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September 16, 2002
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Bucs
Quoth the Defense: Never Score
TAMPA BAY 25, BALTIMORE 0: With retribution for Sept. 8 in mind, the defense delivers a shutout, giving Jon Gruden his first win as a Buccaneer.

Walker back on line after a wakeup call
BALTIMORE -- Tuesday, on his day off, Bucs right tackle Kenyatta Walker arrived at One Buc Place ready to go to work, eager to put his troubles of the past few weeks behind him.

Williams steps up at key moments
Often overshadowed Bucs receiver has his fifth career punt return for a touchdown, this one 56 yards for a 10-0 lead.

Defense silences its critics
Bucs limit Ravens to 173 total yards, including 55 rushing, sack QB three times, Lynch gets a safety and Brooks adds a TD.

Bucs, Ravens quotebooks
Gimme Five
Sound bites
Game balls
Photo gallery

Letters
Feedback: Johnson worthy of the praise
How could any Bucs fan that knows about football feel that Brad Johnson is not an NFL quarterback?

Gary Shelton
Expect Sunday to be first of many wins for Gruden
BALTIMORE -- At a time such as this, you can quibble if you want.

Rays
Tryouts continue as Rays end skid
RAYS 7, JAYS 4: Overhauled lineup aids Joe Kennedy's best start in several weeks.

LHP in the zone at site of debut
TORONTO -- A visit to the stadium where he made his major-league debut last season again proved beneficial for Rays pitcher Joe Kennedy.

Lightning
Lightning could ride goalie to playoffs
If a postseason berth comes down to the final few games, you want Nikolai Khabibulin in net.

Rancorous labor fight looms large
BRANDON -- If you thought the encounter between baseball's filthy rich and richly spoiled was grand theater, wait until hockey's players and owners try to forge a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires in September 2004.

Lack of progress could lead to deals
BRANDON -- General manager Jay Feaster said if the Lightning is not in the thick of the playoff hunt deep into the season, extensive personnel changes likely will be made.

College football
Bulls' downfall began with ground attack
USF couldn't run the ball or stop Arkansas from doing so, leading to the blowout loss.

'It was about what we expected'
CORAL GABLES -- Three weeks. Three games. Three routs.

McPherson doesn't get call
Some changes come with great fanfare, others with little notice.

The ante is raised this week
GAINESVILLE -- The Sept. 7 game against Miami was big for Florida, but Saturday's showdown against Tennessee is even bigger, Florida coach Ron Zook said Sunday.

College football roundup
Irish proud of big win

Motorsports
Newman breaks out
After 13 top-five finishes in 27 events, rookie gets first Winston Cup win in rain-shortened race.

Hornish captures second IRL title
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Another incredible finish, another IRL title for Sam Hornish Jr.

Distractions don't faze Stewart
LOUDON, N.H. -- Once again, Tony Stewart put off-track distractions aside and staged a magnificent charge through traffic to finish third in the New Hampshire 300 on Sunday.

Boxing
De La Hoya KOs Vargas and critics
Super-welterweight champion sets sights on Mosley or Trinidad.

Shorts
Sports briefs
Kegel team takes title in bowling

Baseball
AL: Glaus powers Angels into first
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels are in the driver's seat in the West. Troy Glaus put them there with three majestic home runs.

NL: Schilling forms a 300K duo
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling got his 300th strikeout. His 24th victory will have to wait.

Twins clinch Central crown
CLEVELAND -- The Minnesota Twins refused to be contracted. Instead, they conquered.

Tigers hold tribute to their legendary voice
DETROIT -- When the subject was Ernie Harwell, Tigers outfielder Robert Fick was like any fan Sunday.

Golf
Forsman snaps winless streak
The 44-year-old eagles No. 18 in Pennsylvania Classic for his first PGA victory in 10 years.

Sorenstam picks up 39th LPGA Tour title
PORTLAND, Ore. -- After sinking an 11-foot birdie on the final hole of the Safeway Classic, Annika Sorenstam showed some emotion.

NHL
Weekes collapses at camp
Kevin Weekes' seizure was blamed in part on heat and dehydration.

NFL
FG miss keeps Bears unbeaten
Chicago hangs on 14-13 as Atlanta's late 45-yard field goal try hooks wide.

Victorious Panthers have no complaints
Carolina doesn't much care that win comes vs. fellow 2001 weakling Detroit.

Saints halt Favre to stay on top
The defense hounds the Green Bay quarterback in a 35-20 New Orleans win.

Jaguars work quickly to top Chiefs
Jacksonville gets two long TDs late on its way to a 23-16 victory at Kansas City.

Collins, Giants strike early against stumbling Rams
New York builds a quick lead, then holds off a late rally by winless St. Louis.

Dolphins ruin Dungy's plans
Miami wins 21-13, surviving a late rally against Indianapolis, whose new coach makes his home debut.

NFL Round-up
Bills 45, Vikings 39 (OT)

NFL notes: Sending out plays tough for Broncos
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Broncos called plays the old-fashioned way for part of the first half Sunday after their radio headsets became unusable because the frequencies conflicted with the 49ers' system.

Division game spurs Redskins, Eagles
LANDOVER, Md. -- Fred Smoot needed only one look at the standings to understand the importance of tonight's NFC East game between Philadelphia and Washington.

Raiders pass test easily
Oakland's Rich Gannon throws 63 times to help beat mistake- prone Pittsburgh 30-17.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Windy conditions brought on by Tropical Storm Hanna have stirred up Tampa Bay and gulf waters, making it almost impossible to find areas with water clean enough to fish.

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On The Wire

From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts

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