By BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ and JOHN SCHWARB
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001
ALBIE LOPEZ: The Rays right-hander probably would win close to 20 games on a pennant contender, which all but guarantees that Chuck LaMar will ship him and his potentially big free-agent salary to a pennant contender by the July 31 trading deadline.
WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS: The ABC institution celebrates its 40th year today with a two-hour special (4 p.m., Ch. 28). And if you don't know who Vinko Bogataj is, tune in. It's worth it.
LOS ANGELES: No rioting after the victory in the XFL's championship game. A big attaboy to that lone Xtreme fan. Thanks for controlling yourself.
RAYS: A team in an already antiquated stadium, in last place, and now in turmoil. Sort of reminds us of the Bucs of not too many years ago. Change of ownership did wonders for the football team, so...
CHARLIE WARD: Oy, vay!
LPGA: With Annika Sorenstam gunning for a historic fifth consecutive victory, the tour cut the Longs Drugs Challenge to 54 holes after a Friday rainout. That may be standard procedure, but the tour should have taken better advantage of the spotlight by getting in 72 holes and giving the Swede a fighting chance.