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May 8, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
Sometimes, they do see it coming
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[Times art: David Williams]
Insiders admit it: Stealing signs is still a part of baseball.

Restraint pays off for Sturtze
Upset at his bullpen assignment, the Rays pitcher bites his tongue and winds up back in the starting rotation.

Rupe may pursue solution in minors
ST. PETERSBURG -- His debut as a relief pitcher could be classified as a disaster. And there is a chance he soon could end up in Triple A. But the Devil Rays insist they are not giving up on Ryan Rupe.

Darrell Fry
Lakers are lock to win NBA title
Memo to all NBA playoff teams: Thanks for some memorable first-round games, but you might as well pack it in now and save yourselves the grind and stress that come with the playoffs. This NBA championship thing is a done deal.

Lightning
Cullimore signs three-year deal
Not long ago, the Lightning tried to unload defenseman Jassen Cullimore. Now he is a player the team apparently can't do without.

No 'wow' means Lightning 3rd jersey on hold
The Lightning decided its best fashion statement would be to say nothing at all.

NHL playoffs
Devils force Game 7
The defending Stanley Cup champs pull themselves together, beat Leafs 4-2 in another tumultuous game.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Blackfin tuna fishing is as good as it gets right now. The shrimp boats are 25 to 30 miles offshore and are in the height of the shrimping season. The key to success is finding the fleet, then presenting live bait just off the transom. Give each boat about 20 minutes and try cutting up some frozen sardines in 1-inch pieces to get the tuna feeding again. The discarded by-catch from the shrimpers is what attracts the

Et cetera
Sports briefs
WTA head resigns as tour eyes bay area for move

Arena football
Marcum survives his blast from the past
Tim Marcum, tongue in cheek, wants it on the record that despite the shared Texas bravado and love of the Lone Star state's flag, there is no relation between he and Survivor finalist Colby Donaldson.

Motorsports
Stewart orders up another double
He vowed never to attempt the feat again.

Preps
Title chase intensifies for three county teams
TAMPA -- Saturday night, seniors Mandy Schuerman, Amanda Smith and Lindsay Ryan played their final game at East Bay.

One out of four wouldn't be bad
At this point Seminole must be wondering, how many times do we have to beat these guys?

Breaks favor Clearwater
The Tornadoes' path to the final four faces one more obstacle -- Jefferson and fireball pitcher Jason Weintraub.

All-Star selections
Four Pinellas County players -- three from Seminole -- have been chosen to play for the West team in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Classic.

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