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 August 26, 2000

Bucs give fans a rush
[Times photo: Joseph Garnett Jr.]
In easily the best overall effort of the preseason, Tampa Bay looks ready for season opener at New England.
Hubert Mizell
Offense presents a scintillating lure
TAMPA -- Warrick Dunn, granted rare running space, ducked and darted on an entertaining 48-yard trip. For a moment it was like his heroic, blistering FSU days. Oh, how the Bucs have been starving for that.

Gramatica regains his form
TAMPA -- He has struggled for most of the preseason, missing his first three field-goal attempts and clanging balls off the post during practice.

Running back duo rekindles power, speed
Warrick Dunn's 48-yard run, aided by Keyshawn Johnson, is his longest carry since 1998.

Booger tackles scrutiny
Anthony McFarland knows fans will be watching him closely.

Devil Rays/Baseball
Doctors puzzled by Saunders' arm
Devil Rays pitcher released from hospital and faces uncertain future.

Vaughn being kept out of the outfield
BALTIMORE -- It has been four weeks since Greg Vaughn strained his shoulder at Kansas City. It may be a few more weeks before he can return to leftfield and stop being the Rays' designated hitter.

Rays rally, then fall
BALTIMORE -- The Devil Rays had their chances to move into the lofty heights of fourth place Friday night. But they kept giving the Orioles chances, and Jerry Hairston finally took advantage of two of them, leaving Tampa Bay last in the division.

Baseball briefs
Women who played have reunion of their own

FSU rose in rankings but fell on defense
Even with a national title, the Seminoles displayed less than stellar form last season.

Griffin memo contradicts inquiry
AD to VP: "There has been NO issue of racial harassment" in women's basketball program.

Paterno, Penn State face unusual storm
The program is fighting to maintain its clean image in the face of Rashard Casey's arrest.

Offensive innovators meet today
Footballs will fill the air tonight at Jacksonville's Alltel Stadium, with two of the game's most prolific passing teams battling in the Pigskin Classic: Florida State and Brigham Young.

College football briefs
Defensive end okay to play

Captain's corner
Tampa Bay has large schools of baby threadfins hugging the edges of the shipping channel. Grouper, mackerel and mangrove snapper are following the bait as they drift toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Big names missing from $1-million Travers

Olympics briefs
White is 4th Rays minor-leaguer on U.S. team

Mutiny has rarely extinguished Fire
Both are in a tight division race and Tampa Bay is 1-5-1 all-time against Chicago.

Labonte clearly looking ahead
A mind-numbing wreck behind him, he is focused on Bristol today and a future Winston Cup title.

Pro hoops briefs
Troubled Rider signs with Lakers

NHL briefs
Richer signs with Capitals

Golf briefs
Woods pulls away with 36-hole mark

Rays win as LaForest nears cycle
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pete LaForest came within a single of hitting for the cycle and had three RBI as the Devil Rays won 7-4 Friday over Vero Beach.

Around the NFC
Around the AFC

South Sumter's depth too much for Pirates
DADE CITY -- For a few minutes Friday night, the 2000 Pirates looked like the Pasco of old.

Riverview dumps Leto
TAMPA -- For Riverview coach Alex Albert, it was a night for experimentation and observation. It was also a time for reflection.

Bears rally for victory
ST. PETERSBURG -- Central overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat St. Petersburg Catholic 20-17 Friday. But coach Steve Crognale isn't going to remember the score. He'll remember the three fumbles, the missed tackles and the penalties.

Zephyrhills' Briscoe shines
ZEPHYRHILLS -- As it turned out, John Briscoe had nothing to be nervous about.

Buccaneers falter in loss
NEW PORT RICHEY -- If Gulf coach Keith Newton values development more than victory in a jamboree, he went to bed happy Friday. If new Tampa Catholic coach John Diehl thinks comeback wins in poor performances breed character -- and he does -- he slept like a baby, too.

Panthers shut out Cobras
LECANTO -- Lecanto's misdirection plays and quick-hitting runs racked up 202 rushing yards against Hudson in Friday's classic.

Hillsborough comeback surprises Southeast
TAMPA -- There have been few times where a game that meant nothing, amounted to so much for Hillsborough High.

Crystal River routs Boca Ciega
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Jean Gordon's plan was simple enough: Bring his Boca Ciega team north for a little offensive work, and most important, get a look at an offensive scheme the Pirates will see at least three more times this season.

Clearwater suffers forgettable result
New starters, new staff, missing players leave coach Tom Bostic unconcerned by loss

Gibbs pummels Northeast by 32
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Streak is alive and well. The mystique took a big hit, however.

Bradenton Bayshore overwhelms Osceola
The Warriors hang tough for two quarters, but the second half is a different story.

Eagles dominate, shut out Sickles
BRANDON -- Brandon began what it hopes is a turn-around season Friday by shutting out Sickles 19-0 in preseason action.

Blocked kick lifts Wharton
A point-after proves to be the difference in Wildcats' 14-13 preseason victory over Robinson.

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