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September 1, 2002
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Walker: left, right, bench?
Offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker has "to limit the penalties, he's got to limit the error in his play. He knows that, we know that and it's got to be corrected," Bucs coach says.

Brad Johnson thinks everything is in place
TAMPA -- To be a contender in Major League Baseball, you need two All-Star starting pitchers and a closer in the bullpen.

Cuts come with many on bubble
TAMPA -- By NFL rules, the Bucs must shave the 72 players on their roster to 53 by 4 p.m. today, and they may have made the bulk of the decisions Saturday.

Bats, pen give hope for tough stretch
RAYS 7, RANGERS 5: Tired relief staff pitches five shutout innings in first series win since June.

Taste kept pitcher striving
ARLINGTON, Texas -- No matter the setback or how bleak the prospect for a return, those 20 days in the fall of 1999 kept convincing Lance Carter to keep trying.

Uptons put onus on Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- Now that the owners and players have agreed on a new labor contract, maybe the Rays can strike a deal with top draft pick B.J. Upton.

Tired arm to force Wilson to skip start
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rays have another weary pitcher on their hands.

Grateful team praises Flaherty's hard work
ARLINGTON, Texas -- They probably won't throw him a party or present him with a gift certificate or plaque. But John Flaherty's teammates certainly will not let his work as the club's player representative this season go unnoticed or unappreciated.

[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
New head coach Ron Zook leads the Florida Gators on to the field before his first game of the season.
Gary Shelton
As introductions go, not bad at all
GAINESVILLE -- If you judge by opening arguments, there is a lot to like about the new guy.

Hubert Mizell
Dedicated Smith nears Hall
His team faded. Cowboy blue turned deathly pale. After three Super Bowl victories, Emmitt Smith kept wincing as talented Dallas sidekicks disappeared.

Florida Gators
Taylor-made victory
Taylor Jacobs and Rex Grossman make things look familiar at UF in Ron Zook's coaching debut.
Graham is getting it in gear
Renewed focus in the offseason pays off right away for the senior TB, to the tune of 182 yards.

Dad there for Zook era's start
GAINESVILLE -- After weeks of wondering if he could make the trip to Gainesville, Pete Zook, the 75-year-old father of Ron Zook, was at his son's coaching debut Saturday.

FSU Seminoles
'Baby steps' for FSU
FSU 40, VIRGINIA 19: The defense shuts out the Cavs for three quarters.

Jones bails out FSU offense
His 173 yards account for more than 30 percent of total offense.

Passing closes up for Rix
TALLAHASSEE -- If you thought Florida State sophomore quarterback Chris Rix looked antsy in the pocket against Virginia Saturday, you weren't alone.

UM Hurricanes
'Canes opener: It's no sweat
UM 63, FAMU 17: Now it's safe for the national champs to look ahead to Florida on Saturday.

Young Miami pair dazzle in opener
Winslow, WR Parrish score first career touchdowns.

UM ends need right 'attitude'
MIAMI -- A depleted Miami secondary was supposed to be propped up by a stout defensive line. But injuries and lackluster play made that position a question mark heading into the season. Because of a lack of pass rush, senior Matt Walters, the starting defensive tackle, was moved to end.

More college football
Olympian has immediate impact
DENVER -- Despite having seen Jeremy Bloom in only a few practices early last fall, Colorado coach Gary Barnett raved about the freshman wide receiver.

Tide forced to work for win
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama was thinking blowout, but Middle Tennessee had other ideas.

Herd receiver makes amends
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Josh Davis fumbled twice and dropped a pass in the first 11 minutes, but his final stats looked much better.

A walkon's FG saves Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Philip Brabbs went from unknown to goat to man of the hour for Michigan.

Pitt opens strong, but sputters late
PITTSBURGH -- Rod Rutherford made an uneven debut as Pittsburgh's quarterback, throwing two touchdowns before halftime but throwing three interceptions in an unimpressive 27-14 victory over Ohio on Saturday night.

Interceptions give boost to Washington St.
SEATTLE -- Jonathan Smith had two short touchdown runs and Will Derting returned one of his three interceptions for a school-record 98-yard score as Washington State opened with a 31-7 victory against Nevada on Saturday.

CSU surprises rival Colorado
DENVER -- Colorado State no longer gets intimidated when playing its more famous in-state rival. Three wins over Colorado in the past four years is evidence.

Duke tops ECU, ends losing streak at 23
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alex Wade rushed for 109 yards and Brendan Dewan had a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown as Duke ended a 23-game losing streak with a 23-16 win against East Carolina on Saturday.

Penn State finally gets it cranked up against Knights
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno didn't like his team's attitude during a close first half against Central Florida. Paterno was considerably more pleased by the middle of the fourth quarter.

U.S. Open Tennis
Hewitt again outlasts Blake in five
A year to the day after going the distance with Tampa's James Blake, top seed escapes with a U.S. Open win.

German faces charges of stalking top seed
NEW YORK -- A German man who spent the past year pursuing Serena Williams around the world was arrested Saturday and charged with stalking the top-seeded player.

Darlington is planning to shine new light on its tough corners
The track needs a boost, and changing the 2004 Southern 500 to a night race could return past status.

Schumacher has two records within his reach
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Five-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher grabbed the pole for today's Belgian Grand Prix, the first time he will start in front at the Spa-Francorchamps track.

Burton wins rain-shortened BGN race
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jeff Burton won the rain-shortened South Carolina 200 on Saturday when, after the third stoppage, the cars were led across the start-finish line to make the race official.

Turn 2 takes its toll on drivers
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Many of the world's best drivers could be humbled today by one of stock-car racing's trickiest corners -- Turn 2 at Darlington Raceway.

U.S. starts 3-0 in Japan Cup softball
Lori Harrigan pitched a three-hitter Saturday, leading the United States past Japan 1-0 in the four-nation Japan Cup softball tournament in Yokohama.

Real Madrid gets Brazil's Ronaldo
MADRID, Spain -- Ronaldo, the Brazilian forward who led his nation to the World Cup title, was acquired Saturday by Spain's Real Madrid from Italy's Internazionale of Milan.

Steinbrenner stewing, silently
Friday's last-minute labor agreement left many unanswered questions. But before you try to determine the phase-in percentages of the revenue sharing and algebraic formulas for the luxury tax, consider these:

Ex-union chief feels vindication
NEW YORK -- The settlement that averted a strike eliminated all remaining compensation to teams that lose free agents, the issue that caused a 50-day strike in 1981.

Giants beat 2nd D'backs ace
PHOENIX -- Any team that beats Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling on consecutive days must be on a roll, even if San Francisco manager Dusty Baker won't admit it.

A's pull out 17th straight win
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics extended the majors' longest winning streak in 49 years to 17 games Saturday night, beating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 behind four RBIs from Eric Chavez.

Sauers' 66 sends him to top
SURREY, British Columbia -- Gene Sauers didn't find out he would play in the Air Canada Championship until Monday afternoon.

Carr's bruised knee okay
HOUSTON -- An MRI on Texans rookie quarterback David Carr's bruised right knee revealed no damage Saturday, and the rookie should be ready for the season opener.

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

Culpepper puts past behind him
Daunte Culpepper wants you to forget. In fact, he is determined to make us all forget the embarrassment that was the 2001 Vikings season.

Los Angeles holds off N.Y. for title
LOS ANGELES -- The Sparks made sure that the WNBA champions list remained at two teams.

Et cetera
More than luck, beer needed in this draft
Tips for your fantasy football draft:

Bucs made mistake in cutting Wunsch
I was saddened to read the Bucs had cut Jerry Wunsch. He has been a class act in our community, on and off the field. I noticed opponents attacked us last season over, around and through the left tackle, not Wunsch's right tackle position. Moving the problem to right tackle and cutting Wunsch exacerbates our offensive line problems. I also noticed during the Washington preseason game that Wunsch's replacement was flagged multiple times for not knowing where the line of scrimmage was.

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