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May 4, 2001
Devil Rays
McRae is in style
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou; AP]
His 14-game record is barely better than the fired Larry Rothschild's, but players praise Hal McRae for his communication and understanding.

Rupe is willing to try bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ryan Rupe says he has never pitched in relief. Not in the minors, not in college, not in high school, not in Little League.

McHale is due in bay area today
ST. PETERSBURG -- John McHale Jr. was in his Detroit office Thursday afternoon conducting business related to running the Tigers.

Rays stuff
Tonight's game: Indians at Rays

Up next: Indians

Hubert Mizell
Pitino is right at home as a Derby dweller
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- He's the hottest, most controversial two-legged animal in Derby town. Kentucky Wildcats ex-coach Rick Pitino is back in Bluegrass basketball, a sport that is crazed religion, having become coach of bitter UK intrastate rival Louisville.

Motorsports
Simpson, NASCAR tangle again
The equipment manufacturer arrives at headquarters for a meeting his lawyer says was scheduled. NASCAR says it wasn't.

College football
NCAA alters Friday football landscape
A new rule lets colleges play TV games on preps' traditional day. They see money, exposure. High schools see big conflicts.

Lightning
Richards 'surprising' himself at World event
Lightning center Brad Richards is finding it tough to explain scoring a goal in each of Canada's three victories at the World Championships.

Arena football
A strong body, and now he has the head to match
Devon McDonald, an ex-NFL player, bounces back from immaturity to play with the Storm.

Tonight: Storm at Milwaukee
WHEN/WHERE: 8; Bradley Center.

Colleges
Consulting firm upbeat about USF AD search
TAMPA -- Despite allegations of racism in South Florida's women's basketball program and months of negative publicity about the athletic department, the person in charge of helping shape the school's search for an athletic director said Thursday that USF still can lure top-notch candidates.

Et cetera
MSNBC.com spearheads unique Derby coverage
Saturday's Kentucky Derby often is touted as the greatest two minutes in sports, and because of that brevity, sports sites are focusing on coverage leading up to the event and not during the race.

Preps
Sarasota outlasts PHU 3-0 in nine innings
PALM HARBOR -- It happened every inning, inning after inning -- Palm Harbor University would get a base hit.

Crystal River's losing record disappears
UMATILLA -- Eventually the rest of Class 3A will catch on, but for now the clock continues to tick and the glass slipper remains firmly in place for Crystal River.

Pitcher stifles Keswick hitters
NAPLES -- After blowing through the Class A regional quarterfinals, Keswick Christian was blown out Thursday at Community School.

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