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Highs and lows

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 8, 2002


HIGHS

PETE SAMPRAS: Just when you thought he was through, the great champion makes a run at the U.S. Open. It's enough to divert attention from the women's bracket for Pete's sake.

OAKLAND A'S: While Bud Selig has been preaching that only the big-money teams can be competitive, the budget-conscious A's built a team that just keeps winning.

CORNELL GREEN: So you can go home again, as the former Lakewood High standout is proving as the starting right tackle for the Bucs.

LOWS

KENYATTA WALKER: He has played his way from starting left tackle to right tackle to the bench for the Bucs. Let's hope he turns things around before he plays his way into oblivion.

TEAM USA BASKETBALL: First it lost to Argentina in the World Championships, the first defeat for NBA players in international competition, stretching 58 games and 10 years. Then it showed its heart in the quarterfinals, losing again, this time to Yugoslavia. "I'm not sure it's the end of an era so much as it's a celebration of basketball," coach George Karl said. He should know. The Yugoslavs were dancing all over Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse after beating his team.

THE NFL: Bon Jovi? Is the league aiming for a wider '80s pop metal fan base?

-- Bruce Lowitt, Anthony Perez, Mike Stephenson

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