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July 25, 2001
College football
Chance of a lifetime
[Special to the Times]
Larry Coker waited 22 years for a chance to run a program, any program. The one he got wasn't just any program.

League looks to Orlando for 5th bowl
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. -- Commissioner John Swofford has no trepidations about Orlando successfully supporting two bowl games, the established Citrus Bowl and the Sunshine Football Classic, which is expected to be added.

UF's Autin still in critical condition
Florida freshman fullback Eraste Autin remained in critical condition Tuesday at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Merry-go-round not so merry for ACC coaches
Seven schools in the past three seasons have made a switch.

Gary Shelton
Leaf's sound of silence is music to Bucs ears
This just in: In a shocking turn of events, Bucs quarterback Ryan Leaf was not arrested for running naked with the flamingos at Busch Gardens on Tuesday.

QB Johnson out with minor injury
Brad Johnson could miss 10 practices after getting 15 stitches for a cut knee. "Everything is fine," he says.

Limited single-game tickets are available
TAMPA -- Even if you're not among the 21,000 on the waiting list for a Bucs season ticket, you might have a chance to see them this season at Raymond James Stadium.

Devil Rays
A home letdown for Rays' Kennedy
In front of more than 100 friends and relatives, the rookie has one of his worst outings in a 9-6 loss to the Angels.

Seay resumes slow climb
When the Rays signed Bobby Seay in 1996 and handed him a $3-million bonus, they envisioned a pitcher who would emerge from the farm system to be one of the first key contributors to the big-league team.

With Rays, Gomez finds a perfect fit
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Gomez was looking for an opportunity. Relieved to be released by the Padres on June 22, Gomez signed with the Rays thinking it might be his best chance to get back to the big leagues. He made it after less than a month of Triple-A play, starting at shortstop Tuesday night.

McGriff denies change of heart
Slugger shoots down rumor he's reconsidering deal to Cubs but won't say he'll remain a Ray.

Steier runs well on world stage
The Berkeley Prep senior travels to Hungary and brings home an eighth-place finish against the world's best runners.

Bombers destroy tournament field
Countryside and Palm Harbor U. are dangerous enough teams on their own, as many county softball fans know. But Cougars and Hurricanes on the same team? That means trouble -- for the opposition.

Back-to-back losses knock out East Lake
The East Lake American Legion B team, after winning its first two games, sustained back-to-back, last-inning defeats Sunday and was eliminated from the state tournament in DeLand.

Van Der Beck: Auditions for 2002 are starting
Perry Van Der Beck realizes the season is all but over. His team, which he took over after Alfonso Mondelo resigned July 6, is 3-16-1 with eight games left.

Pro basketball briefs
Orlando tops turnover-plagued Washington

Daily fishing report
Deep-water springs and wrecks are great places to target this time of year. Most will hold schools of amberjack, a great battle for anglers. Live bait is a must to catch these fierce fighters. The bait of choice are blue runners, grunts and cigar minnows.

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