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February 28, 2001
Devil Rays
A pair of originals
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Once part of Rays' grand plan, Bobby Smith and Randy Winn (above) see themselves fitting in ... somewhere.

Spring Training notebook
Jeter, Posada taking things slowly

Baseball roundup
Pouting Thomas checks in

Hitters given quick lessons on high strike
ST. PETERSBURG -- The high strike arrived at the Rays spring training complex Tuesday afternoon. Then it disappeared over the leftfield fence.

Gary Shelton
Coach reflects change for Lightning
In the dressing room of the Lightning, there are no mirrors.

Coach, captain check in
John Tortorella, Vinny Lecavalier meet for "a good talk" about Sunday's benching.

Lightning welcome in Khabibulin derby
Is the Lightning in the hunt for Coyotes goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin?

NHL roundup
Blackhawks halt Caps' streaks 3-2

Just passing by L.A., sort of
Bucs offensive coordinator goes out of his way before the combine in Indianapolis to meet with Keyshawn Johnson.

Receiver McCready trying to catch scouts' eyes
TAMPA -- When talk starts about the first South Florida players expected to go in the NFL draft, Scott McCready isn't one of the names you hear.

Professional football roundup
Thomas retires as a Bill

With little in common, UF duo shares goal: greatness
GAINESVILLE -- One glides, one grinds.

Crash tape still leaves a mystery
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The final conversations between air traffic controllers and the crew of a plane carrying members of the Oklahoma State basketball team provides no explanation for why the plane crashed, killing all 10 on board.

Florida and Florida State basketball game capsules
Tonight: No. 6 Florida at Vanderbilt

Mocs stop Barry's upset bid
LAKELAND -- After toppling third seed Tampa to open the Sunshine State Conference tournament, then upsetting No. 2 Eckerd a night later, it seemed fitting that upstart Barry would beat top-seeded Florida Southern in the championship game to complete a Cinderella run.

Aiming to get out of Vanderbilt alive
GAINESVILLE -- If guard Teddy Dupay could pick any arena in the Southeastern Conference to play a must-win game, first, of course, would be the Gators' home court.

Darling autopsy reveals nothing
Cause of death still unknown for the FSU linebacker, whose teammates struggle to cope.

In the end, Crawford still positive
TALLAHASSEE -- Senior guard Adrian Crawford doesn't like to show his emotions and is hoping he can maintain his composure tonight as he is honored in a pregame ceremony.

Captain's corner
On a recent inshore charter with clients, the wind was howling out of the northeast. Sight fishing was our plan, but with the strong winds we headed for the protected flats of lower Tampa Bay.

Et cetera
Sports digest
U.S. opens final phase against top soccer rival

NBA roundup
Seattle loses in Ewing's MSG return

Seven Rivers falls short against Laurel Hill
Hoboes' height advantage too much for Warriors to overcome.

Panthers come back to defeat Hurricanes
Citrus' six errors prove to be the difference as it loses its first game.

Fagan finally has his way with Rams
The Gulf left-hander earns his second win of the season with a solid performance against Ridgewood.

Boone proves (way) too much for Gaither
The Cowboys keep it close early, but the No. 2 team in Class 6A pulls away for a 56-37 victory.

Boys basketball roundup
Bayshore's season continues

Lake Wales' hopes for repeat roll away
ST. PETERSBURG -- Of all the shots attempted in Tuesday night's Class 4A, Region 3 semifinal between Lakewood and Lake Wales, the one Lake Wales' Willie Williams took with 1 second left meant the most.

Big runs help Plant crush Countryside
A 24-8 burst in the third helps lift the Panthers into a regional final matchup with Port Charlotte.

Bogie rallies but falls short
PORT CHARLOTTE -- To the very end, Boca Ciega played true to its character: close, hard and largely behind do-it-all senior Devontae Royal.

CCC left bloodied and battered
CLEARWATER -- Clearwater Central Catholic forward Jon Simmons' right eye was gashed just above the outside corner, the result of a wayward elbow -- or something -- in a scrum for a first-half rebound.

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