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July 28, 2002
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Rob Johnson shares a laugh with teammates, but training camp is all business for the quarterbacks this year.
Who's Gruden's passing fancy?
Bucs coach Jon Gruden has three very capable quarterbacks to lead his offense but no clear-cut starter. He still insists there is no controversy.

New location could mean new chemistry
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- The accommodations are better at Disney's Wide World of Sports. But the Bucs will be deprived of one luxury they enjoyed during training camp at the University of Tampa.

Southern Fryed
This is a weekly update compiled by Times NFL writer Darrell Fry on the Bucs' new opponents in the NFC South:

Gary Shelton
Bucs D has to have all of the answers
Everybody's talking about offense, suspense, better sense and future tense. Touchdowns and boomtowns, showdowns and meltdowns. And no clowns, no frowns.

Rays
Rays are the show in victory
ST. PETERSBURG -- The roar that greeted Robin Ventura's home run and the melodic chants of "Let's go, Yankees" had, finally, died down. By the time the Rays got Derek Jeter out to complete one of their more impressive performances of the season, they may have won more than a game.

Torre to Mondesi: Do things right way
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays players didn't think much of it, but Yankees manager Joe Torre took exception to Raul Mondesi carrying his bat down the first-base line after hitting a ninth-inning home run Friday.

Sandberg keeps focus
Rays third baseman, known for defense, has hit two big homers in the past five days.

Rays tales
LENDING A HAND: Manager Hal McRae had a chance to change baseball history.

It's a lesson learned: downplay prospect
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you are going to make plenty of mistakes, the least you can do is learn from them.

Lightning
Lightning re-signs wing Willis for a season
TAMPA -- The Lightning re-signed restricted free-agent right wing Shane Willis to a one-year contract, general manager Jay Feaster announced Saturday.

Hubert Mizell
British blowup or not, Tiger's already Slammed golf world
If it's okay, I'm in no mood to debate. Tiger Woods has won the Grand Slam. Go ahead, differ. Stubbornly define. It's your First Amendment right, but I'm not listening. Pardon my bullheadedness, but I do have the world's two best all-time golfers in my camp.

Tour de France
Armstrong cements grip on Tour de France
The leader takes a time trial and, barring a crash today, clinched his fourth consecutive Tour title.

Storm
Storm is bound for 2nd round
LOS ANGELES -- The Storm is demonstrating injuries don't have to hurt. Despite losing a plethora of players to injuries this season, the Storm has found healing powers through an infusion of new talent.

Motorsports
Seeking finish to equal start
Bill Elliott earned another pole but needs his car to run until the end to contend this time.

College football
Coker prepares for Miami's title defense
His team, which went 12-0 but lost 11 players to the NFL draft, has major expectations.

Kruczek reiterates desire to face USF
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Every year the questions come up at the annual state coaches' news conference. And Saturday was no exception.

Et cetera
Learning to shoot gun not terrifying after all
Each week this summer, staff writer Emily Nipps will attempt an off-beat sport or attend a unique event.

Highs and Lows

Baseball
Rolen is open to idea of trade to Cardinals
ATLANTA -- Phillies All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen said Saturday he would consider signing a long-term deal if he gets traded to the Cardinals.

Clemens pitches 5 innings in Class A
TAMPA -- The Yankees' Roger Clemens, on the disabled list with a strained groin, threw 92 pitches in a rehabilitation start for Class A Tampa on Saturday at Legends Field.

Hitchcock has a good rehab outing
TAMPA -- Yankees pitcher Sterling Hitchcock, out with a sore lower back, pitched a perfect inning during his final rehabilitation start Saturday in a Gulf Coast League game.

Wizard redefined term shortstop
Some will remember specifics.

NFL
Saints assume absent QB Brooks is holding out
NEW ORLEANS -- Saints starting quarterback Aaron Brooks did not report to training camp.

QB Carr is impressing teammates at camp
The Texans started camp last week and the early reports are top overall pick David Carr is the real McCoy.

Preps
Armwood advances to state
SEFFNER -- Down to its last out Saturday, Armwood Baseball Club rallied to defeat West Tampa Post 248 10-7, then later defeated Bloomingdale Baseball Club 13-3 to qualify for the American Legion state tournament Aug. 2 in Bradenton.

Palm Harbor in the thick of it
TAMPA -- The Palm Harbor All-Stars find themselves in the middle of a four-team sandwich after the first day of play at the Major baseball state tournament.

Letters
Indians owner on mark regarding Steinbrenner
As a Clevelander and avid Indians fan, I have no love for what Larry Dolan is doing to them.

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