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August 8, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
Win belongs to the 'old' man
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Tanyon Sturtze, a relative veteran in this bunch, pitches a career-high eight innings in a 3-2 win over the first-place Yankees.

Reliever finds groove in bigger role
Baseball always has slow starters, guys who come out of spring training still waiting for the three months of inactivity to wear off and the pop in their bat or the break on their ball to return.

Sandberg audition begins with a bang
ST. PETERSBURG -- Everything Jared Sandberg has had to overcome -- and that's not including the rush to catch a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa on Tuesday, the woman who woke him from a deep sleep to ask if he wanted a drink or the hour wait at the airport for a lightning storm to let up and allow him to get his luggage -- just made Tuesday night that much sweeter.

There's life in those Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG -- The last time the Yankees were in town, whispers abounded about the diminishing New York dynasty.

Darrell Fry
Anthony needs touches, and to forget the past
TAMPA -- The microphones were clustered in one huge bunch and there were so many television cameras packed together, Warrick Dunn probably couldn't have gotten through them.

Bucs
Leaf still working out kinks for Bucs
New quarterback has been inconsistent, but he and the team remain pleased with the decision for him to come to Tampa Bay.

B. Johnson starts to work on 'chemistry'
TAMPA -- Veteran quarterback Brad Johnson, expected to start for the Bucs on opening day, has returned to 11-on-11 drills in the nick of time.

Bucs training camp
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Fishing
It's a tale of two coasts for snooks
Large snook are plentiful on the state's east coast, but very rare on the west coast. Biologists are searching for the reasons.

Golf
Dramatic changes coming to Masters
Longer holes and bigger bunkers will test players' ability to overpower the course through technology.

Colleges
Bowden fights heat at practice
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden's usual practice spot is high up in the tower that overlooks all the fields.

College football around the nation
Ex-USF tackle Condron moves to Division III

Et cetera
Pro basketball briefs
Miracle's 13-point rally beats Rockers

Mutiny/MLS
A longshot, but don't tell them
The message board in the Mutiny's Raymond James Stadium locker room before Saturday's match against San Jose read short and sweet: "8 in a row."

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
It would be difficult to convince Jeff Mastry the tarpon run has tapered since August is here. Saturday, fishing with brother G. Mike near MacDill Air Force Base, they jumped a dozen silver kings and released five muscular beasts up to 110 pounds.

Sports Extra
Hernando Debs edge hosts 4-3
When the Hernando Youth League's Dixie Debs won a state title last month, they outscored their opponents 80-14. This week's Dixie World Series in Spartanburg, S.C., hasn't been nearly as easy, but the Debs stayed alive Tuesday with a 4-3 victory over the hometown Spartanburg team.

No. 6 turns into No. 0 as Florida wins again
GULFPORT -- When the state tournament began, Josh Tanski was Florida's sixth pitcher.

Under-14 Bullets earn national title
A fabulous summer came to a happy end Sunday for the 14-and-under Clearwater Bullets as the club team picked up its second national title in a little more than a month by earning co-champion recognition at the National Softball Association World Series in Jupiter.

Correia earns silvers at world meet
She was in Japan, in front of thousands of fans, with television cameras above and in the pool, competing in the biggest race of her life -- the world championships -- and Maritza Correia said she was not nervous.

Around Hillsborough
FOOTBALL: A school-record 10 Robinson graduates accepted scholarships the school announced Monday.

Dunedin big leaguers fall in 8
After a wild seventh inning Monday night that carried into Tuesday morning, the big league World Series game between Dunedin and South Carolina was postponed, tied 8-8 after regulation play and nearly four hours.

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