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February 15, 2001
You tee off at 6:42 -- with Tiger
[Times photo: Fraser Hale]
Ralph Ghioto III, a Tampa car dealership president, played with Woods in a pro-am in San Diego last week.

Golf glance
PGA Tour

Duval's elbow, confidence are getting better
LUTZ -- The pair of scars on Bob Duval's right elbow act as a constant reminder of a promising season gone bad.

Hubert Mizell
It's time for Rays to win over the bay
Good old boys are racing at Daytona, good old golfers tuning in Tampa, but can we talk pitchers and catchers?

Big E's advice to Little E may result in ultimate W
Dale Earnhardt Sr. helped his son get through a rough Winston Cup slump. Now Junior is poised to win Daytona.

Ford may have gripe about aerodynamics
DAYTONA BEACH -- Ford drivers who complain their cars are aerodynamically inferior to other Winston Cup manufacturers might have a legitimate concern.

Different drivers will have different goals in Twin 125s
For some, today's races are a last chance to get into this year's Daytona 500 ... others are just trying to make it through unscathed.

Devil Rays/Baseball
Targeting a problem
TAMPA -- Standing behind second base, Chuck Knoblauch took aim and fired. It should come as no surprise that he missed the target.

Rekar hopes to settle, but he's ready to battle
ST. PETERSBURG -- Bryan Rekar is not necessarily looking forward to an arbitration showdown with the Rays next week, but the right-hander said he is willing to go the distance if necessary.

One beanball, you're gone
NEW YORK -- "Yer outta here!" could be heard a lot more often at the ballpark this year.

College basketball
Bulls waste Waldon as Billikens rally
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Baniak had 20 points, 12 in the second half, as Saint Louis overcame B.B. Waldon's return to the Bulls lineup and rallied for an 82-71 men's college basketball win over South Florida on Wednesday night.

Geiger suspended for using steroids
PHILADELPHIA -- Sixers center Matt Geiger sat out Wednesday's game against the Lakers after being suspended two games without pay for violating the league's steroids policy.

Lightning: 50-50-50-50 proposition
If Tampa Bay loses 13 or more of its remaining 25 games, it will be the first team in NHL history with four straight 50-loss seasons.

Bohn, Williams and Aulby notch milestones
Parker Bohn III, Ocala's Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mike Aulby notched victories as the PBA moved into the meat of its eight-stop winter tour.

Sports briefs
Boxing head Lee gets 22 months

Leopards, Bears, Spongers win
BROOKSVILLE -- The Class 4A, District 8 tournament began with Springstead scoring 26 points and losing by 10. It ended with Hernando scoring 28 -- in the final quarter -- and winning by 43.

Lecanto edges Citrus 62-60
LECANTO -- The instructions were simple.

Ex-wrestling guru leads Patriots' rise
PINELLAS PARK -- For as long as he could remember, Pinellas Park coach Dave Mauger had gone skiing at this time of year.

Rams, Hurricanes advance to semis
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood came into the Class 5A, District 9 tournament hunting two things: a 20th victory and another meeting with top-seeded Land O'Lakes.

Wildcats get past Mustangs
Wesley Chapel defeated Mitchell 61-58 Wednesday in the Class 3A, District 11 quarterfinals.

Plant wins ugly to reach 5A-11 title game
TAMPA -- Chamberlain's Otis White drove through the lane late in the Chiefs' semifinal game against Plant and pushed up a right-handed layup.

Regional girls basketball
All games at 7:30

Captain's corner
In winters past, snook fishing at night has been excellent. Because of the extremely cold evenings, however, this season has not been nearly as productive. That is, until last week.

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