St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
April 16, 2003
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Rays waste Baldelli lovefest
RED SOX 6, RAYS 5: Local boy goes 3-for-4 in first Fenway game but Boston wins in ninth.

Bierbrodt suffers velocity drop
BOSTON -- Not only is Nick Bierbrodt throwing too many bad pitches, he's not throwing his pitches hard enough.

[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Robert Lang crunches Alexander Svitov into the boards during the first period. The Lightning held Lang to no points and one shot.
Vinny Lecavalier's goal 2:29 into OT cuts the Lightning's deficit to 2-1.

Grahame must wait for chance
Tampa Bay's backup goalie tries to stay sharp knowing he probably won't play.

Little in common, except in respect earned
The coaches in this series use different paths and dissimilar methods.

Tonight: Lightning vs. Capitals
WHEN/WHERE: 7; MCI Center, Washington.

Roy wants to stay, agent says
The agent for Lightning left wing Andre Roy said he is confident the situation between Roy and the team can be smoothed over.

Period pieces
A switch that put 70-point scorers Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on the same line provided early energy and the Lightning's first lead of the series less than five minutes into the game.

Sound bites
Thoughts and observations from Tuesday's Lightning broadcast:

John Romano: Underdogs respond with clock ticking
Maybe Tampa Bay needs to be pushed. Perhaps it responds best to desperation.

Gary Shelton
Championship apparently can't buy love for Bucs
Great news from One Buc Place this morning.

A lifesaver in deadly seas

Two of Coast Guard's new Motor Life Boats soon will be on call in Gulf Coast waters.

Daily fishing report
Overall fishing continues to improve, though water temperatures remain a little below where they should be this time of year.

Poor practice almost leads to upset loss

How did the Arena Football League's hottest squad fall behind the league's only winless team by 17 points and need overtime to pull out a victory?

Ex-Eagles owner Tose dies at 88

PHILADELPHIA -- Leonard Tose, a former Eagles owner and jet-setter who gambled away his fortune, died Tuesday at 88.

Ailing Red Sox coaches return

BOSTON -- Red Sox coaches Mike Cubbage and Tony Cloninger were back with the team for Tuesday night's game against the Devil Rays.

Disney may be on verge of selling Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Walt Disney Co. agreed in principle to sell the Angels to Phoenix businessman Arturo Moreno for just over $180-million, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

AL: Chisox fans back on attack
CHICAGO -- Umpire Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan who came out of the stands during Tuesday night's game between the Royals and White Sox in a frightening reminder of what happened near the same spot last season at the former Comiskey Park.

NL: Braves curb Expos' island bliss
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Shane Reynolds pitched five shutout innings in his first game since June, Gary Sheffield homered leading off the ninth and Marcus Giles hit another starting the 10th to give the Braves a 2-1 victory Tuesday and hand the Expos their first loss in Puerto Rico.

Bruins avoid sweep

BOSTON -- Dan McGillis scored twice and the Bruins finally beat Martin Brodeur, driving the goalie from the game and staying alive with a 5-1 playoff win over the Devils on Tuesday night.

College basketball
USF coaching search might drag

TAMPA -- South Florida's coaching search could take a while longer, athletic director Lee Roy Selmon indicated Tuesday.

Another loss for Wilkens

TORONTO -- The Heat ended its season with a 103-99 victory over the Raptors Tuesday night in what probably was the final home game for Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens.

In brief
Burk's focus on CEOswith ties to Augusta

WASHINGTON -- National Council of Women's Organizations chairwoman Martha Burk said she is taking the fight against all-male clubs "from our placards to our pocketbooks."

One showdown sets up another

TAMPA -- You've got to have a philosophy.

Chiefs turn it on to top Lions, take top seed
TAMPA -- An eight-run third inning helped Chamberlain secure the top seed in the upcoming district tournament by defeating King 13-3 in five innings Tuesday on the Lions' field.

Plant student's parents file lawsuit over injuries
TAMPA -- Charles and Nancy Bruno have filed a lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School District and several other construction and architecture businesses after their daughter, Oriana Bruno, was injured when she slammed into Plant's gym wall 16 months ago.

Ligon to sign with Butler
Lakewood's Brian Ligon, the county's most dominant center, will sign with Butler University today.

Warriors get back in race
SEMINOLE -- A throw behind a runner breaking for home and a booted ground ball is all it took to alter the pecking order in south county.

Seven from Pinellas reach state meet
Class A Northside Christian will make its first trip to state after Bobby Dare (119 pounds), David Dare (139) and Jason Kruck (169) finished third in their weight classes at last week's section meets.

Success continues for 'Canes and their ace
INVERNESS -- Megan Rall is crafty, not overpowering. Instead of heaving fastballs, the Citrus senior pitches to spots and relies on defense.

Inconsistent Gators win again
NEW PORT RICHEY -- It took five innings for Land O'Lakes' bats to wake up Tuesday afternoon, and unfortunately for River Ridge, the Knights' defensive woes came to life at the same time.

Pinellas track extra
Five Boys to Watch

Roth buys into Rainbow Lanes, plans move to area

The PBA Hall-of-Fame player invests in and has plans for the Clearwater facility.


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