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 August 24, 2000

Cannida's newest role is McFarland's backup

[Times photo: Ken Helle]
Coaches promote Buc they know as quiet hard worker.

Workout puts Odom
TAMPA -- Tackle Jason Odom was unable to practice Wednesday, one day after aggravating a lower back strain during his first workout with the team since training camp started.

Hubert Mizell
Rays need to shelve Rekar now
Even before Wednesday night's first throw, the Devil Rays should've gone to the bullpen. Bryan Rekar should not have been the starting pitcher against the Minnesota Twins.

Coach accused of favoritism
Former players and coaches say USF women's basketball coach Jerry Ann Winters creates a hostile environment.

Tampa legend moves on
TAMPA -- When Terry Rupp announced Wednesday he would become the University of Maryland's baseball coach, Tampa lost one of its sports legends.

College football
Gator freshman merits comparison to Wuerffel
A backup for now, Brock Berlin is the future of UF football.

Spurrier bored with Ball State
GAINESVILLE -- Having a hard time getting fired up for ninth-ranked Florida's first two games? Don't feel badly. So isSteve Spurrier.

Steve Spurrier Q & A
Q : Now that two-a-day practices are over, what is your impression of the freshman class and how great an impact will it have this season?

Extra points
GAINESVILLE -- When senior Zac Zedalis thinks about the pain he felt last season, the worst was the stinging criticism from coaches and teammates.

College Football briefs
Polley cleared to playin FSU's season opener

Devil Rays
Rays give one away to Twins
Tampa Bay allows three runs in the seventh and five in the eighth as defense and pitching crumble.

Creek on fast track with slow approach
MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Creek has been in a bit of a hurry lately, and it had him heading in the wrong direction. But the Devil Rays' left-handed reliever, and pitching coach Bill Fischer, say things are turning around just as quickly.

Seay joins 2 other Rays minor-leaguers on U.S. team
ST. PETERSBURG -- Bobby Seay is nearing the end of the longest season of his career. And he's ready to go halfway around the world to finish it.

Captain's corner
The World's Largest Spearfishing Tournament brought in the big fish, with 209 divers entered in the 35th annual St Pete Open Saturday at the Tierra Verde Resort and Yacht Club. The flat seas, light current and good visibility helped all the shooters find fish on their favorite wrecks and reefs.

Short takes
Pro Basketball briefs
WNBA final has same foes, new attitudes

Sports digest
Williamses could face off for U.S. Open title

Labonte has poor Bristol history
Points leader Bobby Labonte does not say much about it, but fellow competitors are marveling at his performance in Winston Cup this season.

Autos briefs
NASCAR fines Buschdriver, two crew chiefs

Horse racing
Trainer, on the mend, aimsat consecutive Travers wins
Scotty Schulhofer knows now how his horses feel. A few months after triple-bypass heart surgery, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame trainer has hired a personal trainer for his convalescence.

NHL briefs
Canucks' Potvin signs one-year deal

Clearwater wins in 11
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tom Batson singled in Anderson Machado in the 11th inning Wednesday night and the Clearwater Phillies beat the Rays 4-3.

World Golf events having problems
By most accounts, the World Golf Championship events have been a welcome addition to the landscape, bringing together the top players and offering big money to help differentiate the events from PGA Tour ones.

Ask us
Q : A lot of appearance money seems to prevail on some tours. How does it work? What is the amount? Who gets it?

Preseason schedule gets going tonight
Wednesday was Countryside's 28th football practice this fall.

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