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September 9, 2002
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Flip, flop
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
The Bucs rally to force overtime. But punter Tom Tupa's desperation pass is intercepted for the winning TD.

Gary Shelton

Bucs' new start could not have gone worse
TAMPA -- If you can tell one thing from the way the Bucs opened the season, it is this.

Offense woes continue
The unwanted O of old shows up at key times, namely overtime.

Harsh words from Walker
TAMPA -- Sunday's overtime loss to New Orleans was frustrating for the players on the field, but more so for second-year tackle Kenyatta Walker.

The Saints march in to 'get the win'
We didn't want (last year's loss) to happen again. We came in here with that on our minds, DE Darren Howard says.

Defense's arrival too little, too late
After giving up 328 yards in three quarters, Tampa Bay limits New Orleans to 40 during the rest of the game.

Sound bites
Bucs fans got short shrifted Sunday. Because Fox stayed with the most boring and lopsided game of the day (Miami-Detroit), there was no pregame show.

Bucs chat
The Buccaneers treated their rabid fans to a real nail-biter under new guru Jon Gruden.

Team quotes

Win doesn't change big picture for McRae
RAYS 6, RANGERS 3: Manager says serious changes are needed to boost morale as five-game skid ends.

Up next: Red Sox
SCOUTING REPORT: Hope of a playoff run is fading fast for the Red Sox, who are 9 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 8 1/2 behind Anaheim in the wild-card standings.

Rangers shift can't stop streaking Huff
ST. PETERSBURG -- Aubrey Huff beat a Texas shift Sunday and extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games, longest of the season for the Rays.

No mental or physical respite for Lecavalier
The Lightning center spends the summer working on his slap shot and confidence.

Hubert Mizell
Spurrier does what he usually does: win
LANDOVER, Md. -- Unlike with the Florida Gators, he threw no sun visor in anger, but Steve Spurrier paid a bloody price.

U.S. Open tennis
Comeback king
Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi in four sets for his 14th Grand Slam title, first since 2000.

Delay for football doesn't deter men
NEW YORK -- How did Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi spend the final minutes leading up to Sunday's final?

College football
Gators looking for new identity
Offensive line, kicking game, linebackers will be first to undergo changes.

Buffs unsure of QB's future
BOULDER, Colo. -- A third concussion in a year has put Colorado quarterback Craig Ochs' career in jeopardy.

'Canes leave little in doubt by answering key questions
While Florida was left with many questions Saturday, No.1 Miami had a lot answered.

Bulls take control before big games
TAMPA -- Quick, knock on wood: Things look perfect for South Florida heading into the biggest two games in the program's history.

Wright, Jones keep their titles
St. Petersburg's Winky Wright defended his IBF junior middleweight title by disqualification over Bronco McKart Saturday in Portland, Ore.

Winner flies past pack in run
After trailing in the swimming and biking events, former track star Dave Picciano takes control in the 3-mile run.

RB Martin: Injury not too serious
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Jets running back Curtis Martin does not think the ankle injury that forced him out of Sunday's regular-season opener against the Bills is serious.

Packers beat heat, Falcons
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Both teams thought the game was over long before Ryan Longwell's 34-yard field goal with 5:15 left in overtime gave Green Bay a 37-34 victory over Atlanta.

Panthers win first in nearly a year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Players mobbed each other in a pile, new coach John Fox jumped into the arms of his assistants and the Panthers celebrated their first victory in 364 days.

Miami runs streak to 11 in openers
MIAMI -- For the Dolphins, plenty of points meant plenty of standouts, most of them newcomers.

Broncos 23, Rams 16
DENVER -- The Broncos were a field goal away from replacing Brian Griese with Steve Beuerlein in the fourth quarter. Then St. Louis kicker Jeff Wilkins missed.

Bears 27, Vikings 23
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Mike Brown needed intravenous fluids twice as the scorching heat left him nauseous, lightheaded and gasping for air.

Dungy wins Colts debut in familiar way
Indianapolis tops Jacksonville 28-25 thanks to defense and opportunism in the second half.

Raiders 31, Seahawks 17
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Brown made sure his new coach got the game ball.

Chargers 34, Bengals 6
CINCINNATI -- Drew Brees already has a legacy.

Titans 27, Eagles 24
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee thinks it has its winning attitude back. Steve McNair and Eddie George are responsible.

Jets 37, Bills 31 (OT)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Chad Morton didn't want to look back to see if anyone was chasing him. Now New York can look forward after squeaking out a dramatic victory to open its season.

Taunting calls open door for Kansas City
Chiefs, beneficiaries of two penalties in last :29, get FG with no time left to beat Browns 40-39.

A Texan stunner: win over Cowboys
HOUSTON -- The Texans didn't just win their opener. They won their Super Bowl.

Redskins need all of prolific offense
LANDOVER, Md. -- Shane Matthews threw three touchdowns and Stephen Davis overcame a third-quarter groin strain to get 150 total yards as the Redskins held off the Cardinals 31-23 Sunday in Steve Spurrier's NFL coaching debut.

Champions open new stadium
An anticipated game against the Steelers kicks into another gear for the Patriots because of Gillette Field.

Hornish beats Unser in IRL's closest finish
JOLIET, Ill. -- Wheel-to-wheel with Al Unser Jr. for the last 22 laps, Sam Hornish Jr. nosed ahead in the last turn to win the Delphi Indy 300 on Sunday in the closest Indy car finish in history.

AL: Glaus joins the fun for Angels
BALTIMORE -- Troy Glaus finally made a sizable contribution to the Anaheim Angels' winning streak.

NL: Braves blanked in bid to clinch
ATLANTA -- Hold the champagne. The Braves will have to wait at least one more day to clinch their 11th straight division title.

Yanks say farewell to Harwell
NEW YORK -- Ernie Harwell jogged to the mound Sunday, threw out the first ball and shook Roger Clemens' hand.

Australia jells fast to capture World Series
ST. PETERSBURG -- It took Australia less than five weeks to put together not only a team for the Women's World Series, but the team that defeated Team Japan 8-6 Sunday in the championship game at Tropicana Field.

3-way playoff ends in Rollins' first win
MARKHAM, Ontario -- A collapse by Neal Lancaster produced a surprising winner Sunday in the Canadian Open.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Yugoslavia in OT over Argentina for gold

Daily fishing report: Tournament insider
Despite the windy conditions, 183 women competed in the ninth annual Bill Currie Jr. Ladies Fall Fishing Classic on Saturday at Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in St. Petersburg. There were 150 fish weighed.

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