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September 6, 2002
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Jon Gruden, aka Chucky, returned to town for one reason -- to bury Tampa Bay's morbid offensive past. Special Section

Productive Saints QB still looking for respect
They are going to come after Aaron Brooks on Sunday. If Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice and Anthony McFarland get their hands on the Saints quarterback, they are going to twist him into a pretzel.

Lightning forces players into garage
TAMPA -- It's a play everyone has called in the huddle during street football: Run to the Buick, cut to the Ford and I'll hit you with a pass.

Rays, Kennedy get swept away
ANGELS 10, RAYS 1: Garret Anderson hits two three-run homers to lead the rout.

Naimoli says deal should help sport
ST. PETERSBURG -- After casting his vote in favor of ratifying the new labor agreement Thursday, Rays managing general partner Vince Naimoli called it a historic day and a step forward for baseball.

Nash to get out of jail
The Rays prospect will be released Sept. 20 after a plea bargain was reached. Team is reviewing the situation.

Up next: Rangers
TONIGHT: 7:15 SATURDAY: 6:15 p.m.

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus County football. Special section

More preps
Why run when they can fly?
Mitchell promotes JV coach
Bears open with victory
New Chiefs, same dreams

U.S. Open Tennis
Sampras whips the kid

The aging legend refuses to pass the torch, dominating Andy Roddick in straight sets.

First Hewitt-Agassi match was a stunner
NEW YORK -- Lleyton Hewitt's first match against Andre Agassi, which took place in a 1998 Australian Open tuneup, was notable because Hewitt, then 16, defeated the well-established but down-on-his-luck Agassi in straight sets.

Davenport and Mauresmo up against Williams wall
They must overcome the sisters' dominance in today's semifinals.

On the Net
Tennis sites top NFL in searches

For all the talk about tennis lacking the colorful characters it had 20 years ago in the heyday of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, few sports can match tennis for its variety of official player sites.

'Canes' DBs face big test

Miami's secondary (most of it at least) knows Florida presents more of a challenge than FAMU.

UT ready to honor its best
Freddie Soloman and Tino Martinez are the top athletes to ever play for the Spartans.

State practice reports
Shoulder to keep Gator out of lineup

Silence isn't golden for DTs
Tavares Jurineack and Greg Walls can be loud with their play on the field and words off it.

Loss leads to better days
In the cornfields of DeKalb, Ill., in August 2001, South Florida lost a football game. Yet the USF program took a big step forward.

Beavers cruise to victory
PHILADELPHIA -- Derek Anderson threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns, including two to James Newson, to lead Oregon State over Temple 35-3 on Thursday.

Around the Nation
Hurricanes lose another recruit

Streak is nice, but A's want division
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics have won 20 straight, yet they know they haven't won anything yet. One look at the standings reveals what manager Art Howe reminds his players: Despite their thrilling charge to the longest winning streak in 67 years, Oakland is just three ahead of Anaheim for the AL West lead.

AL: A-Rod reaches 50 HRs in rout
BALTIMORE -- On a night in which he joined a prolific list of sluggers, Alex Rodriguez also showed his skill at bartering.

NL: Four-run first helps Schilling get 22nd win
SAN FRANCISCO -- Curt Schilling yielded a 434-foot homer by Barry Bonds, his 608th, but he pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for his 22nd victory as Arizona beat San Francisco 8-5 on Thursday.

Baseball notebook
Owners approve labor contract overwhelmingly

In brief

U.S. basketball team stunned again

Stewart nips Harvick for rare Truck victory

RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart picked track position over new tires with 35 laps to go Thursday night, taking the lead and holding off Kevin Harvick to win the Virginia Is For Lovers 200 Craftsman Truck series race.

49ers win season opener
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- What seemed like a dud of a season-opening party for the NFL turned into a thriller.

Around the NFC
EAGLES: Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent could miss Sunday's opener after injuring his left knee in practice Thursday. Vincent was injured on a noncontact play and left the field on his own. He had an MRI, and was diagnosed with a bone bruise. His status is day to day.

Around the AFC
BROWNS: Quarterback Tim Couch, who has a sore right arm after tearing scar tissue near his elbow in the preseason, was kept out of throwing drills Thursday. Also, rookie running back William Green was sent to the Cleveland Clinic for undisclosed tests. Coach Butch Davis said Green, who is expected to start Sunday, got stiff and sore in the team's morning walk-through.

Sports on TV, Radio
Fox trio of announcers paving way to top spot
With all the attention this offseason focused on John Madden's exodus to Monday Night Football and Pat Summerall's decreased role with Fox, the team of Joe Buck, Cris Collinsworth and Troy Aikman has gone quietly about the business of replacing announcing legends.

Daily fishing report
Recent rains have stained most inshore and near-shore waters dark brown. While this sometimes puts a damper on fishing, most reports indicate inshore fishing is as good or better than it was a few weeks ago.

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