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June 27, 2001
Devil Rays
Youth falters in brutal loss
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Sticking with rookie relievers costs Rays best shot at first win in 11 games against Red Sox as Boston rallies for 7-6 victory.

Rays think positive in post-game chat
BOSTON -- The Rays are trying to talk their way into getting some relief.

Hall speeding up timetable
Toby Hall's numbers this season are pretty much in line with what the Rays were expecting.

John Romano
Idiocy has its days in the NBA
While other NBA teams scout, the Magic skulks.

NBA
Magic's desires no secret
Orlando wants size and a backup point guard, through draft, deal, doesn't matter.

Tennis
Williams starts title defense with a win
Venus cruises as Day 2 ends with no major upsets.

Colleges
A poor graduation rate would cost post-season
A panel recommends college sports programs focus on academics.

College sports briefs
USF's Vaughan talks with Southern Cal

Lightning
Still wanted: 2 top-six vets
The Lightning continues to look for a forward, a defenseman.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Fishing in Old Tampa Bay has many anglers shouting, "holy mackerel." The water is alive with the toothy critters. Fishing for Spanish mackerel is a great way to catch dinner or just have a blast on light tackle. Single-strand wire leader is necessary to get these guys. Mono leaders will work if long shank hooks are used.

Mutiny/soccer
Poor defense, worse luck
The Mutiny is bad. But injuries and suspensions have kept the team from playing to its potential.

Soccer briefs
With 3-2 loss, Mutiny eliminated from U.S. Open Cup NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Despite a late goal, the Mutiny lost to the Connecticut Wolves 3-2 at Veterans Memorial Stadium and were eliminated from the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The last time Tampa Bay was eliminated in the second round was 1996.

Preps
Rhythmic gymnast moves up quickly
Eight-year-old Dara Leet already has advanced to Level 7 in her short career.

Yellow Jackets hire ex-student
TAMPA -- What goes around, comes around. You have to take one step backward before you take one step forward. Dreams do come true.

Around Pinellas
CROSS COUNTRY: Bob Braman, the track and cross country coach at Florida State, will hold a free cross country clinic for middle school, high school and college runners from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Palm Harbor University.

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