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February 21, 2001
Lightning earns unlikely win
[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Todd Warriner scores twice as Tampa Bay ends an 8-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Blues.

'Cornerstones' being laid
TAMPA -- General manager Rick Dudley said the Lightning is identifying a "cornerstone" group of players around which to build.

NHL roundup
Lindros deal stuck on the details.

Hubert Mizell
Here's a 'no' vote for NBA in Tampa Bay
Looking at me now, you might not guess I played high school basketball. Deadly one-hander. About 44 years and 44 pounds ago.

Devil Rays/baseball
Yan, Sturtze seek finishing touch
Minus a practiced hand to close games, Rays turn to duo with tools, if not know-how.

Naimoli still sticking with five-year plan
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay's attempt to take a shortcut to contention did not work as planned last season, but managing general partner Vince Naimoli said he is confident the team is still on the right track.

Sheffield will not rule out Rays
In demanding trade, he targeted 3 teams. His agent includes Tampa Bay.

Professional baseball roundup
Andruw Jones awarded record arbitration deal

Wells leads push for safety device
The Winston Cup and CART team owner requires both his NASCAR drivers to use the HANS.

Earnhardt's son to race Sunday at Rockingham
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While mourning the death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has decided to race in Sunday's Dura-Lube 400.

Donovan works himself into a feverish state
GAINESVILLE -- Billy Donovan is a workaholic by nature, so imagine the extra hours he has logged breaking down opponents and adjusting lineups to guide No. 7 Florida through its injury-riddled season.

Semrau will miss senior women
Florida State women's basketball coach Sue Semrau would like to think the moments before Thursday's showdown against visiting Clemson won't be unusual.

Conference comes down to the finish
TAMPA -- With four regular-season games remaining, the men's basketball team begins its most crucial stretch of the season tonight against Alabama-Birmingham.

Tonight: South Florida at UAB
WHEN/WHERE: 8; Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Ala.

Tonight: no. 7 Florida vs. no. 12 Ole Miss
WHEN/WHERE: 7; O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

Gritty Gators focused on tough finish
With three Top 15 teams coming to Gainesville, UF has a chance to shine or fold.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Karolyi's wife gets U.S. job

NFL roundup
Titans' George to have toe surgery, miss camps

NBA roundup
Nelson returns; Mavs lose

Captain's corner
Choosing the best line has been made more difficult by recent technological advances. In addition to monofilament, there are "superbraids," thin braided lines with a lot to offer.

Wildcats outlast Bulldogs
Wesley Chapel wins all five singles matches to shut out Zephyrhills.

Rams use 10-run third inning to keep Buccaneers winless
NEW PORT RICHEY -- It started as a battle and ended up a blitzkrieg as Ridgewood defeated Gulf 15-4 in five innings via the 10-run rule.

The Jesuit dynasty
Jesuit has gone 44-13 and won five state titles during the past 15 seasons. Here is a rundown:

Boys soccer semifinals
WHO: Jesuit (28-2) vs. Gulf Breeze (25-4).

Ex-coach set to be honored
Seminole will honor longtime coach Bill Brinker before tonight's game at 7 against Palm Harbor U.

Even in defeat, Warder ends career on positive note
HUDSON -- Her record-setting career, defined by sharp shooting, unselfish play and quiet grace, was just two minutes from being over when Hudson's Nicole Warder fired up her last shot.

Dad's happy! Hernando gets past Clay in OT
Stephanie Freeman's last-second shot propels the Leopards into the regional final and fulfills a promise.

Familiar face rejoins Tigers' efforts for title
TAMPA -- Neal Goldman's loss was Bob Bauman's gain.

Boca Ciega squeaks past Wharton
TAMPA -- A bounce, a steal, a tip-in, the smallest of things separated Wharton and Boca Ciega in Tuesday's Class 5A, Region 3 final.

Butter and Bomber too slick for Tampa Prep
NORTH PALM BEACH -- As Tampa Prep warmed up for its clash with North Palm Beach Benjamin on Tuesday night, two Buccaneers wore yellow T-shirts with fitting nicknames on the back.

Young Rams can't recover, lose by nine
Tampa Baptist falls behind early as Pine Castle Christian wins 58-49.

Late rally falls short as SPC's season ends
A desperation shot by Lincoln Park's LaQuita Ball deflates Barons in 51-46 loss in regional semifinal

Boys basketball regional games
All games at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; admission $5

Flustered Eagles fall to Sailors
Early turnovers by East Lake help fourth-ranked Sarasota pull away and cruise into the regional final with a 76-39 win.

Let JV travel, coaches say
Editors note: This article was inadvertently left out of a package on county wrestling on Tuesday.

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