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Kawika Mitchell's workout numbers have been among the best at linebacker and have boosted his draft status.
The perfect fit
USF linebacker Kawika Mitchell says he'd love to join the Bucs, who just might be eyeing him on the first day of this weekend's NFL draft.

Rays heading south with bats on ice
ORIOLES 4, RAYS 0: Tampa Bay wins two of nine on a frigid road trip thanks to an offense that averages 3.4 runs.

Up next: Blue Jays
SCOUTING REPORT: Things couldn't have gone more wrong for the Blue Jays, who are off to one of the worst starts in franchise history at 7-13.

Brazelton fulfills vow of quick return
BALTIMORE -- Dewon Brazelton apparently was right.

All grown up and knowing what to do
Lightning learns valuable lessons from first series that it will carry into next round.

A matter of respect
Did the Lightning gain respect with its six-game victory over the Washington Capitals in the East quarterfinals? Maybe, maybe not.

John Romano
Hi, my name is baseball, and I have a problem
In the commissioner's office, they are outraged. In the clubhouse, they are concerned. In the bleachers, they are ordering another round.

Arena league
Math miscue favors Storm

The Storm is in the playoffs after all.

Bucs free to use pirate logo after Raiders suit is tossed

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A state judge Monday dismissed a suit by the Oakland Raiders seeking to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers from wearing their uniforms for games in California because they allegedly violate the Raiders' trademark rights.

In brief
Olympics lift NBC to 13 Emmys

NEW YORK -- NBC's coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics carried the network to 13 Sports Emmys -- its most ever -- at Monday night's awards ceremony.

AL: Twins still helpless against Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins were glad to see the New York Yankees leave town Monday.

D'backs send Johnson to DL
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks placed left-hander Randy Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee Monday and said they hope he'll be able to return to the rotation Sunday.

Rivers cries foul on referees

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- An upbeat Doc Rivers became a bit bristly at one point after Orlando's afternoon practice Monday.

Spurs bounce back to even series at 1
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- San Antonio didn't stop Stephon Marbury, but the Spurs did make their free throws down the stretch Monday night. And that was enough for an 84-76 victory over Phoenix to even their playoff series at 1-1.

Wild, Maple Leafs force Game 7s

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild sure isn't playing like a 3-year-old team making its postseason debut.

College basketball
Self's coaching career comes full circle at KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self is back where his career began.

Kenyans sweep top 5 at Boston Marathon

Robert Cheruiyot leads the way, finishing in 2:10:11 to become the 12th Kenyan in 13 years to win.

DeHeart made right choice: Illini No. 1

More than a few heads turned when Tampa's Ryler DeHeart, a state champion and one of the country's top-ranked juniors, picked Illinois over Harvard last year.

2nd tribute to Earnhardt to be special

Fans nationwide will flock toMooresville, N.C., to pay tribute to a racing legend at the second annual Dale Earnhardt Day festivities April 29.

Five finalists to interview today for Pinellas AD position

Five finalists will interview today to replace Pinellas County Activities Director Bob Hosack when he retires at the end of the school year.

Three-way tussle to settle 4A-5 boys tennis
Hillsborough, Wharton and St. Petersburg are tied going into today's final matches.

King dominates first day in 3A-11 girls tennis
The Lions don't drop a game on their way to all of the singles finals.

East Lake picks Hudson
The former assistant replaces Tom Keeler as Eagles coach.

Signed, sealed and delivered
Ashlee Kidd has made her plans for next season official.

SRC's Roth takes four events in A-7
In addition to the high jump, 100 and 200, Chris Roth helps the Warriors set a 4x400 school record.

Daily fishing report

Big snook have started to move out of the creeks and onto the flats. Warm afternoons offer great opportunities to catch these fish. This is some of the best fishing of the year.

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