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 August 10, 2000

Coaches still believe in Zeier
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
All involved know the backup QB -- who will play more tonight -- could make or break a Super Bowl season.
Hubert Mizell
Snob sports should learn from NASCAR
Snobs still don't get it. For generations they have guffawed and socially snorted, categorizing stock-car racing as nauseatingly noisy nonsense fueled by backwoods Southerners, grease monkeys and rednecks everywhere.

Another back doctor for Odom
TAMPA -- The Bucs, concerned about the lack of progress of Jason Odom's back, are consulting a second expert.

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:

Ex-Cowboy receiver Irvin arrested on drug charge
PLANO, Texas -- Former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor drug charge.

Around the AFC

Devil Rays/baseball
Late for Eiland, but still a win
The starter comes back with a solid six, and the Rays rally to beat Twins in 10.

HR swing back at crucial time
ST. PETERSBURG -- Fred McGriff hadn't homered in three weeks, a run of 72 at-bats that marked his longest drought of the season.

Galarraga cleared of cancer scare
CINCINNATI -- A biopsy on a cyst in Andres Galarraga's broken thumb found no trace of cancer, leaving the Atlanta Braves first baseman relieved Wednesday.

U.S. Olympic swimming trials
Down, but not out
Robert Margalis fails to qualify in the 400 freestyle, but he'll swim his two best events today.

Torres sets U.S. record in her 'warmup' race
INDIANAPOLIS -- The idea was to get her feet wet, so to speak. It had been eight years since her last appearance at an Olympic trials, so Dara Torres wanted a simple, no-pressure race before competing in the freestyle sprints.

Mutiny coach is fined
Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee has fined Mutiny coach Tim Hankinson $2,000 for remarks he made about officiating in the Aug. 2 game against Chicago.

Freshman focuses on 'Canes, not pros
Much-hyped linebacker D.J. Williams says his goal is to work hard at the collegiate level.

Gators head for Europe looking for a new identity
The Florida men's team, having unexpectedly lost two key players from its 1999-2000 national runner-up team, leaves today for a 12-day trip to Europe during which it will try to develop new chemistry.

Leavitt praises freshmen
TAMPA -- South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said he never enters a season expecting to rely on freshmen, but during Wednesday's first day of practice for newcomers, two defensive backs made an impact and had Leavitt contemplating their roles.

Can Gordon make it 7 straight?
Jeff Gordon has fallen on hard times -- relatively speaking, of course.

Fiorio leaves Minardi team over disagreement
FAENZA, Italy -- The Minardi Formula One team said Cesare Fiorio relinquished his post as sporting director and team manager by mutual consent amid a disagreement over strategic issues.

Miller re-signs with Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Reggie Miller is staying where he is, hoping to add a championship ring to his collection of franchise records from 13 years with the Indiana Pacers.

Captain's corner
The natural coral reefs found off our coast are home to an abundance of fish during the summer.

Horse racing
Lemon Drop Kid just gets better with age
Wins in the 1999 Belmont and Travers stakes and Sunday's Grade I Whitney Handicap may not have earned Lemon Drop Kid much respect, but they're making owner Jeanne Vance plenty of money.

Et cetera
Boxers battle critics who say fight is weak

Evander Holyfield said Wednesday that he wouldn't be fighting John Ruiz if a piece of the heavyweight title wasn't at stake.

Kiraly's injury places his volleyball berth in doubt
TORONTO -- Karch Kiraly injured a shoulder Wednesday in an Olympic qualifying tournament, putting the three-time volleyball gold medalist's bid to compete in Sydney in doubt.

One HR all Jays need
DUNEDIN -- Joe Casey pitched seven strong innings and Glen Williams homered in the fifth as the Blue Jays defeated the Fort Myers Miracle 1-0 Wednesday.

As easy as 1, 2, 3?
Tiger who? Karrie Webb is tearing up the women's tour just as impressively, and she can beat Woods to the punch this week by winning her third major in 2000.

Who's hot
After nine second-place finishes in her career, Lori Kane broke through with LPGA victory No. 1 at the Michelob Light Classic. A Canadian, Kane gets to play in her country's major championship, the du Maurier, this week as a proud tournament winner.

LPGA needs four majors
Golf is comfortable with the idea of four "major" tournaments a year. For decades we've referred to them as "Grand Slam" events, which obviously refers to there being four of them. And attempts to force in a fifth major have been futile.

Florida records another shutout
The team from Apopka will take on South Carolina on Friday after defeating West Virginia 7-0.

FHSAA sets timetable for transfer investigation
The Florida High School Activities Association said Wednesday its investigation into if two-sport athlete Keith Watts was recruited by Armwood should be completed "within the next two weeks."

Piranhas fare well at tourney
The Clearwater Piranhas 14-under boys basketball team had its best performance ever at the AAU national tournament last week in Lake Buena Vista.

State title slips away from Brandon Post 278
BRANDON -- This year's best American Legion team from the Tampa Bay area, Brandon Post 278, came within a breath of being the best team in the state.

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