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  • September 5, 2001

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    U.S. Open
    Serena swats away
    [AP photo]
    Serena Williams battled the elements and No. 3 seed Lindsay Davenport. She beat both.

    Big matchups are coming too early
    NEW YORK -- From a fan's perspective, it is an absurdity of the draw, even more ridiculous than the fact the hottest women's players, Jennifer Capriati and Venus Williams, won't have a chance to meet in the U.S. Open final.

    Gary Shelton
    Almonte's age joins line of lies
    When the truth has been sacrificed, you are left to believe whatever you wish. Feel free, then, to label Danny Almonte however you wish.

    After titles, Cowboys' fortunes are plunging
    Dallas, which opens Sunday against Tampa Bay, has not sustained the level of success it had in the 1990s.

    Claybrooks added to practice squad
    TAMPA -- The Bucs signed rookie defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks to the practice squad Tuesday, adding depth at a position weakened by injuries.

    NFL briefs
    Dallas to sign Leaf today

    Devil Rays/baseball
    Rays delay No. 100 for M's
    After blowing a 1-0 lead, Tampa Bay ties it in the ninth, then scores six in the 10th for an 8-3 win, its 50th of the season.

    Huff learns lesson: Just relax, baby
    SEATTLE -- Aubrey Huff said he learned something during his 12-day exile to the minors that should greatly help his performance in the big leagues.

    Should-have-beens frustrate McRae
    SEATTLE -- As frustrating and disappointing as it was to lose Monday's game 3-2 in the 11th inning, manager Hal McRae seemed more concerned with how the Rays failed to win it in the 10th.

    Blaze enters playoffs off a strong finish
    If this weekend was a California League playoff precursor, the Bakersfield Blaze should feel pretty good.

    College football
    Family losses don't stop 'Noles safety
    Abdual Howard has developed into one of FSU's top defenders as he tries to deal with the deaths of his parents.

    Bowdens are patient with basic mistakes
    TALLAHASSEE -- With Florida State relying on new receivers to shuttle in plays to new quarterbacks, one might expect some breakdown in communications.

    Extra points
    SCOUTING REPORT: Alabama-Birmingham started Division I-A in 1996, but the FSU coaches want to make sure their players don't treat the Blazers like neophytes. They conspicuously hung a photocopy of the recap of last season's UAB-LSU game on the door to the locker room.

    Practice reports
    Grossman earns SEC honor

    Daily fishing report
    Strong tides are the key to catching fish in warm water. Fast currents pull cool water out of deep channels and spread it across shallow flats. As temperatures drop, fish move out of holes and channels bordering flats to feed on the edges, but they don't stay long.

    Sunday may be the last chance to see anything this bad
    Sunday is your last chance to see the Mutiny at home this season. Don't miss this opportunity to say you were in the stands to see Scott Cannon, Jair, Gus Kartes, John Maessner, Albert Munoz, Craig Demmin and Joe Addo. It likely is your last chance.

    The days of giving up are over for Wharton
    The Wildcats, who have won no more than two games in each of the school's first four seasons, have high expectations after Friday's upset of Robinson.

    Royal Knights play poorly but still win
    A week after defeating rival Hudson, the team doesn't "click" in a 15-6, 15-4 victory over Tarpon Springs.

    Checking in
    Businessman and former Tampa Bay Storm owner Bob Gries is making his first foray into coaching this year at Gaither. Each Wednesday, he will share his views on the season from his unique perspective. Gries and Gaither won their first game Friday 30-6 over Tampa Bay Tech.

    Leopards sweep Eagles
    SPRING HILL -- Tuesday's Hernando-Springstead match was a lot like the men's tennis you'll see at the U.S. Open this week: plenty of points won and lost on serves.

    Royal Knights aren't 'pretty' but still win
    A week after defeating rival Hudson, the team doesn't "click" in a 15-6, 15-4 victory over Tarpon Springs.

    Seven Rivers cannot overcome Pine Castle
    LECANTO -- Seven Rivers Christian found out Tuesday it can hang with defending Class A runner-up Orlando Pine Castle.

    Wildcats earn win after slow start
    DADE CITY -- Wesley Chapel seems to use the first game of most matches as a warmup. Coach Julie Krull said she doesn't like it, but she's getting used to it -- as long as the Wildcats win.

    Eagles rally, edge Cougars
    CLEARWATER -- The last time East Lake played a regular-season match at Countryside, it lost the lead, the match and the chance to represent the North Division in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship.

    Pinellas football: midweek report
    Game of the Week

    Hillsborough football: midweek report
    Quote of the week

    Pinellas football notebook
    Former Tornado, Buc gives coaching a shot

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