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Bucs
Emmitt Smith points to trouble at One Buc
Emmitt Smith says he wanted to play for the Bucs. But the NFL's all-time leading rusher decided to run from a power struggle rather than cause a bigger rift for the world champions.

Rays
Rays get their money's worth
Piniella sees potential on the 25-man roster despite a payroll of just $15-million.

Layoff gives Martin a better perspective
DUNEDIN -- Even big-leaguers need to be reminded sometimes about how cool it is to be a big-leaguer.

Naimoli deserves a little credit
ST. PETERSBURG -- Opening the season with a 10-game homestand after six weeks of spring training in the back yard might not seem like the best scenario, but it worked out to be a pretty good deal for the Devil Rays.

Lightning
In the end, a point worth the wait
LIGHTNING 1, PANTHERS 1: Martin St. Louis' goal in the final minute salvages a tie.

Clymer's return leaves no room for Olvestad
TAMPA -- Ben Clymer returned to the Lightning lineup Saturday after missing four games with a groin strain. Fellow right wing Jimmie Olvestad, who has played well recently, was a healthy scratch.

Khabibulin modest in tie
The goalie, who has the second-longest unbeaten streak this season, credits his teammates for the point.

NCAA - Midwest
Golden Eagles stun Wildcats

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Marquette's Dwyane Wade gets first triple double to lead his team past Kentucky 83-69.
Hubert Mizell
Harris is on same path as NCAA: down the tubes
Jim Harrick had his swing at UCLA, then one at Rhode Island and a final stroke at Georgia. Whiffed 'em all. Three blights and you're out.

John Romano
Ordinary turns special for last surprise team
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Michigan State, it should be said, has no business being here. Not this late in the hour, not this deep in the game.

NCAA
Top 'Cats hit rock bottom

Marquette and Kansas are the first teams to advance to Final Four after beating No.1 seeds.

NCAA - West
Hinrich, Kansas edge Arizona

After scoring two against Duke, the senior guard scores 28 and makes a key block in the Jayhawks' 78-75 win.

College basketball
Vols dispatch Lions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- One more home victory, and Tennessee will pack its bags for the first time in this NCAA Tournament.

Washington State chooses Bennett
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Dick Bennett was hired as Washington State's coach on Saturday.

Oklahoma team wins first title
LAKELAND -- Shon Robinson scored 26 and Darnell Hinson added 19 to lead Northeastern State to the Division II championship Saturday with a 75-64 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan.

Are 'Horns or Spartans tougher?
SAN ANTONIO -- Much of the talk surrounding the Texas-Michigan State matchup revolves around which team is tougher.

Golf
Harrington backs fast talk with slow and steady play

PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The only thing fast about Padraig Harrington is the way he talks. He speaks English, but the Irish accent and the quick delivery sometimes makes it difficult to follow.

Palmer to play 49th Masters
Arnold Palmer, who bid an emotional farewell last year at the Masters, will return for an encore.

Wie makes major child's play
The 13-year-old, who hits 300-yard drives, faces Annika Sorenstam and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc for the Nabisco title.

Nice finish keeps Tiger within reach
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The ball was buried so deep in the greenside rough that Tiger Woods could not see it.

Rant, Rave
RANT:

Baseball
Hampton latest pitcher headed to DL for Braves

ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton joined Paul Byrd on the disabled list Saturday, another blow to the Braves starting rotation heading into the start of the season.

Ex-Ray Flaherty nabs backup catcher spot for the Yankees
TAMPA -- Former Devil Ray John Flaherty found out in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Philles on Saturday he would make this season's roster as backup catcher. He will get a one-year, $750,000 deal.

College football
UF scrimmage a little too spirited

GAINESVILLE -- Players knew what a Florida practice with a scrimmage meant -- no more light drills with gentle tackling. Quarterback Ingle Martin found that out firsthand Saturday when he suffered a possible concussion from a hit in the beginning of practice, triggering coach Ron Zook to pull the sophomore from scrimmage rotation.

In brief
Moon Ballad at home in Dubai win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Harlan's Holiday was no match for Moon Ballad, Sheik Mohammed's latest winner of the world's richest horse race.

NHL
Slapshots

Hull to retire (maybe)

Possible exposure to illness leaves two Sabres behind
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two Sabres were under observation Saturday after possibly being exposed to a mysterious respiratory illness.

Equestrian
Kappler lands 2nd Invitational

Chris Kappler, aboard Royal Kaliber, completes two fault-free rounds, wins jumpoff for second title in eight years.

Skating
Fifth title at worlds for Kwan

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Kwan became the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships Saturday night, and she did it with the kind of artistry that would match anyone who has ever laced skates.

NBA
76ers cruise with Iverson

ATLANTA -- Allen Iverson had 38 points, nine assists and eight steals as the 76ers defeated the Hawks 110-89 Saturday night.

Tennis
Sloppy or not, Serena has Capriati's number

Williams improves to 17-0 this year by winning a three-setter for the Nasdaq-100 title.

Motorsports
Nemechek wins wild BGN race

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Joe Nemechek got his second Busch series win Saturday in the O'Reilly 300, crossing the finish under caution in an event marred by two red flags at Texas Motor Speedway.

Slick, or groovy? Drivers divided
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The trail of rubber on the racing surface at Texas Motor Speedway shows the safest way around the 11/2-mile oval.

Preps
Late run clinches title for Durant

Cougars pitcher Krista Olson quiets Riverview bats in head-to-head duel with Sharks ace Beth DiPietro.

Wildcats' Moser beats best in pole vault
GAINESVILLE -- It did not matter that her throat was sore and her nose was stopped up. Wharton pole vaulter Natalie Moser handled Saturday's Class 4A Florida Relays without letting her illness get in the way.

Cormier, Lyons not happy with performances
GAINESVILLE -- Tony Cormier's drive to the University of Florida shouldn't have taken as long as it did. And as the St. Petersburg Catholic senior said afterward, neither should the time it took him to run a mile.

Final season Hallgren's best
It took years of hard work for the Clearwater Central Catholic standout to overcome her weaknesses on the field.

Letters
Your turn: Whoa, Canada, booing the national anthem is classless
There is no place in sports for what the Canadians in Montreal did when they booed the playing of the United States' national anthem at a recent game. This country always has welcomed our neighbors from the north with open arms, and for them to show disrespect toward our country is disgraceful.

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