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May 6, 2001
Kentucky Derby
A step behind Secretariat
[AP photo]
Florida Derby winner Monarchos takes the Kentucky Derby in a sizzling 1:59 4/5, second fastest in history.
Hubert Mizell
Late surge personifies team's trek
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It began with a career newspaperman, Jim Squires, a cub reporter who matured into a bear of a big-city editor, opting at age 47 to stop the presses and smell the roses.

Will he be a freshman or a rookie?
Kwame Brown, 18-year-old star, is wavering on his Gators commitment because he is tempted by NBA dollars.

Devil Rays
Confusion reigns in another Rays loss
Three are ejected in beanball war no one remembers starting as Indians romp 9-4.

McHale is a man of many, many talents
ST. PETERSBURG -- If the Rays hire John McHale Jr. as chief operating officer, as it appears they will by the middle of this week, they will get a man of knowledge, of experience, of substance.

The best Russ Johnson he can be
Rays second baseman Russ Johnson is a true Cajun country boy from Baton Rouge. Here are his honest takes on Louisiana cooking, country life, hard work, meeting his wife, love and lust and gun ownership.

Grieve reaching his yearly turning point
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ben Grieve went into Saturday's game with a .219 average. Certainly not the number the Rays hoped he would be putting up when they traded for him in January, but significant nonetheless.

Rays tales
FRIENDLY FACE: They didn't go through the harrowing plane crash, the food deprivation or the physical danger, but the feeling, apparently, is the same. "We're on an island," batting coach Wade Boggs said. "Right now we're on an island and we're just trying to get off."

Fry wrong: Iverson is no thug
Come on. Darrell Fry of all people should know the trouble you can get in by stereotyping people. Him calling Allen Iverson a thug is a classic case of stereotyping. Just because he wears a baseball cap turned sideways, has tattoos and wears a do-rag does not make him a thug.

Baseball this week on TV

Gonzalez resurrects career in his tryout with Indians
ST. PETERSBURG -- He may be the world's most effective temp.

Lecavalier faces off in overtime
When Canada finishes its off-day practices at the World Championships, Vinny Lecavalier still has about 20 minutes of work to do.

Captain's corner
Blackfin tuna are active in the gulf. The best spots have been about 40 miles from shore, but some tuna have ventured within 20 miles of shore.

Outdoors calendar

Horse racing
Gatis, Bell enjoy quite the season
OLDSMAR -- A year ago, Christos Gatis was a new horse owner with little knowledge of the animals other than which end eats. Derek Bell was struggling to come back from a broken right shoulder that cost the jockey six weeks' pay.

Et cetera
Week in sports

Highs and lows

After three victories, Plant City loses big one
PLANT CITY -- Although Krista Willard bent some, she didn't break and led Lake Region to a 6-2 win over Plant City on Saturday. Raiders starter Miranda Gunn allowed three runs on three hits in the first inning and five runs and seven hits before being replaced in the fifth.

Hernando storms back to advance
BROOKSVILLE -- It wasn't the first time Hernando might have considered its season finished.

Four years later, a state championship
CORAL SPRINGS -- Raquel Lao wanted the Olive Garden. Coach Rodney Byrd was thinking Pizza Hut. Whichever restaurant they ended up at Saturday night, it was sure to be a victory dinner to savor.

East Bay blanks Land O'Lakes
GIBSONTON -- East Bay's players had a decision to make after their 3-0 win over Land O'Lakes on Saturday.

Chamberlain continues to roll
TAMPA -- Chamberlain proved once again Saturday why it might be the best team in the state, if not the country.

Sickles shuts out University
TAMPA -- One player who has been there and another who hasn't combined to put Sickles back in familiar territory.

East Bay silences Land O'Lakes
GIBSONTON -- East Bay's players had a decision to make after their 3-0 win over Land O'Lakes on Saturday.

Baron pulls upset to win state long jump title
SPC's Chris Davis surprises even himself in beating Dixie Hollins' Kevin Marion.

Two Tigers win silver medals at state meet
CORAL SPRINGS -- Jesuit's Eric Papp and Eric Egun won silver medals in the discus and triple jump, respectively, at Saturday's Class 2A state championships at Jim Caldwell Field.

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