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April 27, 2001
Devil Rays
Naimoli to drop daily duties
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
ST. PETERSBURG -- For sale: one baseball team, slightly soiled.

Mum’s the word from Rays, MLB
The general partners
The evolution of the Devil Rays

Hubert Mizell
Area baseball appetite put to test
Status quo stinks.

Team not moving, officials insist
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays may be for sale, but they aren't going anywhere, St. Petersburg officials said confidently on Thursday.

Baseball commissioner warns: No new stadium, no Marlins
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush shrugged off a possible ultimatum from baseball commissioner Bud Selig about the future of the Florida Marlins.

Loss doesn't derail McRae's optimism
The Royals' Mac Suzuki shuts down Tampa Bay 6-0, but the Rays manager sees reason for hope after a series win.

New pitchers don't have to wait long
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hal McRae has made it a point to initiate his new players quickly after their arrivals. The Rays manager figures the faster he gets them in a game, the less nerves they will have when they get there.

In the right place at the right time. Finally.
Bucs receiver Frank Murphy is far removed from the eight months he spent in jail at age 16.

Lightning, Rochester a match?
Tampa Bay, looking for a new minor-league affiliate, considers the AHL team.

College roundup
Vote delayed on funds for athletes

NBA briefs
Carter finally dominates as Raptors blast Knicks

NHL briefs
Leafs stun Devils 2-0

NFL briefs
Stubblefield a 49er again

Baseball briefs
Ripken adds class -- to the bench

Golf briefs
Simpson in lead, bad leg and all

Et cetera
Icon back for look at history
Jim McKay may no longer be Mr. Olympics, the voice of the Triple Crown or the face of American sports, but those who remember when he was can relive those days Sunday.

Ad clash leads to dead air
Many fans looking for out-of-town radio broadcasts online in recent weeks have found that the Internet, for now, is a station they can't pick up.

Sports briefs
Hingis' mom steps aside as coach

Spartans win one more title
TAMPA -- With the Class A girls team title clinched, two Saddlebrook Prep players returned to Hillsborough Community College on Thursday to vie for overall crowns.

Plant ends drought against Chamberlain
TAMPA -- On a windy night, the Class 5A, District 11 championship game turned into a blowout -- and one of the biggest wins for third-year Plant coach Augie Quintero.

Cougar girls win 3A state championship
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- If Countryside were going to overtake Fort Lauderdale Aquinas on the final day of the Class 3A state tournament at Sanlando Park, it needed to win its matches and get a few breaks.

County has very quiet day
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- Hillsborough schools had a minor presence on the second day of the Class 3A state tournament at Sanlando Park. And for those still alive, their stay was short.

Pasco clobbers Central 8-3 to win 4A-6 championship
BROOKSVILLE -- Ricky Giles has that good feeling again.

River Ridge loses 1-0 in nine
Palm Harbor U. needs extra innings to win its fourth consecutive district championship.

Lecanto strong 2nd in 2A Region 2 meet
Kate Wheeler and Kylene Colasanti power the Panthers.

Eagle boys, Ram girls take home district titles
SPRING HILL -- It was freezing cold. The winds were awful. The meet ran late -- way late. But for the Ridgewood girls and Springstead boys, the conclusion of Thursday night's Class 3A, District 9 was well worth the wait.

New school hires Falcons coach
Leto coach Landy Faedo has agreed to leave the Falcons to take over as coach at Alonso next season.

'Inspired' hit lifts King to win
An inspirational tape and a crucial hit in the seventh inning helps the Lions edge Wharton for the district title.

Jesuit finish in second at 2A-3 regional meet
BRADENTON -- In two previous meetings this season, Jesuit has held off a charge by St. Petersburg Catholic. Thursday's Class 2A, Region 3 meet was no different.

Vidal vital to Barons' victory
SEMINOLE -- For a school looking for its first softball district title, St. Petersburg Catholic had its hopes in very good hands.

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