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August 22, 2002
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Camp breaks, with big questions answered
Bucs return to Tampa, with Brad Johnson seemingly solid at QB.

Bucs, Disney laud camp experience
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- On the first day of practice at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, swarms of dragonflies were becoming an annoyance.

On verge of rally, Rays do the expected
O'S 2, RAYS 1: Bases-loaded double play in ninth caps 40th loss by one or two runs.

Dukes eager to play near home
BALTIMORE -- After signing a deal worth about $500,000 with the Rays on Wednesday, Hillsborough High outfielder Elijah Dukes was excited about the possibilities of playing for his hometown team.

Gary Shelton
Bring on the strike, and pronto
As your days of infamy go, it is difficult not to grow more and more irritated with the notion of Aug. 30 becoming one of them.

New fun league
In Washington, Steve Spurrier is the season's big story for bringing his Fun 'n' Gun offense to the pros, who aren't entirely happy to see it.

Around the AFC

Around the NFC

Stram nominated for chance to reach Hall

[AP photo]

College football
Grossman settled after UF changes
The QB says he's relaxed without presence of coach Spurrier, rival Brock Berlin.

College football notebook
Florida safety Johnson is KO'd in scrimmage

Nuggets hire ex-scout Bzdelik as new coach
DENVER -- Jeff Bzdelik, a scout for the Nuggets last season, was introduced Wednesday as the team's coach.

In Brief
Open draw provides Sampras no breaks

Owners move toward middle
Union calls new revenue-sharing plan a step in the right direction, though not a 'substantial' one as owners say.

Lidle's scoreless streak at 31
CLEVELAND -- Cory Lidle has become a one-hit wonder.

Torn muscle sidelines Angels' Sele
NEW YORK -- Angels right-hander Aaron Sele was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a partially torn muscle in his pitching shoulder.

Finley's aging arm lifts Cards
ST. LOUIS -- Chuck Finley may be 39, but he still has plenty of life left in his arm.

Carpentier hits stride in CART
MONTREAL -- It has taken Patrick Carpentier six frustrating seasons to become a championship contender in the CART series.

Not playing up to par
A year after the teams were chosen, several players on each side are struggling to find their games for next month's Ryder Cup.

New tract lies in wait for Tiger's streak at NEC
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- The week after the final major championship of the season usually finds Tiger Woods on a course with thick trees.

PBA event has top field
The PBA's $230,000 Tournament of Champions has had a face lift for its Dec. 12-15 renewal in Seattle and has attracted a field of top national, senior and regional players.

Little League
Pitchers combine for history, home runs
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Zachary Osborne and Aaron Alvey, the game's record-setting pitchers, hit back-to-back home runs in the 11th inning to give Louisville, Ky., a 2-1 victory over Fort Worth, Texas, in the first U.S. semifinal at the Little League World Series on Wednesday.

Eagles' participation comes under scrutiny
Kiana Robinson, the county player of the year, may have violated FHSAA rules with her appearance in a charity all-star game.

10 Pressing Questions
The high school football season begins in less than three weeks. Leading up to preseason games, the Times will answer 10 Pressing Questions facing Pinellas schools.

Daily fishing report
Calm summer mornings are a perfect time to target big permit on local wrecks and artificial reefs.

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