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Bucs
A new team and a baby for Jackson
Ex-Bucs free safety signs with Cardinals for $14-million hours before birth of his first child.

Gary Shelton: For Bucs, is it banking on the future or bust?
Perhaps the rent will not come due after all.

Rays
Grieve uncertain about road he will take
Rays OF knows he either could be an everyday player or unemployed after this season.

Release rattles Reichert
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays decision to release Dan Reichert on Wednesday was unexpected -- at least by the veteran pitcher.

Lightning
A qualified victory
LIGHTNING 4, KINGS 2: Coach sees too many mental lapses when team should be making a strong push toward the playoffs.

Injured Taylor proud of perseverance
TAMPA -- Veteran center Tim Taylor has played every game for the Lightning this season, a fact he points out while rapping the locker room bench with his knuckles.

College basketball: Kohn's fingertips win nail-biter
USF 76, DePAUL 74: Bulls advance in C-USA tourney behind senior's big night.
Parity makes tourney interesting
With no slight to regular-season champ Wake Forest, the ACC wasn't exactly dominated by one or two teams.
So. Miss shocks Cincy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jasper Johnson scored on a tip-in with 3.8 seconds left as Southern Mississippi upset Cincinnati 63-61 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday night.
2 UGA players try suing school
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two Georgia players sued Wednesday for the right to play in the conference and NCAA tournaments, but a judge quickly denied their request for a temporary restraining order.
Gators not planning to rest just yet
Matt Bonner needs time to recover, but he won't have it as Florida tries to win its first SEC tournament title.

NFL: Jets QB glad for Coles, sad for likely loss
NEW YORK -- Chad Pennington is delighted to see Laveranues Coles hit the NFL's free-agent lottery with the Redskins. But the Jets quarterback admitted Wednesday night that life after Laveranues won't be easy.

Baseball: Wells held back in book
NEW YORK -- Last month, David Wells didn't think he put much outlandish material in his autobiography.
White Sox's refusal 'misunderstanding'
PHOENIX -- The plan by the White Sox to refuse to take a mandatory drug test was simply a misunderstanding, according to Sandy Alomar Jr.

NHL: Wild solves Stars' Tugnutt
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Manny Fernandez had 31 saves and Minnesota scored four first-period goals as the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night.

NBA: Malone's mark makes Magic miserable
ORLANDO -- Karl Malone knows the game, and part of that wisdom is knowing the referees.

Motorsports: 'Sarge' Schumacher takes role seriously
Representing the Army is a big responsibility, but NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher is proud to be a part of it.
Roush finds answers to engine woes
Team engineers for Jack Roush have discovered why four of six Roush Racing engines broke down during Sunday's Winston Cup race in Atlanta.

Golf: Nicklaus and Palmer set to play at Bay Hill
Rivals for more than 40 years, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus decided Wednesday to play the Bay Hill Invitational in what probably will be the last time they tee it up together on the PGA Tour.
What's so wrong with starting earlier?
Johnny Miller couldn't believe it. Scott Hoch was saying it was too dark to putt a ball from 9 feet away, and he didn't want to continue. "I wouldn't have done that in a million years," Miller said to the NBC audience Sunday as the Ford Championship at Doral was halted until Monday morning.
All eyes will be on LPGA's Sorenstam
As an encore to a phenomenal 2002, the best female player in the world will compete in a PGA event in May.

In brief: Teammates say they saw Wheeler use supplements
CHICAGO -- Two teammates of Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler say they saw Wheeler take dietary supplements before he died during a 2001 conditioning drill.

Horses: Top races at Downs may lose star steeds
The glamor factor for the premier weekend of racing at Tampa Bay Downs likely has diminished with the likelihood Sky Mesa and Lion Tamer will not run in the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby and the possibility Ivanavinalot will skip the filly-equivalent Florida Oaks.

Preps: Tiger's top speed unknown
Middleton sophomore O.J. Murdock has quickly become one of the state's top sprinters, and he's not even warmed up yet.
Softball extra
Palm Harbor U. at Countryside
Farragut gives one away
CLASS A: A steal and basket in final seconds lifts Miami Northwest Christian to a stunning 48-47 victory.
Takeover very nearly pulled off
Determined to carry Blue Jackets to victory, John Whitehead almost does.
East Lake drops first at red-hot Dunedin
DUNEDIN -- It was a win-win situation for Dunedin. For East Lake, it was win-lose situation, the loss being the Eagles' first of the season.
Shooting touch is AWOL
Forced to stay outside by a bigger, more physical foe, Wesley Chapel misfires early and often.
Mirror image unpleasant
CLASS 3A: Miami Monsignor Pace executes Wesley Chapel's hectic style of basketball better than the Wildcats in a 69-48 victory.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
Southwest of Egmont Channel has been very productive the past two weeks. Grouper fishing in 45-75 feet is excellent, with gags up to 15 pounds being caught. Fish hard-bottom areas holding bait schools.

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