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April 23, 2001
Devil Rays
Rays lose, but in a better way
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
There's hustle and determination aplenty in a 10-8, 11-inning loss to the Orioles.

Johnson surprises with jolt of power
ST. PETERSBURG -- With two outs in the ninth, a runner on first and Greg Vaughn up next as the potential tying run, everyone at Tropicana Field knew Russ Johnson had to find a way to get on base. Including Russ Johnson.

Hubert Mizell
Pewter bunch looking Super
TAMPA -- Despite getting nobody from the USF draft eruption, the 2001 Bucs punctuated their dazzling off-season with a weekend rich in prospects, imposing with position-by-position purpose and also inflaming of Super Bowl expectations.

NFL draft
Fourth round proves to be very much a Bulls market
Jones, Henry and Gramatica are chosen 1-2-3 on the opening of Day 2 of the draft.

Bucs are ready to get physical
Players with strength and the ability to hit hard highlight Tampa Bay's selections in Rounds 4-7.

Bucs second-day selections
JOHN HOWELL, 117th pick overall

Duo to duel at safety
Bucs draft Colorado State's John Howell and Yale's Than Merrill.

Bucs target free agent receivers
TAMPA -- Draft pundits had predicted the Bucs were going to select a receiver this weekend, but that didn't happen. Now, the team will turn its attention to signing a number of them in free agency.

Weinke, Palmer taken in fourth round
FSU's Heisman winner is pleased to go to Carolina, where QB depth is a problem.

Motorsports
Hamilton at the top of well-behaved class
No diving to the apron allowed, no wrecks; in fact, no caution flags. This was no average Talladega 500.

Fast start, bad finish for Dodge
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Of the Dodge drivers who swept the top three starting positions for the Talladega 500 -- Stacy Compton, Sterling Marlin and Bill Elliott -- none was in contention at the end Sunday.

Shorts
Golf briefs
Pak ends streak of Sorenstam

Baseball briefs
Voting gets under way for All-Stars

NFL briefs
QB Mitchell will return to Bengals

Sports briefs
Capriati defeats Hingis again

Boxing
After upset, Rahman likely to face Tyson
BRAKPAN, South Africa -- Lennox Lewis thought he could jet to Africa, make some history and leave with both his heavyweight titles and a future megafight with Mike Tyson intact.

Outdoors
Women's winners show veteran moxie
Elaine Youngs and Barbra Fontana rally in beach tourney final. Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers win the men's title.

Tournament insider
To catch a king mackerel big enough to win $100,000, Mark Kennedy traveled 90 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

Preps
Leopard star leads on, off floor
Bernice Mosby was a force as Hernando advanced deep into the post-season.

Parimutuels
Corinas Poise becomes N. America's top winner
In her first start of 2001, Corinas Poise was claimed for $4,000 at Tampa Bay Downs by owner Chris Gatis and trainer William Mitchell. The 7-year-old mare won that day, Feb. 1, by 2 1/2 lengths with Terry Houghton riding. She hasn't run that cheaply since.

Lightning/NHL
Lightning looks to dump Vipers
Tom Wilson, president of Lightning owner Palace Sports & Entertainment, said he has given Tampa Bay assistant general manager Jay Feaster the go-ahead to search for a new flagship minor-league affiliate.

NHL briefs
Devils outlast scrappy 'Canes

NBA
Bucks given second chance to top Magic
A 59-42 rebounding edge is key for Milwaukee, which wins 103-90 to open its East series against Orlando.

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