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 August 11, 2000

Dolphins kick around Bucs
[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Tampa Bay's starting offense sputters, its reserves rally, but Miami kicker Olindo Mare makes his 5th FG for the win.
Hubert Mizell
Can offense develop strength in a few weeks?
MIAMI -- Good, it's still August. Tampa Bay's redesigned, reinforced, but nonetheless clunking offense needs far more laboratory work.

Bucs' running game lacks a lot of luster
Averaging only 3.3 yards per carry against Miami, the Bucs hope to shake running woes by the regular season.

McKay denies report on Odom
MIAMI -- Bucs general manager Rich McKay said there is "absolutely no truth" to the Internet report that the team is expecting left tackle Jason Odom to miss the season.

Dominant defense absent vs. Dolphins
After finishing first in total yards in the NFC last season, the Bucs defense was dull -- it gave up 295 yards to Miami.

Devil Rays/baseball
Easy start boosts Rays to 5th win in 6 games
Tanyon Sturtze controls the Twins in a 10-4 Tampa Bay victory.

'White Flag' makes Hernandez see red
ST. PETERSBURG -- With the White Sox doing so well, the trendy story around Chicago is how the infamous "White Flag" trade of July 31, 1997, is finally paying off, that the young players acquired then are the key to their present-day success.

The bulletproof nature of youth
It sounds like the kid is growing up.

Dom DiMaggio defends brother
ST. PETERSBURG -- Dom DiMaggio called a magazine story purporting to reveal the private life of his brother, the late Joe DiMaggio, "a sick monologue" by the lawyer and confidant of the Hall of Fame outfielder of the New York Yankees.

College football
Spurrier, UF fans wonder: Which WR will catch on?
For five straight seasons, a Gator has had at least 1,000 yards receiving.

Palmer and Johnson endured a 'cold war'
GAINESVILLE -- For three seasons, Jesse Palmer and Doug Johnson were bound by their desire to be Florida's quarterback. But make no mistake, there was no bond.

Leavitt hopes freshmen can keep the pace
TAMPA -- When the four practices for South Florida newcomers ended Thursday afternoon, what coach Jim Leavitt hoped he had imparted was quite simple: knowledge.

Coaches put 'Noles No. 2, too
Florida State hoped a panel of coaches, unlike the national media, would put it atop their poll and offer a chance to go wire to wire again.

Olympic trials
Bennett starts taking care of her unfinished business
The Brandon swimmer, with '96 troubles in mind, makes Games in 400 free.

Trio's travels take them to trials
One might think Ron Spenlau deserved a medal, too.

Thompson,Torres work well apart, together
INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Richard Quick decided eight months ago to split up training partners Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson because he had a feeling they were on a collision course. He was right.

U.S. loads up on soccer experience
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Despite its new coach's youth movement, the U.S. women's soccer team will look in Sydney a lot like the team that won the World Cup last year.

Ill Dolan conquers all
The '96 gold medalist wins 400 IM in last 100 meters. Co-fave Wilkens, Clearwater's Margalis are far behind.

Ernest Hooper
'Fight' on HBO scores a big KO
The Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle rank among boxing's greatest matches, but a new HBO documentary makes a convincing argument that the greatest of them all had no real name: it was simply "The Fight."

Pro football
Steelers shut out Panthers

Around the AFC

Around the NFC

It's no miracle, just hard work
Adrienne Johnson watched and learned in her first three pro seasons. Her patience and persistence is paying off.

A 3-team deal sends Brian Grant to Heat
MIAMI -- The Heat, the Trail Blazers and the Cavaliers have agreed to a sign-and-trade that will send free-agent power forward Brian Grant to Miami, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale and the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

Austin imitates Woods, takes Buick Open lead
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- For one day, Woody Austin discovered what it's like to putt as well as Tiger Woods. The result was 9-under-par 63 to lead the first round of the Buick Open.

Frazier advances to meet Hingis again
Amy Frazier gained a chance to beat the world's top-ranked player twice in a row by upsetting seventh-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Classic in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Online reports not necessarily on line
It has been a rough week for local football and the Internet.

Hockey increases in popularity
A combination of new players and veterans from the North has the number of teams on the rise.

Inverness stays alive, rips Texas
WACO, Texas -- With their season on the line, Inverness made it look easy.

Texas settles down, edges Alabama 3-2
GULFPORT -- In a game pitting two unbeaten teams against each other in the Southern Regional tournament, Bellaire, Texas, defeated Mobile, Ala., 3-2, catapulting Texas into the winner's bracket final.

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