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 May 14, 2000

New Ray lets game get away

[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Homer off Mark Guthrie seals Jays' win as Gooden struggles again.

NL move pending, Canseco rumors fly
ST. PETERSBURG -- It didn't get quite the play as some of Mayor Rudy Giuliani's latest, um, personnel moves, but there was a blaring headline in the New York Post last week:CANSECO TO YANKS HEATING UP.

Quinton returns, Morris demoted
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Guillen was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday to become the Devil Rays' rightfielder of the future. Quinton McCracken followed him Saturday, but his destiny as role player of the present sounds much less glamorous.

Indians' stranglehold on hold
There is a pennant race in American League Central; pay attention while it lasts.

Hubert Mizell
Trachsel trumps aces in twos
ST. PETERSBURG -- If, that night at Fenway Park, it'd been Pedro Martinez against Greg Maddux or Randy Johnson, baseball historians would've called it "The Great Duel," with a videotape being rushed to Cooperstown.

Gary Shelton
Random thoughts
Hello, I'm David Stern, and I can remove that unwanted tattoo cheap.

Fatal attraction
Ray Lewis, multimillionaire pro football player, is among three men who will be tried for murder in a case that ties together fame, race, violence an eight hours of daily TV coverage.

Many witnesses and many accounts
Lewis' attorney says as many as 100 people saw part or all of the fighting that left 2 dead.

Gators shut out Seminoles in 5
Florida continues dominance over FSU and heads to NCAA's round of 16.

Proposals could bring many returns
Among possible changes: Allowing athletes to test the pros without losing college eligibility.

Momentum builds to relax rules involving past
As coaches seethe over eligibility issues, a subcommittee considers sweeping and radical changes.

Florida struggles, but gets by FAMU
GAINESVILLE -- Nobody on the Florida men's tennis team was thrilled with their play against Florida A&M on Saturday afternoon.

No. 2 Tampa hangs on against No. 1 Ospreys
TAMPA -- In a matchup of the nation's top Division II baseball teams, Tampa took a big lead and withstood a methodical rally to defeat North Florida 11-10 Saturday afternoon at Sam Bailey Field.

Saint Leo eliminated from NCAA tourney
Saint Leo was ousted from the Division II softball tournament late Friday in a 3-0 loss to Florida Southern at the South Regional in Huntsville, Ala.

Puppa still hurting, still hopeful
Daren Puppa's career is still on hold and his agent said it could be August before the Lightning goaltender decides whether he will retire.

Need exists for a public skate park
St. PETERSBURG -- Gary Sullivan has a dream.

Sneak up on snook when the sun sets
If the gulf piers are catching snook, now is the time to start fishing the beach feeder bridges. John's Pass Bridge is noted for its gigantic snook caught on whole ladyfish.

Manatee deaths at record high
Ever wonder why red drum have spots on their tails, or how to catch a 10-pound snook on 2-pound test? If you have any outdoors-related questions, we'd like to help you find the answers.

Captain's corner
Nice weather and relatively light winds, along with substantial high tides, have allowed anglers to fish almost any shoreline or mangrove area.

Diallo starts, makes most of it
Tampa Bay clocks Columbus 3-1 as its Senegalese striker scores twice; Diaz Arce sits.

Name change is just what the Rays need
I was happy to read the Devil Rays management is considering exorcising the name "Devil" from the team logo. It's about time. This name has done nothing but bring on darkening and gloomy effects. I always had a strong feeling that divine providence would never bless a team with a satanic name.

Gymnastics team might show age
HOUSTON -- The face of women's gymnastics is changing. Soon, it may even include wrinkles.

Bucs take long path to tournament berth
Berkeley Prep didn't win conference or district. So it's no surprise that the school is so excited about its team's trip to state.

Canino's busy day capped with crown
GAINESVILLE -- Chelo Canino's weekend itinerary went something like this:

Playoffs ratings are down
Count Miami coach Pat Riley among those surprised that first-round playoff TV ratings were off from last season. The NBA altered the schedule to maximize TV exposure, but with little improvement.

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