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April 4, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
Good to be home
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Exceptional offense and strong pitching give the Rays their first home-opening win, 8-1 over Toronto, in front of 41,546.

Fans fill Trop to tune of 41,546
ST. PETERSBURG -- Maybe it was the new high strike. Maybe it was renewed faith in a Rays team featuring new talent. Or maybe it was the chance to get out and do the Wave after a six-month layoff.

'Total Baseball' says Clemens remains tied with Johnson
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Roger Clemens broke Walter Johnson's American League strikeout record in the Yankees' season opener -- or did he?

Hubert Mizell
Thirty-four years of Masters memories

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's different this time. Thirty-four consecutive Masters but my last as columnist for the Times.

Darrell Fry
Fans lost hope, but Rays find it
ST. PETERSBURG -- They came to the Trop carrying all the usual things. Miniature bats, gloves, pennants and, we can only assume, a fair bit of skepticism.

Duval's troubles on, off course weighty
He slimmed down but also shed a sponsor and his status as a contender.

Winners of draw endure rainy practice
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For spectators who waited nearly a year for their Masters moment, Tuesday was not such a good day.

A good loss: No shot at loss mark
With overtime loss ruling, NHL says the Lightning's streak of 50-loss seasons is over.

Devils alone atop the East
WASHINGTON -- Patrik Elias had his second hat trick in 10 games Tuesday night as the New Jersey Devils beat the Capitals 6-4 in a battle of division champions.

King's journey
Shaun King will travel with 20 students to learn about civil rights issues.

Ravens retain Sharper at linebacker
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Linebacker Jamie Sharper, a key figure on the Ravens' record-setting defense, signed a five-year, $22-million deal with the Super Bowl champions Tuesday.

Politics heightens Chinese players entry
DALLAS -- Although the start of Chinese center Wang Zhi Zhi's NBA career is set against a suddenly politicized backdrop, an assistant coach believes Wang will be good for the team, the league and the country.

Mutiny, Bucs close
Deal expected "shortly" on NFL team operating MLS club.

Red ink deeper, season shorter
But the commissioner sees brighter days ahead for MLS.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Miami jury convicts man of stalking Hingis

Captain's corner
Kingfish is the hot species and will remain a primary target well into May. We fished south of the Egmont Shipping Channel last weekend and caught all the 10-pound kingfish we wanted on live, slow-trolled threadfins and blue runners. Just about any shipwreck, reef or hard-bottom area that is holding bait will have kingfish on it. The morning bite has produced most of the bigger kings. Areas holding good numbers are the Clearwater hard bottom, Rube Allen, Betty Rose and the Egmont Channel markers.

Arenas won't blame play on injury
MINNEAPOLIS -- Arizona sophomore sharpshooter Gilbert Arenas could have offered an excuse for his off-night in the championship game against Duke on Monday.

Duke likely will stay strong
Despite losing Shane Battier and Nate James to graduation, the Blue Devils can expect leadership, not early exits to the NBA, from their players.

FSU kicker fails drug test after seizure
Florida State placekicker Matt Munyon, hospitalized in Tallahassee on Thursday after a seizure, tested positive for marijuana, according to a Tallahassee Police Department report.

Football team goes back to the basics
The South Florida football team has completed its first week of spring practice, and the opinion of coach Jim Leavitt is that things are going well but much still needs to be done.

For softball team, games at UNC 'most important'
Softball coach JoAnne Graf wants her team to consider this weekend like a "mini NCAA regional."

UF gymnasts to meet Georgia on own turf for region championship
The gymnastics team will face nemesis Georgia on Saturday for the fourth time this season, but one thing will be different.

Warhawks work overtime to edge Tornadoes
SEMINOLE -- The battles between north county powers are starting to look alike. Expect great pitching, extra innings and strange endings.

IRC breezes by Canterbury
SEMINOLE -- A team can accomplish a lot in 18 days. It can also regress in that time.

Ridgewood crushes Mitchell
The Rams do their best to make up for an earlier loss by pounding the Mustangs 19-1.

Hernando shuts out Crystal River
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Chrissy Hartley and Hernando maintained their mastery over Citrus County competition with a 5-0 victory over Crystal River on Tuesday, their fifth win over Citrus schools this season.

Rays honor five county athletes
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ask John Clewis, and he will sheepishly admit he doesn't follow baseball.

Sickles pitcher no-hits Bulls
The Gryphons' Julie Henneke also scored the winning run in the eighth inning on an error.

Chiefs wake up in time to win
Trailing 2-0 after three innings, Chamberlain comes to life at the plate and defeats Plant 7-3.

Falcons' win wraps up top seed
DUNEDIN -- Baseball America's No. 5 team in the nation secured the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A, District 9 tournament Tuesday night.

Girls track honor roll

Coach to leave after 36 years
Even though Thursday's Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet will be the last county meet for retiring East Lake coach Dave Derrick, he said he has not given the occasion much thought. "When you've been at it this long, it just seems like any other one," Derrick said.

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