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April 28, 2001
Devil Rays
Naimoli handing over Rays reins
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[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
What's Next: Current partners expected to retain ownership as new chief officer runs team.
The Lease: Experts say the Rays' contract keeps them at Tropicana Field even if they are sold.

Players' focus remains on field
DETROIT -- News that the front office was being reorganized and the franchise might be sold traveled quickly to Detroit. But manager Hal McRae and Rays players say the issues won't cause them any -- or, at least, any more -- problems.

Still waiting for wins
The Rays promise improvement, but a sloppy 4-2 loss to the Tigers leaves them worst in the majors.

McRae ready to see new bullpen pay off
DETROIT -- Manager Hal McRae is pleased with the way the bullpen has been restructured. Now it's just a matter of it pitching well.

Gary Shelton
Better off, Rays will stay
Relax.

St. Anthony's Triathlon
St. Anthony's Triathlon reaches the big time
This year's event is the first World Cup triathlon on the mainland United States.

Honoring an original Mad Dog
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jim Ward was one of the original Mad Dogs -- Mad Dog No. 10, to be exact -- and some former St. Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club teammates would like to honor his memory.

Bucs/NFL
Bucs offense rolls up sleeves
Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen wants his unit to outwork every other one in the NFL.

It's fast start, not false start
TAMPA -- Rookie left tackle Kenyatta Walker, the No. 14 overall pick in the draft, began his Bucs career facing free-agent acquisition Simeon Rice on the first seven-on-seven drill in mini-camp at Once Buc Place.

NFL briefs
Strong man: USF's Jones

Magic/NBA
Magic still likes its chances
Magic players have been around coach Doc Rivers' persistent optimism so long they hardly give it much thought anymore. But now, more than ever, the Magic must buy into Rivers' look-on-the-bright-side attitude or risk being swept from the playoffs tonight.

NBA briefs
Hornets sweep Heat

Baseball
Baseball briefs
State economistsdon't help Marlins' plans for stadium

AL briefs
Mariners tie record with 19 wins

NL briefs
Burkett shuts out D'backs

Lightning/NHL
Not on the same side this time
Nine Lightning players represent eight nations at the World Championships.

NHL briefs
Blues, Reasoner leave Modano, Stars limping

Mutiny
Garlick prepared for pressure of being the leader on defense
"I do think in this situation it's time for the veterans to step up and lead."

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Water temperatures are still in the kingfish comfort zone, and fish are available. Northwest winds from a recent cold front scattered bait pods and dirtied water along the beaches, but offshore action wasn't affected much.

Motorsports
On the brink of history
Shawna Robinson wants to become the next pioneer female driver.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
NCAA: Flag costs Mississippi

Golf briefs
Rosie Jones in lead

Preps
Three county athletes earn titles at A-3 meet
Berkeley Prep's Rolf Steier and Tampa Baptist's Garrett Johnson were multiple winners at the Class A, Region 3 meet at Orlando First Academy late Thursday.

TC hires coach from Louisiana
Jim Guderian becomes the fourth Crusaders coach in the past 15 months and looks to turn around a 1-9 team.

Hartley dominates again in Leopards' win
DUNNELLON -- For all Hernando achieved Friday during the Class 3A, District 6 championship -- a second consecutive title and a school-tying 27th win -- it was the effort of one individual that stood out above the rest.

Alonso hires big name to coach boys soccer
Ex-Leto coach Ray DiPompo comes out of retirement.

Dunnellon sends Crystal River on the road
Tigers starter Jarod Harder limits the Pirates to six hits as Dunnellon takes a 7-3 victory.

Ridgewood holds off Gulf -- barely
NEW PORT RICHEY -- If baseball has jaded your soul, Friday night's Gulf-Ridgewood district final was the perfect antidote.

Eagles put up fight but lose to Lancers
Seminole Presbyterian scores 13 runs in two innings to claim its third consecutive district title.

Farragut wins A-3 region title
Admiral Farragut, despite not having an individual champion, won the Class A, Region 3 meet at Orlando First Academy late Thursday.

Northeast rallies, escapes, beats Dixie for 4A-11 title
ST. PETERSBURG -- In the seventh inning of Friday's Class 4A, District 11 final at Northeast, the Vikings were on the edge of the cliff, clinging to life by one hand. In the eighth, they were down to their collective pinkies.

Cougar, Eagle fall short in overall 3A state finals
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- Countryside's Jennifer Dent and East Lake's Ryan Buchanan lost in their attempts to win Class 3A overall singles titles Friday morning at Sanlando Park.

Pinellas has nation's best baseball, softball team
According to national polls, Pinellas County currently is home to America's top prep baseball and softball teams.

Warhawks cruise past Cougars
Seminole puts away Countryside early to win the Class 5A, District 10 championship 13-1.

Top honors continue for Countryside
The Cougars defend their No. 1 national ranking in the 5A-10 title game with a 3-0 victory over Seminole.

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