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May 13, 2001
A perfect Storm is too much
[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Tampa Bay pours it on late, beating Toronto 70-33 to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Gary Shelton
All of us can follow Mario back in time
Somewhere, John Elway's trick knee feels wonderful.

College football
The Bulls began playing football in 1997 with the goal of completing a $7-million athletic complex this year. But as frustrated coaches and players continue using trailers and several buildings for their needs, rising costs leave the school needing $10-million in private donations to complete the project.

College basketball
Brown picks NBA over the Gators
Kwame Brown wants to provide for his mother, who hoped he would choose college.

Jackson's best gift is promise he kept
Much to his mother's delight, Bucs safety Dexter Jackson finishes his degree.

Richards' Friday more bitter than sweet
Brad Richards had mixed emotions Friday.

Devil Rays
McRae ejected before Tampa Bay's 8-0 loss
Rays manager is tossed after questioning an umpire about Friday's final at-bat in Cleveland.

McRae, LaMar roll up sleeves for rebuilding
Talking casually one day about the work ahead to make the Rays better, Hal McRae said, "We're doing a lot of things, and my job is to chip away at them. I've got to chip away. I never know where I'm going to start, but I know I've got to chip. And I've got to keep chipping."

Rays unconcerned about pay report
CLEVELAND -- Rays players do not seem concerned about getting their paychecks. They are more worried about earning their checks.

Rays tales
WHAT'S UP, SKIP?: The picture is 14 or 15 years old, but apparently has a prominent place in the Rolls' Kansas home. Photo day at the ballpark in Kansas City, and there is little Damian Rolls, all of 8 or 9, posing with one of his all-time favorite Royals, Hal McRae.

Are Braves losing adaptability?
They all still reside in Atlanta. The Cy Young Award winners, the All-Star third baseman, the nutty reliever. It is essentially the same crew who helped the Braves dominate the National League throughout the 1990s. And perhaps that is part of the problem.

If he comes, you will build it
Ex-tor-tion: The crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one's office or authority.

Strikeout inflation
Not to cast aspersions on Randy Johnson's remarkable 20-strikeout performance last week, but the record is not as impressive as it once seemed.

Baseball this week on TV

Rays on right track in pursuit of McHale
I read Marc Topkin's article on John McHale (McHale is a man of many, many talents, Rays Extra, 5/6) with interest, and I must say I agree with his assessment of him as a top-notch baseball executive.

Mutiny loses 2-1 in contest of PKs
The Rapids score twice on penalty kicks, the Mutiny only once.

McGhee tells the story ... and some tall tales
She is Orlando Miracle forward Carla McGhee and she's a trip. Here is the talkative one on being a mother and a professional athlete, pregnancy, being in a coma, speaking Spanish, former president Bill Clinton and the dating game.

Gator women easily sweep B-CC, face Arkansas today
GAINESVILLE -- Several of the Florida women's players did not have a chance to make their impact Saturday afternoon. They didn't have to.

College baseball around the state
Eylward's 2 homers lift USF

USF's Black wins 4 titles
TAMPA -- South Florida senior Kerine Black won four individual titles and was named the Conference USA's female athlete of the year at the conference track and field championships at USF.

Slow winds don't stop Bikini Cup
After the breeze picks up on the gulf, Fetish crosses the finish line ahead of 24 other teams of women sailors.

Captain's corner
Time flies when you're having fun, and kingfish provided plenty of fun this spring. But kingfish season has flown by, and it is time for other species.

Et cetera
Highs and lows

Week in sports

Seminole keeps rolling with help of new coach
"Coach, why do use a designated hitter for T.J.?"

Around Pinellas

Pain prevents Knight from medaling in 100
CORAL SPRINGS -- John Gilmore had fought through the pain for two weeks. Every time he was flying down the track in a sprint, the River Ridge junior seemed to be in the lead until pain in his right shin forced him to shift down a gear. Despite the recurring injury, Pasco County's fastest man took second at the district meet and third at the regionals.

PHU senior savors her final opportunity
CORAL SPRINGS -- Palm Harbor University's Lauren McKinley wasn't just running in the 1,600 meters at Saturday's Class 4A state meet.

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