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June 17, 2001
U.S. Open
Open for the taking

[AP photo]
A logjam atop the leaderboard, which includes Retief Goosen, above, and Tiger Woods nowhere near it has everyone optimistic.

Woods still focused on taking 1st
Although he was at 4-over-par 214, Tiger Woods still feels he has a chance at winning his fifth straight major.

Molder's play anything but amateurish
TULSA, Okla. -- Bryce Molder intends to turn pro soon, and a day such as Saturday only reinforces his decision.

Gary Shelton
Today, we'll find out what is in Mickelson
TULSA, Okla. -- In a world without Tiger, Phil Mickelson would be king.

Hubert Mizell
Hey, Earl, marriage won't damage Tiger's golf game
Earl Woods, from a California crib, beautifully sculpted son Tiger into history's most dynamic golf talent. But, taking a swing at marriage counseling, Daddy shanked out of bounds.

Lightning tales from the cryptic
Drafts have been weepy (Esposito's mercy pick), wacky (Avs in a hurry to party) and wonderful (Lecavalier).

Lightning prospects
An alphabetical order listing of the top 10 prospects in this week's draft as rated by Tampa Bay:

Lightning first-round choices
2000, Nikita Aleexev, RW, 8, Great potential; expected to make team this season.

Spezza tempting, but not automatic
TAMPA -- Is center Jason Spezza in the Lightning's draft plans?

Bucs rookie ready for NFL life
Bucs third-round draft pick Dwight Smith is a cornerback who looks like he can pack a punch on and off the field. This is Smith on being a rookie, handling the demands, favorite movies, an embarrassing moment and his passion for cologne.

Players' work starts well before camp
TAMPA -- Coach Tony Dungy has said he believes that if the team puts in significant effort during the voluntary workouts of May and June, it will reap the benefits when training camp begins July 29.

Devil Rays
Good karma fading for Rays
Marlins score five unearned runs in the second and one-hit Tampa Bay in an 11-0 romp.

Accolades could continue with win
MIAMI -- The list of possible superlatives for Joe Kennedy is growing daily.

McGriff rolls on, but will it be with Rays?
The song selection, Fred McGriff says, was not anything born of deep thought, just a casual suggestion from unofficial team DJ Gerald Williams. But every time McGriff steps to the plate and Destiny's Child's Survivor plays, the message is extremely clear.

Rays tales
DOME CREW: In Seattle, they have Buhner Buzz Cut night, when fans can get their hair cut (off) like Mariners outfielder Jay Buhner. The Rays are working on the Bullpen Buzz Cut.

Et cetera
Highs and lows

Week in sports

Young player's story worthy of following
I just wanted to thank John Romano for his insightful article on Isaac Iorg (Baseball calls; life beckons, June 13). In this day of incredible selfishness among many star athletes, it is refreshing to read about an individual who has given up a lot in order to do what he believes is right. I hope there will be a follow-up story as I would like to know which way this young man decides to go.

Interleague play may be widened
When introduced, interleague play had two major attractions.

A Brave new world
The Braves are making a run at the NL East lead and, as usual, starting pitching has been a key component. Except, it's a new cast of characters leading the way.

Running down
Barry Bonds has been one of the premier power hitters of the past decade and is hitting home runs at a greater pace than ever. Randy Johnson is one of the top strikeout pitchers of his era and continues to move up the all-time list. But what of this generation's great basestealers? Some of the finest stolen base artists in history still are playing, but they no longer are threats on the bases. Age is certainly a factor, and so are injuries.

Baseball this week on TV

Crew extends Mutiny's winless slump to 10
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dante Washington's hat trick, combined with former South Florida star Jeff Cunningham's two goals, powered the Crew past the beleaguered Tampa Bay Mutiny 6-1 Saturday night at Crew Stadium.

Outdoors calendar

Daily fishing report
Fishing bait piles offshore in waters deeper than 90 feet through the summer is productive and sometimes frustrating. This method of bottom fishing is more suited to private boats and groups of two or three people.

Begin with these five rules...
Maybe you've seen the photos in a travel magazine -- a rugged-looking angler silhouetted against a mountain range, hip deep in a cascading stream. Maybe you've spotted the graceful arc of a fly line out of the corner of your eye as you cross one of the bay bridges and glance at the water. Whatever the inspiration, you've decided to try fly-fishing.

Fans, police pleased after Lakers victory
LOS ANGELES -- A visibly tired Shaquille O'Neal and a relaxed Kobe Bryant lumbered off a chartered flight Saturday afternoon to the cheers of a few dozen fans and relatives in a warm homecoming to mark the Lakers second straight NBA championship.

Miami makes it four titles
The Hurricanes dominate Stanford 12-1 as Kevin Brown homers and has five RBI.

Trickery lifts Georgia all-stars past Florida
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the longest time, it appeared a 38-yard field goal by Jesuit's Xavier Beita in the first quarter would be the difference in the Florida-Georgia all-star game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Then Georgia pulled out the gadget play.

Workout fiend blazed past field
Wharton's muscular Dwight Ellick went from the fastest in New York to the fastest in Florida.

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