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March 29, 2001
College basketball
Stiles is living a dream
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[AP photo]
As nation cheers, Southwest Missouri State's Jackie Stiles goes from small-town hero to Final Four.

Applications for 2002 available
INDIANAPOLIS -- Applications for the 2002 Final Four in Atlanta can be obtained until April 27 at www.ncaachampionships.com and by calling (913) 236-9400.

Basketball big in baseball town
ST. LOUIS -- The sign on the expressway that funnels traffic downtown tells a lot about this city.

Final Four briefs
Terps coach: No letup

Mens college basketball briefs
Amaker leaves Seton Hall for Michigan job

NIT notebook
Ohio State women rally for title 62-61

Bucs
Win or else? Dungy says no
The Bucs coach, whose contract expires this season, doesn't think his job is in jeopardy without a significant playoff run.

Dungy: QBs will co-exist this season
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Bucs coach Tony Dungy said that though he would like to keep quarterbacks Brad Johnson, Shaun King and Ryan Leaf for more than one season, it's unlikely all three will play for Tampa Bay beyond 2001.

Lightning
St. Louis' drive eclipses his size
The 5-foot-9 forward has flourished with the Lightning.

Devil Rays
Yan earns 1st chance to finish
The Rays add two relievers and give the closer's job to a familiar face in the bullpen.

Two more pitchers come aboard
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays general manager Chuck LaMar hinted all spring at the possibility of picking up relief pitching help. Wednesday afternoon he made it a reality.

Kelly moved off 40-man roster
ST. PETERSBURG -- Kenny Kelly has been removed from Tampa Bay's 40-man roster, although it does not necessarily mean he is removed from their plans.

Area camps roundup
TAMPA -- The Yankees got good news on the injury front Wednesday.

Around the AL
Angels release Canseco; Indians put Fryman on DL

Around the NL
Rockies close in on landmark contract extension for Helton

Shorts
Soccer briefs
U.S. wins on late goal

NBA briefs
Magic edges Sixers

NFL briefs
Rams send DE Carter to Titans

Sports briefs
Record falls in 100M breaststroke

NHL briefs
Red Wings extend lead with 5-2 win over Blues

Tennis briefs
Game but lame, Serena tumbles

Motorsports
Labonte at home in Texas
Terry Labonte figures it is pure coincidence that one of the tracks at which he's been best in recent seasons happens to be a few hours from his boyhood home.

Bowling
Change on the horizon
More than 1,100 delegates to the ABC national convention in Reno, Nev., on March 16 came away with nine of 35 amendments adopted and a lot of food for thought.

Preps
Hurricanes take home county championship
LECANTO -- Citrus coach Jonny Bishop had to smile.

Royal Knights rout two others
NEW PORT RICHEY -- River Ridge had a successful tuneup Wednesday for next week's Sunshine Athletic Conference meet, handily defeating Ridgewood and Mitchell by 30 points in a tri-meet at the Jim Valentine Athletic Complex.

Gators clobber Bulldogs, 19-7
Land O'Lakes scores 12 of its 19 runs with two outs to defeat Zephyrhills.

Blue Jackets' depth helps team keep up
Admiral Farragut's athletes won't take first place in many events, but the team is still winning some meets.

Titles, respect come quickly for Wharton
The boys and girls teams have won three meets this season while turning in the majority of the county's best individual performances.

Late heroics give Warhawks memorable win
Despite a Dunedin comeback, Seminole holds on to No. 1 ranking with game-winning hit in bottom of seventh.

Smallest player caps big game
SEMINOLE -- They lined the fences up the foul line on both sides, going three, four and five deep.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Fishing over shipwrecks and freshwater springs this time of year offers a smorgasbord of species. We fished for two days south of Egmont Shipping Channel this week and found permit, amberjack, kingfish and grouper on one freshwater spring.

Golf
Masters hurts its fans with limited TV coverage
A Masters badge is tougher to acquire than ever, even though it sells for $125. That includes all four tournament rounds, plus parking.

Casper finds fame late in career
In his prime, Billy Casper was overlooked. Now he gains recognition for his accomplishments.

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