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August 1, 2001
Going back to what worked
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Mike Alstott caught many passes early in his career, then that was nearly forgotten. Now his role has changed back again.

Royals relieved about sprain
TAMPA -- Mark Royals wore a knee brace and an expression of relief Tuesday after learning the injury he sustained in a punt blocking drill was not season-ending.

Darrell Fry
Think of them as Rays of sunshine
The jack-hammering has stopped. The scaffolding is coming down. The remodeling (or should we say demolishing?) of the Rays is pretty much complete.

Devil Rays/baseball
Tyner rescues Rays
The leftfielder's sliding catch in the ninth inning ends the game with the tying run heading home in a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

Rays quiet at deadline but might not be done
BALTIMORE -- Greg Vaughn still is here, for now. So are John Flaherty, Ben Grieve and the rest of the Rays who made it to Baltimore.

Quad Hamilton's new trouble spot
BALTIMORE -- Eventually, Josh Hamilton will get back on the field.

Rays stuff

Big year sells Diaz on baseball
This was an important season for Bakersfield outfielder Matt Diaz. Not because he was coming off a season in which he missed more than a month with a knee injury, and not because he feels the need to hurry up the ladder and join the Rays youth movement.

Magic to play Hawks in Tampa in preseason
The tickets go on sale Friday for the Oct. 14 game at the Ice Palace. Last year's preseason Pistons game drew a crowd of 17,296.

College football
Richt wants to bring success back to Georgia
The former FSU offensive coordinator is in charge of a program that has not won an SEC title since 1982.

Gators top Miami in preseason poll
Florida edged Miami for the top spot in the Football Writers Association of America preseason Top 25.

Rivalry still in Jacksonville
HOOVER, Ala. -- Despite a push by Georgia fans for a change of venue, the annual Florida-Georgia game will remain in Jacksonville for the near future, Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley said Tuesday.

'I didn't have much of a choice'
Danny Pena swiped a mosquito off his right leg after training Tuesday and reflected on his recent move from Los Angeles to the Mutiny.

Lightning gives Zyuzin a 2-year deal
The Lightning signed restricted free agent Andrei Zyuzin to a two-year contract, general manager Rick Dudley announced Tuesday.

Daily fishing report
Barracuda was on the agenda last weekend for Aaron Wilson, who was visiting from Texas. His high school mascot is a barracuda, and the senior football player was looking for a trophy.

Sports Extra
Palma Ceia wins juniors state title
Buoyed by Ken Wadsworth's dominating performance on the mound, Palma Ceia squeaked out a 2-1 victory over Defuniak Springs on Tuesday to claim the state junior baseball title.

Dunedin win away from World Series
Dunedin put itself in prime position to advance to the big league World Series with a 9-3 win Tuesday over Virginia Beach, Va., in the Southern Regional in Biloxi, Miss.

Tampa Bay heads back to regionals after win
A year after winning their first state title, the Tampa Bay majors have done it again.

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