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April 22, 2001
Bucs/NFL draft
At left tackle: Walker is the 1
[AP photo]
The Gator slips and the Bucs gladly trade up for Kenyatta Walker, saying he is one of the best in a decade.

Gary Shelton
Bucs wind up with their fantasy choice
TAMPA -- The names were flashing past Rich McKay. It was as if a slow day had been put on fast forward, forcing McKay to lean forward to relive the moments.

Third-round pick doesn't look the part of cornerback
But Akron's Dwight Smith, selected 84th overall, uses his strong body and dependable hands to flourish in the role.

Bucs may face Vick in South
TAMPA -- The Falcons' selection of quarterback Michael Vick after a blockbuster trade for the No. 1 pick will be felt in Tampa Bay for several years.

Jacksonville Jaguars
SATURDAY'S PICKS: 13. Marcus Stroud, DT, Georgia; 43. Maurice Williams, OT, Michigan; 73. Eric Westmoreland, LB, Tennessee; 94. (compensatory pick) James Boyd, DB, Penn State.

Miami Dolphins
SATURDAY'S PICKS: 26. Jamar Fletcher, DB, Wisconsin; 52. (from Indianapolis through Dallas) Chris Chambers, WR, Wisconsin; 85. Travis Minor, RB, Florida State; 88. (from Philadelphia) Morlon Greenwood, LB, Syracuse.

Trades abound in the first round
It started a day earlier with San Diego giving up the top pick, and the wheeling and dealing continued throughout the first round of Saturday's NFL draft.

NFC Central picks
BEARS: 8. David Terrell, WR, Michigan; 38. Anthony Thomas, RB, Michigan; 68. Mike Gandy, G, Notre Dame.

NFL draft
Chicago 2000 RECORD: 5-11.

The best, the worst, the Jets
BEST FIRST-ROUND PICK: Texas Christian running back LaDainian Tomlinson, drafted by San Diego at No. 5 overall -- but only because Purdue quarterback Drew Brees fell into the Chargers' lap with the first pick of the second round. San Diego's luck must be turning around, as the franchise filled two gaping needs.

Stately showing -- again
Miami leads the charge as eight first-round picks come from state schools.

Ex-Rams linebacker Jones finds new home: Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Mike Jones, the team said.

NFC Central picks
BEARS: 8. David Terrell, WR, Michigan; 38. Anthony Thomas, RB, Michigan; 68. Mike Gandy, G, Notre Dame.

Packers hope Reynolds will pressure passers
It figures the Lombardi Award winner would end up in Green Bay. Now the question is how often Jamal Reynolds will end up in the Buccaneers' backfield.

Devil Rays
Relaxed Rays win first for McRae
Feeling good about new skipper, Tampa Bay rides clutch play to 6-5 victory over O's.

Segui irked at umps after Maier-like play
ST. PETERSBURG -- David Segui hit a liner to leftfield in the second inning that appeared to be snared by a fan in the first row just before it bounced off the top of the wall. After ruling it a home run, bringing Rays manager Hal McRae out of the dugout, all four umpires conferred before changing it to a ground-rule double due to fan interference.

Cash crunch keeps LaMar's hands tied
ST. PETERSBURG -- By about spring training, the Rays finally got around to admitting that last year's plan was a mistake, that a big part of their present-day problems stem from spending millions to bring in veterans who haven't played well or, in some cases, at all.

Another victim of the daily grind
ST. PETERSBURG -- Larry Rothschild is gone. And pitching coaches everywhere are left to mourn his departure.

Throughout spring training, the Times printed 44 trivia questions about Rays players.

Baseball this week on TV
TODAY: 1: Expos at Marlins, FSN

Baseball briefs
Hamstring strain puts Gwynn back on DL

First-place Phils get to Maddux
PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Person pitched six shutout innings and Travis Lee homered as the Phillies scored the first earned run off Greg Maddux this season and beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Saturday night.

OF's return adds to Twins' good news
CHICAGO -- Torii Hunter's return from the disabled list has only made the first-place Twins tougher.

Rays elicit questions, support
Kudos to the Rays' long overdue firing of Larry Rothschild. Regrettably it wasn't a package deal with Chuck LaMar. And since the Lightning already cleaned house this year, we can only hope good things do come in threes. Are you listening, Rich McKay?

College football
Reserve hot in spring game
Freshman QB Ronnie Banks is 15 of 20 in USF's Green-White game.

Last-minute TDs propel Storm
Bowden and Agee get fourth-quarter TDs to lift Tampa Bay 45-40.

Mutiny rallies on N.Y./N.J.
A man advantage finally pays off late in Tampa Bay's 3-1 win.

Dallas erases a 2-0 deficit in OT victory
DALLAS -- Ariel Graziani's injury-time goal gave the Burn a 3-2 MLS overtime victory Saturday over the Chicago Fire.

NBA playoffs
Another Miller 3 saves Pacers
PHILADELPHIA -- Reggie Miller wasn't thinking about a tie. He was going for a win.

Optimism not high for Magic
The Bucks appear to have every advantage in their first-round East playoff series.

NHL playoffs
Sabres send Flyers home
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dave Andreychuk felt sorry for Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek. There was nothing more to say.

Labonte wins on late pass in IROC
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- A restart two laps from the finish of the International Race of Champions event on Saturday set up Bobby Labonte's run to a second straight IROC victory at Talladega Superspeedway.

McLaughlin rises above fray to break BGN skid
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Mike McLaughlin might want to keep an eye on the rearview mirror the next time he sees Jimmy Spencer on the racetrack.

Information, unity important for safety
NASCAR drivers are comparing notes more, thus emulating their open-wheel counterparts.

Force wins No. 7 at Gatornationals
GAINESVILLE -- John Force's good fortune in Gainesville continued at the 32nd Gatornationals. So did Gary Scelzi's so-called jinx.

Captain's corner
When I am asked what the best time is to fish in the bay area, the answer is April, the first two weeks of May, the last two weeks of October and all November.

Solid hunch delivers winner
Kingfish event goes to Mark Kennedy, who boated well into the gulf.

Et cetera
St. Anthony's Triathlon
WHAT: A weekend of triathlons for professionals and amateurs.

Sports briefs
Hingis, Capriati advance to final

At 43, Smith still has the fire
CLEARWATER -- Sinjin Smith's right knee has helped give him NCAA titles at UCLA, beach titles around the world and two Olympic berths.

Zephyrhills' Pickett celebrates first-round selection by Rams
The defensive lineman who left Ohio State a season early sacks draft analysts who said he'd go in the second round.

Bear thinks his way to championship
BELL -- Weightlifting has never been considered much of a thinking-man's sport, but Central 119-pounder Viet Lam did his best to dispel such stereotypes at Saturday's Class A state meet. Lam took home the only state title on the North Suncoast after sticking to a plan to go for weights he knew he could lift; unlike second-place Norman Hamner of Williston.

State tennis capsules
Class 4A

District softball
Class 6A, district 7 at Bloomingdale

District baseball
Class 6A, district 7 at Durant

Florida-Georgia game to move to Knoxville
For the first time in its 17-year history, the Georgia-Florida All-Star Football Game will be held in neither Georgia nor Florida.

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