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September 10, 2001
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Big D, little O
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Capped by a late-game interception by John Lynch, the defense again rescues the offense in Tampa Bay's season opener.

Johnson's field presence unbruised
Despite a bruised thigh, Keyshawn stays in the game, blocking for receivers and making 7 catches for 71 yards.

Green also deserves spotlight
IRVING, Texas -- Much of the attention will go to running backs Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott and primary receiver Keyshawn Johnson, but in Sunday's 10-6 win over the Cowboys, fourth-year receiver Jacquez Green proved why he is valuable.

Special-teams flubs hinder, but don't hurt
Bucs kick units give up long return and surrender ball on onside kick. All involved promise improvements.

Run defense sends Dallas scrambling
The Bucs, vulnerable in the ground game at times last season, step up and stop Emmitt Smith and the Cowboys.

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Gary Shelton
Stop! Don't hit those panic buttons yet
IRVING, Texas -- Hello. HELLO! Can you hear me up there? Whatever you do, I want you to remain calm. And please come down from the bridge.

The waiting is over for Khabibulin
After a two-game glimpse of what he can do in a Lightning uniform, the goalie is ready to bring his skills to another level.

Goalie has no hard feelings toward Coyotes
Nikolai Khabibulin said he does not regret his two-year holdout in Phoenix.

Bonds blasts past Maris
Giants slugger hits three homers to move within seven of the single-season record.

It's out with the old
Pete Sampras' eight-year Grand Slam streak ends with his worst U.S. Open loss in 12 years.

All-Williams final is a TV hit
NEW YORK -- Even though Venus Williams' victory over sister Serena was one-sided, the prospect of an all-Williams final was enough to give CBS prime-time ratings Saturday a significant boost.

Devil Rays
It's a loss, but it's progress, Rays say
After three blowouts, a 4-3 loss to Oakland in 13 innings encourages manager Hal McRae.

Sprain a relief to Abernathy
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Second baseman Brent Abernathy may be sidelined for a few days with a painful left ankle sprain.

Striker says he wants out
After a 2-1 loss and on a bobblehead doll night in his honor, Mamadou Diallo says he'd like to play elsewhere next year.

College football
Coker: Forget revenge, focus on present
CORAL GABLES -- Bring on the Huskies.

Georgia Tech will measure rival readiness
TALLAHASSEE -- Coach Bobby Bowden usually tells folks he can't accurately gauge his team until it plays archrival Miami in early October.

Preliminaries complete, it's time for Vols
GAINESVILLE -- Florida-Tennessee is one of the biggest games of the season for both teams, but after so many battles there won't be many surprises from either side on Saturday, Gators coach Steve Spurrier said.

College football briefs
Fresno St. climbs; UM holds top spot

Bulls' Rubin enjoys another breakout day
TAMPA -- After catching two long touchdowns over the top of the defense in South Florida's season-opening 20-17 defeat at Northern Illinois, Bulls wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin found the relatively simple means of scoring a little unfulfilling.

College football: up next
Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. TV: Ch. 10

Daily fishing report
Probably one of the most overlooked, yet potent baits for snook is blue crab.

Central Florida runner sprints for close finish
Clermont's David Picciano runs down John Reback of North Palm Beach in the last mile.

Weinke wins pro debut
The Panthers offense, led by the former Seminole QB, shows unexpected poise in beating the Vikings 24-13.

New defense boosts Rams
Nine new starters help shut down the Eagles' Donovan McNabb through three quarters, and St. Louis wins 20-17 on an OT field goal.

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