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 September 10, 2000

Hubert Mizell
And an old man shall lead them
ATLANTA -- That is the 'Noles mind-set? Where is Florida State's championship concentration? Hold up a hand, maybe a tomahawk-chopping limb, if you're an FSU soul ravenous for the No. 1 consistency of a phenomenal 12-0 season just past.

Not even Lynch
can stop time


[Times photo: Toni Sandys]
Eighth-year safety looks up and finds himself part of the "old guard" for Tampa Bay. Story

Keyshawn makes all of his catches count
TAMPA -- There isn't a bigger target than receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Once the game is over, that is.

Things are just peachy for Quezie
Bucking stereotypes, personal preferences, Braxton vs. Berry, autograph seekers and Florida coach Steve Spurrier, Bucs receiver Jacquez Green shares a few thoughts that are downright neighborly:

Bears have running question
Like any team that faces the Bucs, the Bears have to move the ball on the ground if they want to be successful.

Matt Millen: analysis
Here's the thing about this game: the Bucs could completely stuff the Bears and still get beat 17-14 or 21-17.

Seminoles
FSU nips Tech again
As usual of late, the Jackets come close but the 'Noles win 26-21.

Seminoles begin a restless stretch

Running game still running in place

FSU sideliners

Gators
UF cruises, but: 2 QB or not 2 QB?
Spurrier pulls Palmer, then Grossman fires three touchdowns during a 55-0 thumping of Middle Tennessee State.

Graham gets start, thunders

UF's special teams return to prominence

Bulls
Chance passes USF by
Kentucky's air attack and big turnovers stave off the Bulls' upset bid 27-9.
photo

USF sideliners

Fresh Bulls needed early, often

Devil Rays
Rays go down quickly, quietly
Greg Vaughn blasts teammates after lackluster 10-0 loss to A's.

Rupe says clot was blessing in disguise
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ryan Rupe said the discovery of a blood clot in his right arm last week was "a blessing in disguise" for him physically and mentally, even though the condition apparently will end his season.

Williams' way of life shows he's no thug
OAKLAND, Calif. -- So Boston general manager Dan Duquette thinks Gerald Williams is a thug?

Tennis
Venus claims Open
The elder Williams sister lives up to her prediction for her second straight Grand Slam title.

Big serves, but bigger stakes
Marat Safin and Pete Sampras meet in today's powerful men's final.

Spadea chosen to play in Olympics
NEW YORK -- Vince Spadea will replace Andre Agassi on the U.S. Olympic team for the Sydney Games, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Saturday.

Reader mail
Mizell's mailbag
What will draw fans for Lightning, Rays?

Rays go down without a fight
Nothing seems to highlight the Devil Rays' shortcomings more than their series last week in Cleveland. Mike DiFelice tries to backhand a pitch instead of moving over to block it. Shortstop Felix Martinez continues to try to make plays when he should hold the ball (his throws go into the dugout and runners move up). The team is hitting .238 over the past 20 games or so. Bobby Smith strikes out three times and lets a ground ball go through his legs.

Baseball
Dunedin loses championship
DUNEDIN -- The Blue Jays lost to the Daytona Cubs 10-1 in the championship game Saturday to end an otherwise successful season. Cubs pitcher Steve Smyth threw six scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits.

Arizona looks for a scapegoat
This is the month in which some teams play for the post-season, some players play for awards and others play for contracts.

Boxing
Wright wins bout and shot at Trinidad-Vargas winner
Ronald "Winky" Wright took another title from Bronco McKart Saturday night in Chester, W.Va., winning the North American Boxing Federation super-welterweight championship by unanimous decision and, more important, gaining the No. 1 ranking in the International Boxing Federation.

Mutiny
Mutiny stymied on two fronts
The regular season ends with a 2-2 tie with K.C. and no MLS scoring record for Diallo.

Lightning
'Dramatic' turnabout seen on Day One
BRANDON -- The goals weren't that closely monitored. Neither were the shots on goal nor the body checks.

NHL briefs
UncontriteYashin with Sens again

A good example for Richards
As the touted forward tries to make the Lightning, he looks to best friend Vinny Lecavalier.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Looking for birds will increase your chances of finding a mud hole.

Time to travel with dolphins
ST. PETERSBURG -- A friend called Friday afternoon with an invitation to a happy hour.

As legend has it, get ready to fish
According to folklore, the first month after summer with an "R" in it signifies the start of harvest season. It has to do with less daylight triggering a fish and wildlife migration.

Preps
Rams adjust well to new terrain
LECANTO -- If there was a degree of unfamiliarity for Ridgewood concerning the course at Lecanto High on Saturday, the Rams sure didn't show it. Though this was Ridgewood's first time running the somewhat confusing layout at Lecanto, it was none the worse for it, winning the boys and girls individual titles and the girls team title by two points over the Panthers.

Countryside pulverizes Gulf 37-6
CLEARWATER -- Northeast didn't get worse. Countryside could be that good.

This week's best bet
The Keswick Christian Invitational, a 16-team tournament, starts Thursday and ends Saturday.

Player of the week
Casey Baird, Palm Harbor University

Milestone win stirs memories
Darlee Nelson's 100th victory brings back thoughts of his players and coaches.

Tiger boys, Panther girls win Relays
TAMPA -- Plant's girls and Jesuit's boys took top honors Saturday at the 27th Annual Relays at Bobby Hicks Pool.

Match becomes a family affair
When Countryside's Erin and Katelen Dixon faced Mitchell last week, a familiar face sat on the opposing bench.

NFL
NFL games
Bucs at Bears

Ravens pumped for Jags matchup
Jacksonville enters today's game against Baltimore just trying to survive, while the Ravens are treating the Week 2 matchup like a Super Bowl.

Knowledgeable fans can see a difference
To Steve Miskins, who wrote a BucsChat letter for Monday saying it looked like the same old Bucs offense, you need to take some classes on football. The whole blocking scheme for the offensive line was different. Most of Warrick Dunn's running plays were off-tackle instead of up the middle. The crossing patters by the wide receivers were a welcome site. The pass protection was much better.

College football
College football notes
The Husker Nation arrived in full force for Saturday's Nebraska-Notre Dame game and turned Notre Dame Stadium into a sea of red.

Big East briefs
CINCINNATI -- Jason Mammarelli's first career field goal was a winner.

College football around the state
ORLANDO -- Edward Mack scored on a 21-yard run and Javier Beorlegui made two field goals in the fourth quarter as Central Florida beat Northwestern State 19-7 on Saturday.

SEC briefs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina is running out of goal posts.

Spartans end Marshall's run
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Thick and quick.

Big Ten briefs
Depleted Badgers survive Oregon MADISON, Wis. -- Big Ten sprint champion Michael Bennett rushed for 290 yards and two long touchdowns as fifth-ranked Wisconsin outlasted Oregon 27-23 on Saturday.

ACC briefs
Clemson nearly perfect in destroying Missouri CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden praised his offense and defense Saturday after his team's most prolific performance in almost 19 years: a 62-9 rout of Missouri.

PAC briefs
USC kicks last-gasp FG to top Colorado

College football around the nation
Tomlinson, TCU defense dominate

PAC briefs
USC kicks last-gasp FG to top Colorado


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