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Bucs
Biggest weakness being addressed
TAMPA -- Hours after the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII, offensive line coach Bill Muir was told he was a hero by several members of the coaching staff.

Rays
Destined to be a BIG-leaguer
Rays pitcher Seth McClung, at 6-7, 250 pounds, is larger than life, and so is his story.

Players unhappy Yanks still No. 1
ST. PETERSBURG -- No matter what they do, the Devil Rays just can't keep up with the Yankees.

Baldelli, Crawford moving up
DUNEDIN -- The Devil Rays planned to give young outfielders Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli ample opportunity this spring to make the team.

Lightning
One Lightning unit is staying on defensive
The front office has been looking to tweak the back line. The defensemen there now don't see the need.

Hubert Mizell
Koufax unfairly blindsided by shoddy journalism
Sandy Koufax was twice married. Today, the extraordinary old Dodgers pitcher shares his life with a girlfriend, a New York single mom named Jane.

Gary Shelton:
Gators' glory rests at the feet of Bonner
GAINESVILLE -- There are times when they look like an eighth seed, no better.

College basketball
Scrappy UF falls short

KENTUCKY 69, UF 67: Gators rally from 14 down, but miss 3 at the buzzer as Wildcats finish 16-0 in the SEC.

Brooks becomes Salukis' silent star
Sophomore guard becomes a versatile threat for SIU, which advances in MVC tournament.

Lions cripple Hoosiers' hopes
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jan Jagla scored 25 points and Sharif Chambliss added 22 as Penn State upset Indiana 74-66 Saturday night.

'Noles can't capitalize on late surge
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Fallon Stokes had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech 64-59 over Florida State in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Troy State tops UCF for title
ATLANTA -- Troy State coach Don Maestri showed his players a video collection of former NBA greats to motivate them the night before the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament final.

A 41-year wait ends for Wake
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Talk about proving the critics wrong.

Bulls slip on C-USA doormat
Slumping TCU denies USF a series sweep, pulling away for a 75-63 victory.

Texas rallies, sweeps OU
NORMAN, Okla. -- A Texas sophomore ruined Oklahoma's senior day.

Motorsports
'Fatback' brings sizzle, intensity to Gibbs team

Crew chief Michael McSwain has shaken things up for driver Bobby Labonte.

Harvick, Childress still on same page
HAMPTON, Ga. -- After a tumultuous 2002, young driver Kevin Harvick and veteran car owner Richard Childress are closer and more committed to each other than ever.

Coulthard winner in F1 opener
MELBOURNE, Australia -- David Coulthard took advantage of a spin by leader Juan Montoya and an earlier black flag to Michael Schumacher to win today's Australian Grand Prix, the Formula One opener.

In brief
Rant, Rave

RANT: 'Dawgs, you should know what happens when you sleep with dogs

Hingis acknowledges her 'dreams are over'
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Martina Hingis is coming to terms with the knowledge that her pro tennis career probably is over.

NFL
Bears offer Stewart a contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Bears made a contract offer to Kordell Stewart, the free agent's second offer after being released by Pittsburgh, according to media reports and the quarterback's agent.

Baseball
Twins lose Milton for 4-6 months

FORT MYERS -- Twins pitcher Eric Milton is expected to be sidelined 4-6 months after surgery on his left knee.

Wells is staying, but discipline likely
David Wells refused to comment on his situation.

Ex-Ray gets fresh start with Jays
After going 4-18 in 2002, Tanyon Sturtze, who faces Tampa Bay today, hopes familiarity helps him rebound.

NHL
Slapshots

Laughing off love

Bruins cool off Capitals in OT
BOSTON -- Sean O'Donnell couldn't have picked a better time for his first goal of the season.

Arena
Storm stretches win streaks to three

Former Tampa Bay assistant Ron Selesky, now coaching Buffalo, takes a beating as the Storm jumps ahead early in a 52-27 win.

NBA
Carter soars with 43 in Toronto win

ATLANTA -- For the first time in a year, Vince Carter reached the 40-point plateau.

Golf
Strange putters pay off for the leaders at Doral

Bob Tway and Scott Hoch have switched to a belly putter and something that looks like a "potato masher with holes in it."

Bogey finish drops Els into tie for Dubai lead
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els bogeyed the troublesome 18th hole but finished with 3-under 69 Saturday to grab a share of the lead entering today's final round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Diagnosis for a dizzy Duval: It is vertigo
MIAMI -- It turns out there was a good reason for David Duval's score of 80 in the second round of the Ford Championship at Doral. He is suffering from vertigo.

Preps
Buzzer-beater dooms Tigers to heartbreak

CLASS 3A: Wesley Chapel forces overtime with long-range 3-pointer then hangs on for 77-75 win.

Jesuit boys prevent a sweep by Wharton
TAMPA -- In the 33rd Nash Higgins Relays Saturday at Leto, perennial power Jesuit finished two points ahead of Wharton (81-79) to claim the boys title and the Wharton girls easily took first with 91 points, finishing 26.5 ahead of runner-up Plant.

Second-half breakout sends Farragut to semis
CLASS A: St. John Neumann can't maintain slow pace as Blue Jackets run away with 69-47 win.

Ridgewood falls in final
CLASS 4A: Gainesville Eastside thrives late at the free-throw line and advances with a 67-53 victory.

Wildcats return to semis
CLASS 3A: Eric Sorensen's 3-pointer at the buzzer forces overtime and leads to a 77-75 win over Jesuit.

All-star game awards much more than wins
The Pinellas boys and girls teams sweep the games but not the scholarship money awarded to MVPs and essay winners.

Opportunity, victory pass Lakewood by
CLASS 4A: The Spartans not only miss having a true point guard, but also miss a handful of late free throws in a 72-70 loss to Winter Haven.

Senior Challenge has more than one winner
CLEARWATER -- Although there was a pair of games between all-stars from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties played Saturday, the real winners of the Senior Soccer Challenge were not decided by the scoreboard.

Letters
Your turn
Kayak series provides motivation to just do it

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