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September 18, 2000

Bucs-Lions photo gallery

The lion king
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Shaun King throws for one touchdown, runs for another and keeps drives alive on third down in a 31-10 rout of the Lions.
Hubert Mizell
There's no need to fret over King
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Tampa Bay won 31-10, but it tasted more like 41-3. Motown moans. This morning, Detroit's rear bumper is especially sore from getting its NFL tail kicked by the Bucs.

Bucs highlights
Tampa Bay has 72 points the past two games, most in a two-game stretch in one season (previous best: 68, in a 37-3 win over the Packers and a 31-14 win over the Saints in 1981).

Simplicity leads to punt block
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The complexities of football are often too intricate for the common fan, but the Bucs' Ronde Barber said there was nothing sophisticated about his partial block of a John Jett punt in the first quarter. "Joe (Marciano) said, "Go block the punt,' " Barber said of his special teams coach. "So I went out and blocked the punt. It's an easy game sometimes."

Bucs quick hits
Shaun King's 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the Bucs' first in the opening period since Donnie Abraham returned a Jeff George interception 55 yards against the Vikings in Week 13 last season. It was the Bucs' first offensive touchdown in the first quarter since Jacquez Green caught a 62-yard pass from Trent Dilfer in Week 9 against New Orleans last season.

Bucs defenders could gloat, but they won't
Despite ranking first or second in five statistical categories, the unit thinks it could be better.

Hurricane winds followed by hot air
Gums -- not trees -- could be flapping as the Jets and Keyshawn prepare for battle.

Red? Green? Whatever term, Bucs in a zone
The Tampa Bay offense has penetrated the opponent's 20 a dozen times. It has a dozen scores.

Bucs chat
Prognosticators are losers, says Bucs fan

Bucs quotebook
Quarterback Shaun King on playing in the Silverdome, ignoring a large and noisy crowd and operating an efficient offense: "Our offensive line did a great job, giving me protection and allowing our receivers time to get open. It's never easy playing on the road. We took control. After the Lions got a touchdown just before the half, we did a good job of bouncing back."

Lions quotebook
Quarterback Charlie Batch on taking a 21-point licking: "I am surprised we were not up to the challenge. Throughout the course of the game, they just dominated us. We just can't afford to let their defense dictate to us what we're going to do."

McDaniel denies report that he failed to report
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Communication between Bucs always has been difficult in the din of the Silverdome, but it was a failure to communicate with an official that cost Tampa Bay a touchdown Sunday..

NFL briefs
49ers DE okay after fall on head

NFL Injury report
STEVEN BOYD: Lions LB, back injury, did not return.

Devil Rays/Baseball
Rothschild chalks it up to experience
ST. PETERSBURG -- It is, when you think about it, a little like comparing storm damage or train wrecks. But, sitting on the bench an hour before Saturday's game, manager Larry Rothschild admitted, wearily, that the recent stretch has been the toughest in the Devil Rays' three years.

Rothschild looks for answers on Lopez
ST. PETERSBURG -- Albie Lopez is 3-0 against Seattle in his three career starts against the Mariners -- but he is 0-3 in his past three starts this season.

Martin still getting adjusted with Mariners
Al Martin has been in the major leagues for eight years, long enough to know his way around. But it's only in the past week or so that he's felt comfortable as a member of the Mariners, he said.

Baseball briefs
Pirate manager Lamont reportedly on way out.

Special teams get attention
The Lightning is working on efficiency by the book of numbers.

Cloutier's back and he's taking the spotlight
TAMPA -- Dan Cloutier worked diligently over the summer to heal a sore groin that bothered him all last season. The payoff came Sunday night.

NHL briefs
Canadiens sign a free-agent defenseman MONTREAL -- Defenseman Darryl Shannon signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Canadiens on Sunday.

Captain's corner
As the days get shorter and evenings start to cool, water temperatures slowly start to drop. Even without a cold front, fall fishing is creeping in.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Cycling champ hits tree, dies

College football
Special teams save Bulls' night, pride
TAMPA -- There's no denying that the special teams were responsible for Saturday night's win over nationally ranked James Madison.

Gaffney gesture (throat slash) angers Spurrier
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman wide receiver Jabar Gaffney's hero status for catching the decisive touchdown in Florida's 27-23 victory against Tennessee on Saturday was short-lived.

Bowden is not happy with comeback kids
TALLAHASSEE -- Coach Bobby Bowden doesn't much care for close games, let alone the ones in which his team has to rally.

Several drivers steamed on plates
LOUDON, N.H. -- That nobody was able to pass Jeff Burton in the Dura Lube 300 on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway left some drivers steaming about the use of restrictor plates at the 1.058-mile track.

No passing fancy: Jeff Burton leads all
The Dura Lube 300 featured restrictor plates and a little shuffling in the points. Just no passes for the lead.

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