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April 12, 2001
Devil Rays
Rays win 4-3 in ninth
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Flaherty doubles in the winner to end a seven-game skid.

With off-day, Lopez will start Friday's opener at Orioles
TORONTO -- The Rays will use today's off-day to their advantage, skipping No. 5 starter Travis Harper and using ace Albie Lopez to open the weekend series in Baltimore on Friday.

Hubert Mizell
Happy with Bucs? Thank Rich McKay
TAMPA -- Rich McKay overcame his advantages. First coach of the Bucs was his dad, John (1976-84), so teenager Rich got noticed, even embraced, by Tampa Bay owner Hugh Culverhouse.

Bucs
Keyshawn: frequent flier
TAMPA -- Keyshawn Johnson still is talking about the jets. But his discourse is not about his former team in New York or the trade that sent him to Tampa Bay for two No. 1 draft picks one year ago today.

Golf
Different time, different slam for Bobby Jones
In 1930, the Atlantic Ocean was the biggest barrier to a legendary feat.

Troup adds humor to senior tour
When the Senior PBA Tour opens May 5 with the Greater Syracuse Open in Liverpool, N.Y., among the players will be John Douglas Troup, better known as "Guppy."

Time fleeting for Norman at Masters
Greg Norman can water ski behind his yacht and fly around the globe in a luxury jet. But all the money in the world cannot buy a green jacket, and Norman is faced with standing outside the gates of Augusta National, yearning for a way to get in.

Motorsports
Exonerated & Exasperated
Bill Simpson is relieved an expert says his seat belt didn't cause Earnhardt's death but angry at NASCAR.

Busch Grand National
WHAT: Pepsi 300.

New Nashville track is ready
Greg Biffle never has raced on- or ever seen, for that matter -- the new Nashville Superspeedway.

Baseball
Playing the numbers game
Players willing to pay to keep their identities

'Intolerable' pain forces Eldred to leave after 2 innings
CHICAGO -- Cal Eldred felt a pain in his right elbow that was all too familiar.

Colleges
Bulls land standout from Fort Lauderdale
South Florida finished its men's basketball recruiting Wednesday with the signing of Fort Lauderdale Dillard standout Kelvin Brown.

Internet
Rivals.com closing leaves sites in limbo
The strength of the Rivals.com network of sports Web sites was the network's ability to bring together more than 600 team sites from around the country. So it's no surprise the Seattle company's decision to shut down this week had a ripple effect to the Tampa Bay area.

NHL
Report: Jagr thinks Pens trade him soon
TORONTO -- Jaromir Jagr told a Czech Republic newspaper he is "90 percent sure" he'll be traded this summer.

Tonight's playoff previews
Eastern conference

Preps
Wharton wins conference
Konstantin Lazarov came from behind to win the No. 1 singles championship and help Wharton to a first-place finish at the Western Conference boys tournament Wednesday at Riverfront Park.

Martial arts
Angela Prescott, 16, recently won gold in women's black-belt fighting in the U.S Open Tae Kwon Do championships in Las Vegas. Prescott, a junior at St. Petersburg, competes in the 112-121-pound division.

All-PCAC teams
Boys basketball

Seminole Presbyterian hires Tampa Catholic's ex-coach
Girls basketball

Falcon AD takes over at new school
TAMPA -- For the chance to build a program from the ground up, Louis Diaz left the comfort of an office for a trailer on a construction site.

Pasco explodes in sixth, routs Zephyrhills
Baseball

Young Barons thrive despite their losses
After losing seven point-scorers to graduation, including Ross Theriault and Ben Taylor, who are both running in college, it appeared St. Petersburg Catholic was headed for an uneven season.

Ram throws himself into elite category
Hard work has turned into some of the best throws in the country for Tampa Baptist's Garrett Johnson.

Falcons clobber Hurricanes 11-4
Dunedin scores eight runs in the first two innings to advance to the Dunedin Easter Tournament final.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
The grass flats from the Dunedin Causeway to the north tip of Anclote Key have been productive. Because the gulf is near, the water usually stays clear and there is a a steady influx of fish. The action can be non-stop, and you never know what you may catch.

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