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September 15, 2002
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[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Brian Kelly (25) and Derrick Brooks team for a Week 1 tackle of Joe Horn, in a game in which the Saints had success on third downs.
Standard deviation
For years a dependable resource, the Bucs defense showed a different face last weekend. A return to its usual performance is promised.

Walker will stick around
BALTIMORE -- He's tried left tackle and right tackle, but the Bucs have to find a place for Kenyatta Walker. Like Washington? Hardly.

Kickin' back: Never an embarrassing moment
Bucs tight end Marco Battaglia couldn't be more Italian American and couldn't be more proud of his heritage. Here's a sample of his takes on Hollywood's depiction of Italian Americans, Sept. 11, pizza and pickup lines.

High Profile: Aaron Stecker

Chucky's Chalk Talk
Bucs coach Jon "Chucky" Gruden on this week's opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.

Side line
Some alignment difficulties

John Romano
Ravens mortgaged future for title, with no regrets
Their memories of the Super Bowl are priceless. Which is fitting because it cost a fortune to get there.

It's 100 down, more to come
JAYS 8, RAYS 4: In 148th game, Tampa Bay becomes first to lose 100 twice in a row since '79.

Vaughn sits, waits, doesn't complain
TORONTO -- If Greg Vaughn is unhappy about his lack of playing time, the veteran isn't letting on.

Rays tales
DEVIL IN THE WHITE JERSEY: Russ Johnson has made a lot of changes in his personal life, including a transformation to religious zealot, spreading what he considers the word of God at every opportunity.

Uptons anticipate a smooth transition
Now that top draft pick B.J. Upton has agreed to a deal he can start working, beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Naimoli complex, on becoming a major-leaguer.

Fedotenko brings color to Lightning
Wing's talent, and a rosy outlook, could help team avoid playoff blues.

Prospect Watch
PLAYER: Evgeny Konstantinov

Prospect lights up scrimmage
BRANDON -- It was just a scrimmage, but prospect Alexander Svitov used it to put his mark on the first day of practice.

Hubert Mizell
Say 'see ya' to young announcers in prime-time sports
It's probably my fault, but why do I tune in to so many sports updates on ESPN, Fox and CNN? All I see and hear, mixed with news and scores, is a revolving cast of announcers dominated by fresh youngsters not quite ready for prime time.

Gary Shelton
Andrews runs own game; how about his own team?
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The light does not shine as brightly on his end of the field. Across the way, Bobby Bowden was talking and grinning and aw-shucks-ing, and the cameras could not turn away.

As ugly as can be for Bulls vs. Hogs
ARKANSAS 42, USF 3: The Bulls trail 35-0 at halftime and never come close to challenging their SEC opponent.

Arkansas' blitz, mistakes silence Bulls offense
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- South Florida coach Jim Leavitt warned his team that a rowdy crowd would be on hand for its game against Arkansas on Saturday.

USF stumbles badly out of the blocks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- For South Florida in Saturday's 42-3 loss to Arkansas, it was as awful a start as could be imagined. How bad? It might have been worse than at Utah last season.

Maryland mauling
FSU scores 24 in the second quarter and wins 37-10.

Local star steps in for Terps
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland freshman linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, a former standout at Seminole High, didn't expect to play much this season.

Florida remedies few weaknesses
UF 34, OHIO 6: Gators appear sluggish against pass-deficient Bobcats.

Special teams make progress for UF
After a down game vs. Miami, the improvement comes in all phases.

Weather delays 1st half
GAINESVILLE -- The Gators had to contend with an underdog opponent and the weather Saturday against Ohio University.

Sloppiness doesn't cost Miami in rout of Temple
The Hurricanes allow it to get close before pulling away and winning 44-21.

More college football
Around the state: Printers leads FAMU at Riverfront Classic
CINCINNATI -- Casey Printers passed for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Florida A&M to a 34-16 victory over Morgan State in the annual Riverfront Classic on Saturday.

College football: Sick child receives valuable gift
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- What started as a nice gesture for a New York police officer ended up being a gift for a boy with bone cancer.

Big East: Syracuse rebounds against overmatched R.I.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Walter Reyes ran for three touchdowns and R.J. Anderson found his passing touch as Syracuse routed Division I-AA Rhode Island 63-17 Saturday.

ACC: Tiger defense preserves victory after late fumble
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Willie Simmons fumbled the snap as Clemson tried to run out the clock. And Georgia Tech drove to the Tigers 29 before Eric Sampson's interception with a minute left sealed a 24-19 victory Saturday.

Around the nation: Nevada quarterback helps knock off BYU
RENO, Nev. -- Zack Threadgill passed for 410 yards and four first-half touchdowns and Nevada's defense withstood a late rally Saturday as the Wolf Pack upset Brigham Young 31-28.

Big Ten: Freshman Clarett spurs Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With each game, freshman Maurice Clarett is making it easier to draw comparisons with Ohio State icon Archie Griffin.

Big 12: Trojans give Buffs little in trouncing
BOULDER, Colo. -- Carson Palmer passed for 244 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as No. 17 Southern California routed No.18 Colorado 40-3 Saturday.

Irish squeak by Wolverines
Michigan fails on a late 2-point try and again on its final drive as Notre Dame stays unbeaten.

SEC: Texas Tech sets Big 12 mark against Ole Miss
LUBBOCK, Texas -- On a day when Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury became the Big 12's career-leading passer, it was fitting he put the finishing touches on a 42-28 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.

S.C. miscues lift Bulldogs
Georgia recovers a late fumble, prevails in its rain-delayed SEC opener.

C-USA: West Virginia escapes Cincy's comeback specialist
CINCINNATI -- Rasheed Marshall ran for two touchdowns and passed for another Saturday as West Virginia held on for a 35-32 victory against Cincinnati.

Pac-10: Oregon continues mastery of Idaho
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon coach Mike Bellotti had a lot to be pleased about during the Ducks' 58-21 win Saturday, but he was concerned Idaho had the ball almost twice as long.

Rams will not abandon their confidence game
The Rams are finished, according to coach Mike Martz. They lost their first game, which pretty much means they have no chance this season. "Yeah, I guess it's over for us," Martz said.

NFL Game Day: Week 2
Bucs at Ravens

Tough times near end for Tampa Bay Classic
Everything from thin fields to terrorism have slowed the PGA Tour event's growth.

A threat has little effect on Fleisher
CLEMMONS, N.C. -- After the third round was delayed two hours because of a bomb threat written on the wall of a portable toilet, Bruce Fleisher shot 6-under 64 for a five-stroke lead at the RJR Championship.

Et cetera
Highs and Lows

Rivera is upbeat over BP session
NEW YORK -- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw batting practice Saturday for the first time in nearly a month and said he was pleased with how his strained right shoulder felt.

NL: Risk pays off for red-hot Cards
HOUSTON -- Every move the St. Louis Cardinals make is pushing the Astros further out of the Central race.

AL: A's silence Mariners bats again
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson made a point to congratulate Barry Zito before Saturday's game for the near no-hitter Zito pitched the night before.

Cold spells may doom Red Sox
The Yankees are on the verge of clinching the American League East. The A's and Angels might split enough games where neither loses much ground in the AL West and wild-card standings.

Montgomery breaks world record in 100
PARIS -- American Tim Montgomery turned the late-season IAAF Grand Prix Final into his showcase.

Battle in Texas to decide IRL
Closely contested championship comes down to two drivers: Sam Hornish and Helio Castroneves.

Montoya has fastest F1 lap
MONZA, Italy -- Juan Pablo Montoya raced the fastest lap in Formula One history Saturday in qualifying for the Italian GP.

Two-time titlist top qualifier for World Team Challenge
SEMINOLE -- Clearwater's two-time winner, Top of the Line Pool Service, led a 46-team field after Saturday's qualifying in the ABC Brunswick World Team Challenge at Seminole Lanes.

Depth the difference as Jaguars, Tigers repeat
TAMPA -- The outcome was the same, but the Academy of the Holy Names girls and the Jesuit boys took different routes to repeat as champions in the 29th annual City of Tampa Swimming Relays at Bobby Hicks Pool on Saturday.

Seminole's turnaround culminates
ST. PETERSBURG -- In its first three matches this season, Seminole tinkered with its lineup and went through a series of erratic performances.

This time, Warhawks outduel Hurricanes
The Seminole girls take the overall title ahead of their rivals from PHU.

Level of competition the focus for Mitchell
TAMPA -- Regardless of her out-of-pocket cost, Mitchell coach Florie Buono is determined her team will compete at the USF/Jesuit Invitational.

Second-place finish helps Bucs enjoy trip
The Gulf girls finished second in the high school division of the University of Georgia Bulldog Stampede on Saturday at the university's golf course in Athens, Ga.

Mustangs, Knights overcome course
A confusing layout and slow conditions make it a rough run for boys, girls teams.

Plant teams pull off sweep
GIRLS: The Panthers win by 14 points and place five runners in the top 25 for pace elite division.

Plant teams pull off sweep
BOYS: Jesuit runner secures individual title, but the Panthers are the best team.

Daily fishing report
Summer temperatures have cooled little if any, but the angles of the sun and moon have changed a bit and may be causing changes in the behavior of fish.

Game between 'Canes, Gators is worth seeing every season
The Florida Gators are scheduled to play the Miami Hurricanes one more time (next year). But after the Hurricanes trounced the Gators, I bet my infant grandchildren will be in an old-age home before the Gators play them again in the regular season. You also can bet that somehow, someway, the Gators will have no difficulty finding a way to squeeze the likes of Louisiana Tech, the Little Sisters of the Poor or the St. Augustine School for the Blind into their regular schedule in the years to come. Just wait and see.

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