decision has been when to change the mandated spec engine.

Gary Shelton
A Winning Attitude
ST. PETERSBURG -- Perhaps you have not made up your mind about this race. Perhaps you think it is a Grand Prix, and perhaps you think it is only an Okay Prix. Perhaps you can take Prix or leave it.

Hubert Mizell
It's hard to be Woods' rival, but Big Easy can do it
David Duval came close, winning a British Open, but the Jacksonville fellow couldn't take Tiger Heat. He saw Double D melt down, a contender drizzling back among the golfing pack.

John Romano
Olden Bear wants competition, not adulation
LUTZ -- For the longest time, his was the greatest game ever seen. Which, in a way, explains why he lets you see it less and less these days.

College basketball
USF falls in streaky game

Behind a 14-0 run in the second half, Memphis wins its seventh straight, 73-66 over the Bulls.

Florida gets out of Vandy with OT win
Anthony Roberson's basket late in regulation and Matt Walsh's big finish give the Gators a 77-74 win.

FSU's road ACC losing streak extends to 15
The Seminoles fall to last in conference with 74-60 loss at Clemson.

Eckerd survives Tampa comeback
TAMPA -- Eckerd had two scorers in double figures and overcame an injury to key reserve Charles Bryant to defeat the University of Tampa 57-44 Saturday afternoon at the Bob Martinez Sports Complex.

Oklahoma State repels Texas rally
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Third-ranked Texas ran out of time before No. 16 Oklahoma State ran out of players.

UConn beats St. John's in coach's return
STORRS, Conn. -- Jim Calhoun's return to the Connecticut bench 16 days after prostate cancer surgery was successful and dramatic.

Stanford nails down Pac-10 title
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell and her Stanford teammates believe they're just getting started.

Salukis earn big victory with buzzer-beater
Southern Illinois defeats a fellow bubble team on Stetson Hairston's putback.

NFL
Grossman won't pass up chance

Former UF quarterback wants to show what he can do at the scouting combine.

Martz says Warner is still his guy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rams coach Mike Martz didn't need a competition to determine his starting quarterback for 2003. All he needed was Kurt Warner's medical chart.

Golf
Weather wins Round 2

Wind batters the players before lightning forces an overnight delay.

Levi's lead blown away by the winds
After surging to the front, a ball in the water at No. 14 starts his slide down the leaderboard.

Nelson out with sore neck
LUTZ -- Larry Nelson, 1999 Verizon Classic champion, withdrew after nine holes because of a pinched nerve in his neck. Stewart Ginn also withdrew after nine holes with an arm injury.

Howell leads boyhood idol Price
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Howell was curious to see how he would respond to his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. The answer was quick and decisive.

Briefs
Rant/Rave

RANT

Holiday surprises few in winning the Donn
HALLANDALE BEACH -- Favorite Harlan's Holiday overcame a bad post to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Hero's Tribute in the $500,000 Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Baseball
Torre says Wells must be careful

TAMPA -- Yankees manager Joe Torre will talk with David Wells about the pitcher's use of ephedra, the nutritional supplement that might have contributed to the death of Baltimore pitcher Steve Bechler.

Ankiel making progress for Cardinals
JUPITER -- Rick Ankiel had another successful throwing session.

NHL
Slapshots

Mutual admiration society

Red Wings keep Caps in skid
WASHINGTON -- The Red Wings put it all together against the overmatched Capitals.

Sailing
The score doesn't reflect good America's Cup racing

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- America's Cup history is being made.

Arena football
Storm trying to avoid digging a deeper hole

The team is surprised by its 1-2 start but will try to turn things around today at Grand Rapids.

Boxing
Knockouts for Tyson, Lacy

MEMPHIS -- In desperate need of a devastating win, Mike Tyson got just that Saturday night at the Pyramid, flattening Clifford Etienne with a savage right hand reminiscent of the 36-year-old in his prime.

NBA
Hornets win at buzzer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jamal Mashburn could not score 50 for the second straight game, but his effort Saturday night was enough for the Hornets.

Motorsports
Rain a negative for Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Gray skies, high winds and a steady rain is not what North Carolina Speedway needed in its bid to keep two races.

Preps
No surprise here: Cougars dominate

CLASS 2A: Countryside sends nine wrestlers to state while winning by nearly 100 points.

Patriots fall short of ambitious goals
CLASS 3A: Pinellas Park settles for eighth, despite an impressive dual-meet season and district title.

Wharton continues Relays domination
Wildcats teams sweep event, and boys team wins fourth consecutive title.

Seven Leopards headed to state
CLASS A: Hernando finishes second to Sebastian River, but a large contingent moves on.

Bowen takes down another opponent
CLASS 2A: First-place performance keeps alive his dream of first state championship.

Warriors take fourth; send four on to state
CLASS A: Josh Langdon finishes second at 152 pounds to lead Osceola.

Mooney can't match SPC duo
CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 12: Chad Radosevic and Travis Karto combine for 44 points in the 55-52 win as the Barons defend their title.

Mustangs cool off after a fast start
CLASS A, DISTRICT 11: Admiral Farragut sinks Northside Christian's hopes of capturing another championship.

Pirates' pace pays dividends
CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 10: Boca Ciega controls game with slow tempo to keep St. Petersburg at bay 54-50.

Packers wrap up title with third-quarter run
CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 9: Palm Harbor is never able to get back into game after Largo's 14-4 surge.

Eagles come alive late
CLASS A, DISTRICT 1O: Oldsmar Christian survives a slowed-down first half to win the championship.

Eagles take flight with 9 champions
CLASS 2A: Brandon will send 12 to state meet as the team wins title with a school-best 292 points.

Jesuit holds breath, then gets to celebrate
CLASS A: The math had to be checked, then rechecked, but indeed, the Tigers are champs.

Familiar opponents yield familiar results
CLASS 3A: Sharing a district with two of the best in the state, Bloomingdale knew what was coming at region.

Sharpshooting Lions prevail
TAMPA -- It was no secret that King was going to feed senior Marquise McCullough the ball as much as possible in a championship game. What Chamberlain hadn't counted on was the other Lions rising to his level.

Wesley Chapel hangs on to title
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 10: The Wildcats trail in the third before pulling away to beat Pasco 73-59.

Galloway ignites Hurricane explosion
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 6: Citrus trails early, but takes charge in the third quarter for the win.

Reed powers Ridgewood
CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 8: The junior scores 29 points and pulls down 16 rebounds to lead the Rams to the title.

Lakewood eases to title
CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 11: The Spartans have little trouble dispatching Bradenton Bayshore.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Water temperatures are climbing. Each cold front has a more southerly draw of warm tropical air ahead of its passage, rewarding us with warm temperatures.

Letters
Your turn
USF, it's simple: You are scared to play UCF

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