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July 22, 2001
Devil Rays
Perfect ending for Rays
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Abernathy, Flaherty strike late to bust up Oliver's gem in 2-1 win.

Change for better helps Rupe's cause
ST. PETERSBURG -- John Flaherty was one of the first to realize that Ryan Rupe was on top of his game Saturday afternoon.

Best in the(Inter)league
When the Rays won two of three against the Braves last week in their final interleague series of the season, it raised eyebrows. The worst team in the majors looked remarkably better against NL teams. How much better? They're actually over .500.

Rays tales
BALL GAMES: Like most pitchers, Ryan Rupe thinks fondly -- and frequently -- about hitting.

Hubert Mizell
Tackling the fine line of expressionism in today's NFL
Art can be tricky. Just ask Rudy Guiliani.

Rick Stroud
Bucs mouthin' off: Keyshawn Johnson
After last season's high expectations fell considerably short, you would think being the Super Bowl favorite would gag two of the league's loudest and most outspoken players. Think again. Warren Sapp and Keyshawn Johnson already have started their yapping ... and don't expect them to stop any time soon.

Gary Shelton
Bucs mouthin' off: Warren Sapp
After last season's high expectations fell considerably short, you would think being the Super Bowl favorite would gag two of the league's loudest and most outspoken players. Think again. Warren Sapp and Keyshawn Johnson already have started their yapping ... and don't expect them to stop any time soon.

Mark Topkin
Economics pushing Rays' trade winds
ST. PETERSBURG -- It's not that Rays officials really want to separate Fred McGriff from his family. Or hand over Albie Lopez to a contender. Or trade Greg Vaughn. Or John Flaherty. Or anyone else who may soon be granted the chance to leave the building.

Terry Tomalin
Bull sharks are earning reputation as villains
LAKE WORTH INLET -- Snorkeling among hundreds of snook at twilight in a pass that empties into the Atlantic Ocean could be considered a high risk.

British Open
Duval amid logjam at Lytham

Along with Woosnam, Langer and Cejka, the Jacksonville native tops a tight British Open field.

College football
UF player in critical condition
Fullback Eraste Autin, 18, collapsed Thursday after a voluntary workout.

Bucs
Bucs key dates
The Bucs open training camp July 29 at the University of Tampa. All 26 practices, which generally include a morning workout at 8:30 and an afternoon practice at 3:30, will be at Pepin/Rood Stadium and are free to the public. Workouts at One Buc Place, after the team breaks camp, are not open.

He should change his name to Todd Yoda
Bucs tight end Todd Yoder is entering his second season in the NFL and hopes to have a more prominent role. Here is the small-town boy on marriage, love, chemistry, taxes, Goldilocks and being a Jedi Knight:

Ahanotu still can't find the right team
TAMPA -- When he was released in mid April, former Bucs defensive end Chidi Ahanotu said his career was not at an end.

Old, new faces are in camp
TAMPA -- Training camp is a time of renewal for NFL teams. But other than the obvious change at quarterback, much remains the same old, same old for the Buccaneers.

NFL
NFL briefs
Weinke finally signs with Panthers

Baseball
Baseball this week on TV

Baseball's most wanted
FOCUS ON: PEDRO ASTACIO

Dodgers deal with damaged arms
Forget the Red Sox, White Sox and Indians.

Et cetera
Week in sports

Highs and lows

Letters
NASCAR 'fans' aren't welcome
The negative attitudes conjured up by those who are johnny-come-latelys to auto racing, especially to NASCAR, never ceases to amaze me. While television has finally promoted NASCAR to the level it deserves, it also has managed to bring in people who call themselves fans.

Mutiny
Inventive Mutiny finds another way to lose
TAMPA -- The ball went in the net. The streamers flew on the field. The celebration was underway.

Storm
Storm still alive in its race for a playoff bye
TAMPA -- It was the final indignity.

NBA
Pro basketball briefs
Webber all smiles after signing 7-year, $122.7M deal

Outdoors
Calendar
UPCOMING: Tampa Pro Bass Fall Tournament Series, Aug. 5, Lake Kissimmee, Grape Hammock Fish Camp, 789-0525.

Daily fishing report
Afternoon rain has cooled the water on the flats. Lower temperature means better fishing. Expect the redfish and snook to start hitting live baits and artificial lures with more gusto. Recent trips produced slams of snook, red and trout.

Preps
Green Wave finishes ninth at AAU tourney
Five Pinellas County players lead the 16-under team to a 6-2 record at the national event.

Around Hillsborough
SOCCER: MLS Camps, the official camp of Major League Soccer, will have one more five-day camp in Pinellas County.

Outfielder lifts Tampa out of offensive slump
With an offense that has a league-worst .242 team batting average and has collected a league-low 760 hits, the Tampa Yankees needed some spark on offense.

One-man show helps Dade City majors win
Jamie Cruz contributes at the plate and on the mound in a 3-2 victory over Apopka.

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