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April 6, 2001
The Masters
DiMarco's Masterful first step
[AP photo]
Without the benefits of experience, the former Gator focuses on "just playing golf."

Hubert Mizell
Augusta rookie adds orange and blue to green
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He's a University of Florida football zealot. For years, after Gainesville schooling, Chris DiMarco traveled the PGA Tour in an orange-and-blue Ford van.

Tiger trails but isn't mad after tying his best start
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The round seemed rather lackluster, with several squandered chances for birdies and none of the usual theatrics that seem to accompany a Tiger Woods day on the golf course.

Nantz: It'd be grand but ...
Already this year, CBS announcer Jim Nantz has hosted Super Bowl coverage and, most recently, called Monday's NCAA men's basketball championship game. But his favorite duty remains calling the 18th hole at the Masters.

Amen corner
WHO CRUISED: Tournament leader Chris DiMarco had success through Amen Corner, playing the three holes in par-birdie-birdie. Paul Azinger went par-birdie-birdie and Steve Stricker went par-par-eagle.

Devil Rays
Rays routed 11-0: 'This was crazy'
ST. PETERSBURG -- The first inning, all agreed, was a miserable sight. Two errors, two hits, four unearned runs.

Rekar more upset than Rothschild
ST. PETERSBURG -- Bryan Rekar didn't get the best of starts during his first appearance on the mound this season -- the Rays committed four errors in the first two innings and dug him a 5-0 hole.

Baseball briefs
Emotional Hart says he will step down as Cleveland GM

The view was fine, except for that loss
TAMPA -- There were a couple of ways to look at Thursday night's game at the Ice Palace.

NHL briefs
Flyers denied point

NBA briefs
Mavs win, Wang plays

Ex-Storm owner has eye on Gaither job
"Bob Gries is a very serious candidate," Gaither athletic director Jim Pullin says.

Et cetera
NFL briefs
The NFL is considering leaving the last two Monday Night Football dates open this season in an attempt to televise meaningful games leading up to the playoffs.

MLS site offering Espanol
Dallas debera mantener en control al talentoso volante Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama y al siempre peligroso delantero Mamadou "Big Mama" Diallo.

Sports briefs
Frozen Four final: North Dakota-BC

College basketball briefs
Arizona, UF in Cancer Classic field

Around Pinellas
BOXING: Randy Griffin of St. Petersburg recently won the 201-pound-plus division Golden Gloves title in Fort Pierce.

Indians dismiss coach
TAMPA -- Winston Davis, who worked the past 24 years at East Bay as a physical education teacher and basketball coach, has been fired.

Hudson edges River Ridge
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Not that defending Sunshine Athletic Conference champ River Ridge was undeserving of recognition, but Hudson coach Jamie Varga said her team stood on its own merits.

Royal Knight boys stun Rams
River Ridge ends Ridgewood's run of four consecutive SAC titles.

Lecanto, Springstead win conference titles
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Prior to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships, several coaches remarked it was "just another meet."

Gryphon's goal: return to state
Julie Henneke has led Sickles to the final four twice by being an outstanding pitcher.

County's best could meet again very soon
A Countryside-Palm Harbor University rematch might not wait until the post-season.

FHSAA denies Warhawks' appeal
They're still unbeaten, but the record won't reflect it.

Barons cool off Crusaders' offense
ST. PETERSBURG -- During the past two weeks, Keswick Christian destroyed opposing pitchers. Six games, six wins, 94 runs.

PCAC sees role reversal
CLEARWATER -- A late afternoon shower delayed the start of the Pinellas County Athletic Conference running finals for 15 minutes.

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