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April 5, 2001
Devil Rays
A blast (from past)
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Vinny Castilla sets a Trop record with a 478-foot HR but Rays return to losing ways.

Lopez sore, but okay for Sunday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Any fears that Albie Lopez might miss Sunday's scheduled start against Boston were allayed when the Rays' top pitcher walked limp-free through the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon.

Kelly is traded to M's for cash
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays had made the baseball decision that outfielder Kenny Kelly wasn't likely to have an impact on their major-league club. Wednesday, they made a business decision, trading Kelly and the $1.2-million remaining on his contract to Seattle for about $350,000.

Hubert Mizell
Some will pull against Woods
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This isn't a survey. It's just me listening, trying to evaluate, as Tiger Woods keeps accelerating, stalking Jack Nicklaus' lifetime feats, supplanting Michael Jordan as the world's hottest athlete.

Lightning: no answer for Jagr
Pittsburgh's top scorer puts two in the net in the third to key a 4-2 win.

Fortunes can turn on 2 holes
Nos. 10 and 12 have ended the Masters hopes of many, including Tiger Woods last year.

Officials plan more TV, harder par 4s for tournament
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Masters is likely to see significant changes next year that will interest fans and players: expanded television coverage and tougher par-4 holes.

Amen corner
Amen Corner is a name given to the 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta National, specifically the 11th green, 12th hole and 13th tee, which are roped off and inaccessible to spectators. That part of the course is located on a corner of the property, the farthest point from the clubhouse.

Five to watch (other than Tiger)
1. Vijay Singh

NHL briefs
Bottom 3 in East race victorious

Pro football notebook
Giants add Umholtz to roster

NBA briefs
Magic back in playoffs

Sports briefs
Buzz now is about Tennessee

Trittschuh breaks leg, will miss three months
TAMPA -- Three days before its opener, the Mutiny took a major loss Wednesday when defender Steve Trittschuh, a starter in all 32 games last season, broke his leg in practice.

Three prospects, one goal: continue improving
Jared Sandberg, Josh Pressley and Jim Magrane have big-league hopes.

Butterfield glad he's back with Yankees
TAMPA -- From where Brian Butterfield is sitting, he knows he has it made.

New fan base a nice boost for Dunedin
In the off-season, the Dunedin Blue Jays focused their scouting in St. Petersburg hoping to find some key prospects to boost attendance.

Baseball briefs
Reds' Williamson (torn elbow ligament) lost for season

Around the AL
Royals get a scare in loss to Yanks

Around the NL
Braves win in ninth

Can IRL find success at Homestead Speedway?
You can sense the uneasiness in Curtis Gray by his nervous laughter.

Horse racing
Point Givenis favorite in last prep
Point Given gets his second chance to affirm his status as an elite Kentucky Derby contender when he enters as the favorite in the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.

South Sumter wins title again
BUSHNELL -- There were few surprises at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet, and that was a good thing as far as South Sumter was cornered.

Zephyrhills ekes out victory
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Zephyrhills coach Christopher Bounnell wasn't exactly brimming with confidence before Wednesday's Sunshine Athletic Conference meet. Bounnell had just suspended three of his lifters for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

Bull, Tiger named top players
BRANDON -- As a freshman, Tara Escribano beamed with pride as her older sister, Jana, received the Jose A. Alvarez Award in 1998 as the top girls player in Hillsborough County.

Gators blank Rams 1-0 in pitchers duel
Rich Neste strikes out 11 and throws a one-hitter to lead Land O'Lakes past Ridgewood.

River Ridge wins 11th in a row
The Knights down Ridgewood 6-0 behind a one-hitter from Christine Beck.

Depth propels Rams into first
NEW PORT RICHEY -- River Ridge had three champions and three runners-up in Wednesday's Sunshine Athletic Conference girls meet.

Around Pinellas
Eckerd will celebrate National Student-Athlete Day on Friday by honoring several of its students and athletes from seven high schools.

Crusaders coach calls it quits
TAMPA -- Karim Nohra, who in 11 years as coach built Tampa Catholic into a powerhouse, has resigned.

Warhawks' appeal to be heard today
Seminole, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America, hopes to improve from 8-10 to 18-0 today -- without playing a game.

Several could win conference
Lakewood has the speed and jumpers. Largo has the distance runners. Seminole has a little bit of everything. So does Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Gibbs and St. Petersburg.

Warrior star cherishes wearing soccer jersey
When the final whistle sounded, ending 80 minutes of soccer and four years of memories, Michelle Mione fell to the ground in a heap.

Captain's corner
Although a month behind schedule, the spring shallow water cobia migration has started to pick up.

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