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June 7, 2001
NBA
Sixers strike first
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Allen Iverson carries Philadelphia, which hands Los Angeles its first playoff loss.
Tennis
Agassi withers as Clinton watches
With the former president courtside, Sebastien Grosjean reaches the French semifinals.

Devil Rays/baseball
Kennedy pierces gloom
Rookie pitches five solid innings in debut as Rays snap six-game skid with 6-2 win.

Lineup shift tried to wake up Williams
TORONTO -- It is no mere slump. It has lasted too long, the signs are too many. The question is whether Gerald Williams can do anything to correct it.

Fast No. 1 deal expected
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are expected to open contract talks with top pick Dewon Brazelton today, with both sides believing it won't take long to strike a deal.

Hurt star picked but likely to pass
Dunedin right-hander Kyle Schmidt pitched one game this season, but that didn't stop the Orioles from drafting him in the 29th round Wednesday.

Adjustments help Jays make run at West title
Since the Florida State League season started, the Dunedin Blue Jays have been coping with losses.

Draft risk pays off for Spartan catcher
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Their baseball odyssey began three years ago, when 18-year-old Ridgewood pitcher Mike Rabelo and his family agonized over a $75,000 contract offer from the Boston Red Sox.

NHL
Sakic beDeviled in slump
Avalanche captain's scoring spree halted by stingy New Jersey defense.

Mutiny
Mutiny's winless streak reaches 8
TAMPA -- With its big guns back in the lineup, this was supposed to be the start of the Mutiny's "second season."

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
The redfish in lower Tampa Bay are feeding on small pinfish. The recent spawn placed millions of small fry in the grass beds lining the spoil islands. There hasn't been much whitebait on the flats, and that puts pinfish first as redfish bait.

Golf
Koch plans to play in, cover Open
TAMPA -- His full-time job required him to be in Tulsa, Okla., for next week's U.S. Open anyway, so Gary Koch figured he might as well try to qualify for the tournament he would be covering. Especially since the sectional qualifier was at his home course.

Petrovic battles into U.S. Open
Tim Petrovic has played on golf tours in Australia and Canada, on other tours that go by the name of TearDrop, Hooters, Golden Bear, Nike and Buy.com. His game nowhere to be found, he spent several years in the 1990s working at a Tampa Pizza Hut.

Link Letters
Jim Melvin's story about "bad luck" on the links, which was published two weeks ago on the Golf Page, contained incomparable tales of woe. Or so we thought.

Motorsports
IRL will race on Texas track
Six weeks after CART canceled a race at the 11/2-mile Texas Motor Speedway, the Indy Racing League will make its scheduled appearance Saturday night with the Casino Magic 500.

Et cetera
NFL briefs
Vikes' Moss readies for large contract request

Rams forward signs with UT
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Joe Anders had every reason to accept a scholarship to the University of Tampa -- and then some.

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