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April 18, 2001
Breaking news
Devil Rays fire manager Larry Rothschild
ST. PETERSBURG -- Larry Rothschild was fired Wednesday as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after a 4-10 start, becoming the first manager to lose his job with the season just 21/2 weeks old.

Devil Rays/baseball
At home, same tale for Rays
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Travis Harper allows three homers in two innings, and the Red Sox cruise to a 10-0 win.

Grieve hopes to ease out of slide
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ben Grieve's numbers don't look right -- not with a .128 overall average, a 1-for-31 slump and 16 straight hitless at-bats -- but the Rays don't think there is anything seriously wrong.

3Bs nudged up the ladder
The impact of Rays third baseman Vinny Castilla hitting the bench Friday in Baltimore was felt, and, in some cases, still is being felt, in clubhouses from North Carolina to California.

Baseball briefs
Hamstring to keep Griffey out of lineup

Hubert Mizell
Kemp's decline telling for NBA
College kids, even high school basketball phenoms, figuring they can be the next Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett, opt to kiss off campus life, their young heads bulging with short-range fantasies that glitter with exotic motor vehicles, enormous houses and voluminous bank accounts.

College football
Darling had blood abnormality
An autopsy says sickle cell trait could have contributed to the Florida State linebacker's death during a workout.

Bucs/NFL
Receivers carry high risk, often late reward
TAMPA -- There is no simple truth, just this theory: Taking a receiver in the first two rounds of the NFL draft is considered a crapshoot.

NFL briefs
Lions can talk to Rice

Lightning
First-round pick close to signing
Agent is "confident" the Lightning is nearing a deal with Russian forward Nikita Alexeev.

Mutiny
Mondelo scrambling to replace defenders
The season is only two games old, but it isn't too early for coach Alfonso Mondelo to make lineup changes.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Can you believe the speckled trout action this spring? If you're having the success I'm talking about, you're catching more of the biggest yellowmouths since the state-imposed gill net ban a few years ago. Eugene Craig Weaver and Jay Menzel got to experience just that.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Suspended coach sues Pop Warner

Preps
Boys tennis roundup
Dundedin earns its first district championship

Girls tennis roundup
Wildcat qualifies for state again

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