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 August 28, 2000

Odom will sit out season
[Times photo: Toni Sandys]
Projected left tackle starter never recovered from back injury.
Hubert Mizell
Good news: cuts hard in Tampa Bay
TAMPA -- For too long, this was an NFL dumping place. Lowly link on pro football's food chain. Players cut by stronger franchises, as September was about to bloom, would surface at the Buccaneer dungeon, begging for second, third or final chances with Tampa Bay's renowned weaklings.

McLeod out for season
Fullback placed on injured reserve as doctors continue tests to find the source of his chest pain.

Injury ends Shevin Smith's bid
TAMPA -- As the Bucs safeties began going down through the first few weeks of training camp, Shevin Smith braced himself for a busy week against the Patriots and what he thought was going to be a busy first few weeks of the season.

College football
Southern Cal makes good on its trip East
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sultan McCullough proved he's more than a track star playing football.

Seminoles don't rush out of the gate
TALLAHASSEE -- In the moments after his team's win Saturday night against Brigham Young, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden expressed profound concerns about his running game.

UM fine-tunes before opener
Around the state

Devil Rays
Rays slip against Orioles
One bad inning costs pitcher Ryan Rupe his chance at the record for consecutive wins.

Injured rib muscle puts Sturtze on DL
BALTIMORE -- Pitcher Tanyon Sturtze, who strained a rib cage muscle Saturday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Rays rally for split
ST. PETERSBURG -- Vero Beach beat St. Petersburg 2-0 in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Tim Harrell (7-7) shut out the Devil Rays and allowed just two hits. Although trailing, Devil Ray starter Nathan Ruhl (3-6) took a no-hitter into the final inning before yielding three hits.

Captain's corner
Taking people fishing for a living has given me insight into why many anglers have trouble catching fish. You would think that going with a guide is all that's necessary to catch trophy fish. This is not always true. The most important aspect of fishing is learning how to cast long and accurately, plus using the correct tackle for long casting.

Verplank breaks a 12-year drought
RENO, Nev. -- Scott Verplank has made it all the way back from the elbow problems that nearly ended his PGA Tour career.

Sports Etc.
FBI looks to see if fight fix was in
The FBI is investigating allegations that once-beaten heavyweight Richie Melito was involved in fixed fights, the New York Post reported Sunday.

Fassero upset about leaving games early
Jeff Fassero and manager Jimy Williams don't see eye-to-eye these days after the pitcher's quick removal from Friday's game at Kansas City.

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