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August 23, 2002
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Bucs
Rookie relies on patience, quickness
RB Travis Stephens has shown promise during the preseason, could give Bucs another option on offense.

John Romano
The book on Lewis closed? No
Months have passed, hard feelings have faded, yet closure remains elusive in the wake of the Bucs' coaching search. Unless, that is, you count the door slamming shut in the face of Marvin Lewis.

Dropped passes draw ire of Gruden
TAMPA -- The Bucs have not had trouble catching on to Jon Gruden's offense. Holding on to passes is another story.

With Spurrier, end zone or bust
Not taking his tirades, benchings personally is only part of key to success, his QBs say.

Rays
A strong start, but familiar finish
ORIOLES 3, RAYS 2 (11): Jorge Sosa pitches well, then Tampa Bay gets a walkoff loss.

Gomez playing well, but future is unclear
BALTIMORE -- Chris Gomez had a pretty good first year for the Rays. But he may not have a job next year.

College football
Support system
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[Times photo: Lara Cerri]
From grandmothers and his parents to his friend's family, USF's Marquel Blackwell had help becoming a star QB.

Cavs fumble away chance for victory
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Cecil Sapp ran for 178 yards and Colorado State recovered a fumble at its 1 with 10 seconds left Thursday for a 35-29 victory over Virginia in the Jim Thorpe Classic.

Motorsports
St. Petersburg has a race, but who will drive?
CART's top priority is to keep teams from jumping to the rival IRL next season.

Car split in half; no injury
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike Harmon escaped virtually uninjured after a crash Thursday split his car in half when he hit an unsecured gate at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Golf
Goosen, Izawa on top of world of players at NEC
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- This World Golf Championship certainly lived up its name Thursday, as Retief Goosen of South Africa and Toshi Izawa of Japan each shot 6-under 65 to share the lead in the NEC Invitational.

NFL
With Spurrier, end zone or bust
Not taking his tirades, benchings personally is only part of key to success, his QBs say.

Around the NFC
EAGLES: The team hopes to get its struggling offense going for the first time tonight against the Ravens. The starters are expected to play at least the first half. The first team has seven points in seven possessions.

Around the AFC
BROWNS: Qasim Mitchell, a 335-pound rookie offensive lineman, was taken to a hospital after experiencing heat-related problems. The team said he is expected to be fine.

On the Air
Lightning sizes up AHL broadcaster
The Lightning is still a few weeks from hiring a replacement for radio play-by-play man John Ahlers, but there may be an early favorite.

Baseball
Players, owners: still time to avoid strike
NEW YORK -- With a week to go, negotiators for players and owners expressed optimism Thursday they have enough time to reach a deal and avoid another strike.

San Diego shuts down St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- San Diego intercepted Marc Bulger twice, ending a successful preseason run by the Rams reserve quarterback, in a 31-10 victory Thursday.

Nomo ends jinx against Marlins 6-2
LOS ANGELES -- Chad Kreuter was intent on helping batterymate Hideo Nomo end his jinx against the Florida Marlins.

All is well with Wells
NEW YORK -- David Wells is convinced the only thing that can slow him is a creaky back.

NBA
2nd man will testify against former Net
FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- A second man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he helped cover up Jayson Williams' role in the shooting death of a limousine driver and will testify against the former Nets forward.

Colleges
FSU hopes stars pick school over pros
It appears Florida State will be significantly stronger than expected with three key players poised to bypass the major leagues. Ace left-hander Matt Lynch, a seventh-round pick of San Diego, and signees Mark Sauls, a right-handed pitcher taken in the third round by Minnesota and outfielder Eddie Martinez-Esteve, a third-round pick of Seattle, are ready to attend classes Monday.

Little League World Series
This time, home run goes against Harlem
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- An intentional walk had taken the bat out of the hands of Worcester's power hitter. Along came Ryan Griffin.

Et cetera
In brief
UF faces new basketball challenges

Incomplete pages keep USF sites from shining
For the second time in a year, South Florida unveiled a new look for its official site last week. The new gousfbulls.com, like the university's football team, shows signs of promise but is largely a work in progress.

Preps
10 Pressing Questions
5. What will be the best games each week this season?

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