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 July 16, 2000

Generosity costs Rays a sweep
[AP photo]
Blown opportunities waste solid pitching by Steve Trachsel in a frustrating 4-1 loss to the Expos.
Hubert Mizell
A victory here and we'll call him Sir Tiger
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- As his conquests mount, and his Stanford mind inhales history, the Tiger Woods package is extraordinary at age 24 as golf's still-escalating dominator alights at St. Andrews with a dynamic opportunity.

Gary Shelton
Random thoughts
Hello, I'm Tracy McGrady, and I'll have the cheese omelet ... on second thought, make that French toast ... no, wait, eggs Benedict ... no wait. . .

To hell and back
TAMPA -- It was a football team you would love to return from war with.

Steckel likes what he sees in King
TAMPA -- The better Shaun King plays, the smarter Les Steckel will get.

Signing Davis, picks paramount in Washington
TAMPA -- The overwhelming acquisition of talent in Washington has been the talk of the off-season, but there are loose ends the Redskins may have trouble tying up.

Devil Rays

Saunders outing best yet
ST. PETERSBURG -- To Tony Saunders, the four-inning simulated game he pitched Saturday afternoon was just another tiny step in a grueling comeback from a broken arm.

Hermanson dazzles before ex-mentor
ST. PETERSBURG -- Montreal pitcher Dustin Hermanson may have shown the Devil Rays something special, shutting them down for 71/3 innings Saturday, but he didn't show Rays manager Larry Rothschild anything new.

No move may be a good move for Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays were looking forward to the National League. The business side thought it would help at the gate (it certainly couldn't hurt), and the baseball folks weren't exactly tearing up over leaving a division with four heavyweight clubs.

FSL Rays on verge of leaving St. Petersburg
Minor-league baseball apparently is leaving St. Petersburg.

Ashby trade bumps Burkett
The arrival of right-hander Andy Ashby, acquired from Philadelphia on Wednesday, meant the Braves had an extra starter.

Wedded Sheffield finds renewal
Gary Sheffield is hitting .338, has 30 homers, has knocked in 75 runs. He's on pace for the best season of his career and probably has been the most valuable player on a Dodgers team that might yet make a run at the NL West title.

Johnson humbly 2nd in 100
Palmetto's Curtis Johnson finishes behind favorite Maurice Green but that's fine with him.

Pole-vaulter Hartwig fails
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When the sun came up Saturday morning, Jeff Hartwig was awake to greet it. He was having trouble sleeping after seeing the sun set on his Olympic career just hours earlier.

Capel .01 too slow in 100
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The others had departed, leaving John Capel alone with his misery. Capel had just finished fifth in a semifinal heat in the 100 meters, falling .01 seconds short of reaching the final.

NASCAR way behind on safety measures
The latest NASCAR track fatality, driver Kenny Irwin, highlights NASCAR's indifference to making its sanctioned tracks safer for drivers. John Kernan and Benny Parsons of ESPN2 have prodded NASCAR for at least two years to install soft (Styrofoam-lined) walls in front of the fixed walls. Soft walls have been effective in halting an epidemic of on-track modified series fatalities since their introduction a decade ago to many northeastern short tracks.

Old Course plays into Woods' hands
Most of the holes are par-4s and many are reachable in two, making them easy birdie opportunities for Tiger. And if the weather proves windy, he'll be ready.

Still plenty to prove for Juli
Juli Inkster, 40, is a future Hall of Famer who still wins big tournaments and would love to defend her U.S. title.

Preserve your catch with a photo finish
Snook season remains closed through July and August, but don't let that stop you. There is no better time than now to catch (and release) a fat linesider.

Fly fishermen need accuracy, confidence when casting line
Stu Apte, one of the legends of fly fishing, shared what he felt were the most important qualities neededto become a successful fly fisherman.

Fly of the month
Clouser Deep Minnow

Captain's corner
There were just eight fish weighed in the Ladies Shootout on Saturday at Treasure Island, as most anglers dodged thunderstorms throughout the day.

Sports etc.
Playing time scarce for Kartes

Gus Kartes has struggled to break into the lineup of Olympiakos, which won another Greek championship this season.

Citrus Park, Bayshore clean up in tourneys
TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Little League's districts 6 and 13 wrapped up their all-star tournaments last week, with Citrus Park and Bayshore the big winners.

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