[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
On paper, the collection of talent along the Bucs' defensive front appears overwhelming. The players involved are intent on making good on that promise. Story
Numbers tell the story: Bucs now command respect
Above all, it's because we deeply care about what others think. Peer pride. Most of us are competitors. That's why it's so craved to rank No. 1, as in college football, like the Hurricanes, Seminoles and Gators have repeatedly done.
There's no slowing Bucs' Mr. Excitement
He is Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. A vibrant man. A charismatic man. A man who is so energized, he uses coffee to calm down. Here are his thoughts on being obsessed, coaching philosophies, going up against Tony Dungy and more:
Hamstring shelves Duncan
TAMPA -- Middle linebacker Jamie Duncan was held out of Saturday's scrimmage at Pepin/Rood Stadium because of a pulled right hamstring.
Holdout has some risks for Brooks
TAMPA -- Derrick Brooks makes his own decisions and he certainly deserves a better contract.
Gone in 600 seconds
A limited number of regular-season tickets put on sale Saturday sold out in less than 10 minutes, Bucs officials said. The tickets went on sale at 10 a.m.
Bucs training camp report
Rays can't stay young forever
Take me out to the ballgame. Give to me many thrills. It's grand to see a young ballclub. Now it can afford to pay bills.
Redskins an early hit in camp
So much for easing into training camp.
Offense is there but isn't enough
A day after Rays are one-hit, Joe Kennedy blows 5-0 lead in 8-6 loss.
Position wanted: big-league manager
Tom Foley gave up his title as farm director because he wanted to spend more time on the diamond, working with and overseeing Rays minor-leaguers as the field coordinator.
Brooks' power play breeds discontent
I have always been an admirer of Derrick Brooks, for his actions on the field and off. But I must admit that his holdout has been a great disappointment.
Baseball this week on TV
Who went where
Twenty-two players were involved in eight trade deadline deals Tuesday, and even more swapped uniforms in the past two weeks. Here's a look at who landed where:
Not all deadline deals are equal
It worked once.
Future of fame
With Bill Mazeroski, Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett and Hilton Smith set to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, it makes you wonder who among the current players would be shoo-ins if they retired today. Here's a look at some virtually assured a spot in Cooperstown:
Gators hope DE returns
Reports that former Florida defensive end Thomas "Stone" Pittman is returning to the team this week may be premature.
Key dates and schedules for state schools
Storm starts wide-open post-season
In field in which every team thinks it can reach ArenaBowl, Tampa Bay hosts Indiana.
Mutiny wins on Brown's shutout
Adin Brown is "phenomenal" in 2-0 victory over San Jose.
TODAY: Tampa Pro Bass Fall Tournament Series, Lake Kissimmee, Grape Hammock Fish Camp, 789-0525.
Daily fishing report
Even though the summer heat remains, signs of seasonal transition are occuring.
Red Tide season approaches
Tropical storms and hurricanes aren't the only environmental concerns for outdoor enthusiasts as the end of summer approaches.
Yates mates embrace team concept just fine
Ricky Rudd and Dale Jarrett, 2nd and 3rd in the standings, share information, and even cars.
5 drivers to watch
B. Labonte wins IROC race, title
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bobby Labonte considered it an omen when he drew the black-colored car for the International Race of Champions finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Spencer wins just his 2nd pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jimmy Spencer will have an unusual view to start today's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The only thing in front of his No. 26 Ford will be the pace car.
Week in sports
SATURDAY: De Soto Speedway, 9 miles east of Interstate 75 on State Road 64, Bradenton. Racing starts at 7. Admission: $10 adults, $3 children 6-12; (941) 748-3171.
Not even a cold can stop Schmidt
Jennifer Schmidt was unaffected by a virus and won easily. Sean McManus was the overall champ.
Palm Harbor is set for region play
The state champion Palm Harbor seniors will begin play in the four-team South Region tournament at 5 p.m. Monday in Toccoa, Ga., against Waynesville, N.C.
Florida, behind Tapley, cruises past N. Carolina
GULFPORT -- There is nothing like a pitcher who finishes what he starts.
Palma Ceia loses 9-7, but is not out
For the first time in this year's Little League all-star playoffs, the Palma Ceia juniors found themselves getting beaten pretty badly.
White throws no-hitter for Dunedin to win opener 2-1
Mike White made his start count, and got the Dunedin District 12 team off on the right foot at the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C.
GOLF: The Tampa YMCA Urban Junior Golf First Tee program is looking for volunteers. High school students, who must be at least 16, can credit their volunteer hours toward service requirements.