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February 24, 2003
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Rays' Kennedy won't be intimidated
The 23-year-old LHP is not nervous about facing the opposing teams' top pitchers.

White will learn against Eckerd
ST. PETERSBURG -- The continuing education of right-hander Matt White includes another exhibition season-opening start against a college team.

Sabres hold Lightning back
SABRES 4, LIGHTNING 1: Tampa Bay lets chance to take over first place in the Southeast get away.

Team seeking perfect fit in a defenseman
TAMPA -- With 16 days remaining until the March 11 trade deadline, the Lightning is looking for a top-four defenseman who fits its locker room profile and can be had -- in a best-case scenario -- for draft choices. General manager Jay Feaster has said he would consider acquiring a player even if he might lose him to free agency.

'Gutless play' makes Grahame fighting mad
TAMPA -- Lightning defenseman Brad Lukowich had no doubt whom to blame for the second-period brawl between goalie John Grahame and Sabres right wing Vaclav Varada.

[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
"It justifies all the work the team has put in and justifies all the sacrifices I've made," Paul Tracy says of winning the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Grand Prix
Veteran's Day

Never mind the youth movement. Paul Tracy starts the season by winning the area's first CART event.

Race for the future
St. Petersburg's mayor is hero for a day as fans and Grand Prix officials alike express satisfaction with the inaugural event.

Teams' portable garage gone in blink of an eye
Crews can pack race equipment, including car, into a specially outfitted trailer in an hour or two.

Fans give activities thumbs up
Those who attend are pleased with the racing, atmosphere and weather.

Junqueira ends troubled weekend with third
ST. PETERSBURG -- Considering all of the obstacles -- starting in seventh, the unpredictable driving of rookie Mario Haberfeld and a delay during his first pit stop -- Bruno Junqueira wound up having a pretty good weekend.

One rookie mistake is just one too many
Sebastien Bourdais, dominant in qualifying, finishes 11th.

Rookies display mettle
The first-timers generally show promise throughout the weekend.

Broadcast tough for rookies to follow
NASCAR and Champ Car are two entirely different breeds of racing, and so are the television productions of their races.

Gentilozzi fights own car, field
ST. PETERSBURG -- Paul Gentilozzi pulled down pit road, parked his No. 3 Jaguar just behind where the top three finishers were going to accept their trophies and quickly climbed through the driver's window.

Pruett repels Said's charge
Boris Said starts last and finishes second to 1987 winner Scott Pruett.

British driver's victory earns him championship
Charles Hall secures series title with Fran-Am 2000 win and Juan Martin Ponte's 13th-place finish.

At nearby businesses, a rush, then a pause
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Downtown Deli braced for Grand Prix crowds, staying open an extra day and hiring extra staff. Sunday, the day of the big race, they opened the doors and waited for the rush.

Gary Shelton
Fun key among big expectations
ST. PETERSBURG -- Before you decide what the Grand Prix was, it is necessary to first establish what it was not.

John Romano
Hitting his stride, 30 years later
LUTZ -- The sheriff's deputy was shouting at the crowd, trying to clear a path for the golfer on his way to the first tee.

Hale of a win for Fleisher

In a showdown of senior champions, Bruce Fleisher takes advantage of a late mistake by Hale Irwin to win the Verizon.

Weir rallies from 7 back for win
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Weir shot 5-under 66 and headed to the practice range as a mere formality, never expecting his seven-stroke comeback against Charles Howell III to amount to anything more than a consolation prize.

Fleisher: Save thistournament
LUTZ -- Bruce Fleisher loves the TPC of Tampa Bay. He's won the Verizon Classic twice in five years and never has finished worse than third. He can't wait to come back next year.

Jack has Georgia on his mind
Jack Nicklaus says he's getting "better and better," which may mean a return to Augusta National for the Masters.

Sanders turns down Lions' offer

Detroit president/general manager Matt Millen and new coach Steve Mariucci recently spoke with Barry Sanders to gauge his interest in a possible comeback, according to

Baker's son having a field day

MESA, Ariz. -- Darren Baker has new red wrist bands, a new blue belt, and even some black cleats with blue stripes -- everything the boy needs to complete his tiny new Cubs uniform.

Umpires starting to come back together
Umpires took the first step in reconciling the differences that emerged after a failed mass resignation more than three years ago.

Matsui will get a taste of game action today
TAMPA -- Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui will start in leftfield when the Yankees play the first of two intrasquad games today.

Devils push luck, but beat Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Few teams are as good as the Devils in coming from behind to win. They just wish they wouldn't have to keep doing it so often.

In brief
Tyson not quite ready for Lewis

MEMPHIS -- On Mike Tyson's list of lessons learned from his 49-second domination of Clifford Etienne, a few stand out:

College basketball
Jayhawks' huge rally falls short

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma kept Kansas from running away with the Big 12, but it nearly got run down itself Sunday during a 77-70 victory.

Tennessee wins at LSU to stay unbeaten in SEC
BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 3 Tennessee rallied to a big victory on the road Sunday, beating No. 4 LSU 68-65.

UT, Eckerd set to meet twice
The Spartans and Tritons will meet in two first-round matchups of the Sunshine State Conference tournaments at the George Jenkins Fieldhouse in Lakeland.

Last-second kick ends Storm's skid
Ian Howfield's 23-yard field goal lifts Tampa Bay past Grand Rapids 58-56 and to a .500 record.

4th delay has Swiss sniping

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The America's Cup has sailed into the doldrums.

McGrady's 46 fetter Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Two days after watching 40-year-old Michael Jordan become the oldest player to score 40 in a game, the Nets were burned by one of the league's young stars -- Tracy McGrady.

Rookie Bernstein gets first Top Fuel victory

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Rookie Brandon Bernstein got his first Top Fuel victory in his second start, winning the NHRA Nationals on Sunday.

3 skydivers injured before race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Three Army skydivers were injured Sunday when strong wind knocked them to the ground before the race.

Jarrett's experience trumps youth in N.C.
Tire conservation helps veteran pass Kurt Busch in final laps for Subway 400 victory.

One screams, one soothes; it's a winning combination

In two seasons at Cambridge, coach Karim Nohra, assistant Tommy Jones and the Lancers have done nothing but win.

Daily fishing report

Last week's warm weather brought big changes to Tampa Bay. Water temperatures have reached almost 70 degrees in some backwater areas. Large schools of scaled sardines are appearing, and snook are making their way to the flats.

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