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April 21, 2001
Studying all their options
[AP photo]
It seems the only thing firm about the Bucs' plans is that they will remain flexible.

Hubert Mizell
Tampa Bay could run an end around
Expect the unexpected. These aren't your bewildered granddaddy's Buccaneers.

McKay: no interest in trading King
TAMPA -- Fans of quarterback Shaun King won't have to keep a bedroom television tuned to the NFL draft today.

Ahanotu classy in departure
TAMPA -- After eight seasons with the Bucs, defensive end Chidi Ahanotu said he harbored no ill will to the franchise after it released him Friday.

How they stack up
Staff writer Pete Young and analysts Joel Buschbaum and Mel Kiper Jr. predict the first round.

NFL briefs
Falcons trade up for Vick

Jaguars low on money, talent
Cap woes put pressure on club to make this weekend's picks count.

Dolphins aren't locked in
"We're not one player away from being a Super Bowl team," coach Dave Wannstedt said.

Sunshine statement
It figures to be another banner NFL draft for Sunshine State powerhouses Miami, Florida State and Florida.

Devil Rays/baseball
Work-in-progress Rays come up short again 6-3
Manager Hal McRae is positive, despite witnessing most of the reasons he wound up with his new job.

Naimoli: buyout statement false
ST. PETERSBURG -- Is the Rays' ownership group about to undergo a change as well?

Martinez is adding offense to the mix
ST. PETERSBURG -- As far as batting stats go, Felix Martinez is in uncharted territory.

Baseball briefs
Torn ligament puts Royals 2B on bench

AL briefs
Groggy Yanks rebound for win

NL briefs
Larkin, Reds slam Mets

West teams tilt the field
As playoffs open today, the stronger conference has seven 50-game winners.

Demmin different as a rookie
Extensive seasoning made the defender's adjustment a quick one.

Edwards won't be satisfied with sparkling debut
Storm playmaker says things "can get better" than his three-touchdown game in the opener.

Captain's corner
Small kingfish have been holding in 50 to 70 feet of water. On a recent trip north of the Whistler Buoy, over some ledges, we ran into a large school of small kingfish ranging from 6 to 12 pounds. Slow trolling two live Spanish sardines on the surface produced one fish after another. While these smaller fish are fun to catch they won't do much good in a tournament. The smaller kings tend to run in schools while the larger fish are normally loners.

I have an intimidating story for you, kids
Eddie Cheever's IROC run-in with Dale Earnhardt at Daytona was the stuff of legend. Their rematch would have been today.

Dodge does it again for pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Two months after it swept the top three spots in the season-opening Daytona 500, Dodge did the same Friday at Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's Talladega 500.

Scelzi waits for winning feeling
One of Top Fuel's best looks to end minislump.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Under fire, Penders exits George Washington job

Golf briefs
Sorenstam's window of chance narrows

NHL briefs
Hurricanes hold off Devils one more time

2A-3 meet has no surprises
INVERNESS -- After comparing the regular-season results of district teams, most coaches in Class 2A, District 3 came to the following conclusion: If everything went as expected, the Lecanto girls and Citrus boys would win their third consecutive district title.

Jefferson's girls continue their rise
TAMPA -- A year ago, the Jefferson's girls did not win a meet. Now they are district champions.

Boys tennis roundup
Jesuit earns trip to state

Chiefs beat Sharks 3-2 for second time
RIVERVIEW -- Chamberlain and Riverview split 3-2 games earlier this season. Friday in the Western Conference title game, the Chiefs recorded their second 3-2 win. If the teams keep winning, they could meet again in the regional final. "The next one is the one that counts," Riverview coach Angie Slater said.

Girls tennis roundup
Short-handed King clobbers Plant City

Grand slam helps Cowboys cruise
SEFFNER -- When Clint Bliss broke his hand in a car crash earlier this season, sophomore Jason Baroff became Gaither's starting first baseman.

Countryside routs Northeast in five
CLEARWATER -- Just days after rising to No. 2 in a major national poll, Countryside showed yet again why there might not be a better team anywhere.

St. Petersburg can't hang with Dunedin
DUNEDIN -- Dunedin scored 12 runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 13-2 mercy-rule win over St. Petersburg to capture the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title. After beating a surging Dixie Hollins 8-6 to reach the final and with John Stang (4-3) on the mound, the Green Devils believed they had a chance against Dunedin.

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