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April 11, 2003
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Green returns to Bucs
He signs a one-year deal, as does Aaron Stecker, and brings a commodity the Bucs can use -- speed at receiver and on punt, kick returns.

Another comeback is just out of reach
O'S 4, RAYS 3: A popup Marlon Anderson can't quite get to sets up the winning run.

Rocker gets shot at a fresh start
ST. PETERSBURG -- John Rocker got his first chance to pitch in the major leagues from Chuck LaMar. The Rays general manager may be giving the left-hander his last chance as well. Thursday, Rocker signed a minor-league contract.

John Romano: Lightning gets early wakeup call
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
TAMPA -- It's all coming back now. That familiar anticipation. The tingling in the veins, followed by the quickening of the pulse.
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Open and shut out
The Capitals convert their scoring chances, and Olaf Kolzig stymies the Lightning.

Shutout leaves players gloomy
Everyone is disappointed with the 3-0 loss in the team's first playoff game in seven years.

Crew tries to control the chaos
Sunshine team makes all the action make sense.

Sound bites
Observations from the Lightning broadcast:

Bad blood between opposing rookies

Gary Shelton: Dying caddie gets respite on course
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- You are Bruce Edwards, and you are staring out the window into the gray fabric of the morning.

Hubert Mizell: Bowden refusing to slow for speedbumps
Fourteen years in a row, Bobby Bowden's football team was extraordinary: two national championships, never ending a season ranked worse than No. 5 in polls.

Golf: Splish, splash: First round a wash
With the first round delayed, players brace for 36 long holes in today's likely mud pit.

Burk again asks Augustamembers to resign club
Still not happy with the protest area, advocate for women's rights calls for corporate execs to declare where they stand on issue.

Mud not enough to revise the rules
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On the PGA Tour it is common for players to be able to lift, clean and place their ball in the fairway in wet conditions.

Mud not enough to revise the rules
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On the PGA Tour it is common for players to be able to lift, clean and place their ball in the fairway in wet conditions.

NFL: Hometown honors a tearful Emmitt Smith
PENSACOLA -- The NFL's all-time rushing leader choked back tears and wiped his eyes as he thanked his hometown for recognizing him Thursday on Emmitt Smith Day in Pensacola, Escambia County and Florida.

In brief: Tourney pays to protect LeBron
WASHINGTON -- LeBron James will be covered by a $10-million insurance policy when he plays in Thursday's Capital Classic high school basketball all-star game at the MCI Center.

Internet: Wait out rain delays on the Web
Little surprise, there's not a word about the controversy swirling around Augusta National at the tournament's official site,

Baseball: AL: Foes keep streaking apart
DETROIT -- The Royals and Tigers are finding it hard to believe what has happened to them in the first 10 days of the season.

NL: Giants (9-1) equal best start
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Kurt Ainsworth pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning as the Giants matched the best start in franchise history with their ninth win in 10 games, 2-1 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Reeling Braves add Reynolds
ATLANTA -- Shane Reynolds signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Braves, whose starting pitching has been hit hard by injuries and Greg Maddux's poor start.

DH, 1st base turn into juggling act for Torre
Need to keep both fresh and healthy might result in even split between Nick Johnson, Jason Giambi.

NHL: Ducks stop Red Wings in 3OT
DETROIT -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere set a record for a playoff debut with 63 saves, and Paul Kariya scored 3:18 into the third overtime to give the Mighty Ducks a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.

College basketball: Felton hired to heal Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Dennis Felton kept an eye on the problems at Georgia, hoping to be entrusted with rehabilitating a men's basketball program left in disarray by Jim Harrick.

Colleges: Wildcats, Gophers reach final
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Steve Saviano scored twice and New Hampshire advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game with a 3-2 upset of top-seeded Cornell on Thursday.

Arena: Storm's Bowden just refuses to leave field
In his 13th season, he hasn't even thought of doing something else.

NBA: 76ers surge past Celtics in 2nd half
BOSTON -- With three big men sidelined, the 76ers needed more than 25 points from Allen Iverson. They got a boost from Kenny Thomas.

Motorsports: Tracy has no desire for Indy this year
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Tracy will skip the Indianapolis 500 next month, and that's fine with him.

Preps: County's best to face Pinellas team
Tampa Bay area coaches have talked about it for years, but only now is it going to happen: The first Hillsborough vs. Pinellas All-Star Game.

Young Lancers uphold tradition pretty well
TAMPA -- A winning tradition has been part of the Cambridge program from the beginning nine years ago, when the school was Seminole Presbyterian.

Eagles win undefeated showdown
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was an occasion worthy of the stadium court at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center, because the only thing bigger than the two undefeated Pinellas County Athletic Conference teams meeting was the two undefeated players facing off.

Ram a one-hit wonder
LAND O'LAKES -- Sending senior Anthony Redmond out for his first varsity start in a key district game, Ridgewood coach Larry Beets would have been happy with three or four solid innings from the left-hander.

Wildcats win SAC crowns
LAND O'LAKES -- It is hard to imagine a worse coronation. Dark clouds overhead. The unseasonable 59-degree weather. Two rain delays. Chilled 20-mph winds that swept across the track.

Lecanto girls defend GCAC title
LECANTO -- The rain could not have been mistaken for sweat Thursday at a chilly Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.

Relay win crucial for PHU girls
PCAC MEET: The Hurricanes defeat favorite Largo while the Packers boys end 15-year drought.

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