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September 24, 2002
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Shelton Quarles takes down Kurt Warner for one of five sacks of the St. Louis quarterback.
Picked apart
The Bucs intercept Kurt Warner four times for their third consecutive prime-time win against the Rams.

Offense gets help from all around
The tight ends and running backs aid Brad Johnson's 23-for-32 night and the offensive line shows progress.

Jenkins, Walker add to line's injury woes
TAMPA -- Kerry Jenkins knew right away something was wrong.

A proven formula delivers victory
Forced turnovers and crimping Marshall Faulk work again.

Constant pressure damages St. Louis
TAMPA -- The Rams, who've seemingly made one mistake after another this season, couldn't even get the easy things right Monday night.

Gary Shelton
Rivalry brings out Bucs' best
TAMPA -- Savor the moment. Freeze the memory.

Good shines through
RAYS 3, YANKEES 2: Some of Tampa Bay's most promising players key win over AL East champs, led by latest strong start by Victor Zambrano.

McRae doesn't plan to lobby for his job
NEW YORK -- Manager Hal McRae and general manager Chuck LaMar will meet this this morning to start discussing in detail what went wrong this season and what can be done to make it better.

Time for Willis to take his shot
The competition to play right wing on the Lightning's second line is wide open, and a healthy Shane Willis wants the job.

Shuffle will continue with tonight's lineups
BRANDON -- The Lightning played with desperation in its first preseason game, an 8-1 win at Atlanta Friday. The next night, it was flat in a 2-1 loss to Columbus.

CEO: Early expectations too high
If Tom Wilson had to do it again, the CEO of Lightning owner Palace Sports & Entertainment would have been more up front with the fans.

Prospect watch
PLAYER: Dmitry Afanasenkov.

Carried away? Not Dolphins
DAVIE -- The unbeaten Dolphins won't incur any penalties for excessive celebration in the wake of their win over the Jets.

Spurrier sees game from other end now
Not accustomed to losing, the first-year Redskins coach shows signs of strain at 1-2.

Around the AFC
BENGALS: Tight end Sean Brewer is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and could miss 3-4 weeks. Also, offensive lineman Mike Goff (cut knee) will miss Sunday's game against the Bucs and defensive end Vaughn Booker (sprained right ankle) was downgraded from probable to doubtful.

All are skeptical except Panthers
They are lucky. They haven't beaten anyone of any consequence. Eventually, they will fade.

Around the NFC
BEARS: Running back Anthony Thomas had his first 100-yard rushing day of the season with 111 on 27 carries. ... James "Big Cat" Williams, who practiced sparingly all week because of a sore hip, started his 121st straight game at right tackle.

Ryder Cup
Returning with a new attitude
Mark Calcavecchia plays Friday in his first Ryder Cup since 1991, where he hyperventilated after a key match.

Quake jolts England,a few Ryder players
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- After a three-year wait, the Ryder Cup returned with a jolt -- an earthquake that shook central England early Monday and roused European captain Sam Torrance from his sleep.

College football
Around the state
Coker still believes Dorsey is key at UM

Wildcats take FIU to school
After Saturday's game, Florida International players said Bethune-Cookman didn't play in a style they hadn't prepared for.

Around the nation
Buffs lose QB for season

Canadiens win with late goal
MONTREAL -- Mike Ribeiro scored with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the third period to lift the Canadiens to a 5-4 preseason victory over the Bruins on Monday.

Sliding D'backs lose Gonzalez
ST. LOUIS -- Arizona star Luis Gonzalez separated his left shoulder in an outfield collision and the Diamondbacks again failed to clinch a playoff spot, losing 13-1 to the Cardinals on Monday night.

Nothing to lose, so rookie's a contender
It's nothing personal.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Americans advance to semifinals

FHSAA could cut back on games
High school coaches are facing a 20 percent reduction in schedules.

Young star continues program's tradition
Diving standout Tara Hyer helps Academy of the Holy Names hold on to its winning attitude.

New champs in GCAC tourney
The Central boys and Lecanto girls unseat the defending champions.

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