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 August 6, 2000

Taking aim at Olympic team color barriers
Maritza Correia is hoping to become the first black to make the U.S. Olympic swim team.

Inner-city programs paying off
A Philadelphia program mimicked in St. Petersburg has 5 swimmers at the Olympic trials.

Athletes try to ditch Sydney
Athletes in some sports are handing back their free passes to the Sydney Games.

Similar journeys unite a volleyball tandem
Their lives appear so intertwined, it's a wonder it took so long for Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis to find each other.

Hubert Mizell
Keyshawn imparts wisdom well
Keyshawn Johnson's value has far more width and depth than a football field.

Labonte shakes Rusty
Rusty Wallace looks dominant until the series leader makes his move.

Montage commemorates Kenny Irwin at home track
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kenny Irwin would have turned 31 Saturday.

Devil Rays
This time, Rays win in walkover
Another day, another extra-innings game. But in a reversal, the Rays stroll home with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings.

Harper's debut a short one
ST. PETERSBURG -- For Travis Harper's record, the best moment in Friday night's learning experience came in the eighth inning of the Devil Rays' 15-inning marathon with Baltimore.

Sturtze is pleased with first Rays start
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tanyon Sturtze's first start for the Devil Rays was, in his own assessment, a qualified success.

Tyner keeps his mom in mind at all times
ST. PETERSBURG -- He plays for the Devil Rays, of course, and he plays, like everyone else, for himself at times. But when new outfielder Jason Tyner steps to the plate, he has someone else in mind too.

College football
No. 2 FSU leads state's sweep

TALLAHASSEE -- For the first time since 1994, the Sunshine State's top three schools are among the Associated Press' preseason football Top 10, signaling that the road to the national title likely will wind through Tallahassee, Gainesville and Coral Gables.

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:

Dungy leads the chorus: 'Way to go, Hamilton!'
Rookie QB earns praise and a possible promotion after leading the Bucs' rally.

Controlling the ball but not scoring misses the point
TAMPA -- The Bucs controlled the clock in Friday's 13-12 victory over Washington, but they struggled grasp the most important part of the scoreboard.

WR screen sets the tone for offense
TAMPA -- The Bucs' first play Friday night against the Washington Redskins might be one of the best they utilize this season.

Late home run topples Rays
DAYTONA BEACH -- Daytona's Tony Schrager homered in the bottom of the ninth as the Cubs beat the St. Petersburg Devil Rays 5-4 on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

D'backs aren't a lock for title
To everyone who conceded the National League West championship to the Diamondbacks the day they traded for pitcher Curt Schilling, your attention, please:

St. Louis leaves IRC, Nardozzi takes position
Todd St. Louis, who guided the Indian Rocks Christian football program to its only playoff appearances the past two seasons, stepped down as head coach to take an assistant job at Countryside.

Florida champs are battlers
The team from Apopka appearing at this week's Southern Regional in Gulfport is used to rallies.

Tampa Bay starts its regional trek Monday
TAMPA -- Hundreds of Hillsborough County Little League baseball and softball all-star teams started more than a month ago and one is still playing: Tampa Bay's Major (age 11-12) softball team.

Training begins at young age
Trainer David Mitchell teaches kids good athletic habits early.

Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park ready for regionals
The dream has almost come true for two local teams.

Mutiny victorious without Diallo
TAMPA -- Sartorially, the Mutiny was stuck in the 1970s, and that's never a good thing.

Captain's corner
There has been an invasion of mangrove snapper in Tampa Bay and even tarpon fishermen have gotten in on the action.

Boats' aim: NASCAR-style success
Florida is known for baseball spring training, college football and world-class bass fishing. Now add powerboat racing to the list.

Patterns help you locate bass
The seasonal patterns will help put you in the right areas of the lake for the time you're fishing. Your job is to eliminate areas within the seasonal patterns that are not productive and find the bait bass are willing to bite.

Lake fishing reports
OKEECHOBEE: Danny Marsocci of Fast Break Bait and Tackle reports bass are being caught in Eagle Bay and Kings Bar. "Cast a spinnerbait or worm to grass, and you will catch fish," he said. Bream fishing continues to be good almost anyplace on the lake.

Local tourney gains sponsor
The Tampa Bay Classic will become a full-field, official money PGA Tour event in 2001 and 2002.

'Big Easy' manages comfortable cushion
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Ernie Els, nicknamed "The Big Easy," found it hard going in the latter stages of his round Saturday. Still, he emerged with a tournament record and a comfortable lead in The International.

Hard-luck Fassel on the hot seat
In 1997, Giants coach Jim Fassel received several coach of the year awards, beating out a number of candidates including Tony Dungy, who had guided the Bucs to their first playoff appearance in 15 seasons.

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