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March 4, 2001
Devil Rays
Speeding toward majors at 100 mph
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Hard-throwing Jesus Colome, 21, has an excellent chance to be with the Rays in April.

Hamilton will miss more time
ST. PETERSBURG -- It appears Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for another 3-4 days after a traffic accident, although the Rays prospect said he is fortunate under the circumstances.

Three seasons later, Sheets wants to stick
ST. PETERSBURG -- Andy Sheets is hoping to stick with the Rays a little longer this time.

Rays tales
FAMILIAR FACES: Catcher Pat Borders and catching instructor Darren Daulton have shared a field before -- as opponents in the 1993 World Series.

Gary Shelton
Bucs message loud and clear
Call for Mr. King. Call for Mr. King.

Spring Training 2001
Area camps roundup
Shoulder bothers Jeter

Around the NL
On first pitch he sees, Sosa hits a home run

Around the AL
Rodriguez stellar in Rangers debut

Hernandez fitting in with Royals
CLEARWATER -- Roberto Hernandez never wanted to leave Tampa Bay. And, yet, he no longer is sorry to be gone.

Down the tubes and on the tube
Since the O'Malley family sold the Dodgers before the 1998 season, one of baseball's most revered franchises has been turned into a TV sitcom.

Row, row, row your boat
250 miles of water from Mullet Key to Key Largo promise pain, strain and gain for kayakers.

Daily fishing report
Never pass up feeding fish. Don't be afraid to change your original plan. And always be prepared for the unexpected.

Johnson open to Bucs job
Tony Dungy was to speak to the free agent, whose agent calls talks "optimistic."

College basketball
Southern Miss knocks Bulls to 6th seed
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Vandarel Jones' 19 points paced Southern Mississippi to an 83-77 victory over South Florida on Saturday and a share of the Conference USA regular-season title.

NCAA Tournament projected field
Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is March 11. With seven days to go and conference tournaments under way, Times college basketball writer Brian Landman offers his best guesses for the 31 automatic berths and the 34 at-large selections.

FSU earns home rematch with Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Florida State coach Steve Robinson and Clemson coach Larry Shyatt faced the same question after the Seminoles' 75-63 victory: Can they keep their jobs after another season among the also-rans in the Atlantic Coast Conference?

Salmons keeps Hurricanes heading upstream
MIAMI -- John Salmons turned in an encore performance in Miami's 65-53 victory over Villanova in Saturday's regular-season finale.

Today: No. 15 Kentucky vs. No. 6 Florida
WHEN/WHERE: Noon; O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

Turnarounds set up near-rerun in title game
Unlikely as it seemed a few months ago, UF and UK again are battling for the SEC crown.

College basketball this week on TV

Women's college basketball briefs
FSU reaches ACC semifinal for first time

Lightning finally enjoys one
Kevin Weekes has 25 saves, Andrei Zyuzin scores twice and Tampa Bay routs the Islanders 6-0.

Lightning has 'good shot' at goalie
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jay Grossman, agent for Coyotes goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, made his strongest statement concerning the Lightning's chances of trading for his client.

Weekes indifferent to Khabibulin talk
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Kevin Weekes has heard the rumors. He's read the stories.

Weekes cherishes his privacy
The Lightning's 25-year-old goaltender, Kevin Weekes, lives in a very private world. Here are a few public takes on his privacy, Caribbean heritage, being a black hockey player, playing goal, eating island cuisine, Ben Johnson and the significant other.

Tonight: Lightning at Devils
WHEN/WHERE: 5:30; Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.

NHL briefs
Sabres ecstatic with 3-2 OT win over Avalanche

Slap shots
BUZZ-KILL: The reporter who covers the Thrashers for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found out recently Atlanta goaltender Damian Rhodes doesn't read the local paper.

Red Wings soaring at right time
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Reports of the Red Wings' demise apparently have been greatly exaggerated.

Weir leads Genuity; Sutton, Love close behind
MIAMI -- At first glance, he appears to have no chance. His resume is filled with major holes compared with Davis Love and Hal Sutton, major-championship winners with double-digit victory totals.

Golf briefs
Woods slips, still leads

Sports shorts
NBA briefs
Lakers slow it down, lean on Shaq for win

Racing briefs
Bodine's jump leads to win

APSE includes Times in top 10 Sunday sections
The St. Petersburg Times was selected last week as one of the top 10 Sunday sports sections in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Highs and lows

Sports briefs
Greene ties mark of 6.39

Wrestling story sparks very different opinions
I was close to not wanting to read Darrell Fry's columns anymore after I read his views on the NFL teams that did not interview the Ravens' Marvin Lewis for a coaching job (Jobs, not excuses, for minority coaches, Feb. 10).

Four hours, 13 innings, one Land O'Lakes win
By the time the game ended at 11:27 p.m., the Gators and Rams had experienced several highs and lows.

Panther girls win second meet
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Swirling winds at the Crystal River Invitational kept times slow but were not enough to slow down the Lecanto girls.

Leopards take Suncoast title
Chrissy Hartley strikes out nine as Hernando overcomes a pool play loss to beat Ridgewood 7-1.

Jesuit holds off Zephyrhills
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Zephyrhills showed defending Class 4A state champion Jesuit it would not back down Saturday. The host Bulldogs answered Jesuit's first-inning run with two runs of their own.

Plant's defense proves decisive in 54-41 victory over Port Charlotte
PORT CHARLOTTE -- There are seven blocks on Tyler Azzarelli's practice shoes. Six ring the outside of the shoes. A seventh, a larger block, is in the middle.

Hillsborough all-stars defeat Pinellas twice
TAMPA -- For the third consecutive year, the Hillsborough County boys and girls all-star teams defeated the teams from Pinellas County at the Senior Soccer Challenge.

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