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September 20, 2002
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Rams looking to erase mistakes
Coach Mike Martz says making a few plays could be difference in St. Louis' record.

League slaps Sapp with fine: $10,000
TAMPA -- The NFL fined Warren Sapp $10,000 Thursday after reviewing his violent takedown of Ravens rookie running back Chester Taylor.

Rays get unexpected series win
RAYS 3, YANKS 2 (10): Dewon Brazelton keeps New York in sight; Andy Sheets delivers the winning blow.

Up next: Rays vs. Blue Jays
Tonight: 7:15

Sudden demotion stunning to Gardner
ST. PETERSBURG -- As Lee Gardner stretched with teammates in the outfield before batting practice Thursday, manager Hal McRae went to the reliever and asked him to follow.

Gary Shelton
Lightning's fate shadows Vinny's
BRANDON -- You look for something different. A spark, perhaps.

Rules aim to speed up play
NHL cracks down on obstruction, slow line changes and arguing.

Coaches watching preseason closely
ATLANTA -- The scrimmages are over. Now the real work begins.

Prospect watch
PLAYER: Brian Eklund.

A record start for Choi
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
The only Korean winner on the PGA Tour shoots 63 to beat the heat and lead by two strokes at Innisbrook.

No escape from the heat
PALM HARBOR -- With temperatures climbing into the low 90s and a heat index of 105, Thursday was no fun for caddies at the Tampa Bay Classic.

Woods' focus not on Ryder Cup yet
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- No one can accuse Tiger Woods of looking ahead to next week's Ryder Cup.

Solheim Cup success hinges on 11 rookies
They have played under pressure before, but never for their countries as pros.

College football
Clausen quietly piles up the wins
QB Casey Clausen isn't flashy, but the Vols see him as their leader.

Bulls try to look forward
Coach Jim Leavitt says USF can overcome rout.

Auburn wins third straight with rout of Mississippi St.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Daniel Cobb threw three touchdowns in the second quarter and Carnell Williams rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth as Auburn beat Mississippi State 42-14 Thursday night.

State practice reports
OL out, but won't transfer

Et cetera
Fire Zook site makes a comeback
As if Ron Zook didn't have enough to worry about between Florida's loss to top-ranked Miami and a trip Saturday to face Tennessee, he can add a familiar pleasantry to the list.

Sports briefs
U.S. basketball team in world quarterfinals

Monster skirmish awaiting rookies
DOVER, Del. -- Jimmie Johnson needs to start outdriving Ryan Newman if he hopes to become rookie of the year. If not, Johnson might have to settle for the Winston Cup championship.

NL: Cards cut magic number to two
DENVER -- The Cardinals couldn't have been much more efficient than this: They came to Coors Field with a magic number of seven to clinch the Central and left Thursday with the number at two.

Torborg is staying in Miami
MIAMI -- Jeff Torborg will return as manager of the Marlins in 2003, honoring the final year of his contract.

A's get best of West showdown
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrence Long hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the A's past the Angels 5-3 Thursday as Oakland broke a tie for first in the West.

AL: Royals first-base coach is attacked
CHICAGO -- Kansas City first-base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by two bare-chested fans in the ninth inning Thursday night, making the Royals' 2-1 victory over the White Sox an afterthought.

Colbrunn huffs way to last leg of a cycle
SAN DIEGO -- Greg Colbrunn had 10 triples in his first 2,665 career at-bats. His 11th gave him a milestone.

Hayes' blazing speed is champion's legacy
Only athlete to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring, "world's fastest man" is dead at age 59 of kidney failure.

NFL: Jets DE queried for role in dispute
NEW YORK -- Police are investigating the role of Jets' rookie Bryan Thomas in a dispute with his girlfriend at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday.

USF needs stature boost
TAMPA -- They're known as "paycheck games," when low-profile programs go on the road to play high-profile programs. The visitor gets a big paycheck and (usually) a loss, the host gets the millions in revenue a home game generates and (usually) a win.

Papineau scores five as Blues win
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Justin Papineau scored five goals as the Blues opened the preseason with a 7-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

For Blake, Davis Cup is 'most important'
Tampa resident has a chance to make a name for himself vs. France.

Another Panther picks Cavs
TAMPA -- Plant catcher Ryan Hudson orally committed to Virginia on Thursday, one day after volleyball player Emily Kirkwood committed to the same school.

Tigers look to start new trend
Last season, Jesuit finally defeated Bradenton Southeast. Tonight, the Seminoles come looking to regain their dominance and the lead in the district race.

Largo quietly waits for kickoff
The Packers aren't saying much about tonight's district showdown with Lakewood.

Panthers find focus in time for a victory
LECANTO -- In Lecanto's 13-15, 15-2, 15-2 victory Thursday against Springstead, the Panthers were reminded that volleyball is as much mental as it is physical.

Mustangs bounce back with big win
EAST LAKE -- Revenge and redemption emerged as the themes in Mitchell's 11-stroke Sunshine Athletic Conference victory over defending champion Zephyrhills.

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