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March 8, 2001
College basketball
USF finds right punch
[AP photo]
Flurry of efforts erase early deficit, sends Bulls ahead in C-USA tourney.

Seminoles endure trying season, again
Florida State's program has regressed, but athletic director Dave Hart sees a bright future ... with coach Steve Robinson.

Crum bids farewell at home
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With 30 years of his career accomplishments highlighted on banners throughout the arena and a near-capacity crowd chanting his name, Denny Crum walked out of Freedom Hall for the final time Wednesday night as Louisville's basketball coach.

Southeastern Conference Men
WHEN/WHERE: Today-Sunday; Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Atlantic Coast Conference Men
WHEN/WHERE: Today-Sunday; Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Tampa, Eckerd envision potential rematch
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa men's team spent the majority of the regular season ranked among the nation's best Division II squads. It also spent a considerable amount of time as the top-ranked team in the South Region.

Pitt sends Miami packing in Big East
NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh ended Miami's conference season the same way it started -- with a decisive victory against the Hurricanes, 78-69, in the first round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night.

Hubert Mizell
Hayes deserves biggest honors
First time I saw his name, it was in a wire service bulletin from Miami, shouting that Bob Hayes of Florida A&M had broken the world 100-yard dash record.

Cowboys jettison Aikman
Three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback waived because of expense, fragility.

Devil Rays
Cox ready and eager to prove worth again
Fine rookie year hasn't guaranteed at-bats, but the Ray remains upbeat.

Middle men becoming baseball's top priority
As starters, closers pitch fewer innings, set-up men become more crucial to success.

First cuts narrow bullpen field
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays made their first cuts of the spring Wednesday, and the victims included two relievers who pitched in the big leagues last season, Mike Duvall and Tony Fiore.

Rays to honor paraplegic
The first Tony Saunders Courage award goes to John Clewis, who swims for Wharton despite his paralysis.

Around the NL
Sheffield says Rays are on his trade list

Around the AL
Belle approaching end of his career

Area camps roundup
Blue Jays denied compensation in Sirotka deal

Racing briefs
Benson not lacking confidence despite Cracker Barrel record

NFL briefs
Bledsoe gets $103-million

NHL briefs
Carolina passes Boston on two Brind'Amour goals

Sports briefs
Disease still wreaks havoc on sports in Britain, Ireland

NBA briefs
Reid's 17 rebounds lift Magic

Rice thrilled by Tampa Bay visit
TAMPA -- Cardinals free agent defensive end Simeon Rice "had a great visit with the Bucs" who "rolled out the red carpet," according to agent Roosevelt Barnes.

Organization on the move
Lightning leaders say big trade shows club's seriousness about winning.

Tonight: Lightning vs. Hurricanes
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30; Ice Palace, Tampa.

Horse racing
Tampa Bay races kick off season
A sport most associated with green meadows and early spring mist makes its second season-opening trip to sun-baked west central Florida this weekend, as the National Steeplechase Association holds its first two events in Tampa Bay.

Wet and cold, but hanging tough
Outdoors writer Terry Tomalin, left, huddles inside his tent Tuesday night with kayak partner Jon Willis in Cayo Costa State Park. Tomalin and Willis, who are competing in the Water Tribe Cruising Challenge, a 200-plus-mile sea kayak race from Fort De Soto to Key Largo, continued their journey down the west coast of Florida on Wednesday and were last sighted just north of Naples.

Captain's corner
The great weather last week gave us a sneak preview of spring. Gag grouper were active in more shallow depths with catches reported as shallow as 20 feet. The best depths continued to be 50 to 60 feet. Until this warming trend, we were taking our pinfish for a long ride into the gulf and back to shore unharmed. With the increase in water temperature the gags are chasing a live bait, and it pays to put a live bait down whenever the bite slows. Squirrelfish have been effective for the larger fish, especially if part of their tail is removed before sending them to the bottom.

Janzen feels good, still can't get a win
If you consider Tiger Woods' winless season to date a slump, what do you call what Lee Janzen is enduring?

Playing for pay no longer just a dream
The World Golf League gives everyday players the chance to cash in on big purses.

Del Greco goes for kicks on the course
GAINESVILLE -- Veteran NFL kicker Al Del Greco will aim golf balls at flags instead of footballs through goal posts starting today after qualifying to play in the Tour's season-opening Florida Classic.

Lineup changes propel Hurricanes to victory
BUSHNELL -- Crafty coaching and clutch lifting helped Citrus knock off favorite South Sumter and claim the Citrus/Sumter Meet.

Rams' errors lead to blowout
Ridgewood's six errors help Palm Harbor to an 8-1 victory and secure another victory for Hurricanes' starter Katie Dobson.

Extra-inning magic wears off for Gators
DADE CITY -- Land O'Lakes' week got a little longer.

3A finalists find starters throughout the world
LAKELAND -- When Melbourne Florida Air Academy and Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy meet in Friday's Class 3A final, eight starters are expected to be from outside of the United States. In Wednesday's 73-59 victory over Baker County, Florida Air started Alvin Cruz, Israel Pizarro and Andy Gonzalez from Puerto Rico, Juan Mendez from Canada and Evgueni Sokolov from Russia. Two reserves, Max Shanin and 6-foot-10 senior Sergei Krasavtsev, are also from Russia.

Packer keeps winning despite slower times
For Largo's Danny Bauer, the only frustrating thing about this season is he has not recorded the greatest times.

Bayshore, Plant fall in semis
LAKELAND -- Plant didn't just put itself in a hole. The Panthers dug a grave.

Warhawks roll to another rout
Seminole scores six runs in the third inning on its way to beating Dixie Hollins 10-0.

Panthers can't rally from 12-0 deficit with cold shooting
LAKELAND -- Plant didn't just put itself in a hole. The Panthers dug a grave.

State title again eludes Faith Warriors
LAKELAND -- They have won 297 games since 1990, have at least 17 victories a season since 1983, have made five final four appearances since 1990 and now at the end of 2001

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