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August 20, 2001
Devil Rays
Kennedy is masterful through pain
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Rookie goes six strong after having ankle taped as Rays improve to 6-1 vs. Twins.

6-man staff planned upon Rekar's return
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays will use a six-man rotation at least until the roster limit expands from 25 to 40 Sept. 1, manager Hal McRae said Sunday.

Agent says Brazelton plans to attend class
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays made progress Sunday in their negotiations with top draft pick Dewon Brazelton, but it may not have been enough to keep the talented right-handed pitcher from returning to school.

Bucs
Rice impressive at stopping run, too
TAMPA -- After not showing up in the preseason opener against the Dolphins, the first-team defense looked its usual stingy self Saturday against the Browns in Cleveland.

Bucs to go with youth up front
Jeff Christy is Tampa Bay's third injured offensive lineman. He is expected to be sidelined for three to five weeks.

Motorsports
Dodging the raindrops pays off
Sterling Marlin beats Ricky Craven to the final yellow flag before rain ends the Pepsi 400, finally making Dodge a winner.

Earnhardt Jr. joins restrained crowd
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. bowed, albeit uncomfortably, to peer pressure and common sense.

Golf
Toms terrific
David Toms makes a dramatic par putt for a one-shot victory, adding to Phil Mickelson's misery in the majors.

Hole of the day
No. 16, par 4, 441 yards

Ryder Cup final picks up in air
DULUTH, Ga. -- Not only did David Toms win the PGA Championship on Sunday, he secured a spot on his first U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Woods 29th, matching worst finish in major as pro
DULUTH, Ga. -- For the fifth straight tournament, Tiger Woods failed to finish among the top 10, shooting a final-round 70 at the PGA Championship.

Playing it safe is right call
David Toms sets up winning putt by laying up.

Baseball
Apopka pitcher records a 1-hitter
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Justin Lafavers struck out 11 and was within one strike of a no-hitter to lead Apopka to a 2-0 victory over Bainbridge Island, Wash., on Sunday in the Little League World Series for 11- and 12-year-olds.

Letters
Give backup Joe Hamilton a chance
Since they rose above being the Keystone Cops of the football world, I have been watching the Bucs and enduring their bouts of offensive impotence. The quarterback situation is in a real shambles.

Shorts
College football around the state
Chandler glad toget 5th year at UF

Arena football briefs
Grand Rapids wins title; Nashville denied again

WNBA briefs
Miami rallies 53-50to extend series

Mutiny
Mutiny doesn't stay in game long
The Mutiny proved it could match up with one of Major League Soccer's top teams Saturday night, for about 14 minutes. Tampa Bay scored first, then allowed five straight Los Angeles goals in a 5-1 loss at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Bluewater fishing has been the buzz on the beach. Capt. "Big John" Skinner boated two nice marlin and had half a dozen more hookups fishing 125 miles southwest of John's Pass in an area known as the Steps.

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