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Bucs
Tapping Cleveland pipeline
TAMPA -- What was it Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche once told an unruly Bengals crowd? "You don't live in Cleveland."

Rays
It's all bad in Rays loss
YANKEES 5, RAYS 4: Tampa Bay commits two bad errors, then Lou Piniella fires off some bad words.

Piniella signals change in the pitch selection
NEW YORK -- Manager Lou Piniella hasn't been happy with the pitches the Rays have been throwing.

'I'm a different person now'
A courteous John Rocker works out, says he wants to move on from controversial comments he made in 1999.

Piniella: Walks are important
NEW YORK -- Lou Piniella likes his teams to run.

Got a minute? With Damian Rolls
Q: Whose music do like right now?

Lightning
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[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Washington captain Steve Konowalchuk checks Dan Boyle into the boards.
Halfway to nowhere
Lightning, trailing 2-0, heads to an arena in which it hasn't won since 1998.

Capitals-Lightning photo gallery

Behind the scenes

A player with an open wound will let just about anyone sew him back together, but it's reassuring to have someone such as Dr. Charles Slonim around.

Caps stars still hard to contain
Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra tie career highs for points in a playoff game.

Penalties help cost Lightning
Three of Washington's first four goals come on the power play, including one that leads to Andre Roy's banishment.

Sound bites
Observations from the Lightning broadcast.

NHL: Slapshots
Khabibulin shoulders some blame

John Romano: Lightning taken to school, but will it learn?
TAMPA -- Here is one way to look at it:
Hubert Mizell
New 'recruits' have Spurrier expecting more
Rob Johnson has been sacked more than Publix potatoes. After sweet-and-sour NFL experiences at Jacksonville and Buffalo, the strong-armed former Southern California quarterback came to the Bucs, where he was no Brad Johnson thanks to a wont of getting tackled for losses.

Gary Shelton
Woods might get down, but never count him out
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He is four strokes behind. And he has the tournament gripped by the throat.

Golf
No lead is safe at Augusta

Mike Weir stumbles and Jeff Maggert finds himself in the lead, but Tiger Woods and several big names lurk within range.

Protests more bark than bite with low attendance
Anticipation of a showdown fades as Martha Burk and supporters make their stand.

Mickelson is within reach of 1st major
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The expectations were about as low as they have been in some time for Phil Mickelson. Perhaps that's the formula for him to win his first major title.

From cut line to leaderboard
Tiger Woods' rally nearly ends before it starts, as he narrowly avoids early exit.

Motorsports
Jekyll and Hyde out at Martinsville

NASCAR's shortest track highlights best driving skills and worst tempers.

Final-lap pass helps Green win
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- David Green passed Johnny Sauter on the backstretch of the final lap Saturday to win the Pepsi 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway.

Baseball
Small-market success at start

The great thing about baseball is the first month usually offers more surprises than a Tarentino movie.

Pirates' Giles on 15-day DL
CHICAGO -- The Pirates placed leftfielder Brian Giles on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right knee Saturday.

Tigers win, want to take series
DETROIT -- The Tigers knew they eventually would win a game.

NL: Wood's 13 strikeouts lift Cubs
CHICAGO -- Damian Miller thinks Kerry Wood and Mark Prior could be spoiling Cubs fans.

AL: Red Sox lose in Martinez's worst game
BOSTON -- The Red Sox needed three tries to play their home opener, and when it was done they wished they hadn't.

NHL
Detroit sinks into 2-0 hole

DETROIT -- The Red Wings are in playoff trouble -- again.

Colleges
Gophers repeat for 5th hockey title

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek came up big again for Minnesota -- in the biggest game of his career Saturday night.

Gators please Zook, but QB race still on
FLORIDA: Coach sees some improvement as Orange wins 16-13 to close spring season.

Rix settles into role as FSU leader
FSU: Seminoles QB named most dominant player as offense wins in new format.

Banks takes charge to lead White to victory
USF: Ronnie Banks and White team capitalize on mistakes in 31-6 win.

Running
USF's Quinn picks up the pace

TAMPA -- When University of South Florida senior Tara Quinn hit the mile mark of the RYKA Take Fitness to Heart 10K in 5:25, she was not alone.

In brief
|Ford gets Wooden Award

LOS ANGELES -- T.J. Ford won the John R. Wooden Award on Saturday, the Texas point guard's second major college basketball player of the year honor.

Horses
Frankel's top two turn Derby darlings

NEW YORK -- Empire Maker delivered a clear message Saturday: Bobby Frankel's colt will be the horse to beat in the Kentucky Derby in three weeks.

NBA
Magic wins it in homestretch

ORLANDO -- Whether the Magic is peaking will only be known when the season is over. There is no question it is playing well.

Preps
Rally ends Knights' frustration

TAMPA -- It seemed Robinson was headed for another loss Saturday when pitcher Nelson Sanabria gave up a three-run home run in the first inning to Gaither. But with strong defense and a couple of home runs, the Knights rallied for a 5-4 win.

Pirates wrap up GCAC race
LECANTO -- Crystal River wrapped up its third consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship Saturday with a 6-3 win against Lecanto.

Letters
Your turn: Rays will turn it around
Bottom of the ninth, two outs, a man on first. Rays down by a run. On a 2-and-1 pitch, the runner is off. What's wrong with this picture? Not a thing. They are playing Piniella Ball. Given time, this man will turn this team around. It might not be this year, but it will happen. First it was the Bucs, then the Lightning. After that, it will be the Rays' turn. The runner took third on an error, and even though they couldn't bring him home, it was the effort that made it worthwhile. That's been missing from previous managers.

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