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September 22, 2002
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Taming the beast
Bucs have the Rams' number, holding them to fewer than 18 points in two of the past three meetings.

Defense feels pressure to rush Warner
TAMPA -- Give any NFL quarterback time to throw and he will pick you apart. Let the Rams' Kurt Warner get comfortable in the pocket and he will bury you.

Fans get in their gripes while Rays just keep winning
ST. PETERSBURG -- The fans came with questions, a letter requesting the manager's resignation and various ideas aimed at helping the Rays become a winner.

All-Star OF Winn named team MVP
ST. PETERSBURG -- Outfielder Randy Winn, the Rays' All-Star, was named team Most Valuable Player by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Rays cut Nash loose
ST. PETERSBURG -- A day after he was released from a Louisiana jail, outfield prospect Greg "Toe" Nash was released by the Rays.

Blame falling on McRae
Was there something manager Hal McRae did wrong in Friday's 11-7 win over Toronto?

Regression has club bracing for overhaul
ST. PETERSBURG -- Things are going to be different next year.

Rays tales
AND THE NO. 1 REASON TO GO TO A RAYS GAME ... : At this point of the season, the tendency is to reflect on how bad a season it has been for the owners, front office officials and players, then try to look ahead with optimism and reason for hope.

Boyle defends scoring ability
Lightning defenseman knows his offensive capabilities, not his defensive skills, have helped him keep his job.

Prospect watch
PLAYER: Jean-Francois Soucy.

Lightning returns to last year's form in loss
TAMPA -- This was the kind of game the Lighting was trying to get away from -- the 19 one-goal losses from last season. But with the higher scorers on the St. Pete Times Forum ice Saturday night, a third-period penalty shot by Columbus defenseman Duvie Westcott beat Tampa Bay 2-1 before an announced 11,269.

[Times photo: Jamie Francis]
Rex Grossman celebrates Florida's first touchdown Saturday in UF's victory over Tennessee.
Hubert Mizell
Taking note of Tedford's success as Cal football coach
Ty Willingham is restoking pride at Notre Dame, in search of swaggering Rockne-Leahy-Parsegian levels of Golden Dome yore, but the most dynamic new-coach surge may be happening at Cal.

Gary Shelton
Rex is slingin' in the rain
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rex Grossman wants you to get this straight. The dance meant nothing, okay?

John Romano
Unheralded runner the real story at UM
MIAMI -- The first step in choosing a Heisman candidate is realizing the difference between reputation and reality. Or, in Miami's case, realizing the difference between quarterback and tailback.

Quick recovery
UF 30, TENNESSEE 13: All the breaks go the Gators' way late in the second quarter, and Ron Zook gets his first big victory as Florida's coach.

Maligned Gators D gains confidence
Defense holds the Vols to 99 yards rushing and aids in several fumbles.

Gators benefit from earlier experiences
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida fans can thank Miami and Mother Nature for the Gators' upset win against No. 4 Tennessee on Saturday.

Florida: By the numbers
Rushing touchdown Tennessee has given up this season: Earnest Graham's 1-yard run in the second quarter. -- 1

Vols quotebook
Coach Phil Fulmer on the outcome of the game:

Gator quotebook
Wide receiver Taylor Jacobs on he and Rex Grossman:

Rix puts on display in easy ACC win
FSU 48, DUKE 17: The 'Noles get things going early through the air.

Bowden: Franks can lead Duke to elite
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has praised the job Duke coach Carl Franks, the former Florida assistant, has done ... under the circumstances.

Florida State: By the numbers
First quarter points FSU has allowed this season. -- 0

'Derby offense' pays dividends for FSU
TALLAHASSEE -- All that was missing from Florida State's 48-17 win against Duke were mint juleps as the Seminoles made a few stops in the end zone while running their "Kentucky Derby" offense.

This time, Hurricanes need no last-minute aid
Miami keeps it close early, but jells in the 2nd half against BC.

'Canes LBs lack favorable matchups
MIAMI -- It wasn't injuries that prevented Miami's starting linebackers from lining up at the same time. And it wasn't poor performances.

More college football
College football: Spartans WR ties NCAA record
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers tied an NCAA record by catching a touchdown pass in his 12th straight regular-season game Saturday against Notre Dame.

Around the state
FAMU holds off Delaware State

Big East: Panthers win league opener
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh is experiencing the same problems it was at this time a year ago: an inconsistent offense that squanders scoring chances and still hasn't developed a rushing game.

Big 12: Va. Tech grinds out win against Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Frank Beamer took Virginia Tech into hostile territory, hoping to find out how good his team is.

Pac-10: Ground attack sparks floundering CU
PASADENA, Calif. -- A week after being handed its most lopsided loss in 10 years by one Los Angeles school, Colorado vented its frustration on the other.

ACC: Injured Hollings' three rushing TDs rally Yellow Jackets past BYU
ATLANTA -- Tony Hollings rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury, helping Georgia Tech rally past Brigham Young 28-19 Saturday in the first meeting between the schools.

C-USA: Bearcats lose to Buckeyes late
CINCINNATI -- So close to pulling off an upset that would have rocked the Buckeye state and the national rankings, Cincinnati coach Rick Minter found little to feel good about.

Around the Nation: Nevada has rarity: a winning streak
RENO, Nev. -- Zack Threadgill threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 31-21 victory over Rice on Saturday.

Big Ten: MSU rallies, then loses to ND
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Notre Dame lost a comfortable lead Saturday, then snatched it back for another dramatic victory.

SEC: Georgia gets feel-good rout of Northwestern St.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's offense needed a confidence boost. The opponent didn't matter.

Making Koreans proud
K.J. Choi extends his Tampa Bay Classic lead, solidifying his star status.

Huston can't get it going in his title defense
PALM HARBOR -- On the fourth hole Saturday, John Huston's approach shot found the greenside bunker and a patch of sand that he said looked like something from a child's sandbox.

Solid play cheers up Weekley
In a logjam for eighth place, the rookie can make his biggest check today.

Ryder Cup hostilities cast aside
After being postponed, this event is about getting along, even if some players are struggling.

Europe puts heat on U.S.
EDINA, Minn. -- While America's best players were standing on the sideline, Europe's stars were out on the course playing.

The Ryder Cup format
MATCH PLAY VS. STROKE PLAY: Almost every tournament in professional golf is stroke play. Match play is used for the Ryder Cup, and the difference is considerable.

Woods has others shaking their heads
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Despite no bogeys over the first 54 holes and his largest lead in two years, Tiger Woods figures he needs one more good round to capture the American Express Championship.

Et cetera
Highs & lows

Sports briefs
U.S. pacesetter faces penalty

AL: Practice pays off as Myers lifts A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- As he always does, Greg Myers took several trips to the batting cage Saturday while the Athletics played Texas.

Surprise, surprise: Yanks clinch
DETROIT -- Love 'em or hate 'em, the New York Yankees can't be denied one thing: They win.

NL: Giants keep hold on wild card
MILWAUKEE -- It's beginning to look as if Giants' stretch run will wind up a success.

Comiskey fan planned attack on coach, prosecutor says
CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge ordered that a man who ran onto the field at Comiskey Park and attacked a Royals coach be held on $200,000 bail Saturday.

Saves king ready for mark to fall
John Smoltz is getting close, meaning Bobby Thigpen's phone is ringing a little more nowadays.

Niners offense goes south
What's up with the 49ers' West Coast offense?

NFL preview
Jets at Dolphins

Riley puts heat on Jets for Miami
DAVIE -- The Dolphins, who have endured four years of frustration against the Jets, received a pep talk from a coach who can sympathize: Pat Riley.

Wallace hopes to end losing streak at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- On his kind of track with his kind of tire, Rusty Wallace is in great position to end a 53-race losing streak.

Rudd where he wants to be
After breakup with Yates, the 45-year-old looks forward to run at championship and racing for Wood Brothers team.

Teacher wins 5K event in Race for the Cure
ST. PETERSBURG -- In the five-event Suncoast Race for the Cure, Clearwater's Vicki Stum overcame the front-runner in the main-event 5K road race at Straub Park Saturday to win the women's division in 18 minutes, 56 seconds.

Blake caps U.S. win in Davis Cup doubles
PARIS -- Don't count out the U.S. Davis Cup team just yet.

Win makes believers out of Cougars
Durant's victory Friday over powerhouse Lakeland gives it a leg up in the district standings and the playoff chase.

Berkeley reaches final but can't slow Plant
ORLANDO -- Plant zipped through the Orlando Bishop Moore Invitational tournament, beating some of the state's most reputable programs, not the least of which was hometown powerhouse Berkeley Prep.

Sickles girls, King boys finish on top
BRANDON -- With a meet-low 43, the Sickles girls won the Don Bishop Invitational Saturday and even helped the Gryphons boys place seventh.

Area teams now favorites
Growth forces the FHSAA to cut District 6 in half and remove five-time champion Lakeland Christian.

Ryder Cup should omit Tiger from future teams
Since Tiger Woods finds personal fame and million-dollar checks more important than representing his country, all current and future Ryder Cup captains can relieve him of the pressure of having to make this difficult choice by omitting him from future teams.

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