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July 18, 2001
Tae kwon do
Teenager will train with nation's best
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[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
"I'm awake 14 hours a day, right? That's a lot of time, isn't it?" Angela Prescott asked, explaining how she could be ranked at the top of her St. Petersburg High class academically, participate in volleyball, cheerleading, soccer and track, slavishly watch the Food Channel and be a junior and senior national champion in tae kwon do.
John Romano
If phone doesn't ring, Dilfer won't pick it up
Any minute now, the phone will not ring.

Bucs/NFL
Growing pains
The recent death of his mother, Veronica, and having to take care of his family has caused Dwight Smith to mature quickly.

NFL briefs
No contract yet for Weinke

Devil Rays
Maddux crushes sweep dreams
Braves ace cuts down Tampa Bay on 100 pitches to win his sixth straight, 4-0 on final day of interleague play.

Lopez knows days as Ray may be short
ATLANTA -- Albie Lopez isn't looking too far into the future. He knows he is scheduled to throw in the bullpen before tonight's game, and to start Friday against Texas, and that's about it.

Up next: Angels
7:15 tonight, 12:15 p.m. Thursday

Hamilton finally is back for good
The watch is back on.

Golf
PGA Tour to back seniors
It guarantees to make up shortfalls in charity money should its new local event hurt the Verizon Classic.

Mutiny
Taking the reins of the home team
Perry Van Der Beck, an area soccer fixture since 1978, faces his biggest challenge now as coach of the Mutiny.

Colleges
Four more Titans make college commitments
TAMPA -- After the 1999 season, only two Tampa Bay Tech players earned scholarships, a reflection of the Titans' 3-17 record during the previous two years.

Former Bulls AD Griffin to work for Georgia Tech
Paul Griffin will be an unpaid consultant while still being paid by USF, which forced him to resign in March.

College sports briefs
State shows up early on TV

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Snapper fishing has been the best bet for the offshore angler lately. Grouper action has been slow, but big mangrove snapper have taken up the slack. Mangroves gather during the late summer for spawning and can be found in good numbers at different depths and in the bay. Most bigger fish have been outside the 70-foot range. To catch the big snapper you have to add a little finesse to your bottom-fishing techniques. Simply dropping a big weight and a grouper rig to the bottom won't fool many snapper.

Et cetera
NBA briefs
Magic to sign Grant, Ewing

Sports Extra
Crystal River Majors get win
Ryan Lindeman allowed one hit and struck out eight to lead Crystal River to a 6-1 win over Lake Region at the Dixie League Majors state tournament.

Local star to seek more redemption
TAMPA -- Work, work, work. That's all Maritza Correia did before the Olympic trials last August.

State meets move south
The 2001 and 2002 state swimming and diving meet has been moved from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, the Florida High School Activities Association announced Tuesday.

Under-14 Bullets roll, then rally for state title
The alphabet soup list of tournament titles continues to build for the Clearwater Bullets 14-and-under team.

Around Pinellas
BASKETBALL: The University of Florida men's team is sponsoring a camp for children ages 8 to 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 at the Long Center gymnasium.

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