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August 25, 2002
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Gary Shelton
'Skins expose defense's flaws
TAMPA -- Yep, you have to hand it to Steve Spurrier. When it comes to helping his fellow coaches, the guy does what he can.

'It was awful'
REDSKINS 40, BUCS 10: Jon Gruden has nothing good to say about his team after losing in a blowout in Steve Spurrier's return to Tampa Bay.

DE Jones felled by sprained knee
TAMPA -- The Bucs defensive line was dealt a potentially damaging blow when starting end Marcus Jones sprained his left knee with 1:12 left in the first quarter Saturday and did not return.

Offensive line crumbles as drives fall apart
The first team drives the ball slowly, an obstacle that Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not have in mind.

Stecker, Dilger rare bright spots
Running back, tight end shine with several big first-half gains.

Spurrier passes, passes on hype
The Redskins throw the ball a lot, but the former University of Florida coach downplays the significance of the victory.

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

Rays continue predictable inconsistency
WHITE SOX 5, RAYS 2: Bats go silent a day after offensive outburst and Paul Wilson makes enough mistakes to lose.

Baldelli could see bigs, barring strike
CHICAGO -- If there is a lengthy strike, there will be countless stories of the financial impact on franchises, players, team employees, stadium workers, charity groups and so on.

Rays tales
STAR POWER: It's not quite a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but Ben Grieve will get his name on a bronze baseball-shaped plaque that will be embedded on Eutaw Street to mark his mammoth home run Tuesday in Baltimore.

Flaherty takes flak for good of the team
CHICAGO -- Last time, John Flaherty and was young and dumb.

John Romano
Seminoles still long way from glory of past
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Never before has a season started so early for Florida State. Which makes it odd that the end should already seem near.

Hubert Mizell
Detroit legend soon signs off
Nine thousand times, in 55 seasons, Ernie Harwell has signed off after broadcasting a ballgame. Thirty-three to go before the stylish, 84-year-old voice of the Detroit Tigers says goodbye.

College football
Inches finally favor 'Noles
FSU 38, IOWA ST. 31: Florida State holds off a late surge by the Cyclones, getting Bowden win No. 324.

Eddie Robinson Classic may not continue
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For a moment on the eve of kickoff, Eddie Robinson sounded nothing like a long-retired coach.

Huskers quarterback has promising debut
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jammal Lord threw his first career touchdown and ran for 103 yards in his first start as the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Arizona State 48-10 on Saturday night in the Black Coaches Association Classic.

Around the State
USF lineup just about complete

Sparks sweep into championship series
LOS ANGELES -- The Sparks were so dominating, they needed just one half to put the game away.

Gordon bumps way to a win
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jeff Gordon snapped his 31-race victory drought Saturday night, bumping his way past Rusty Wallace with three laps to go to win the Sharpie 500.

Junqueira's bid for pole interrupted by squirrel
MONTREAL -- Bruno Junqueira's quest for his third pole of the season was foiled by a squirrel.

Pontiac boys fighting among selves already
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The pecking order among Pontiac teams on the Winston Cup circuit has become somewhat of a puzzle.

Hewitt impresses, but it hasn't all been good
Defending U.S. Open champ uses hustle, not power, but he hasn't overpowered fans, either.

Drop shots
MAYBE NOT DONE YET: Maybe a trip to New York is what Pete Sampras needs to revive his sagging career.

Dungy is unnerved by Colts' scoring ills. Sound familiar?
When former Bucs coach Tony Dungy arrived in Indianapolis, people wondered if he could fix the team's sagging defense. Maybe they should have been asking if he could fix the offense instead.

End will be merciful for Brewers
In the city where the $400-million retractable-roof stadium leaks and the All-Star Game ended in a tie, a strike might be the lone salvation for a Brewers franchise suffering through its worst season.

Hall of Famer Wilhelm dies
SARASOTA -- Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, the first reliever elected to the Hall of Fame and the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Yankees, died Friday.

Sun shines in Dodgers' favor
LOS ANGELES -- Gary Sheffield never lost a fly ball in the sun at Dodger Stadium while playing leftfield for Los Angeles.

Angels' Appier shuts out pain along with Red Sox
BOSTON -- Kevin Appier felt well enough to win again for the Anaheim Angels.

Owners blast union counteroffer
NEW YORK -- Owners immediately slammed players Saturday for making what management called backward proposals on the key issues of revenue sharing and a luxury tax.

Trade to Marlins has ex-Eagle optimistic
Ryan Snare's determination and curveball make him one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues.

Little League World Series
Kentucky, Japan reach final behind pitching
Zach Osborne and Yuuji Nakane dominate Louisville, Ky., and Netherlands Antilles.

Sports TV/Radio
SportsCenter hits milestone
From its humble start to the "big show," ESPN personalities discuss the show's route to tonight's 25,000th episode.

Prime ESPN promos
SportsCenter will have a countdown of its top promotional commercials. Here's a synopsis, in no particular order:

ESPN: A Closer Look
Through the years

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Carolina denies Hamm, takes home WUSA title

Highs & lows

Ten questions
Who will emerge as the county's best kicker now that Jon Peattie at Countryside and Brandon Mai at Largo have graduated?

Daily fishing report
If you crave spirited jumps and drag-singing runs, look no further than the artificial reefs and nearshore wrecks dotting our coastline, where barracuda provide big-game action on light tackle.

Letters: Strike talk disgusts MLB fans
The stupidity of baseball players and owners never ceases to amaze. Do they not realize it is the paying patrons who determine if they have jobs? Why would they intentionally destroy what took years to rebuild after the last strike? Players make more money in a year than most of us will make in a lifetime, and we are the ones supporting this lunacy. Grow up.

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