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Highs and lows

By SHARON FINK, BRUCE LOWITT and MIKE STEPHENSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 3, 2001


Highs

Highs

ROGER PENSKE: The owner with the most wins at the Indianapolis 500 made a triumphant return, sweeping the top two positions with Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran.

TONY STEWART: Competing more than 1,100 miles in two of the world's toughest races in two time zones is impressive enough. Having the versatility to finish sixth and third is remarkable.

ALAN WEBB: American middle- and long-distance running has been dormant for years. Many of the state and national high school records where set a decade or more ago. But Webb, an 18-year-old from Reston, Va., shattered Jim Ryun's 36-year old prep mile record, running 3:53.43

Lows

SALT LAKE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Throwing tickets for next year's Winter Games on eBay for auction is scalping, no matter what kind of spin the committee tries to put on it.

INDY RACING LEAGUE: The Indianapolis 500 proved what most open-wheel race fans knew all along. Compared with CART, the IRL is minor league.

CORY LIDLE: He said he had to ignore Rays pitching coach Bill Fischer last season before he improved. Lidle was 4-6 with a 5.03 ERA last year. He's 0-4 with a 5.37 ERA at Oakland. Who's he ignoring now?

DEATH OF CHARLEY PELL: He broke rules, mistakes serious enough to cost him his coaching career. Let's not forget, though, that without him, Florida football might still be languishing behind FSU and Miami.

PICK FOR PECK: The Orlando WNBA team tried to promote itself with a Web site fan vote on which of four outfits coach Carolyn Peck should wear for the opener. We'll stop thinking this is patronizing when the Magic conducts a "Duds for Doc" campaign.

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