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Bucs
Bucs offer Green chance to return
The ex-Bucs receiver works out and likely will rejoin Tampa Bay.

Rays
Another late run wins it for Rays
RAYS 10, ORIOLES 7: Rocco Baldelli's triple breaks the tie as Tampa Bay overcomes more starting pitching problems.

Rays may gamble on Rocker
Controversial reliever works out for the team, and he may sign a minor-league deal.

Shoulder discomfort forces Parque to DL
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jim Parque's poor performance in his first two starts apparently was not without cause -- tendinitis in his left shoulder.

Lightning
A Times special section
LIGHTNING PLAYOFF PREVIEW
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[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
The mask says it all. Nikolai Khabibulin, a.k.a. the Bulin Wall, went 16 games without a loss to help the Lightning make the playoffs for the first time since 1995-96.
To Build a Wall
Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has grown in stature by helping the Lightning reach the playoffs. And his reputation as the Bulin Wall will grow if he beats the Caps for his first playoff series win.

Slow pace of ticket sales concerns owner
TAMPA -- The Lightning is confident tonight's opening playoff game against the Capitals will sell out. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, about 1,500 tickets remained for Game 1 at the St. Pete Times Forum and 3,300 for Saturday's Game 2.

Gary Shelton
There's no Watson to Tiger's Nicklaus
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One man. One tournament. What's so hard about that?

Golf
Will squishy conditions squash it?

Rain threatens another Masters, and the grounds crew has been scrambling.

Court denies Burk emergency request
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A federal appeals court rejected Martha Burk's emergency request to allow protesters outside the front gate of Augusta National Golf Club.

Johnson says Augusta's position won't change soon
The club chairman makes it clear that there are no plans to allow female members, even "if I drop dead right now."

NFL
Arbitrator in Jets case has tickets for 'Skins

ASHBURN, Va. -- The arbitrator who awarded kick returner Chad Morton to Washington on Monday is a Redskins season-ticket holder.

Baseball
AL: Royals top winless Tigers, stay unbeaten

DETROIT -- Dee Brown and the Royals kept up their winning ways Wednesday. No such luck for the Tigers.

NL: Chicago's Prior wins duel
CHICAGO -- Now this is Mark Prior's idea of fun.

Byrd needs surgery on sore elbow
PHILADELPHIA -- Atlanta pitcher Paul Byrd will have surgery this week to remove a bone spur from the back of his right elbow, and it is not known when he will return to the rotation.

NHL
No. 8 Islanders shock regular-season champ

OTTAWA -- The Islanders proved coach Peter Laviolette right.

NBA
McGrady (37) helps Magic end 4-game skid

ORLANDO -- The Magic moved a game closer to the playoffs Wednesday night.

College basketball
Villanova escapes sanctions

PHILADELPHIA -- The NCAA will not sanction Villanova over allegations former star Tim Thomas accepted lavish gifts from a man who wanted to be his agent.

No title, but a lot of love for Vols' anchors
ATLANTA -- Unlike UConn, Tennessee will sustain heavy roster losses.

What's scary is, no one is leaving Connecticut
The national champion Huskies were the first to win without a senior on the team.

Holy Cross' Willard latest USF candidate
Next up: Ralph Willard.

Motorsports
Another crew chief exits early for Jarrett

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Brad Parrott was released as Dale Jarrett's crew chief Wednesday after seven races and one win. His brother, Todd, took a leave of absence as team manager.

Horses
Tension not a factor for Derby prospect

Jennifer Pedersen's racing stable has one rule: "If you're not having fun, you're fired."

In brief
AD blames firing on Kansas coach

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas fired athletic director Al Bohl on Wednesday, and he said basketball coach Roy Williams was behind it.

Preps
County association honors season's best

Jesuit is honored as the county's best team and King senior Marquise McCullough is the player of the year.

PHU's Hofer perfect
The Hurricane strikes out 19 of 21 Seminole batters as part of her perfect game and 4-0 win.

Top seniors put on flashy display
Gulf point guard Joe Phillips scores 19 to lead his Red team past the White team 103-82.

Long ball helps 'Canes continue Pirates' slump
INVERNESS -- Citrus pitcher Luke Czerwinski had to think pretty hard to remember the last time he was on a baseball team that beat an opponent from Crystal River.

Column: Soccer players say Semper Fi
TAMPA -- On the same day a group of Iraqis toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein, Ryan Tate sat on a stool outside his father's pizza place on Davis Islands, resting his spiked blond hair on a soccer ball. To his left sat Plant soccer teammate Obed Flores.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Water temperatures are rising, attracting large sharks to the area. Every day this week, a shark either has devoured a hooked kingfish or grabbed a bait from the downrigger. Most are spinner sharks (a cousin of the blacktip), averaging about 130 pounds. These huge fish put up quite a fight and spin out of the water when hooked. Clients have brought several to the boat after a lengthy tug-of-war. Spinners normally are found around commercial shrimp boats during April and May. It's a great place for them to hang out when unwanted fish is discarded in the evening.

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