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 September 7, 2000

He's not just a jock 'scooting through'
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After a rocky start, Gators defensive end Thaddeus Bullard already has his degree.
Hubert Mizell
Olympics always prove memorable
Can't make it, Sydney.

Devil Rays
Rays' slide hits six
Starter Ryan Rupe leaves early with tightness in his right bicep, then game gets away in 6-2 loss to Indians.

Rays shift to silent
CLEVELAND -- The Devil Rays are more than willing to battle the Red Sox on the field, but they declined Wednesday to be drawn into a war of words.

Bucs
Culpepper is getting used to feeling like a Bear
"I've got no allegiance problems," he says as he prepares to face the team that cut him two weeks ago.

Green has extra info on 1 Bears receiver
TAMPA -- The Bucs have lots of film on talented Bears receiver Marcus Robinson, and Robinson likely will figure prominently in their preparation for Sunday's game.

Brooks named NFC Defensive Player of Week
TAMPA -- Derrick Brooks does not have a game ball for his 15-tackle effort against New England, but he does have the honor of being the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

College football

Injury ends season, but not career
GAINESVILLE -- Bent over backward, trapped by the weight of his teammates, Andra Davis felt something in his knee pop, something in his stomach turn and something in his heart sink.

Tennis
Lindsay's sweet revenge
Davenport ousts Serena Williams, who beat her last year; Sampras advances.

Citing family, Agassi bows out
NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi has withdrawn from the U.S. tennis team that will compete in the Sydney Games.

Martin endears crowd with marathon victory
NEW YORK -- Todd Martin may not be the best-known player on the ATP Tour, but he's becoming a crowd-pleaser.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
What makes fishing so great this time of year is the fact snook are starting their fall migration and are sharing many mangroves, oyster beds and grass flats with redfish.

College basketball
College basketball coaches on move
Bill Carmody pulled an all-nighter, fired up the VCR and let his early morning viewing help him make one of the biggest decisions of his life.

NBA
Cleaves officially a Piston
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Mateen Cleaves rolled up his sleeves, flashed a smile and put pen to paper. He fulfilled a lifelong dream Wednesday by joining the Detroit Pistons.

NFL
Aikman will sit against Cardinals
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones makes the call, based on tests after the QB's ninth concussion.

Lions QB Batch gets $31-million deal, may start
PONTIAC, Mich. -- He asked his coach for another day of practice, gave his agent four hours to strike a deal, and just like that, Charlie Batch hit the jackpot.

Motorsports
Pruett experiences major turnaround
The last time Scott Pruett raced at Richmond International Raceway, he finished 27th, was 42nd in the standings and seriously considered quitting his new job as a Winston Cup driver.

Lightning
Ludzik enjoys this camp's impending competition
It's going to be more of a fight than ever to make the Lightning, and the coach is pleased.

Horse racing
Tampa Bay Downs to again raise its purses
Success breeds success and money makes money, two reasons Tampa Bay Downs will increase stakes purses for the second straight year when its 93-day meet commences Dec. 16.

Preps
Cougars enter 2000 with lots of depth
Countryside coach Greg Bryant has a problem, but don't expect his peers to be too sympathetic. Poor coach Bryant has too many good golfers, which makes it difficult to decide which six he'll allow to play in tournaments.

Off-season leagues now united
For 30 years, the St. Petersburg Winter Baseball League provided competition for high school players in Pinellas County during the off-season. However, the league primarily consisted of teams just from south county.

Packer has come a very long way in three years
Megan Riley could hear the taunts. She could hear the muffled laughter as she teed off on the first hole.

Ex-Bogie star's future hinges on test score
Former Boca Ciega basketball star Tia Miller has enrolled at Auburn as a part-time, non-scholarship student in an effort to gain her eligibility this season, Auburn women's basketball sports information director Brian Miller said.

Class of the County
DEE DEE HAEFLING, Riverview cross country: She has started the season by beating some of the toughest runners in Hillsborough and Polk counties. The senior won the Winter Haven Kiwanis Meet in 18 minutes, 4 seconds, 35 seconds faster than her closest opponent.

Golf district breakdown
CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 9

Players to watch
BOYS

Ridgewood rolls past Zephyrhills to stay perfect
ZEPHYRHILLS -- In just its third season, Ridgewood is making a strong bid for its first conference championship.

Bulls senior bides her time, gets in shape
Amber Littleton isn't winning now. But she will be a contender by state.

Wesley Chapel doubles its fun against Citrus
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Wesley Chapel took advantage of a raw Citrus squad Wednesday night, sweeping a doubleheader with relative ease.

Golf
Woods aims at rare triple
You wonder, how much more is there for Tiger Woods to accomplish this year?

USGA goes distance in clubs debate
C'mon, you've done it. Hit a mulligan off the first tee (or several during the course of a round), played with 17 or 18 clubs in your bag, switched golf balls on the putting green.

Metal woods carrying a heavy market share
It has been only 20 years since the first non-wooden wood club was introduced. Now almost all woods are made of metal.


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