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March 11, 2001
March Madness
Gators are caught napping
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Frustrated and fatigued, Florida falls to Ole Miss 74-69 in an SEC tournament semifinal, possibly at the cost of a No. 1 seed.

Spartans win South Region final
Tampa captures the title for the first time in eight tries with a 60-51 victory over Henderson State.

James' alert tip-in sets up Duke-North Carolina final
ATLANTA -- Senior forward Nate James has spent his career being the "other" guy for the perennially talent-laden Duke Blue Devils. Mired in a bit of slump recently, he even has lost his starting job.

Men's basketball roundup
Stanford romps toward top seed

Gary Shelton
McGriff is an island of sanity
At the locker in the back corner, there is calm. Thank Fred McGriff for the brief respite.

Devil Rays
Rays' Crawford ready to work hard every day
Rays outfield prospect Carl Crawford is 19, but is one of the crown jewels of the farm system. In spring training with the big club, here are his takes on football, tattoos, dogs, miracles, Grammy dresses and Scooby-Doo.

Guzman progress impressive
SARASOTA -- Juan Guzman was on the mound at Florida Power Park early Saturday morning as the buses were pulling away to take the Rays to an afternoon game against the Reds. Judging from the way Guzman was throwing, he may not be left behind again.

Rays tales
HAIR TODAY: Ah, the '70s. Things were a little different then, a little more carefree, a little wilder. Like, for example, Larry Rothschild's hair.

Decisions loom as Rothschild evaluates
ST. PETERSBURG -- With three weeks left in spring training, there are some obvious decisions the Rays have to make:

Spring Training 2001
Jays rally in fourth
DUNEDIN -- Four pitches. Three runs. One inning.

Around the NL
Agent: Sheffield drops trade demand

In next lockout, bet on players
ST. PETERSBURG -- Understand that Donald Fehr cannot afford to care about you, the baseball fan. He is paid to look after the best interests of major-league baseball players and he is extremely good at his job.

Bucs
Big games? King wasn't at his best
TAMPA -- It was the Bucs version of the quarterback sneak. Almost nobody could believe the successful, stealthy attempt by Tampa Bay to replace Shaun King as the man under center.

Lightning/NHL
Lightning charges past Jackets with strong power play
TAMPA -- The scenario was not one with which the Lightning has had much success.

Ex-mates high on Khabibulin
TAMPA -- With Jay Grossman, agent for goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, indicating neither he nor his client will make any statements before a deal is done with the Lightning, others have been sought to do the talking.

Knee injury ends Warriner's season
TAMPA -- Lightning left wing Todd Warriner was declared out for the season Saturday night because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

NHL roundup
Defenseman's rare goal spurs Stars

Firing emblematic of Islanders' mess
The fallout from the firing of Islanders coach Butch Goring gets nastier and nastier, causing even more embarrassment for what was once one of the NHL's flagship franchises.

Lemieux to play the rest, including at Ice Palace
Mario Lemieux plans to play every game the rest of the season.

Slap shots
SHOW HIM THE DOOR: Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley broke his jaw March?3 when he was checked facefirst into the open doorway of the penalty box in Chicago.

One vote for XFL, some votes against ... well, everything
Now comes the XFL. It is fun, fun, fun. I love the games. Repartee between players and coaches is delightful. On-field TV shots are fascinating. Players seem to have a great time and love the game, taking the punishment for peanuts compared with arrogant NFL wise guys.

Outdoors
Five men, four boats, a common goal
Competitive selfishness submerges, team spirit surfaces.

Captain’s corner
Strong winds and cold air hampered recent action. Water temperatures dropped into the 60s, letting us know winter wasn't over, but the drastic change from unseasonably warm weather to cooler conditions will work best for us in the long run.

Take aim for spring turkey season
In the spring of 1981, I bagged my first eastern wild turkey.

Et cetera
We knew and loved Earnhardt
I must respond to Richard Pearson's letter (Commentary, March 4: "Perspective needed regarding Earnhardt"). When asked if we knew the names of those seven soldiers killed in Hawaii, I thought about it.

Sports briefs
Burrell sibling surprises

This week on TV

Motorsports
Autos/racing roundup
Nemechek grabs BGN victory with quick stop

Horse racing
Smooth move gives Monarchos victory
HALLANDALE BEACH -- Orchids in March, roses in May.

Preps
Eagle finally got his title
After three top-four finishes, David Emch -- the wrestler of the year -- won a championship.

Wharton, Gaither earn Relay wins
TAMPA -- Wharton's boys and Gaither's girls won the 26th annual Manuel-Griffin Relays Saturday at Hillsborough High. Wharton cruised to its win, outscoring second-place King by 401/2 points (100-591/2). Boca Ciega finished third with 43 points.

Both Countryside teams prove themselves early
The message was sent loud and clear that Monday afternoon nearly two weeks ago. Countryside ended Seminole's girls' 148-match win streak in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference in a big way, 7-0.

Crusaders clobber Marauders
CLEARWATER -- An eight-run fifth inning topped with a three-run sixth inning helped Tampa Catholic defeat Clearwater Central Catholic by double digits for the second time in as many tries this year, 12-1 in six innings.

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