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 September 3, 2000

It's good to be King
[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
He's young, popular and on the spot in his hometown. As the season opens, Bucs QB Shaun King likes where he sits.
Hubert Mizell
King may be a prince, but can he be a leader?
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Love the kid. My hands eagerly collide in appreciation for his style, faith and achievements. But, as the Bucs begin this season of heavenly expectations, the biggest concern is Shaun King.

'We believe in balance. I think you'll see that.'
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Coach Tony Dungy is a man of faith, but he doesn't look skyward for help when it comes to selecting an offense.

Kiffin's enthusiasm got an early start
TAMPA -- Little has changed since then.

Steckel's hero comes through
TAMPA -- On his way home from Vietnam -- a 19-day voyage aboard a ship that was tossed like a bathtub toy on the outskirts of two typhoons -- Les Steckel learned that Vince Lombardi had died.

The best and the worst of week 1
BEST -- TAMPA BAY 48, ATLANTA 10, SEPT. 13, 1987:

Dungy has earned benefit of the doubt
What is it with all you armchair QBs? Why would Coach Dungy mess with the chemistry of the defense? Because he knows what he's doing.

Answers still lacking on Gruber goodbye
DEDHAM, Mass. -- Paul Gruber's decision to end his 12-year playing career did not totally surprise players and coaches. But the timing of the announcement did.

'I think I'm afraid of failing'
From overcoming his fear of heights, to the relationship with his twin brother to what he would do if he were president of the United States, here are a few takes from Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber:

Patriots' gains linked to Glenn
Much has been made about how defenses have to adjust for Bucs receiver Keyshawn Johnson, but coach Tony Dungy said Tampa Bay has to account for the Patriots' prolific receiver, Terry Glenn.

Fiedler gets his chance for Miami
FOXBORO, Mass. -- It's been 26 years since an Ivy League quarterback started a season opener, and 17 years since someone other than Dan Marino was under center for the Miami Dolphins, but Jay Fiedler is convinced he can rewrite history in a positive way.

NFL games today
Bucs at Patriots

College football
South Florida wastes no time
The Bulls lead 16-0 at halftime and go on to defeat Jacksonville State 40-0.

It's ugly; it's a win; it'll do
Florida ends its three-game skid, sloppily, with a 40-19 victory over Ball State.

SEC briefs
Green Wave flooded by Mississippi

Devil Rays/Baseball
Again, Rays let win slip away
Two throwing errors in the ninth inning allow Kansas City to score the two winning runs.

Vaughn's demotion sparks his offense
ST. PETERSBURG -- At this rate, maybe Greg Vaughn should hit No. 9.

Rays tales
FAME GAME: Pitchers Paul Wilson and Doug Creek are about to become famous. Wilson is being inducted this month into the Florida State Sports Hall of Fame, and Creek is receiving the same honor at Georgia Tech.

Rothschild's future put on hold for now
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was around this time last year that general manager Chuck LaMar rewarded manager Larry Rothschild with a one-year contract extension that carries him through the 2001 season.

Baseball briefs
Knoblauch lashes outat the Boss

Ripken mulls tough decision
This is springtime in September for Cal Ripken. We may be seeing an abbreviated farewell tour by the man who defined eternity in baseball.

Cloutier changes more than his diet
Lightning goalie, inconsistent and in pain last season, shapes up body, skills.

Lightning: 10 questions going into camp

NHL briefs
Agent: Daiglerethinks career

Mutiny shut out by Meola, K.C. again
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Mutiny's road to the Central Division crown got a little more bumpy Saturday night.

Et cetera
Capel credits success to a 'greater power''
The Olympian from Brooksville says God and prayer are his guiding forces.

Sports digest
U.S. has big World Cup test

Random Thoughts
Hello, I'm Drew Bledsoe, and today, I'm going to be wearing neighbor Brian Daubach's jersey. No, not because we're pals. But from the looks of it, nobody from Tampa Bay can hit Daubach.

UF wants tough start? Check your back yard
Chicken Gators.

Bosox bully is just a big baby
I was amused to read Pedro Martinez's statement attacking Gerald Williams and saying that there is no crying in baseball. Martinez reminds me of the little kid we all knew when we were growing up who was always taunting and teasing his or her playmates until one of them finally retorted, then would run home and hide behind mommy's skirt.

Golf briefs
Waite plays well enough to lead Air Canada

U.S. Open briefs
Serena keeps the sister act on track

Rabbitts run fast in night race
In the bay, Windancer, a 27-foot vintage boat, wins Spinnaker B.

Draft pick will play in Italy
Former Ohio State point guard Scoonie Penn has decided to play in Italy next season rather than try to make the Atlanta Hawks roster.

Olympics briefs
Supreme Court gets wrestling case

Gymnast White's roots in Pinellas
ST. PETERSBURG -- Days from now, the Olympics will open in Australia, and she will compete in front of millions worldwide. But it was in a Pinellas County library nearly 10 years ago that gymnast Morgan White went on stage for one of her first public performances.

Tampa holds off Sarasota
TAMPA -- Closer Jeremy Blevins held off a late rally as the Yankees edged the Sarasota Red Sox 5-4 Saturday at Legends Field.

Drivers want improved wall at New Hampshire
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The talk is getting louder.

Winston Cup: Five to watch
Five Winston Cup drivers to watch in today's Southern 500:

Yarborough keeping busy in the slow lane
The retired driver and car owner is content to leave the slippery turns of the Southern 500 to younger racers.

Fast pit speeds Martin to victory
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- In his final Busch Grand National race at Darlington Raceway, Mark Martin won the Dura Lube 200 from the pole Saturday.

Autos briefs
Franchitti breaks track record

Go with current, catch more fish
On a recent trip, I pulled up on a favorite fishing spot and found another boat already anchored there. The angler had his back to the wind, which allowed him to cast with little effort.

Lake reports
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Danny Marsocci of Fast Break Bait and Tackle reports the water in the lake is low and urged anglers to be careful while boating. The bass are biting best in the Eagle Bay area on rattling crankbaits and dark worms. If you want to catch bream, fish crickets in the rim ditch.

Swimming through dark fear
Fear profits a man nothing.

Captain's corner
Tuna, wahoo and dolphin are just 50 miles offshore, and they are hungry. Last week we fished two days in blue water and found huge weed lines starting at 50 miles offshore and continuing out to 100 miles. The loop current was 98 miles offshore and held lots of bait and debris.

Central, TBT get wins at Land O'Lakes meet
LAND O'LAKES -- Ridgewood senior Jim Vitale has gotten used to chasing Citrus' Cory Presnick. The undefeated 1999 Class 2A state champion always pushed Vitale to his best race -- even if Vitale's best meant second place.

Terrapins primed for rebound
After a down year, Tampa Prep once again has high hopes for a state title.

TBT girls earn win at Land O'Lakes race
LAND O'LAKES -- Ridgewood's team of Lizzy and Lizzie grabbed the top two girls spots. Senior Lizzy Leigh finished in 20 minutes, 3 seconds, four seconds ahead of junior teammate Lizzie Sheridan.

Crusader star turns focus to team goals
What else can she do?

Warhawks remain county's best
Seminole's Joe Van Asten and Mark Smith finished first and fourth, respectively, at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet last year, leading the Warhawks to a convincing victory over runner-up Largo and third-place St. Petersburg, 38-72-78.

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