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May 12, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
An empty feeling
[AP photo]
South Florida's baseball troubles are as real as those in Tampa Bay.

Rays keep sinking, McRae pulled along
CLEVELAND -- The Rays continue to sink into the abyss. And they are dragging manager Hal McRae down with them.

Lopez feels better, but Rays in no hurry
CLEVELAND -- Albie Lopez says he feels fine.

Rays deny report about looming money crisis
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays denied a story in today's New York Times saying they may not have enough money to pay players and employees in the coming weeks.

Rays stuff
The game

Hubert Mizell
More K's, less cries, please
Athletes can say the dumbest things, whether it's Charlie Ward defaming Jews or John Rocker bringing New York's melting pot to a belligerent boil or Shaquille O'Neal, who is a jokester, carrying it too far with mutterings about conquests of Cindy Crawford and Venus Williams.

Lemieux rejuvenates Pens
His return from retirement has brought profits -- and the playoffs -- back to Pittsburgh.

NHL notes
Devils (1) vs. Pens (6)

Richards finalist for rookie award
Lightning center Brad Richards was named Friday as one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie. He is Tampa Bay's first nominee for the award.

Storm defense masks its flaws
TAMPA -- It happened again last week. It happened late in the game. It happened when it mattered most.

Captain's corner
Sharks along the beach that were a nuisance to tournament kingfish anglers have provided great sport for recent charters. Stiff easterly winds have made the nearshore gulf beaches about the only calm place to fish.

Diallo puts fire into game, feud
After a four-goal game and more penalties from MLS, the Mutiny forward is ready to prove himself.

Retooled Penske a contender
After a decline, car owner Roger Penske is back at Indy, cleaning up again after cleaning house.

Tennis notes
USF men's region

UF recruit nearing decision
Minister says Brown is undecided despite a report he will turn pro.

Et cetera
Korun fired as station revamps
More changes expected at WQYK-AM 1010 after the departure of afternoon co-host Tom Korun.

Hall lays down ground rules, rescues the sinking Pirates
In his first year, Brent Hall revamps a team that was 7-21 the previous season.

Eagles baseball coach resigns
BRANDON -- It wasn't that Greg Parris was tired of coaching baseball. It was that he was tired of spending so much time away from his family.

Rams go from bad to worse
Ridgewood has trouble getting to the Class 3A meet. And once there, little goes well.

Clearwater doesn't want to stop now
Here's a partial list of items on the docket this week for teams with 13 or more losses: prepare for prom, mow the lawn, study for finals, hang out at the beach and read the newspaper account of the state tournament. Clearwater's agenda? Prepare to win a state title.

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