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February 26, 2001
Devil Rays
Abernathy does everything well
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Rookie fighting for Rays' second base job said he'll do whatever is needed to win.

Rule 5 draftee happy, healthy, eager to play
ST. PETERSBURG -- After four years of minor-league ball, Damian Rolls spent the 2000 season in the majors. And he was fairly miserable.

Hubert Mizell
Flaherty has unique perspective on Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- From where John Flaherty sits, he can see the whole field.

Spring training
Around the area camps
Opening day: Clemens likely

Baseball briefs
Outfielder swap: White, Grissom

College basketball
Memphis atop C-USA after clobbering Bulls
A 15-1 run to open the game propels the Tigers to a 79-61 win, damaging USF's NCAA hopes.

Wolfpack deals FSU 20th loss
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Anthony Grundy scored 20 and North Carolina State used an early second-half run to crush Florida State 71-46 Sunday, sending the Seminoles to their first 20-loss season in 49 years.

Eckerd’s star duo crushes Saint Leo
LAKELAND -- St. Petersburg's Dwayne Smith and Sharrod McCree used to beat up on each other as stars at Lakewood and Boca Ciega high schools, respectively. Now, as teammates for Eckerd College, their combined talents are proving lethal.

Women’s college basketball briefs
Gators grab SEC's No. 2 seed with a record win

Lightning rally provides excitement, but no win
Tampa Bay scores three in the third but falls 5-4 to the Sabres.

Face shield? No brawler wears one
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Stan Drulia wears one out of common sense. Matthew Barnaby doesn't out of a brawler's common courtesy, even though it looked like he'd tussled with a raptor on Saturday afternoon.

Wreck, rain mark a sad return
From dawn to dusk, Winston Cup endures its first race post-Dale Earnhardt. It's not over.

Earnhardt Jr. eliminated in an eerie crash
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Two races. Two laps. Two crashes involving two Earnhardts.

Not all thrilled by Jones
A win over Derrick Harmon only brings up more questions for some.

Horse racing
Strong field in works for Tampa Bay Derby
More 3-year-olds (78) have been nominated to the Tampa Bay Derby than ever, including many from the leading stables in North America. Now, it's up to racing secretary Bobby Clark to get the big guns to town.

Captain’s corner
Artificial reefs are some of the most interesting places to dive. These man-made structures offer tremendous diversity of marine life and bottom structure.

Sports briefs
Seles tunes up late, tops Capriati in three

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