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 September 4, 2000

Sacking, looting

The defense pounds Drew Bledsoe, the offense scores three TDs. Only special-teams blunders keep Tampa Bay from a runaway win. Story

Bucs act naturally, except for pass
The Patriots give up a scoring pass in which the Bucs feigned disinterest for a "spike."

Gary Shelton
After changes, defense remains a power, still
FOXBORO, Mass. -- You were nervous, weren't you? You had doubts, didn't you?

Hubert Mizell
The pizazz era begins with spike and Spike
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Now that's creativity!

Bledsoe bruised but stands until end
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Bucs physically battered the Patriots all day, but when they needed three critical stops at the end of the game, it was brains instead of brawn that helped them triumph.

Hard lesson learned about special teams' importance
First-half mistakes, the first on the opening kickoff, could have cost the Bucs the game.

Devil Rays
Weakened Rays finish a slumbering weekend
With its offense in the dumps, Tampa Bay falls 8-2 to Kansas City.

Yan injury stretches out a weary bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- The continuing shoulder problems of Esteban Yan have left the bullpen short-handed and could force the Devil Rays to dip into the minor leagues again.

Karsay struggles at bad time
In his five most recent appearances, Indians reliever Steve Karsay has given up eight runs on 12 hits in three innings -- a 24.00 ERA.

College football
Two USF football players arrested

WR Charlie Jackson, NT Greg Walls may be disciplined for alleged misdemeanors.

Spurrier: room to improve
GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Steve Spurrier saw his team make plenty of mistakes in Saturday's season-opening 40-19 victory against Ball State. At first, it was frustrating.

College football briefs
Penn State uneasy with winless start

Toledo is the role model for pulling upset
TAMPA -- Some football teams dream of being Florida State. Others want to be like Nebraska.

Motorsports
Labonte goes from wrecked to winner
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The weekend could not have started off worse for Bobby Labonte.

Gordon happy with fourth
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- For Jeff Gordon, a fourth-place finish in the Southern 500 would have been considered mediocre two years ago.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Capt. Dan Hibbeln on the Pescadora traveled 130 miles into the gulf to catch a 150.6-pound yellowfin tuna, a blue marlin and a white marlin to win the Old Salt's 29th annual All-Release Billfish Loop Tournament.

Colleges
UCLA attack overpowers UF
GAINESVILLE -- The statistics were similar. The score was almost the same. The outcome for Florida's women was different.

Olympics
Olympics briefs
Johnson happy with win in 400

Baseball
FSL briefs
Jays use bat gimmick to bid Rays farewell

NFL
Fiedler looks like right pick

MIAMI -- The choice of Jay Fiedler as Dan Marino's successor was panned by much of south Florida and second-guessed by Marino himself.

NFL briefs
Another concussion sidelines Aikman IRVING, Texas -- Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman was knocked out of Sunday's opener with a concussion, and whether he would return for this weekend's game was unclear.


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