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 July 31, 2000

Bucs
A jazzy sound of success

[Times photo: Toni Sandys]
Chidi Ahanotu splits time chewing up offenses and establishing menus at his new jazz club.

Quarles readies to step up on defense
TAMPA -- Much has been made of the task Jamie Duncan has in replacing Hardy Nickerson, but Duncan won't be alone.

Fun, humility key to Gant's outlook
Former special-teams expert shares his eight years of experience with young Buc hopefuls.

College football
USF's Leavitt puts season on the line
The football coach likes his offensive line this season, as long as it avoids last year's injuries.

Spurrier promises competition for QB
WINTER HAVEN -- Florida coach Steve Spurrier said he wants to see better play at the quarterback position. And he seems ready to give everyone a shot.

Gary Shelton
We the Fans set forth to elect team owners
It is, of course, an election year, which may or may not come as a surprise to some of you voters out there who do not, at the present time, have a stadium to build.

TV/radio
Are you ready for some Dennis Miller?
Outrageous, yes. Funny? That's up to you. Ready or not, MNF gambles on the comedian.

Devil Rays
Divided after trades, Rays still conquer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They checked in and out of four hotels in 12 days, were shaken by a harrowing plane ride, played two games with their manager suspended and saw three of their most popular teammates traded.

Trade watch now in the final hours
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- General manager Chuck LaMar continued discussions about more potential trades Sunday, but wouldn't say if he thought there would be another deal by today's 4 p.m. deadline for non-waiver transactions.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
We know red grouper are holding on areas of hard bottom in 90-130 feet. You will want to use 6 feet 6 to 7-6 heavy grouper rods with 4/0-size reels spooled up with 50- to 60-pound test line. You will need 3-4 feet of 60- to 80-pound test leader and a 5/0-8/0 hook of your favorite type.

Tennis
Williams tops Davenport in straight sets
In a rematch of the Wimbledon final, Venus Williams overpowered Lindsay Davenport to claim the $535,000 Bank of the West Classic 6-1, 6-4 in Stanford, Calif., Sunday.

Olympics
Women gymnasts getting it together
ST. LOUIS -- Nine months ago, American gymnasts were reeling, embarrassed by losing to even the once-lowly Australians at the World Championships.

Motorsports
Da Matta claims CART win in big way
CICERO, Ill. -- Little Cristiano da Matta came up big in his race car Sunday, becoming the fourth first-time winner in CART this season.


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