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July 1, 2001
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When florist Debi Calonge's battle with breast cancer was at its worst, that was when Dale Earnhardt came into her life.

Power beyond engines
NASCAR and its most famous track carry influence in the whole Daytona community.

Graham's statement
Statement from John Graham, president, Daytona International Speedway, in response to the St. Petersburg Times:

Hubert Mizell
Think Florida is hot now? Just wait for football season
It's July, so I've got the summer football twitch. Are you with me? I'm itching for NFL camps to open. Ravenous for the college season. Are we still two sweaty months from September?

Devil Rays
Rays let another win slip through fingers
Tampa Bay starter Ryan Rupe shuts down the Yankees for a 4-0 lead after five innings, but New York's sluggers lead the rally for a 5-4 win.

Rupe knows numbers don't always add up
NEW YORK -- Ryan Rupe knows what it looks like on the stat sheet, that he has a 4-7 record and 7.15 ERA.

Serving youth wasn'tamong veterans' goals
NEW YORK -- The face of the Rays is getting younger. It has some peach fuzz, a little acne and a fresh perspective.

Rays tales
QUICK THINKING: Brent Abernathy had a pretty good debut Monday, knocking a ball over Fenway's fabled Green Monster for his first big-league hit. His parents made an impressive entrance as well.

Major title threats stay on course
Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Andre Agassi advance in straight sets.

Highs and lows

Week in sports
Auto racing

Woods' success makes critic look foolish
What in the world could be wrong with Tom Weber? His letter to the editor (Commentary, June 24) regarding Tiger Woods was idiotic. There is simply no way to determine how Tiger would have done against Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and the other golfing greats. All one can do is measure an athlete according to how well he competes against his peers. By that measurement, Tiger already has done things that no other golfer, certainly none of his young age, ever has done. And he is doing it using the same equipment and balls that his peers use, no matter how said equipment and balls stack up to those used by golfers from an earlier era.

Baseball this week on TV

Dudley cleans house as deadline goes by
The Lightning did some housecleaning Saturday.

Lightning not done dealing
Center Tim Taylor is acquired from the Rangers, but two holes remain to be filled.

Free agency: How it works
The league breaks players whose contracts have expired into six groups. According to Lightning assistant general manager Jay Feaster, here's the breakdown.

Better with age
Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres is not the same hitter he was 20 years ago -- he is better. Although the future Hall of Famer announced this week that he would retire after this season, his farewell has nothing to do with lack of abilities. Unlike Cal Ripken, who announced his impending retirement a week earlier, Gwynn is capable of putting up strong numbers when he is in the lineup.

Batista's release shows howless sometimes can be more
Gord Ash seemed pretty pleased with his latest roster move, and rightfully so. The Toronto general manager rid himself of a 40-homer slugger.

Honeymooners enjoy variety
Honeymoon Island, with its long stretch of beach, is an ideal spot for wade fishermen. On the gulf side, pompano and permit regularly cruise the narrow swash that runs parallel to the beach searching for small crabs, shrimp, and sand fleas. The best way to find a school is to look for the headwakes they create or to look for the permit's long black dorsal fins sticking out of the water.

Outdoors calendar

Tournament insider
In the 10th Annual Scot Brantley All Release Flats Tournament held Saturday at Gators Cafe and Saloon, there were 86 entries, up from last year's 37.

Boot Scootin Gal defends title
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was deja vu for Boot Scootin Gal on Saturday, the closing night of Derby Lane's 76th season.

Arena football
War on I-4 now War of Words
TAMPA -- When the Storm watched film of its loss three weeks ago to Orlando, it confirmed the team's notion that Predators defensive backs Kenny McIntyre and Damon Mason played the game outside the rules by holding Tampa Bay star James Bowden.

Lady Knights look for another big year
The under-18 team has succeeded on a national level before and has started this season well.

Around Hillsborough
SOCCER: MLS Camps, the official camp of Major League Soccer, will have two five-day camps in Pinellas County.

Ex-Tornado to continue quest to reach Athens
Robert Margalis hopes to use the upcoming world championships as a springboard to earning a berth in the 2004 Olympics.

Around Pinellas
SOCCER: MLS Camps, the official camp of Major League Soccer, will have two five-day camps in Pinellas County.

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