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 August 3, 2000

First step is a success in Saunders' comeback
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[Special to the Times - Todd Bennett]
In his first pro start since breaking his arm, the Rays left-hander pitches two uneventful innings for Charleston.
Devil Rays/baseball

Rays' win streak nipped in the bud by pen breakdown
A depleted relief corps blows a lead in the eighth as Tampa Bay loses 5-3 to Cleveland to fall one short of a team-best streak.

Huff is nearly a hero in debut
ST. PETERSBURG -- Third baseman Aubrey Huff's major-league career got off to what could have been a winning start Wednesday night -- a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run in the seventh inning -- if the Devil Rays bullpen hadn't failed to hold the lead in the eighth.

D'Amico gets monthly honor
Jeff D'Amico was named the NL pitcher of the month Wednesday after going 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in six starts for the Milwaukee Brewers.

City wants more public input on new Fenway
BOSTON -- The City Council held off taking action Wednesday on a new stadium for the Red Sox, deciding to hold more public hearings.

Bucs/NFL
A special mission requiring one returner
The Bucs hope to find one player to return all kickoffs in search of a return for a touchdown. Joe Marciano also hopes to find one punt returner.

Odom gets good news about back but no return set
TAMPA -- Left tackle Jason Odom received a prognosis on the MRI he had last week and the news was good but inconclusive.

Camp survivor
In the spirit of CBS' Survivor series, the Times is asking Bucs players and coaches whom they would throw off the island, er, out of camp, and why. Here's today's episode:

Around the AFC

Around the NFC

Darrell Fry
Bucs' promise is tempered by loss for Jackson
TAMPA -- She was feeling a little queasy was all. Maybe indigestion. Maybe an upset stomach. But nothing serious, certainly nothing dire enough to pull Tyoka Jackson and the rest of the family away from the Oscar De La Hoya-Shane Mosley fight that June night.

Hubert Mizell
Williams a combo of talent, humility
ST. PETERSBURG -- In a world that spins with showy, in-your-face, mouthy, self-aggrandizing athletes, Gerald Williams is a mute key.

Mutiny
Tempers flare, Chicago tops Mutiny
The Fire takes advantage of a questionable penalty call to move into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay.

Storm
They stole the formula in predatory fashion
Orlando used the keys to the Storm's success to dethrone Tampa Bay. Now the teams meet again.

FSL
Balanced attack lifts Jays
CLEARWATER -- Four players drove in two or more runs for Dunedin as the Blue Jays pounded the Phillies 9-2 on Wednesday night.

NBA
Erving's death ruled accidental
SANFORD -- NBA legend Julius Erving's son died of accidental drowning when he drove his car into a retention pond while taking a shortcut home May 28, investigators said Wednesday.

Colleges
Seminoles freshmen get going
TALLAHASSEE -- The Seminoles 2000 freshmen class practiced for the first time Wednesday after going through physical testing in the morning. The freshmen went over conditioning drills and fundamentals in preparation for their first practice with the varsity on Saturday morning.

Olympics
Sotomayor cleared to jump in Sydney
LONDON -- Cuban high jump champion Javier Sotomayor was cleared Wednesday to compete in the Olympics when track and field's ruling body cut his suspension for cocaine use in half.

Motorsports
Indy lures Foyt back
Rick Mast won the pole position for the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, but that's nothing compared with what his car owner has done at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Driven to distraction
Points are adding up and confidence is growing as Jeff Gordon's team settles down after changing crew chiefs.

Golf
Bad behavior not confined to U.S.
Still fuming over last year's Ryder Cup, the Britons stood by at the Open Championship on July 23 as at least four streakers interrupted play and fans stormed the 18th green with Tiger Woods and David Duval yet to finish the final round.

Making an impact
New training device is designed to help golfers gradually feel their way to a good swing.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
I was asked the other day, "Just how smart are fish?" After scratching my head a little while, I realized it wasn't an easy question to answer.

Bowling
Duke, Glass raise level of play on national, senior tours
Clermont's Norm Duke may be a shoo-in for PBA national tour player of the year while Bob Glass may have a tougher shot for the senior title, but both have raised the bar for other contenders.

Et cetera
Kournikova stuns Davenport

Anna Kournikova overcame an early deficit, then held off No. 2-ranked Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Wednesday in the $535,000 Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Preps
Seminole edges Citrus Park, 6-5
DUNEDIN -- On Wednesday, Seminole took the first step toward getting some measure of revenge against the team that eliminated it from last year's 9-10 softball state tournament.

Rally carries Brandon to win
LAKELAND -- Riding the power hitting of Julian Davis Brandon Post 278 came from behind to drop Madeira Beach Post 273 into the loser's bracket with a 6-5 victory in the American Legion state tournament Wednesday.

Seminole edges Citrus Park, 6-5
DUNEDIN -- On Wednesday, Seminole took the first step toward getting some measure of revenge against the team that eliminated it from last year's 9-10 softball state tournament.

Palm Harbor stays alive
DUNEDIN -- The Palm Harbor National junior baseball team dominated South Brandon 11-0 Wednesday, forcing a final showdown for the state championship tonight at Englebert Fields at 7.

Refs set meeting date
Three years after spliting up, the Pinellas Area Referees and the Suncoast Basketball Referees could be about to reunite.


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