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September 11, 2000

A Bucs laugher

The defense plays from start to finish, the offense eventually finishes what it started and Tampa Bay opens NFC Central play with thunder. Main story

Bears game photo gallery

Many thrills and only one disappointment
The Bucs played an outstanding game, and it was very exciting to watch the offense come together and put points on the board. The defense was incredible, as usual, always a thrill to watch.

Special teams get back in the saddle
TAMPA -- A week after giving up a fumble and a touchdown at New England, Tampa Bay's special teams unit cleaned up its act against the Bears on Sunday.

Bucs quick hits
Sunday's game was Bucs' fourth shutout, their first since 1998 (35-0 over Cincinnati).

M.J.'s visit raises Bucs profile again
TAMPA -- There are signs, and then there are signs.

Offense adjusts to discover the right gear, after a while

Bucs cornering market on impact plays

Futility becoming one trait of Bears

Culpepper weathers a rough return

Hubert Mizell
Sunday's spectacle is a rare sight around here
TAMPA -- Talk about Sunday punch.

Knight's fall leaves lousy feeling
This morning, from Indy to Broadway to Sydney, you hear the shouts. Party time for Bob Knight Haters of the World, an extensive and vociferous clan. He's gone. Chased. Disgraced. I see it as no cause for celebration, only sadness. In a way, the General committed suicide as Indiana University basketball coach.

College basketball
Knight fired for latest breach
Indiana University dismisses the coach who led it to three titles for a "pattern of unacceptable behavior."
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Knight seen resuming career
Friends expect him to get several top offers.

Devil Rays
Loss has Vaughn left 'embarrassed'
Greg Vaughn vents after Oakland pounds Tampa Bay again 11-0.

Rothschild looking for team's spirit
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Manager Larry Rothschild didn't necessarily dispute Greg Vaughn's Saturday assessment that some players seem to have given up on the season.

Briefs
Sports briefs
Crowd boos Jones

NHL briefs
Senators gnashing over Yashin's silence OTTAWA -- Alexi Yashin, back with the Senators after a seasonlong absence because of a contract dispute, will not explain his situation at a team meeting, and some players are upset about that.

NFL briefs
McNair in hospital after hit to chest NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans quarterback Steve McNair was hospitalized for tests Sunday after injuring his chest on a hit by Kansas City defensive end Duane Clemons.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Free-shafting is a Florida West Coast spearfishing style that started in the 1960s. It is our most popular method of spearfishing, although not practiced in many other places.

College football
Quarterback problem? Spurrier doesn't see it
GAINESVILLE -- For all the people who spent Sunday afternoon pondering Florida's quarterback situation, Steve Spurrier apparently was not one of them.

Losing to Kentucky offers perspective
TAMPA -- After trouncing Jacksonville State 40-0 the first week of the season, it was difficult for USF coach Jim Leavitt to get an accurate read on just how good his team is.

Bowden sees good and bad against Tech
TALLAHASSEE -- To Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, the numbers from Saturday's victory against Georgia Tech were mind-boggling.

Davis poised despite disappointment
CORAL GABLES -- The Miami Hurricanes traveled to Washington hoping to take a giant step toward being national championship contenders, while gaining a measure of revenge. Instead, UM absorbed a double whammy.

Baseball
Daytona completes series sweep
DAYTONA BEACH -- The Cubs beat Dunedin 5-0 Sunday night to complete a three-game sweep of the championship series.

Lightning
Afanasenkov getting noticed
BRANDON -- And your No. 1 star of practice was ... Dmitry Afanasenkov.

Tennis
Attendance record set at 605,487
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Open set records for total attendance. Sunday's crowd of 23,115 pushed the two-week total to 605,487, topping the 584,490 that attended last year.

Open-and-shut case
The men's final is a blowout, but it is Marat Safin who does the dominating.


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