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July 8, 2001
Devil Rays
Lopez pitches like ace at last
[AP photo]
Rays starter ends his major-league high 10-game skid with a 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Rays' Tyner rises above expectations
Although he is 24, Rays outfielder Jason Tyner easily could be asked for identification at a movie theater. Called "Tiny" by some teammates, here are his takes on being 6-1 and 170 pounds, hitting home runs, playing pranks, counting his blessings.

Adversity gives Phelps new life
ST. PETERSBURG -- Travis Phelps isn't about to thankhome plate umpire Mark Barron for possibly missing a pitch, but he has to admit things worked out well for him.

Club MVP not satisfied
ST. PETERSBURG -- Sitting on a counter (but not a couch) in the Rays clubhouse Friday afternoon, Greg Vaughn said he felt he hadn't done enough during the first half.

Rays Tales: At the All-Star Break
Since their inception, the Rays have longed for the national attention bestowed upon the more established franchises.

Hubert Mizell
Dream World Series: Cubs-Red Sox
Grant me one sporting wish and I promise October delirium for two great cities with long, extraordinary, frustrating baseball histories.

Terry Tomalin
Never take risk with lightning
BOCA GRANDE PASS -- For more than an hour we watched the thunderhead roll slowly toward us.

Darrell Fry
Williams pushes, but not enough
WIMBLEDON, England -- We see her and her athleticism is as obvious as an elephant hiding under a bed. We see her power and her quickness, a combination of which has rarely been seen in the women's game.

Ivanisevic closes in, then so does rain
Men's semifinal is suspended with Ivanisevic leading in fifth set. Women's final also is moved to today.

Clinton entertains soggy crowd
WIMBLEDON, England -- Former President Bill Clinton helped entertain the Centre Court crowd as play was delayed by rain Saturday.

Rays blame game should include McRae
As the Rays continue to challenge the 1962 Mets for the worst record in baseball history, let's not forget to add manager Hal McRae to the list of responsible parties.

First half in review
WORST OFF-SEASON SIGNING: No huge surprise. Everyone in the free world -- other than Dodgers GM Kevin Malone and agent Scott Boras -- thought it was a huge mistake to give Darren Dreifort a five-year, $55-million deal. Dreifort went 4-7 with a 5.13 ERA before tearing a tendon in his elbow. He will miss the rest of this season and probably all of 2002 after his second Tommy John surgery. Footnote: Malone was fired in May.

Baseball briefs
Furcal to get second opinion

Truth, justice and Torre's way
They were champions of the cause. Defenders of free will.

Arena football
Backup QB leads Storm to 70-47 rout
TAMPA -- Don't get too used to the No. 6 who was slinging touchdown passes all over the Ice Palace on Saturday night, the man electrifying the crowd and rallying the Storm to a much-needed victory.

Son also rises to occasion
Dale Earnhardt Jr. charges at the end to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, where his late father made his name.

NBC finishes well in debut
DAYTONA BEACH -- NBC's lead pit reporter Bill Weber called it early.

Drivers' thoughts also turn to Irwin
DAYTONA BEACH -- While attention leading into the Pepsi 400 centered around NASCAR's first return to Daytona since Dale Earnhardt's death, many in the Winston Cup garage were remembering somebody else.

Race strikingly resembles Big E's last
There is a plethora of similarities between the races, but with one very important difference -- the outcome.

Week in sports

Highs and lows

Baseball this week on TV

Soccer briefs
N.Y./N.J. endsMiami win streak

NBA briefs
Grant seeks a reunion with Magic

WNBA briefs
Charlotte makes it 6 in row

Mutiny rallies, then falls 3-2
Two defensive lapses hurt Tampa Bay in interim coach Perry Van Der Beck's first game.

Daily fishing report
Last week, tarpon were caught along the gulf beaches and anglers in the bay did equally well. If we get favorable weather, this week will be the same. St. Pete Beach was among the best bets; so was Longboat Key. Boats aren't required; those fishing from Redington Long Pier have had success.

Outdoors calendar
THURSDAY-FRIDAY: Bucs on the Bay Tournament, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bay Side Marina, Tampa, (813) 870-2700. UPCOMING REGULATION: Crawfish (Spiny Lobster) opens Aug. 5.

Sports Etc.
Around Pinellas
SWIMMING: Peggy Hughes of St. Petersburg set a national record recently in winning her age division in the U.S. Masters National Championship 2-Mile Cable Swim in Indianapolis. Hughes, 80, swam the race in 1 hour, 41 minutes and 17 seconds. Robert Beach, 70, also competed, swimming 1:02.19. Hughes swims for the Florida Maverick Masters and Beach for St. Pete Masters.

Masset's progress coming along fine
The ex-Pinellas Park star pitcher needed surgery to repair his elbow and now is pitching successfully in the GCL.

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

Juncal, Bennett shine for Florida
The Brandon duo helps Team Florida in a rout at the National Open Folk-Style Championships last week, earning All-America status.

McManus, Schmidtput rest to good use
Sean McManus and Jennifer Schmidt cut back on their training and it pays off with a victory.

Four West Pasco teams shining at state tourney
Friday's opening round saw the locals sweep their games, including two in the final at-bat.

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