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June 24, 2001
Svitov may mean success
[AP photo]
GM Rick Dudley believes Lightning top pick, 3 more Europeans will translate into good things.

Lightning's day 1 choices
Alexander Svitov

Full of optimism, fans applaud pick
BRANDON -- ESPN's telecast of the National Hockey League entry draft Saturday showed Rick Dudley on the phone moments before Tampa Bay's third overall selection.

Success puts Dudley in the hot seat
SUNRISE -- The bar has been raised.

NHL briefs
Lightning GM's plan changes for Holmqvist

Gary Shelton
Capriati's feel-good story steals show
Pete Sampras is growing old. Andre Agassi is growing impatient. Yep, there are a million stories in the city.

Hubert Mizell
Gordon deserves fans' love
Even when he outdrives NASCAR nation, Jeff Gordon's ears are dented with boos. Loved by some, No. 24 is loathed by many.

Webb has sights on the Slam
She didn't play superbly, but she maintains 3-shot lead.

They be slammin'
With a victory at the LPGA Championship today, Karrie Webb, 26, winner of the 1999 du Maurier Classic, the 2000 U.S. Women's Open and the 2000 Nabisco Championship, would join four LPGA Tour Hall of Famers who have accomplished the career Grand Slam, winning each of the designated majors during their playing career:

Ocala's Albright leading
BROOKSVILLE -- Steve Albright knows Joe Alfieri probably deserves to win a Florida State Amateur Championship. But Albright doesn't want it to come at his expense.

Wimbledon: Top players to watch

Devil Rays
Rays look flat again
With opportunities to spare, Tampa Bay comes up empty in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees, its season-high eighth straight.

This is bad ...
Rays vs. opponents during Tampa Bay's eight-game losing streak:

Injuries sap much of lineup's wattage
ST. PETERSBURG -- You might say Saturday night's Tampa Bay lineup lacked a certain quality. And that quality would be power.

Rebuilding starts with younger, cheaper club
ST. PETERSBURG -- It's too late, however appealing the thought might be, for the Rays to start over. But from what new chief operating officer John McHale Jr. says, they are going to start doing things differently.

Rays tales
Some Rays have some interesting connections with Cal Ripken, whose retirement tour stops at Tropicana Field on Aug. 21-23. Among them:

Working to stay on top
Roger Clemens has nothing left to prove, yet his intensity motivates him to prove it anyway.

NBA Draft
What NBA needs, preps -- not colleges -- offer
Seeking size and height, teams might draft a record six high school players.

Top 5 prospects at each position

Teen spirit

NBA draft order
First round

Selmon ready for running the Bulls
He is Tampa Bay sports icon Lee Roy Selmon, Hall of Fame defensive end, overall good guy and new athletic director at the University of South Florida. At 46, here are his thoughts on USF, paying college players, barbecue, movies and water safety.

U.S. Open golf coverage is called into question
Gary Shelton's column Monday morning was obnoxious (Some comic relief for a bad Open, June 18). Shelton neglected to mention that Retief Goosen and Mark Brooks played 17 fabulous holes of golf. Apparently, Shelton is either not a golfer, or a very poor one for not realizing how well they played. His comments bespeak his ignorance.

Dilfer waits, searches for starting job at QB
The former Buc wants to dispel the notion the Ravens won last season solely on their defense.

Baseball this week on TV

Ripken legend product of desire
What would you give to see one more Hank Aaron home run? To watch Willie Mays run out from underneath his cap again? To enjoy a summer afternoon with Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax scheduled to pitch?

The secret of fine aging
The first-half home run binge by Barry Bonds is remarkable in a variety of ways.

Looking for a savior
The John Rocker trade Friday night was a curious move for both Atlanta and Cleveland. The Braves are left without a proven closer, and the Indians now have two. Following a string of on- and off-field incidents by the volatile Rocker this month, the Braves seemingly decided ninth-inning headaches were preferable to the all-day headaches caused by Rocker.

Outdoors calendar

Daily fishing report
Thunderstorms demand that fishing trips be planned carefully. Fish areas close to safety. Keep a backup safety plan in mind in case the weather turns foul. Know where you can get out of the rain and protect yourself from lightning. A marina, bridge or friend's house are good places to go as a storm approaches.

Solo diving exacts a heavy toll
Among surfers, there is no place in the world that strikes fear as much as Mavericks.

Mutiny ends skid, wins 3-2
TAMPA -- With playmaker Carlos Valderrama suspended for his second red card of the season, the Mutiny's biggest question entering Saturday's game was, who would distribute the ball?

Et cetera
Highs and lows

Week in sports

Miller was quick study in conquering new sports
Tyler Miller had never played organized football, not a single down, when some coaches at Clearwater convinced the pigskin neophyte to go out for the team during the spring of his sophomore year.

Around Pinellas
Florida State-bound quarterback Adrian McPherson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns and D'Juan Brown intercepted a pass in the end zone in the final 25 seconds as Florida beat California 17-14 Saturday in the second annual Califlorida Bowl at Santa Barbara, Calif.

Around Hillsborough
SUMMER CAMPS: The Tampa Prep Summer Program is accepting applications for various camps. The cost for all camps is $125 per week.

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