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September 30, 2002
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Keenan McCardell, left, and fullback Mike Alstott celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter.

Passing fancy
Brad Johnson's three TD passes and a stout effort on defense help Tampa Bay fly into first place.

D is living up to challenge
Bucs on schedule to meet coach Jon Gruden's goal of nine TDs, with three in three games.

Jenkins steps up, with broken leg
CINCINNATI -- In the locker room, immediately after the game, Bucs coach Jon Gruden couldn't help himself. There were many positives about the 35-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday, but he didn't want to forget one of the day's most remarkable story lines.

Offense shows its deep capabilities
Highlighted by three long TDs, the passing game stretches out a bit.

Photo gallery
Gimme five
Bucs, Bengals quotebooks
Sound bites

Gary Shelton
Bengals sharing woes of old Bucs
CINCINNATI -- The Bucs looked pretty good, not great. And thank goodness for it.

Rays
Now, Rays get to start over
RED SOX 11, RAYS 8: After 106th loss, front office talks optimistically about next season and onfield personnel wonder where they'll be.

Winn comes up a hit short in .300 bid
BOSTON -- Randy Winn didn't make it to .300. He'll have to settle for .2981878.

Lightning
Lightning center won't be sidelined by injury
With his career waning, Tim Taylor plans to play season with detached groin muscle.

College football
'Noles start their effort to regroup
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's players began preparations for Thursday's game against Clemson by trying to put their loss to Louisville behind them. The Seminoles are moving into the heart of their schedule, a stretch that includes games against No. 1 Miami and No. 9 Notre Dame.

Mistakes on Zook's mind
GAINESVILLE -- Upon further review, Florida's special teams performance against Kentucky was as bad as it looked during the game, but coach Ron Zook reiterated Sunday he's confident the problems can be corrected.

Linebacker boosts tackle total
NORMAN, Okla. -- Kawika Mitchell continued his exceptional play for South Florida in Saturday's 31-14 loss at Oklahoma, and it came at the expense of a former teammate.

Huskers fall out for first time since '81
For the first time in 21 years, Nebraska is not ranked in the AP poll.

Golf
High Price for U.S.
Mickelson's loss to the little-known Englishman, coupled with McGinley's win, result in biggest Ryder Cup gap since '85.

Strong finish gives Roberts Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Most of Loren Roberts' final round at the Texas Open on Sunday was steady and unremarkable.

Americans shrug off celebration
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Once again, the winning team stormed the green after the decisive putt was holed, celebrating victory.

Bunker birdie saves Azinger
With a loss looming, he steps up on the 18th, earning a half-point for U.S.

Outdoors
America's Cup trials begin this morning
Nine teams will be narrowed to one challenger to face defending champion Team New Zealand.

NHL
Roundup: Fourth overtime's a charm for Rangers
NEW YORK -- Rookie Jamie Lundmark scored at 1:09 of overtime to lead the Rangers over the Bruins 4-3 on Sunday in the preseason.

Motorsports
Rookie deflects Gordon's limelight
Johnson becomes the only first-year driver to lead the points standings, and overshadows his teammate's victory.

Schumacher slows, and Barrichello wins
INDIANAPOLIS -- Payback was sweet for Michael Schumacher and even sweeter for Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.

CT scans now required
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- NASCAR is taking steps to keep drivers with concussions off the track after Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed he drove in several races while unable to fully concentrate or communicate with his crew chief.

Baseball
Bonds racks up records
Barry Bonds was baseball's biggest record-setter this season, in a walk.

Kimm fired as Cubs manager
CHICAGO -- Bruce Kimm got the opportunity he'd always wanted, the job he'd envisioned during the long road trips in the minor leagues.

Sosa finishes one HR shy of 50, 500
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa's drive to 500 stopped one homer short. He'll just have to wait until next season.

AL: Yanks earn homefield
BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees got what they wanted: homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and a coveted day off.

NL: Ailing D'backs staying home
PHOENIX -- Despite injuries to Luis Gonzalez, Craig Counsell and others, the Diamondbacks keep finding players to step up at key times.

Shorts
Huggins' health improves
Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins' condition improved Sunday, a day after suffering a heart attack at Pittsburgh International Airport during a recruiting trip.

Sports briefs
COLLEGES: The Florida men's golf team finished fourth, seven strokes behind first-place Clemson, at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga.

NFL
Rookie leads Lions to win
DETROIT -- Joey Harrington already had the look, the arm and the bank account of a starting NFL quarterback.

Packers dodge OT on FG miss
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No matter how many times Brett Favre's supporting cast changes, he finds a way to get the Packers a victory.

ESPN: Moss had positive test for pot
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings receiver Randy Moss tested positive for marijuana last season and had another test by the league after his arrest last week, ESPN reported.

Jets skid hits 3 vs. Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE -- Led by 237 yards from Fred Taylor -- 142 rushing and 95 receiving -- the Jaguars made the Jets look hapless again Sunday, defeating them 28-3.

Alexander: 5 TDs in first half
SEATTLE -- Shaun Alexander kept saying Seattle's offense was ready for a big game. He wasn't kidding.

Unbeaten Chargers erase doubts vs. Pats
SAN DIEGO -- Yes, the Chargers are for real. Any doubts were left in the vapor trails of LaDainian Tomlinson and his teammates as they raced past the Patriots.

K.C. sinks Miami's unbeaten start
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This would be a good week for Trent Green bashers to give it a rest.

NFL roundup
Eagles 35, Texans 17

Ravens face their old friend
BALTIMORE -- He has accounted for 83 yards on eight receptions, has yet to score a touchdown and last week went without a catch.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
When using live baits, it's important to hook the bait in a way that maximizes performance. Whether it's free-lined, suspended under a cork or worked under a tight structure, placing the hook in the right part of the bait gives it a more natural presentation.

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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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