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February 25, 2003
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Bucs to resume talks with Quarles
TAMPA -- The Bucs are scheduled to talk with Jim Steiner, the agent for veteran linebacker Shelton Quarles, on Wednesday.

[Times photo: James Borchuck]
"My thought was to come into spring like I've never played in the major leagues before," Carl Crawford says.
Wise beyond his years
21-year-old Carl Crawford is taking nothing for granted in the spring. "He's hungry, and a hungry dog is a dangerous dog."

Leading off, Greg Vaughn?
ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Lou Piniella is a big believer in using spring training to experiment. Monday he mentioned a couple of ideas that would have to be considered new and unusual: batting Rey Ordonez second and -- "You're going to laugh at this one," Piniella even admitted -- Greg Vaughn in leadoff spot.

St. Louis seeks cure for scoring slump
The Lightning wing's production has dropped since the All-Star Game.

Grand Prix
Race gets good marks, despite low attendance

While turnout was not as expected, officials are pleased with the first Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and look to upgrade.

Drivers: Thumbs-up for race
Those who competed in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg say only minor changes needed.

Yankees (yawn) deal with more mania

Matsuimania doesn't phase N.Y. veterans who are used to it all.

Phillies focus on situations
CLEARWATER -- The Phillies will play a situational intrasquad game today during their final workout at the Carpenter Complex.

No hits for you: Matsui goes 0-for-2 in debut
TAMPA -- Hideki Matsui went 0-for-2 Monday in his first intrasquad game with the Yankees.

Rangers hold Juan Gonzalez out of workout
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas slugger Juan Gonzalez took part in agility drills Monday, then was held out of the rest of the Rangers' workout because of a continuing back problem.

College basketball
A center in a forward's body

At 6 feet 9, Florida's David Lee has assumed Udonis Haslem's responsibility for defending big men.

Blue Devils wrap up ACC title
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Despite clinching the ACC regular-season title Monday, Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said she was dissatisfied.

Irish home win streak ends
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Nearly untouchable at home, Notre Dame lost its poise. Connecticut had plenty to do with that.

NCAA to determine Bull's final fate today
TAMPA -- South Florida's Raphael Toren's eligibility appeal is scheduled for 1 p.m. today, and the Bulls should know the committee's ruling by the end of the day.

Capitals end skid, extend division lead

WASHINGTON -- Peter Bondra and Ivan Ciernik had a goal and an assist as Washington ended a three-game skid by beating Montreal 4-1 on Monday. The Capitals increased their lead in the Southeast to three points over the Lightning.

In brief
Title IX opinion expected

WASHINGTON -- At least two members of the commission reviewing Title IX plan to present a minority report to Education Secretary Rod Paige because they fear the majority opinion could damage women's sports.

Rockets get late boost
BOSTON -- The fans came to see Yao Ming, and for most of the game they saw a 7-foot-6 decoy.

'Nomadic lifestyle' pleases Courier

When Jim Courier walked away from competitive tennis in 1999, he did so with a clear head.

BGN runaway for McMurray

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray led all but five of 197 laps Monday to run away with the rain-delayed Busch Grand National race at North Carolina Speedway.

A final fling for the Rock?
North Carolina Speedway, affectionately referred to by NASCAR old-schoolers as the Rock, put on a humdinger of a Winston Cup race Sunday, which only makes it worse.

Golf: Match Play brings out the Cinderellas
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods was changing shoes after his final round at Riviera Sunday when he noticed a broom putter leaning against the locker of Carl Pettersson, his opponent in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

Preps: County sends several contenders for titles
Brandon leads the way, but wrestlers from other schools could bring home glory as well.

Kotchman's off days rare
The IRC runner's not satisfied, though most would take her feats in a split second.

Marauders face mirror image
Clearwater Central Catholic and Jacksonville Bolles have nearly identical records and similar traditions.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
There are fish you can count on in late February: amberjack when you can get offshore, sheepshead if you can't.

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