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September 14, 2000

Unintended controversy
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Redshirt freshman QB Rex Grossman is just doing what he does best, exceling on the field. And now he's challenging to be the Gators' starter.
Hubert Mizell
A year later, hard to believe he's really gone
Going to Silverdome, with Lions in mind. Even now, I must cue myself, that Barry Sanders doesn't play for Detroit anymore.

College football
Oklahoma's Stoops rewarded with a contract extension
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma gave coach Bob Stoops a contract extension through 2005 that will pay him from $900,000 to $1-million a year, the school said Wednesday.

Practice, practice, practice
TAMPA -- USF coach Jim Leavitt has put a premium on good practice. After last week's loss to Kentucky he said some weaknesses were exposed that only practice can improve.

Looking to avoid UT win
GAINESVILLE -- Two years have done nothing to dull the memories of Florida players forced to wade through thousands of boisterous Tennessee fans after the Volunteers' 20-19 overtime victory at Neyland Stadium in 1998.

Ask Spurrier
Q: Does Tennessee hate Florida any less because the Gators have not won a Southeastern Conference championship the past three seasons?

Devil Rays
Not just playing out string
Rays such as starting pitcher Bryan Rekar get opportunities to work on details in game situations.

Rays let Angels escape
Tampa Bay, which led 4-0 after two innings, crumbles in the fifth and sixth in a 8-4 loss.

Vaughn won't need surgery on shoulder
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Greg Vaughn needs to keep doing exercises and taking anti-inflammatory medicines, but he doesn't need surgery to heal his sore right shoulder.

Bucs
Bucs set out on treacherous four-week trip
Starting Sunday at nemesis Detroit, Tampa Bay faces crucial trial with three of four on the road.

Bucs seek to bury bad mojo at dome
TAMPA -- The last time the Bucs played at the Silverdome, it was their lowest point in the past 12 months.

Barber second straight Buc to win NFC defensive honor
TAMPA -- With the way the Bucs defense has played the past few years, winning weekly accolades has become passe.

Bowling
Honeychurch rolls to her second title
Cara Honeychurch and Dede Davidson tangled in a left-hander final of the Greater Orlando Classic at Altamonte Springs last week. Honeychurch emerged with her second Professional Women's Bowling Association title and $11,000.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Redfish have made the scene in Old Tampa Bay in the past few weeks. I'm not talking about just one or two either.

Briefs
Heat signs MacLean, Fuller
The Miami Heat signed forward Don MacLean and center Todd Fuller on Wednesday for undisclosed terms, as coach Pat Riley continued to revamp the lineup before training camp opens next month.

Lightning
Lecavalier will sit out 2 preseason games
Center hyperextends his left elbow in a collision with the boards during a Lightning intrasquad game.

Nichol plays onafter 17 others cut
BRANDON -- Slash.

Motorsports
NASCAR, Loudon police devise fatal-crash plan
With two deaths at New Hampshire this year, their plan of action will ensure a proper investigation, should the need arise.

Olympics
Two world champs lined up within Lacy's first 4 bouts
SYDNEY, Australia -- The day before the Olympic boxing draw was announced, Jeff Lacy said he had little interest in where he landed in the bracket. He would come across the best, he said, sooner or later.

U.S. soccer finds much to like in tie
CANBERRA, Australia -- The U.S. soccer team never backed off against a favored opponent, which bodes well for the Americans in the Olympic men's tournament.

NFL
Aikman practices, may return Monday night
IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman returned to practice Wednesday, a sign he will play in Monday night's game in Washington.

Jags back fumbles away job, gets cut
JACKSONVILLE -- Chris Howard got his first start at running back for the Jaguars and dropped the ball. On Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin decided to drop him.

Mutiny
Colombia weighs on Valderrama
The civil unrest and violence in his homeland cause concerns for MLS' assists leader.

Preps
Bulldogs forced to promote entire JV team
ZEPHYRHILLS -- From Orlando to Stewart Middle School. To understand how far the Zephyrhills volleyball program has fallen in a season, one needs only to understand the geography of the situation.

Hudson swim teams win battle with Pasco
The Cobras girls team places first in every event.

Tiger boys just want to have fun ... and win
TAMPA -- Around Jesuit's campus, they call Mike Boza "Coach" because of his leadership of the Tigers' cross country team.

Hot starts put spice back into big rivalry
With Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep a combined 14-2 this season, Friday night's match has the makings of a classic battle.

Tourney to test area's top teams
Keswick Christian coach Karrmayne King said she knows her volleyball tournament is tough. After all, the Crusaders haven't won it since 1987.

Stage now set for long rivalry
Kevin Lyons has it all mapped out.

Largo freshman no longer running scared
Soccer, Deanna Drugash says, is her No. 1 sport, and she spent much of her summer playing midfield for the Largo United club team.

Golf
Big dreams support minitours
Thousands barely scratch out a living in hopes of making it to the PGA and LPGA tours.

After all the wins, Tiger still amazes
It has been a summer of sizzling golf for Tiger Woods, starting with the 15-shot victory at the U.S. Open, progressing to his career Grand Slam-clinching win at the British Open and on to his playoff win at the PGA Championship -- giving him three major championships in a season.


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