Bucs OT able to overcome obstacles and capitalize on opportunities with character and integrity.
Brown is here to compete
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- The Tampa Bay area is full of retirees, hard-working people who have paid their dues, saved their money and want to enjoy the rest of their lives in paradise.
McKay is not bothered by Ray Lewis' new deal
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- In light of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' new seven-year, $50-million contract, complete with $19-million signing bonus, is the market getting out of hand? Are signing bonuses that large, that scary?
Giants' Strahan lashes out at Sapp
Single-season sack champ Michael Strahan has heard about Warren Sapp's reaction to his record, and he has an unkind response for the Bucs defensive tackle.
Lott's LB son rookie standout
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Perhaps the Bucs' most impressive rookie in the first week of training camp is a player who wasn't among this year's 250-plus draft picks: free-agent linebacker Ryan Nece, who signed with Tampa Bay out of UCLA.
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Finally, youth is conserved
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- I saw it with my own eyes, officer. He was strange, and he was alien.
Injection of speed helps Rays win
RAYS 6, WHITE SOX 2: Jason Conti and Felix Escalona replace slumping starters and juice up the offense.
Abernathy's slump puts him on bench
ST. PETERSBURG -- Brent Abernathy got away from the tendencies that made him one of the Rays' more solid hitters last year and that led to his benching Saturday.
OPTION PLAY: If Carl Crawford weren't here playing leftfield and running around the bases, he very well could be in Lincoln, Neb., running the Cornhuskers offense. A top quarterback recruit by Nebraska, Crawford probably would be a redshirt junior this season, competing with Jammal Lord for the starting job.
Reducing payroll or maintaining budget?
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you listened closely last week, you had to wonder if managing general partner Vince Naimoli and general manager Chuck LaMar were talking about the same things.
Money drives all things MLB
Donald Fehr isn't stupid, giving him an edge on most baseball owners, so I predict the union boss for nonsensically rich players will negotiate, manipulate and procrastinate until the game's heels are teetering on the edge of Death Cliff.
Home cooking warms Gordon
He enjoys fans who cheer him and a track where he has won three times. Can he do it again?
Jarrett, Harvick top IROC at Brickyard
The veteran wins the race easily and the young driver is the new champ.
Stewart fast with car, faster with mouth
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony the Tiger roared Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in more ways than one.
New football players (19) report to USF
Nineteen newcomers reported Saturday to South Florida, including nine freshmen who signed in February and invited walkons.
Dilfer will get chance to open it up with Seattle
Okay, so Trent Dilfer looked good in his limited action last season. But Seattle coach Mike Holmgren is talking about not only making Dilfer the starter, but giving him almost free rein.
Storm allows lead, season to slip away
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Time ran out Saturday on the Storm.
Indians' trades could portend bright future
In at least one city Wednesday, keeping the phone lines open wasn't a major concern.
Mariner DH ties mark with three sacrifice flies
SEATTLE -- Mariners designate hitter Edgar Martinez tied the major-league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three in his first three at-bats against the Indians on Saturday.
Lyons' busy summer now includes a victory
CITRUS SPRINGS -- Tony Lyons hopes to earn a college scholarship. If he continues to run like he did Saturday, the Citrus senior might be able to name his school.
Game is team's focus, not protest
GULFPORT -- Love it or hate it, Braden River will represent Florida tonight in the Southern Regional tournament.
Daily fishing report
Locating blue-water species 100 miles offshore can be challenging, so look for changes in sea conditions. Before a recent trip offshore we surveyed the weather to ensure three good days. Infrared mapping of the gulf showed small temperature differences. This indicated tide rips and possible weed lines, good places to look for marlin, wahoo, tuna and dolphin.
Sunshine Skyway piers hold attention of pompano anglers
Pinellas County resident "Rod" Rodriguez knows pompano. Some of his peers call him the "pompano king." Couldn't be because of the 100 pompano he caught in July, could it?
Sapp continues to show he is all talk, no action
I love Warren Sapp. But I grow tired of the moving of his lips with very little moving of his legs and body (Bucs start with a spat, Monday). I wish he would put as much effort into his game as he does with his mouth. The last thing the Bucs need is more internal conflict. If the Bucs want a successful team, they need to work together, on and off the field. Grow up, Sapp, it's time to become a member of the team again.
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