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March 14, 2001
Faith from adversity
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[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
UF's Billy Donovan focuses on what matters most to him as he navigates his most difficult season.
Hubert Mizell
Perfect fit for Knight
Bob Knight is headed for Texas Tech. If he stays, the General could be the biggest thing to hit Lubbock since Buddy Holly.

College basketball
Team hopes NCAAs yield
Although the Florida State women's basketball team is venturing into unfamiliar territory -- its first NCAA Tournament berth in a decade -- coach Sue Semrau is stressing to her players they shouldn't feel lost.

Hard work produces academic honor for basketball's Bonner
GAINESVILLE -- Teammates tease Florida forward Matt Bonner for thinking too much, but the Gators' resident brainiac was rewarded Tuesday for always doing his homework.

College basketball roundup
'Bama wins NIT opener 85-79 over Seton Hall

NCAA tournament notes
Oklahoma State earns award forsuccess after crash

NCAA women's basketball roundup
Tennessee concerned about defensive play

Devil Rays/baseball
Nobody's perfect, eh? Tell these two
Rodriguez and Jeter: There never has been a pair like them.

Rays hoping Felix can hack it
ST. PETERSBURG -- He doesn't have the power of superstar Alex Rodriguez. Doesn't hit for a high average like matinee idol Derek Jeter. Doesn't have the overall offensive abilities of Nomar Garciaparra. Or, for that matter, Miguel Tejada, Alex Gonzalez, Royce Clayton, Deivi Cruz, Mike Bordick, Omar Vizquel, Cristian Guzman, Benji Gil (Benji Gil!) or any other shortstop in the American League.

Bullpen battle down by two
CLEARWATER -- Competition for spots in the bullpen was reduced Tuesday when the Rays shipped out Bill Pulsipher and Santos Hernandez as part of a nine-player roster reduction.

Spring training roundup
Daal shines through gloom

Lightning/NHL
Down, up, down night for Lightning
Tampa Bay erases a 3-0 deficit to Edmonton only to lose 5-4 in overtime.

Lightning deals twice before trade deadline
Grant Ledyard returns to Dallas for a draft pick. Craig Millar goes to Ottawa for center John Emmons.

Team 'building the right way'
So says commissioner Gary Bettman, who also says the Lightning now has the right people in charge.

NHL roundup
Tkachuk dealt to St. Louis as Lindros goes nowhere

College football
Football team fills two more staff positions
TAMPA -- One day after hiring an offensive coordinator, South Florida added two more members to its football staff.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Marcus Nettles' two-out single scored Kevin Howard and Kris Clute in the sixth inning as Miami defeated South Florida 8-2 in the first of two games at Red McEwen Field in Tampa.

Professional football roundup
Trio of QBs lines up jobs

NBA roundup
Career in peril for Olajuwon

Golf
Woods slumping? Don't be silly
He says he has shaken off the Dubai Open. Competitors ridicule the notion he has fallen at all.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
In the next month or two, kingfish will make their way north along our coast. If you don't like spending all day trolling, try combining a grouper and kingfish trip. On your next grouper trip bring a few extra blocks of chum and a couple of kingfish rigs. I use 7-foot medium action rods with high-speed conventional reels, spooled with 20-pound mono. Rig them with your favorite kingfish rig. Tie on a 4-foot length of 30- to 40-pound leader between the main line and the wire leader to keep the kingfish from cutting the lighter mono with their tail.

Preps
First-ever hits crucial to Rams' 4-2 victory
LAND O'LAKES -- Ridgewood and Land O'Lakes each had ample chances to score Tuesday night.

Phillips' two home runs lift Knights
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Bill Phillips arrived at his son Billy's baseball game Tuesday night 10 minutes late. By then, his kid had already blasted a monstrous home run and the Royal Knights had an early lead.

It's too late to catch Steier
TAMPA -- The season has barely begun and Berkeley Prep's Rolf Steier has already run relatively ridiculous times: 9 minutes, 19 seconds in the 2-mile run and 4:19 in the mile.

Top-ranked Seminole used ineligible player
The FHSAA is likely to rule that transfer Bryan Bass, the No. 6-rated prospect in the nation, was ineligible for the Warhawks' first 10 games.

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