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September 17, 2000

The catch (or is it the drop?)
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The often-dominated UF offense drives 91 yards to win a last-minute thriller.

Gaffney survives error in judgment
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- They were calling his name Saturday, although the names they used weren't nearly as obscene as the ones they called him almost a year ago.

UF Quotebook

UF sideliners

When 175 yards isn't enough
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Travis Henry had his way for most of the day. But on a play that could have put the game away, the daylight turned to darkness. Suddenly, there was no room to run.

UT quotebook

So close, still so far out of reach
Vols DBs: If there was a breakdown on UF's score, it was by referees.Story blurb or cutline here.

Hubert Mizell
Bucs GM plotting long-term
PONTIAC, Mich. -- They're among America's hottest sports topics, along with Tiger Woods, the Sydney Olympics, Bob Knight and the throbbing, escalating ABC Monday Night Football flop of cerebral but miscast comic Dennis Miller.

College football
Two out of three is enough for USF 26-7
Defense, special teams make up for so-so offense against James Madison.

Seminoles find balance in dismantling of Heels
Stagnant running game explodes for 194 yards, keying a 63-14 blowout.

Devil Rays
For Rays, it's ppd., hurricane
If necessary, today's game would be made up on Oct. 2.

Gordon may chase Sturtze from home
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pitcher Tanyon Sturtze has never been through a hurricane. He lives on Clearwater Beach near the water. "That's why I'm asking around to see what to do," he said as he dressed after Saturday's loss. "I think I might have to be getting out."

Rays lose 7th straight as Wilson fades again
After being held hitless for three innings, A's score three in the fourth inning of a 5-2 victory.

Veterans struggle for answers
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was late after Wednesday's loss, a fitting finale to a frustrating road trip. Fred McGriff usually doesn't say much, but the disgust, and the disappointment, was obvious.

Rays tales
WALK IN THE PARK: It was quite an accomplishment for the Devil Rays to go 45-plus innings over six games without a walk last week.

Bucs
Sack happy
A regular rotation on the Bucs defensive front fosters teamwork, and big plays.

NFL games predictions
Bucs at Lions

Backs earning rave reviews
PONTIAC, Mich. -- When the conversation is about the defense, they are secondary.

Christensen given chance to flourish
TAMPA -- Royal Oak's freshman football team wasn't moving the ball too well, which had something to do with Clyde Christensen not taking snaps from center.

Hard work paid off for Nathan
TAMPA -- Long before running backs coach Tony Nathan became a star with the Miami Dolphins, something happened in a cotton field in Union Town, Ala.

Best and worst: Game 3
BEST -- TAMPA BAY 16, MINNESOTA 10, SEPT. 17, 1978:

Bucs chat
Call for additional replays is heeded I recently wrote that it was disappointing not seeing more replays at the Bucs games in Raymond James Stadium. Well, after attending the game vs. the Bears, I would like to commend the people in charge of the big screen. There were plenty of timely replays.

Robinson now looks forward
From a brush with the law, to bouncing checks, to the Olympics, starting safety Damien Robinson kicks back and shares some thoughts:

Analysis: Fox TV's Ron Pitts
It's a long season and there's so many things that can happen, but if you are going to pick five teams with the best shot of going to the Super Bowl, Tampa Bay would definitely be one of my five.

Stewart has Lions up, running
PONTIAC, Mich. -- From the outside looking in, you would think James Stewart is running with the specter of Barry Sanders, the future Hall of Famer who was the Lions' ground game for 10 seasons before retiring in 1999.

Raiders, Broncos kick it up a notch
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Throw another log on the burning rivalry between Denver and Oakland.

Motorsports
Irwin's team still mourns a tragic loss
Memories and questions haunt Winston Cup's return to New Hampshire for today's race.

Restrictor plates don't stop Labonte
LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR's decision to require restrictor plates in the Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway didn't affect Bobby Labonte during qualifying Saturday.

Boxing
Santos chooses to fight, not sit
David Santos is tired of fighting boredom. Tired of boxing the shadows. Worn out from sparring.

Letters/commentary
Mizell's mailbag

Knight's contradictory nature draws extreme anger, applause If Bobby Knight were a modern athlete, he'd be compared with Carl Everett and Bryan Cox. An out-of-control loudmouth. But guys like you come to his defense. What a double standard.

Media shed no tears for Knight
We interrupt our weekly letters from readers and highs-lows to present opinions on the hot topic of the week: Bob Knight's firing as basketball coach at Indiana.

Baseball
Baseball briefs
Record is bit further away for Henderson

Clemens proves 'twilight' comment wrong
PHILADELPHIA -- Dec. 13, 1996, was the day the unthinkable happened in New England. It was the day the beloved Boston Red Sox let Roger Clemens walk away and sign as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Finley really Indians' insurance
If the Cleveland Indians' three-year, $27-million investment in Chuck Finley is going to pay off this season, it's going to have to be in the post-season.

Lightning
Carolina's veterans nip young Lightning
ESTERO -- The veterans bested the youngsters Saturday night.

NHL briefs
Wild's home opener quickly sells out

Outdoors
Fly-fishers see red in the fall
Life doesn't get much better for bay area fly-fisherman than September on the flats. The water temperature begins to cool, the wind is usually calm and the fish start to cooperate. Snook will filter out of the passes and take up residency in the mangroves and potholes. Cooler temperatures put trout in a feeding mode. Herds of marauding jack crevalle will eat almost anything that gets in their way.

Captain's corner
Because tarpon are so available, they have been difficult to ignore. Though I'd packed my tarpon gear for the winter, a 16-year-old's eagerness to catch his first is all it took to break out some of it again.

Preps
CCC meet ends after prelims
CLEARWATER -- Florida's developing weather even affected the goings on at an indoor pool Saturday as the Marauder Invitational at the Long Center was halted after preliminaries. CCC coach Cory Kephart said coaches from the 17 schools were unanimous in their decision to cancel the finals, and team standings were compiled on the basis of the morning preliminaries.

Berkeley star withstands challenge
TAMPA -- For the first time in a long time, Berkeley Prep's Rolf Steier was pushed -- and even passed -- during a cross country race.

Crusader pulls away for victory
TAMPA -- One by one, the rest of the pack faded away from Keswick Christian's Christa Benton at Saturday's USF/Jesuit Cross Country Invitational.

Meet canceled
CLEARWATER -- Florida's developing weather even affected the goings on at an indoor pool Saturday as the Marauder Invitational at the Long Center was halted after preliminary swims.

Shorecrest falls in Keswick final
ST. PETERSBURG -- Keswick's 17th annual invitational was big-time volleyball. Orlando Lake Highland Prep's Paula Gentil provided the big-time.

This week's best bet
Palm Harbor University at Clearwater

Christa Benton must hold off a late surge.
TAMPA -- One by one, the rest of the pack faded away from Keswick Christian's Christa Benton at Saturday's USF/Jesuit Cross Country Invitational.

More college football
College football around the nation
Rout makes Yale first to win 800

State football briefs
FAMU crushes S.C. State

ACC briefs
QB's arm, legs carry Clemson

SEC briefs
Auburn's arsenal too much for LSU

Big ten briefs
Godsey, late FG steer Notre Dame

PAC 10 briefs
McCann leads UCLA comeback

Big 12 briefs
Ex-coach haunts Colorado as Washington comes back

College football around the nation
Tomlinson leads TCU to 7th straight win


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