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August 22, 2001
Earnhardt report
How Earnhardt died
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[AP photo]
The report on the NASCAR driver's fatal crash says a combination of factors led to his death -- most notably a torn lap belt.

Drivers, others praise investigation
Kyle Petty, whose son Adam died in a crash, says NASCAR has done everything possible to determine what happened.

The aftermath
Some of the events after Dale Earnhardt crashed and died Feb. 18 on the last lap of the Daytona 500:

NASCAR won't be rushed into changes
Safety measures are being tested, but there is more research to do before decisions are made about their use.

What the writers are saying

Safety: a work in progress

Who conducted the investigation?

Evolving Earnhardt theories

Q & A

Key players

John Romano
Answers given, not hope
They understand, better than they should, the etiquette of tragedy. The hushed tones. The bowed heads. The offers of thoughts and prayers.

Bucs
Bucs take note of Reidel's rebound
Reidel Anthony has been slipping since his second year, but now he looks more confident, aggressive and productive than ever.

Brooks waiting patiently
TAMPA -- Linebacker Derrick Brooks said Tuesday he is paying close attention to negotiations between the Bucs and his agents, Eugene Parker and Roosevelt Barnes. The four-time Pro Bowl player and two-time All-Pro said he is aware of the ticking clock.

Fresher Stecker impresses coach
TAMPA -- When you're behind Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott, preseason is about the only time you get the rock.

Devil Rays/baseball
8-4 win sparks Rays of hope
Up-and-down victory over Orioles boosts spirits for Tampa Bay, which quietly has had a winning month.

Cal is collecting gifts, memories
Ripken won't let his emotions take over, but he feels them growing as his retirement nears.

Conti keeps running to secure Bulls win
Jason Conti certainly has made his presence known since the Rays acquired him from Arizona on July 25 in the trade that sent Mike DiFelice and Albie Lopez to the Diamondbacks. But the Rays' Triple-A team, the Durham Bulls, were never more happy to have the 26-year-old outfielder than in the eighth inning Friday night.

Talks with Brazelton are nearing an end
ST. PETERSBURG -- Talks continued with top draft pick Dewon Brazelton on Tuesday amid indications that time for a decision is growing near.

Colleges
UF to start early with Greene, maybe Dupay
GAINESVILLE -- Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan revealed the Gators' 2001 schedule Tuesday knowing one top guard will return and uncertain about another.

College football around the state
Mom says UF's Mitchell will be back

Famous bloodlines get you no favors with Bulls
Five USF players have NFL connections, great for getting advice and support but no advantage with coach Jim Leavitt.

Mutiny/MLS
Diallo likely to stay for rest of season
Bobblehead doll night appears safe.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Lightning signs two

Pro basketball briefs
Hill to skip Duke charity game

Preps
QB Davis named in USA's top 25 seniors
St. Petersburg Catholic quarterback Chris Davis has been named to the USA Today Super 25 preseason list of the best senior high school football players in America. The list was scheduled to run today in USA Today.

Kirkwoods' sister act playing again at Plant
Sarah Kirkwood made a tough decision to leave Berkeley Prep. Joining her sister, Emily, makes it more comfortable.

Finally, a chance to play
After weeks of practice and drills, players get a chance to hit somebody in another uniform, even if the scores don't count.

Coach leaves Dixie Hollins
Dixie Hollins baseball coach Jonathan Wiggins has resigned to pursue a career in sales.

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