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February 11, 2001
College basketball
Bulls cash in on last chance
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
Altron Jackson's two free throws make up for lousy day at line in 61-60 win over UAB.

Florida elbows Razorbacks aside 73-63 in bruising battle
After a frustrating first half, Gators pull away in a foul-filled game.

To UF, Vols just a team in the way
Gators trying not to think about UT's history before tonight's key women's battle.

Flu leaves hole FSU can’t fill against Wake
Top scorer Monte Cummings sits, Seminoles fade 71-65.

Women’s basketball briefs
Rutgers makes fast, easy work of Providence

College basketball this week on TV

State college basketball briefs
Storm guard shrugs off split lip to sink Miami

Hubert Mizell
Trying to wrestle with XFL's raucous image

It's called pro football, but the XFL's foundation is T&A. Television and asininity.

Devil Rays
Points to ponder as spring training opens
ST. PETERSBURG -- Before spring training gets under way, here are a half-dozen people and issues to follow the next six weeks:

Yan embraces chance to replace Hernandez
ST. PETERSBURG -- If the Rays want Esteban Yan to take on the task of replacing closer Roberto Hernandez, Yan is up for the challenge.

Rothschild expects group effort
The Rays' spring will focus on togetherness as well as the fundamentals.

Elliott delivers for Dodge
The veteran Winston Cup driver earns the Daytona 500 pole for owner Ray Evernham.

Shootout getting drivers' attention
DAYTONA BEACH -- More than in previous years, today's Budweiser Shootout means something to the 18 drivers competing this season because of the new aerodynamic rules in place for the Daytona 500.

Lightning hounded at start
Boston scores three goals in the first period, enough to doom Tampa Bay in a 6-2 loss.

Wanted: a winning gear
BOSTON -- Despite losing 13 of 15 games, Lightning players have gotten kudos for their work ethic.

Lightning flop a Blues starter
ST. LOUIS -- Lightning fans may not place the name, but Bryce Salvador is one that got away.

NHL briefs
Lemieux playing through it, but his back pain returns

Slap shots
FINAL HORN: When Florida's Pavel Bure didn't show up in the locker room after last weekend's All-Star Game in Denver, most figured he cut out a back door to avoid the media.

Spring training
Toronto Blue Jays Spring schedule

Philadelphia Phillies Spring schedule

McCullough not lacking incentive
Winless on the senior tour, he trails leader Gil Morgan by 1 at the ACE Group Classic. And then there's the plane fare . . .

The S&P, SEC, NYSE and Senior PGA Tour
Looking for more viewer enthusiasm, the tour moves its TV deal to CNBC.

College sports briefs
Bulls win opener against nation's top lefty

Nash is not a ‘good kid’
The Rays' recent super baseball prospect (Toe Nash) has been arrested five times in the past year. But scouting director Dan Jennings says he's a "good kid." Hey, Dan, good kids don't go around beating and robbing a guy until he chokes on his own blood.

NBA All-Star Game
NBA banks on new generation
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan is the host. Shaquille O'Neal isn't playing. Alonzo Mourning and Grant Hill haven't been on the court in months.

Bryant arrives ready to play
WASHINGTON -- Kobe Bryant's shoulder is hurting, and so are his feelings.

Captain’s corner
Water temperatures are climbing and inshore fishing is heating up with the water.

Ledges key to diving in gulf
The natural underwater terrain in the Gulf of Mexico offshore from Tampa Bay consists of hard bottom, rock piles, sinkholes, springs, potholes and ledges. Legdes makes up the majority of sites visited by divers.

Et cetera
NFL briefs
Falcons DB shot during robbery

Craigie Whistler takes Sprint Classic
ST. PETERSBURG -- Craigie Whistler proved Saturday night that post position really does matter.

Tennis briefs
U.S. trails Swiss 2-1 in Davis Cup play

Week in sports

Mizell mailbag
Great columns, but bad project

Sports briefs
CART cancels its race in Rio

High and lows

Gators pin loss on Countryside
LAND O'LAKES -- The poll had spoken.

Cobras stifle Pirates for title
LAND O'LAKES -- Pasco shot 4-of-28 from the field and fell behind 21-10 to Hudson at halftime Saturday.

Hurricanes prove to be no match for Raiders
DUNNELLON -- Citrus coach Bruce Nelson was relieved.

Poor shooting costs Seven Rivers
The Warriors lose 42-34 to Mount Dora Bible in the A-3 championship.

Seniors rescue Leopards
Carmen Byrd and Stephanie Freeman combine for eight points late in the title game, helping hold off North Marion.

Ridgewood wins title after East Lake slumps
PALM HARBOR -- Tricia Finke's second and third baskets during Saturday's Class 5A, District 9 championship game pretty much told how East Lake fared against Ridgewood.

Putback at finish gives Rams win
TAMPA -- After Saturday's game, Tampa Baptist guard Natalie Alvarez posed for pictures with her teammates. Each time a flash went off, Alvarez would strike a different pose.

Gryphons slow it down to edge Bulls in defensive battle
"It wasn't pretty," Jackie Metroka says about Sickles' 29-26 victory over Bloomingdale.

Wildcats are ‘saved’ by DeJesus
TAMPA -- When they played the first 7:17 of the first quarter scoreless and finishedwithtwo points, the Wharton Wildcats were in need of someone to step up on offense in the District 11 final.

Countryside gets surprise
The district title the Cougars are favored to win is captured by the 25th-ranked Gators.

IRC puts away Canterbury 49-38
LARGO -- In the Class A, District 9 final, Indian Rocks Christian downed Canterbury 49-38.

Around Pinellas
The Clearwater Bullets 16-and-under team recently won the ISA world qualifier in Zephyrhills, taking the championship game 1-0.

Lakewood delivers a lesson in intensity
Spartans run over Countryside 89-60 for the school's fourth county title.

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