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September 11, 2002
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Personal thank you
[Special to the Times: Tom Wagner]
Quarterback Shaun King is one of many Bucs who visited MacDill Air Force Base. "We appreciate them for everything they do because what greater love is there than being willing to sacrifice your life for someone else," King said.
Bucs pay MacDill visit to show appreciation
Players say they value the chance to thank the military personally, and the base tour restored feelings of safety.

Directive unites foes in anger
RED SOX 12, RAYS 1: History of plunkings prompts an MLB warning, which both teams say is unwarranted.

Rays making progress with top pick Upton
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays finally might be close to signing first-round draft pick B. J. Upton.

Honor, company dazzle Baldelli
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rocco Baldelli sounded as if he wasn't sure what was more amazing.

Naming-rights deal may boost payroll
Lightning president says most of money will go to improve team.

Holzinger injured again
Back in shape after surgery, Lightning C breaks his left fibula.

Gary Shelton
Back in the game
Much has changed since that terrible day. Including our perspective.

College football
FSU end changed by faith and fate
Eric Powell turns around anger, academic issues after getting shot.

State practice reports
UF needs changes after loss

Around the nation
Jersey mistake leaves Pitt upset

Around the state
Hurricanes' A. Johnson won't play vs. Temple

Patriots revel after beating Steelers -- and odds
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The printout hanging in Ty Law's locker showed seven ex-players turned broadcasters picking the Steelers to beat his Patriots.

Taking 27th chance on K.C.'s Kennison
The sky fell Sunday.

NFL roundup
Jaguars dismiss fumbling Gibson

Brave hits 4 straight HRs over 4 days
ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Andruw Jones became the 11th player in NL history to homer in four straight at-bats Tuesday night, though the streak began three days earlier.

AL: Reserves key Yanks sweep
NEW YORK -- Jeff Weaver made the most out of his rare opportunity to start.

NL: Braves don't ease up on Mets
ATLANTA -- Just because they've clinched the East doesn't mean the Braves have to stop beating up on the Mets.

Fast baseball conversion being prepared for RFK
WASHINGTON -- The third-base dugout is gone from the field at RFK Stadium.

Stars owner Hicks looking to sell team
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Owning two professional teams is becoming a burden for Tom Hicks. So the owner of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars is reluctantly ready to unload the NHL club.

IU gives Knight more time for suit
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University extended the deadline for Bob Knight to sue the school over his 2000 firing to Oct. 11.

Et cetera
In brief
Webber: 'I did not lie to the grand jury'

Tampa Catholic gets new coach
TAMPA -- The new softball coach at Tampa Catholic is Darlene Lowery, a former player with a list of accomplishments a mile long.

Ex-Jefferson star could be expelled
Regardless of a committee's decision, his mother says Mike Taylor will attend Apopka.

Diving star not lacking in loyalty
Heavily-recruited Tampa Prep senior Chris Colwill may pitch in and swim some events this season to help the Terrapins.

Hernando's hitting, serving overpower Springstead
BROOKSVILLE -- After graduation robbed Hernando of most of its height, coach Dena Frye predicted the Leopards would not be a big-hitting team this season.

River Ridge too much for Wesley Chapel
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Hoping her team would be less intimidated by hard-hitting River Ridge, Wesley Chapel coach Julie Marks went so far as to take her team out of the gym while the Knights went through hitting drills before Tuesday night's match.

Tradition under construction at CCC
The Marauders were regional winners last season. They're planning for more success.

Daily Fishing Report
Red Tide moved inside Johns Pass for a few days. Live bait was hard to find there. The snook bite slowed around the bridge. But strong tides over the past few days have cleared out Red Tide. Bait schools moved back into the residential canals near the pass and snook are back on their normal feeding patterns.

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