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March 2, 2001

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Assuming the interstates are open, gas hasn't yet hit two bucks a gallon yet and the boss (and that can either be one at work or at home) thinks you're off doing something important, it's time to get ready for some baseball. Special Section
Darrell Fry
Family first
Alex Enriquez and Cesar Grajales did not wrestle for a state title, leaving the FHSAA to grapple with a tough issue.

College basketball
USF can't solve Cincy
Bulls are competitive but fall 77-66, their 10th straight loss to the Bearcats.

Conference-USA women's tournament
WHEN/WHERE: Today through Monday; U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wis.

Arkansas wins easily, faces Florida today
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Celia Anderson scored a career-high 22 points and had 12 rebounds as Arkansas overcame a tournament-record 44 points from LaToya Thomas and defeated Mississippi State 94-76 Thursday in the opening round.

8 counts added to suit vs. USF
Green's statement alleging coverup prompts the additions.

TAAC tournament roundup
SAMFORD 44, JACKSONVILLE 41: Derrick Jones hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining and Kevin Sheppard was short on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Devil Rays
Rays learning when, when not to swing
ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball announces the high strike will return this season. In related news, the Rays ask, "When did it ever leave?"

White shaky, but Rays roll
ST. PETERSBURG -- Since signing as a free agent with the Rays in 1996, Matt White has been in a hurry to get to the major leagues. His key to getting there may be to slow down.

College football
Darling recalled warmly
Coaches, teammates share grief at service for FSU linebacker.

Lightning
Lightning's president visits with Khabibulin
BOSTON -- The Lightning's involvement in the sweepstakes for Nikolai Khabibulin turned up a notch Thursday, when team president Ron Campbell visited the Coyotes goaltender in Phoenix.

Thornton torpedoes Tampa Bay
Rising star's hat trick sends Lightning to another road loss, this one 3-1.

Shorts
NBA briefs
Knicks get big win forVan Gundy

NFL briefs
Brunell tweaks deal but Searcy, 9 others waived

Sports briefs
Seles and Capriati advance

NHL briefs
Capitals cool off more with OT loss

Baseball
Gooden happy in quest for roster spot
DUNEDIN -- He is an old man. Dwight Gooden says he has just come to realize this.

Area camps roundup
New turf could help keep Rolen in Philly

Bucs
Could have been so much worse
Many teams are going to lose more free agents than the Bucs could.

Outdoors
So, spring into action
Spring is here, whether you like it or not. We fished southwest of Egmont Channel on Wednesday and the water was crystal clear in 60 feet. The temperature was 72 degrees.

Artificial intelligence
When it comes to choosing a fishing lure, asking an expert is a smart move.

So, spring into action
Spring is here, whether you like it or not. We fished southwest of Egmont Channel on Wednesday and the water was crystal clear in 60 feet. The temperature was 72 degrees.

TV/radio
Changing of guard at WTSP
WTSP-Ch. 10's Al Keck made an earlier than expected exit Wednesday, wrapping up 12 years at the station with his future still uncertain.

Internet
Iditarod site will heat up
Sports is going to the dogs.

Golf
Duval tees off amid a flurry of swooshes
MIAMI -- It didn't take much to recognize that an often-discussed deal between David Duval and Nike was consummated.

Low scoring is par for course
Mike Weir's opening 62 at Doral hardly draws attention on PGA Tour.

Preps
Gators' miscues help Spongers get first win
LAND O'LAKES -- Winless Tarpon Springs wasn't intimidated by Land O'Lakes entering Thursday's game. Instead, the Spongers came out fighting and earned their first win 5-2.

Bucs rout Mustangs, spoil coach's return
Six Gulf seniors pound out 13 hits and drive in 12 runs in a 14-2 victory over first-year Mitchell.

DeCristofaro likely to take Manatee job
TAMPA -- Howie DeCristofaro is likely to leave Gaither and become coach and athletic director at Bradenton Manatee.

Newest Spartan provides lift
Norris Anderson is making the most of his only varsity season with Lakewood.

Curveballs stymie Falcons until grand slam saves day
LAND O'LAKES -- As opportunities evaporated, runners were stranded and strikeouts mounted, the fifth inning ended Thursday night and left Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert to wonder:

Boys basketball regional final
Class 4A

Plant big man doesn't seek spotlight
If it means winning, the Panthers' Mike Williams will let others get the glory. And that has helped the Panthers stay alive.

PHU ace allows one hit in win over Tornadoes
PALM HARBOR -- A year ago, Palm Harbor University pitcher Katie Dobson proved nearly untouchable, leading the county with a microscopic 0.32 ERA.

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