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June 3, 2001
[Times art: Rossie Newson]
The reporter called, hoping for a funny line. The daughter of one former heavyweight champion was turning pro, and the reporter was friendly with the daughter of another former heavyweight champion. Story
Gary Shelton
Rumors and fax fill a day for Dudley
A glance at Rick Dudley's Palm Pilot?. . .

Hubert Mizell
A broadcaster perseveres, and an old Gator makes his mark
This is the new me. Moving from daily newspaper commentary, relocating in a pristine valley beside a tree-loaded Blue Ridge mountain, building a terrific Virginia house to share with the incomparable Marcy, beginning this morning to settle into a Sunday-only pace of communicating in my favorite forum, the Times sports section, on occurrences of sports and life ...

With five-shot lead, Webb masters field
The 23-time LPGA champ from Australia is poised to end her season-long drought in style.

Sorenstam stammers to 73
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The alarm clock went off at 4 a.m., and when Annika Sorenstam awoke Saturday, she had high hopes of contending for her third U.S. Women's Open title and extending an incredible season.

Mogilny a better risk than Jagr
For Rick Dudley, familiarity breeds contentment.

Devil Rays
Rays flop early and often in a comical loss
Seattle scores five in the first off Ryan Rupe en route to a 7-4 victory.

Consistency eluding Sturtze
SEATTLE -- Forget the pitching charts, the scouting reports, the weather maps, the horoscopes, the biorhythms or any other gimmick pitchers have been known to use.

From the rubble rises a rose named Rolls
SEATTLE -- Plenty has been said and written -- as regular readers of these pages may have, um, noticed -- about the poor signings, bad trades and otherwise unwise personnel decisions made by the Rays.

Rays tales
THE CANDY MAN CAN: It seems like child's play, but it can be one of the most important and, until now, least known duties of being a Rays reliever: handling the candy bag.

For better or worse
In one respect, the Rays have been trailblazers this season.

Ex-Green Devil star signs with Mets
After an all-star freshman season at Daytona Beach Community College, 2000 St. Petersburg High graduate Joe Jiannetti has decided it's time to move on -- to pro ball.

Walking a mile in his shoes
When the weekend began, Sammy Sosa was No. 3 in the National League in an all-important offensive category.

Alou pays price for his loyalty
It was a miscalculation on Felipe Alou's part that caused his dismissal as Expos manager Thursday. He mistakenly believed in loyalty.

Baseball this week on TV

Garlick debunks soccer myths
Mutiny goalkeeper Scott Garlick has been around soccer long enough to have a few takes on the state of the game and the art of goalkeeping. And at 29, he also has a few takes on retail stores, glamorous actresses, Timothy McVeigh and XFL jerseys.

Fans see lead, just not win
The Mutiny's home form stays woeful as the Wizards rally to win 2-1.

Ruling on Martin out of bounds
As Americans we all like to root for the underdog, but what the Supreme Court did in the Casey Martin ruling is flat-out wrong.

Stetson, Central Florida could surprise
Sunshine state baseball followers are accustomed to Miami and Florida State having numerous high draft picks, but Stetson and Central Florida have perhaps the state's two best college prospects this year.

NCAA men's golf title goes to Florida
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Florida men's golf team shot a final-round 13-under 275 to win the NCAA Championship at the Duke University Golf Club, marking the fourth title in school history and first since 1993.

Error in 10th sends Georgia past FSU 8-7
ATHENS, Ga. -- Late comebacks are becoming routine for Georgia.

Southern Cal reaches College World Series
LOS ANGELES -- Rik Currier pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 Saturday as Southern Cal beat Florida International 6-0 to win the best-of-three Super Region and advance to the College World Series.

Largo's Stein has a talent for landing terrific tarpon
Largo resident David Stein is a thin, slip of a man who is a remodeling contractor most of the year.

Outdoors calendar
SATURDAY: Ninth annual catch and release snook tournament, Honeymoon Island State Park, 469-5942.

Daily fishing report
One of my favorite things is wade fishing on a quiet grass flat by myself. After the boats go home and the sun sinks, the ultra-skinny water fish become more active. The trout creep in shallower, the redfish stick their tails out more often and the snook bite much better. There is no better way to coexist with the fish than to exit the boat and join them.

Et cetera
Week in sports
SATURDAY: De Soto Speedway, 9 miles east of I-75 on State Road 64, Bradenton. Racing starts at 7. Admission: $10 adults, $3 children 6-12; (941) 748-3171.

Highs and lows

Cougar dominated on two levels
It is Monday, and you are a county softball player. Friday, you play Countryside.

Wharton star named state's best
Wharton's Dwight Ellick added another award to his trophy case when the Florida Dairy Farmers chose him as Florida's Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Mustangs thrive 20 years later
The program, with teams in several age groups, has won several state and national championships.

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