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  • September 9, 2001

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    Bustin' loose
    [Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
    Personally and professionally, Warrick Dunn has the chance this season to be his own man for the first time. The prospects excite him.

    What they're saying
    While doing his film room homework, Tampa Bay's Mr. Large-and-Mean (aka Warren Sapp) will take special notice, and delight, at something basically never seen in the NFL:

    Hambrick gets early attention
    Former Pasco High running back Troy Hambrick earned a spot on the Cowboys' active roster this season after spending his rookie year on the practice squad.

    NFL Game Day: Week 1
    Darrell Fry enters this week like every NFL team: Perfect

    Bucs chat
    Leaf'sdeparture a concern

    Leaf might fight for his salary
    DALLAS -- The experiment with quarterback Ryan Leaf did not pay off. Now it might end up costing the Bucs.

    Rice enjoys life atop the food chain
    Defensive end Simeon Rice has played football with Emmitt Smith and basketball with Michael Jordan. He's a Chicago native with style, skill and something to say. This is Rice, on a roll: RM: If you were commissioned to make a new Mount Rushmore, which four Americans would you carve in stone?

    Monte and Clyde
    Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin

    Bucs sideline
    May the force ...

    High profile: Brad Johnson
    An early hatred

    Gary Shelton
    Good or bad, answers start to arrive today
    DALLAS -- For six weeks, we have taken their measure.

    Darrell Fry
    League decrees: 'Play nice'
    Welcome to a kinder, gentler National Football League.

    Hubert Mizell
    Expect Florida's Big 3 to leave competition in the dust
    Now and then, states other than Florida win college football's national championship. Oklahoma did it last season. It's a contemporary joy Nebraska has known. Michigan had a breakthrough. But, on the whole, Sunshine Boys pulverize.

    Devil Rays
    After loss, McRae pleads for better pitching
    Nick Bierbrodt and Rays relievers are shelled by the A's 10-4, the third straight poor outing by a starter.

    With Flaherty hurt, Rays call up Hoover
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A painful pinching sensation in the back of John Flaherty's neck left the Rays in something of a pinch Friday night with no backup catcher.

    McRae looks to future when he leaves Yan in
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Hal McRae can feel your pain.

    Rays tales
    GOING DEEP: Greg Vaughn hit 50 homers for the Padres in 1998, but even he can't relate to what his good friend, Barry Bonds, has accomplished in hitting 60. "Fifty took everything I had," Vaughn said. "Last game of the season, last at-bat, two outs, two strikes."

    Astros make pitch for playoffs
    The Mariners might be one of the best teams ever. The Yankees have the league's highest payroll and the talent to show for it. The Diamondbacks boast Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, but a wilting offense.

    College football
    Big-time Bulls
    Pittsburgh was supposed to administer the biggest hurting in USF's first I-A season. But USF attacks immediately and comes away a stunning 35-26 winner.

    Rix growing up fast
    In his second start, freshman quarterback helps FSU pull away from stubborn UAB for a 29-7 win.

    UM waits out rain, Rutgers
    The 'Canes tune up for next week's game vs. Washington, pounding the Scarlet Knights 61-0 in UM's Big East opener.

    UF starts slow, then romps late
    Louisiana-Monroe scores first on a turnover before the No. 2 Gators roll to a 55-6 victory in front of 85,011.

    College football this week on TV

    College football around the state
    FAU slips past B-CC for inaugural victory

    Venus wins Open as Serena unravels
    The elder Williams takes advantage of dozens of errors and earns her fourth Grand Slam title.

    Sampras already feels like a winner
    After surving the toughest draw of his career, Pete Sampras is one match from his 14th Grand Slam title. Only Lleyton Hewitt stands in the way.

    Hewitt won'thave many fans in Open final
    NEW YORK -- The crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium likely will view today's men's final through a very narrow lens: Good Guy vs. Bad Guy.

    Highs and lows

    Almonte's future looking very green
    Great column by Gary Shelton (Almonte's age joins line of lies, Sept. 5), but mark my words, odds are that Danny Almonte will be pitching for someone -- the Yankees, yeah, that's the ticket -- in say eight (oops, six) years, for a bazillion dollars.

    Baseball this week on TV

    Tampa Bay waiting for classic field
    Despite the absence of stars, this week's Tampa Bay Classic hosts a promising field while building for the future.

    Diallo to announce decision
    TAMPA -- Mutiny fans will get a good look at Mamadou Diallo in today's home finale against Columbus. He'll not only be in a Mutiny uniform, but the first 5,000 fans will receive a Diallo bobblehead doll.

    Tortorella expects a conditioned team
    BRANDON -- John Tortorella wanted it clear he was not making threats. But the coach is determined to follow up on a promise to turn the Lightning into a well-conditioned team.

    Lightning training camp
    WHEN: Players report Tuesday for two days of fitness training. Practices begin Thursday.

    Lightning: 10 questions entering camp
    1. Can Nikolai Khabibulin regain prime form?

    Swim meet briefs
    Jesuit, Academy earn victories at City Relays

    Second-place finishes lift Gator girls to win
    NEW PORT RICHEY -- The Land O'Lakes girls proved that sometimes finishing second can be better than first.

    Hudson pulls out another late win
    With 40 seconds left late Friday night and down to its final play, 7 yards from the end zone, Hudson coach Terry Voyles made the only call he figured he could make.

    Hurricanes, Warhawks duel at Zone Challenge
    Seminole edges PHU for the girls title, but PHU edges it out for second in the boys competition and wins the overall title.

    Outdoors calendar
    THIS MONTH: Monthlong Snook Tournament, Hurricane Pass Anglers Club, Ozona, 785-3018.

    Get a chart, learn tides, catch fish
    The caller was sincere.

    Around Pinellas
    BMX RACING: Amanda Geving of Largo won the amateur title at the National Bike League Grand Nationals Sept. 1-2 in Louisville, Ky.

    Tournament insider
    Kirsten Wagner couldn't contain her excitement when she found out she had won the eighth annual Bill Currie Jr. Fall Ladies Fishing Classic over the weekend at Tierra Verde Resort. She let out a yell when the announcement came that she had won Master Angler after landing a 14.2-pound cobia, 2.1-pound mangrove snapper, 2-pound Spanish mackerel, 1-pound flounder and 9.6-pound snook. Wagner won $1,000 for Master Angler and also won for snook and cobia.

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