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September 22, 2000

Someday, hopefully, he can look back at this and laugh
[Times photo: Bill Serne]
USF Linebacker Jason Butler has returned from last season's serious knee injury, but he still has no feeling below his right knee.
Tough Tampa years helped Vinny mature
Vinny Testaverde's six Bucs seasons are crucial in transforming the Jets QB into leader.

Johnson: Race stirs the Chrebet dispute
Keyshawn Johnson says the media dredge up the flap with his ex-teammate because of racial differences.

Dungy, Bucs give Jets due respect
TAMPA -- Amid all the hoopla of Keyshawn Johnson's first game against his old team, the Bucs have not lost focus of the fact that the Jets, like the Bucs, are not only unbeaten this season (3-0) but on an impressive run dating to last year.

NFL briefs
Knee injury wipes out season for Titans' Dyson

Devil Rays/baseball
Cox remains a work in progress
A bright spot in a dismal Rays season, Steve Cox has productive numbers for a rookie. But he's not close to being satisfied.

SkyDome has been a house of horrors
A weekend getaway to Toronto sounds wonderful this time of year.

Fregosi's job as manager could in jeopardy
There's speculation north of the border that with 10 games remaining, Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi's job is on the line.

Baseball briefs
Bosox outfielders in clubhouse tiff

Schedule for men's soccer is answer
TAMPA -- The soccer season isn't off to the kind of start for which men's coach John Hackworth had hoped.

Extra points
Player spotlight: Kenny Robinson

College football around the state
FSU makes kicking change

College football around the nation
Rivers leads undefeated Wolfpack to OT victory

Keefe, team agree to contract
TAMPA -- These were the questions facing the Lightning.

Big on fights, low on goals
Tampa Bay's offense stalls as Florida wins a 2-1 preseason game that has 213 penalty minutes.

Et cetera
Be wary of collectibles up for bid
Few things have sparked interest for sports memorabilia the way the online auction site has, but it's also dangerously easy for things to get out of hand.

Sports briefs
Astreos wins Little Brown Jug

Ernest Hooper
Marino on RJS stage
Dan Marino stood in Raymond James Stadium ready to perform ... for HBO.

Regular-season positives erased by big playoff negatives
Improving defense becomes Mutiny's main off-season goal.

Behind Formula One's double-secret garage
INDIANAPOLIS -- Patrice Gomes is Formula One's version of the Secret Service.

Auto racing briefs
Martin sticks with two-time Dover winner

Schumacher seeks info on new course
INDIANAPOLIS -- He never had seen the circuit.

Tampa Bay top 10, high school football
The Times' rankings of the top football teams in Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Pinellas counties, with records and tonight's opponent:

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
The Falcons enter tonight's game 2-0. Yes . . . the Falcons.

However, Dunedin's story isn't the only surprise of the season.
Think it's a big deal Dunedin is 2-0?

Lecanto doesn't suffer a letdown, beats Central
BROOKSVILLE -- Lecanto was ripe for a letdown at Central on Thursday. In their biggest match of the season Wednesday, the Panthers beat district-rival Hernando in a grueling three-game war. But they overcame a bad second game to defeat the Bears 15-6, 11-15, 15-2.

The Pinellas top 10
1. (2) Tarpon Springs (3-0) -- Spongers ascend to top spot with three impressive victories.

Pinellas Players of the week
Week 3

Shorecrest doesn't have a letdown
ST. PETERSBURG -- Last week, Shorecrest placed second at the Keswick Invitational, its highest finish at the tournament since 1993.

High school football
Gaither (2-0) at Hillsborough (3-0)

The top 10
Top 10 reasons why cheerleaders should be considered athletes:

TBT -- and its coach -- has come a long way
If you can't run, you can't play.

Terriers' eyes set on Cowboys star
Hillsborough's defense vows it will contain Gaither's Lydell Ross tonight.

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