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April 29, 2001
Sapp: 'Let's go play ball'
[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Bucs defensive leader is angry about how recent seasons ended -- especially that loss in Philadelphia.

Dungy after better play by defense
TAMPA -- Changing the offensive coordinator and starting quarterback every year may not result in more points or victories. So coach Tony Dungy also has some ideas to improve a Bucs defense that turned from stopper to sieve at times last season in finishing ninth in the NFL.

Sapp's loss: 27 pounds
TAMPA -- He's still Big Daddy, but just a bit lighter.

NFL briefs
Bears minicamp is all about speed

Hubert Mizell
McGrady fights off the brooms
ORLANDO -- Pass the oxygen. Lose the brooms. Orlando is no Miami. Unlike the flickering Heat, the Magic faced its 0-2 playoff dilemma as hustlers, fighters and survivors.

Devil Rays
Rays coup was months in the making
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was a secret war fought in plain view of thousands of Tampa Bay Devil Rays fans.

McHale noncommittal about interest in Rays
DETROIT -- John McHale Jr. did not say Saturday that he was coming to Tampa Bay to take over the Rays.

Rays triumph by being less sloppy
A 7-3 win over the Tigers is marred by seven walks, three errors and several other defensive and baserunning miscues. "I'll take it," manager Hal McRae says.

Rays tales
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: It was 20 years ago this month, but the memories for Wade Boggs, naturally, are going to last a long time. Boggs was a key player in the longest professional game in history: 32 innings between Triple-A Pawtucket and Rochester on April 18-19, 1981, plus the final inning on June 23.

Trio's tight finish caps storybook race
Simon Whitfield holds off Hunter Kemper and Stephane Poulat to win St. Anthony's Triathlon.

Montgomery finish shocks herself
The Canadian winner's final leg is so impressive, only 14 men had better running times.

Hayden's first Cup is trying
ST. PETERSBURG -- Dade City's Alison Hayden made her professional debut at St. Anthony's in 1998, and Saturday's race was her first World Cup event.

NBA playoffs
Orlando extends its series
Tracy McGrady's 42 help Magic avoid the sweep in a 121-116 OT victory over the Bucks.

Little faults add up withRays fans
Regarding Gary Shelton's recent column about the Devil Rays' woes (Raysball, April 10), there are many areas that the team falls short in comparison with other professional franchises.

Mutiny flat in Chicago loss
TAMPA -- The cannon in the north end zone of Raymond James Stadium sounded and the announced crowd of 10,602 cheered 18 minutes into the Mutiny's match against Chicago on Saturday afternoon. Never mind that Ali Curtis' shot hit the outer left side of the net, it had to cheer for something.

Janss: WUSA start 'unbelievable'
Her name is Emily Janss, and the 22-year-old former Bloomingdale High star is one of a group of pioneers trying to make women's professional soccer stick in the United States. Presenting Janss on the WUSA (the new women's soccer league), being a professional athlete, having children, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Anna Kournikova and more.

Lecavalier, 21, on top of the Worlds
Has all work and no play made Vinny Lecavalier a dull boy?

Baseball this week on TV

NL briefs
Jenkins' 3 HRs lift Brewers

Baseball briefs
Texas star hobbled, insulted

AL briefs
Torre wins 500th as a Yankee

'Ballplayer' Johnson is manager's MVP
DETROIT -- There's no question Russ Johnson has been a valuable member of the Rays.

Larry Sutton went on a tear last week, relatively speaking. The Cardinals pinch-hitter and backup first baseman had hits in consecutive at-bats.

Working for his walks
Rickey Henderson passed Babe Ruth last week as baseball's all-time leader in bases on balls. What makes his feat even more impressive is that Henderson is not a typical, middle-of-the-order slugger.

Ownership turmoil has Lopez in limbo
DETROIT -- After he gets settled in his office and tackles the initial issues, such as prioritizing the lengthy list of people to apologize to for Vince Naimoli's gruff behavior, John McHale -- or whoever ends up as chief operating officer -- has some serious baseball business to deal with.

Twins may be built for long haul
It is okay to doubt the Twins. It probably is wise to doubt the Twins.

Earnhardt fan plans blood drive
Andy Kinworthy remains a fan, too dedicated to forget Dale Earnhardt.

Auto racing briefs
Schumacher makes most of technology

Two rods plus a pier add up to big kings
The strike came as the reel's drag screamed.

Et cetera
Horse racing briefs
Meetyouathebrig wins one-mile Derby Trial

Highs and lows

Sports briefs
Canada, U.S. win openers

Golf briefs
Hoch has 9th win in sight

Dragon's dream close to fruition
With his performances at a showcase and during the season, Jefferson's Jason Weintraub is expected to be picked high in this June's draft.

Eight elite teams, one survivor
Some of the best in the state -- and nation -- will fight it out for one final four berth.

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