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 June 25, 2000

Devil Rays
Rallying Rays keep climbing in East
Big blasts with aggressive baserunning produce a 9-7 win and a tie for fourth.

[AP photo]
Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Mike DiFelice runs to third base after a bad throw Saturday vs. Texas.

Any All-Star ideas?
The Devil Rays are not going to have any players elected starters for the July 11 All-Star Game. And they don't have any obvious choices among their pitchers. That means it's going to be up to AL manager Joe Torre and MLB officials to pick the Rays' All-Star -- or Stars.

Mecir makes his mark in middle
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Devil Rays have a closer with a $6-million contract and a left-handed reliever with a World Series ring. But more and more, they realize how valuable Jim Mecir is to their bullpen's success.

These are good times for Rays' Bobby Smith
Back from exile, the Rays second baseman is playing better and enjoying himself more.

SS Martinez aids improvement
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pitching has been universally considered the key to the Devil Rays' hot June.

Braves always appear steady
Have you ever noticed that, no matter how hot it gets in Atlanta, the Braves never seem to sweat?

Hubert Mizell
All England fortnight set to begin
In three weeks, Tiger Woods and I are getting together in Scotland, to see if his 15-stroke U.S. Open domination transfers to the British Open, following the Pebble Beach smackover with a challenge at golf's original grand cathedral, the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Gary Shelton
Random Thoughts
Hidy, I'm Mace Michaels, and I was just wondering. Anyone hear how the golf came out?

Lightning
'All the work has paid off'
Lightning GM Dudley adds three Russian wings to a new goalie and hulking defenseman.

LIGHTNING'S DAY 1 CHOICES
ROUND: 1 (No. 8 overall).

With dad in hospital, draft an afterthought
Sergei Alexeev was diagnosed Wednesday with a life-threatening blood clot in his lung.

Milbury, Islesshake things up from the top
CALGARY -- The Lightning helped the Islanders make history Saturday. But New York general manager Mike Milbury made his team the No. 1 story at the Canadian Airlines Saddledome.

Motorsports
Masterpieces in motion color NASCAR scene
Paint schemes are aimed at making race cars distinctive -- and selling collectible miniatures of them.

Outdoors
To survive, avoid having to
My friends, relatives and colleagues are all talking about the new hit show on CBS, Survivor.

Get in the groove and hit the beach
Summertime means gulf beach fishing, and what could be better than wading along the beach with a bent fishing rod as the sun dips below the horizon? Not much!

Captain's corner
Grouper fishing is hot right now. Last week we produced great catches of gag and red grouper up to 18 pounds in 80-95 feet.

Ask the experts
My wife and I were riding a wave runner Saturday morning through the inlet at south Clearwater Beach. Much to our surprise a giant stingray leaped out of the water no more than 20 feet in front of us.

Letters
Miller's hiring is proof the play's not the thing
I am a big fan of Dennis Miller and a big fan of Monday Night Football, however, this mix doesn't sit well with me. I like tomato juice and I like Oreo cookies but I would never put those two together, either.

NBA
Show-and-tell time for Magic
The possibilities are endless, enough choices and offers to fluster Monty Hall.

Mutiny
Mutiny downs Fusion on road
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Like all good sequels, Saturday's rematch between Miami and Tampa Bay had more action and suspense than the original. Each team's stars played major roles, and the plot had more twists and turns than a mountain road.

Arena football
Kaleo has 8 TDs in 74-54 rout
QB John Kaleo ties a team record as the Storm defeats Grand Rapids and helps its playoff hopes.

Olympics
Softball goal: Power to gold
The U.S. national softball team is on a power trip. Not because it won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics but because it wants to win gold again in 2000.

Sports Etc.
Friendly foes face off again
Former USF stars Jesse Salters and Derrick Sharp, whose teams recently played for the Israeli championship, are opponents again today.

Districts shake up again
Greg Nichols and Lee Byers are 1-2 in career victories among Pinellas County baseball coaches.

Under-19 girls earn second victory
The Tampa Bay Heather under-19 girls soccer team scored its second consecutive victory of the tournament at the USYSA Southern Regionals in Plano, Texas, defeating Tennessee 3-0.

Flames set sights for world tourney
The soccer team from Brandon once dominated state competitions. This season, the goal covers a little more ground.


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