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March 3, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
Ball is in Rekar’s hand
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
He welcomes the chance to determine his fate as a Rays starter.

Hamilton okay after crash
VIERA -- Star prospect Josh Hamilton was sore and shaken but not seriously injured after his family's 1999 pickup truck was struck by a dump truck Wednesday afternoon near his Manatee County home.

Area camps roundup
Rodriguez says he didn't mean to malign Jeter

Hubert Mizell
New job, but same ol’ batty Boggs
VIERA -- This is more mirage than town. Viera? It's the Florida outback with baseball diamonds. A world away from the beaches, Disney, tall condos, aromatic orange groves and smoky interstates.

Bucs
Bucs take flyer on Leaf
Tampa Bay takes a low-risk shot with the troubled quarterback, but also appears in hot pursuit of Brad Johnson.

Motorsports
Commercial regrouping
Dale Earnhardt's companies and sponsors search for the right way to move on without him.

Colleges
Crum calls it quits
Feud between Hall of Fame coach and his athletic director results in contract buyout.

Tournament a big-league dance now
The nation's major conferences are poised to grab most at-large bids.

USF loses 2 assistants
TAMPA -- South Florida offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Canales and offensive line coach Scott Bruning have accepted similar positions at other schools.

Sooners enjoying a turnaround
Back in 1990, things had gotten so dismal with women's basketball at Oklahoma that the administration briefly considered scrapping the program altogether.

RPI helps, but doesn’t tell it all
Mike Tranghese would like fans to realize that the ratings percentage index is not the end-all, be-all for teams hoping to receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Gators make early SEC exit
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Florida women's team got the bye it had been working for all season.

South Florida falls to Bearcats 60-41
MILWAUKEE -- Cincinnati's K.B. Sharp was a sharpshooter, scoring 13 of her 15 points in the first half on the way to a 60-41 defeat of South Florida in the C-USA Tournament.

Men’s college basketball briefs
Knight's trial starts in Indiana

Lightning
Lightning out to get Khabibulin
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jay Grossman, agent for Coyotes goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, said late Friday night that his client sees "a number of advantages" to playing for the Lightning.

Lightning looks to a clean slate
Coach John Tortorella says ending the funk may only come with a new season.

Golf
Sutton: Info no big deal
MIAMI -- The new ShotLink System that made a limited debut has caused controversy among some players and caddies because of the role they will be expected to play.

Southpaws often left to scramble
Getting good equipment is just one problem vexing left-handed players, three of whom are contending in the Genuity Championship.

Golf briefs
Woods at 16-under in Dubai

NBA
McGrady, Magic cruise past Cavs
ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady is off to a fine start for back-to-back NBA player of the month honors.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Holyfield fights Ruiz again

Preps
Ridgewood girls win Chasco field
NEW PORT RICHEY -- The Chasco Invitational is the North Suncoast's early-season barometer. Friday's 26th annual meet at Gulf provided that and so much more.

Faith Warriors prove first looks can be deceiving
Bayshore Christian, with no one taller than 6 feet 2, has run-and-gunned its way to tonight's regional final.

Central capitalizes on Hernando’s errors
BROOKSVILLE -- With little pop in the lineup and no big hitter to set up, the plan, in general, for Central is to just put the ball in play.

Brother tandem spurs IRC’s post-season run
Memo to Indian Rocks Christian opponents: Get used to it. There appears to be no end in sight to the McMillen brothers dynasty.

Five-run fourth lifts Crusaders past Barons
Tampa Catholic sends eight batters to the plate to break open a close game and win 9-3.

Counties’ best prep soccer players meet tonight
When asked about the history of the Senior Soccer Challenge, which pits Pinellas County all-stars against Hillsborough County all-stars, Pinellas coach Rick Masi doesn't hesitate in bringing up what he believes is the most important fact.

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