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April 18, 2003
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Rays
Martinez freezes the Rays
BOSTON -- The best thing about Thursday's game for the Devil Rays was it ended and they got to go back inside.

Up next: Orioles
SCOUTING REPORT: The Orioles are a bit like the Devil Rays. They are inconsistent, they win more than they lose, they play a lot of close games, and starting pitching and defense have been problems. Of their first 13 games, including three against the Rays last week, 10 have been decided by three runs or fewer, and six by one run. Going into Thursday's game, they'd won back-to-back games only once this season.

Baldelli sees 2 streaks end
BOSTON -- Rookie Rocco Baldelli left two streaks at frigid Fenway Park.

Lightning
Almost Czech-mate
For the most part, Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has stifled (and punished) Capitals star and countryman Jaromir Jagr.

Slapshots: A home away from home
The Lightning lost its first two home games while continuing its regular-season routine. So after two road victories, Tampa Bay is treating Game 5 at the St. Pete Times Forum as a continuation of the road trip.

Racing over surf at 60 (and older)
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[Times photo: Dave Ellis]
Seniors are as much a part of windsurfing in the bay area as lean, agile 20-somethings.
NFL
NFC South loads up to challenge Bucs

TAMPA -- The Super Bowl champion. Michael Vick. Deuce McAllister. Julius Peppers.

Buffalo's leading rusher agrees to an extension
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Running back Travis Henry agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep him with Buffalo through 2005.

College basketball
WMU's McCullum the pick to run Bulls

Robert McCullum, who turned the Western Michigan program around and led the Broncos to the NIT this season, is the choice to replace Seth Greenberg as USF basketball coach.

Bonnies let coaches go after report of 'turmoil'
OLEAN, N.Y. -- St. Bonaventure fired coach Jan van Breda Kolff and accepted athletic director Gothard Lane's resignation Thursday, six weeks after the team boycotted games over an ineligible player.

Arkansas pays price with 3 years of probation
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas lost two football scholarships and its athletic program was placed on three years of probation Thursday after the NCAA determined a university booster overpaid athletes for work at his trucking company.

In brief
Raymond pulls upset in front of partisan crowd

AMELIA ISLAND -- The Gator Chomp looked a little out of place at a tennis court. There it was anyway, courtesy of Lisa Raymond, a former Florida player making the most out of a tournament in which she feels right at home.

Motorsports
F1 champ, Ferrari look to get back to winning

IMOLA, Italy -- On a January morning in Barcelona, Michael Schumacher climbed into a Formula One car after a three-month vacation and crashed on the first lap.

Baseball
Ump attack case: Judge sets bondat $250,000

Eric Dybas, the man who grabbed umpire Laz Diaz this week in Chicago, could face five years in prison if he is convicted.

Spring training's attendance rising
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush announced spring training in Florida showed a 5 percent increase in per-game attendance this year. In March, in which 265 games were played, the 17 sites had 5,272 spectators per game. In contrast, the 2002 exhibition season averaged 5,028 in 306 games.

AL: Weaver adjusts, leads Yanks
NEW YORK -- Warming up in the bullpen Thursday, Jeff Weaver noticed his fastball didn't have its usual hop. No problem. He made a few adjustments and pitched the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

NL: Cold day can't cool hot bat of Marlins' Lowell
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Lowell picked one of the coldest days of the season to have one of the best days of his career.

NHL
Red Wings never solved goalie

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One name kept popping up in both the Anaheim and Detroit locker rooms: Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

East's top two seeds earnwins to reach second round
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur rebounded from a rare bad performance with his second shutout of the playoffs as New Jersey eliminated Boston with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 on Thursday.

Sports on the air
CBS dogs it in not dealing with Burk at Masters

CBS Sports, which televised the Masters last weekend, stuck to its plan of ignoring Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women's Organizations, and avoiding the topic of Augusta National's all-male membership.

Sports on the web
Fox gambling links surprise MLB

Major League Baseball is vigilant about insulating itself from any connection to sports gambling, but several sports sites -- including that of one of baseball's TV partners, Fox Sports -- have gambling sites just a few clicks away.

Snook should be a focus as closure nears
The four-month closure on snook is less than two weeks away. Most schools can be found near mangrove shorelines. Areas to check are the St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport, the bay side of Weedon Island, Cockroach Bay, Port Manatee shoreline, the small bridge south of the Skyway and residential canals closest to the beach.

NBA
Raptors give up on Wilkens, but he's not giving up game

TORONTO -- Lenny Wilkens thinks he can build another winner, even after experiencing the worst season of his 30-year NBA career.

Golf
37-28 (yes, 28) leads Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Craig Barlow's search for a solid swing ended abruptly Thursday with a nine-hole tournament-record 28 that gave him a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the MCI Heritage.

Preps
Quaid, Poole named Hillsborough county's top players

BRANDON -- Five years ago, Bloomingdale girls soccer captain Ashley Quaid and Brandon boys captain Jason Poole played against one another as members of the Brandon Area Youth Soccer League.

Jaguars rely on experienced ace
TAMPA -- Few starters returned from last season's Academy of the Holy Names team that finished 21-2. The Jaguars made it to the region final before losing a 3-2 nail-biter to eventual Class 2A champion Orlando Lake Highland Prep.

Lowe's four firsts lift Lecanto to win
KIWANIS INVITATIONAL: The Panther girls win by 32 while Tony Lyons paces Citrus to boys title.

Pineallas baseball extra
Dunedin will kick off a week of intriguing matchups when it travels to Jacksonville for two games this weekend.

Brannons make future arrive early
Brothers of former St. Petersburg star live up to standard to spark team.

 

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