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Bucs
Jackson won't be returning
The Bucs can't compete with what the Steelers and Cardinals are offering to lure away Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson.

Rays
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Rays leftfielder Carl Crawford hangs on the fence to watch Adam Dunn's sixth-inning homer.
Ex-teen phenom refuses to be written off
Can you have an ending without a beginning? That's what Bobby Seay wants to know.

First-stringers rough up rookie
SARASOTA -- Seth McClung's first outing against big-name big-league hitters turned out to be a learning experience: He learned that if you don't make good pitches, it's not a good experience.

Lightning
Lightning adds two to family
The team sticks to its plan, getting a pair of experienced defensemen without touching its roster or disrupting chemistry.

Holzinger in classy farewell to team
Brian Holzinger handled his trade to the Penguins for defenseman Marc Bergevin the same way he handled his demotion to the minors -- with class.

John Romano
Here's an idea: Stop hiring slime
We have seen the evil in college basketball.

Equestrian
Seeing is believing

A tumor impaired her sight, but it couldn't keep Tory Watters from her passion.

NFL
Griese might consider Dolphins

MIAMI -- Brian Griese says he is interested in signing with the Dolphins as the backup to Jay Fiedler if he can't land a starting job elsewhere.

Baseball
Chisox back off pro-testing ploy

CHICAGO -- Sixteen White Sox players were ready to refuse a drug test Tuesday in hopes of making steroid testing mandatory.

Book won't close on feud
CLEARWATER -- Another baseball book stirred spring-training controversy Tuesday when Phillies closer Jose Mesa continued to carry a grudge against Omar Vizquel for something the Cleveland shortstop wrote in his 2002 book, My Life On and Off the Field.

In brief
WTA Tour will keep its staff in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- Women's Tennis Association Tour executives, who had been contemplating consolidating WTA operations and possibly moving them from St. Petersburg, will stay in the city, Darrell Fry, WTA spokesman, said Tuesday.

Arena
Lineman in shape for return

At first, it happened once a day. Later, it was two or even three times. Nyle Wiren would be lying in bed and his right shoulder would pop out of its socket.

NHL
Ottawa wins in OT to keep league lead

OTTAWA -- Radek Bonk scored 28 seconds into overtime as the Senators held onto their lead atop the league standings with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins Tuesday night.

Red Wings obtain top defender
DETROIT -- The Red Wings acquired Mathieu Schneider from the Kings on Tuesday in a bid to strengthen their defense for a run at another Stanley Cup. Detroit gave up center Sean Avery, defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov and two draft picks in a deal hours before the trade deadline.

College basketball
UF's Roberson top freshman

GAINESVILLE -- At the start of the season, Florida freshman Anthony Roberson said his only desire was to do whatever he could to "contribute" in any way possible.

Villanova stuns UConn
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As the longest winning streak in women's Division I history ended, the man who coached it found something good to say.

Run of the Bulls would be a first
USF looks to overcome its history of poor C-USA tournament performances.

UF coaches, players feel for Bulldogs
But officials say safeguards prevent a repeat of Georgia's academic scandal.

NBA
Motivated Wizards take it out on Magic

WASHINGTON -- Tracy McGrady scored 43 in what was probably his final game against Michael Jordan.

Preps
Old standby ready for semifinal

Admiral Farragut's Elliot Anderson is back in the starting lineup with a trip to the state final on the line today.

Crumbley helps Tigers out of a hole
TAMPA -- Jesuit coach John Crumbley knew his Tigers' situation was serious Tuesday night.

Sarasota gets a little payback against Bulls
VALRICO -- Sarasota didn't need to search for motivation against Bloomingdale. The Bulls eliminated the Sailors in last season's region final.

Bulls remain afloat in a tough district
Allison Kime shuts down a rally and shuts out Sarasota as Bloomingdale improves to 2-2 in District 5.

The county's best don't look it in 11-6 game
SEFFNER -- Two of the county's top defensive teams, Sickles and Armwood, featuring two of the area's best pitchers, the Gryphon's Shane Buriff and the Hawk's Daniel Fox, squared off Tuesday afternoon.

Darkness forces Devils, Vikings to play a 4-4 tie
ST. PETERSBURG -- Northeast's Jacob Ralston beat out a wild throw to first base with two outs in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday, allowing the tying run to score against St. Petersburg. And because the game was called due to darkness in the eighth, that would be the final run until the 4-4 game is completed at a later date.

Pitching, offense key 6-2 Clearwater win
CLEARWATER -- With two runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth, Clearwater's 6-2 win over Pinellas Park Tuesday was "cut and dry," according to Tornadoes coach Doug Banks, whose team improved to .500 and got back in the middle of the Pinellas County Athletic Conference race.

Early lead, defense end tough luck for Central
BROOKSVILLE -- Randy Cseh had not pitched in March. Central had not scored a run in March.

Pirates score big in shutout
DADE CITY -- Chris Nyman knew Pasco would have enough pitching to win this season, but the senior left-hander wasn't sure if the Pirates could swing the bats the way they did last season.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Anglers around Tampa Bay are starting to shout "holy mackerel." Spanish mackerel are thick around the Sunshine Skyway fishing piers. Bridge fishermen are having a blast; just about anything shiny is fair game for a hungry mack.

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