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October 1, 2000

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Spurrier and the Gators had a day they won't forget against Mississippi State. Story
Hubert Mizell
Dungy can see Bucs winning
WASHINGTON -- Tony Dungy is confident. "I think," said Tampa Bay's coach, "we're going to beat the Redskins."

Bucs
Mirror images brace for collision
After similar moves to improve, the Bucs and Redskins find themselves in an inevitable spot: facing each other.

1976 was a learning experience
TAMPA -- Before the Bucs' inaugural season, in 1976, Rich McKay decided he wasn't coming to Tampa. The plan was for him to finish his senior year of high school in Los Angeles while his father, former Southern California coach John McKay, got the Bucs started.

Christy defined by hard work
TAMPA -- It was Jan. 12, 1975, and the Christy clan was ensconced around the television at their Freeport, Pa., home, watching the Steelers upend the Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX.

Middleton pulls no punches
The 6-3, 334-pound guard is said to be one of the straightest shooters in the locker room and now you know why. Here's Frank Middleton, 25, on his father, parenthood, diet foods, Michael Jackson, Marion Jones and teammate Warren Sapp:

Pressure doesn't faze Turner
Minutes before last week's high-pressured game against the Giants, Norv Turner stood underneath the stadium talking to a friend.

This Washington is focused on Bucs, too
LANDOVER, Md. -- Remember the Titans. It sounds like something offensive coordinator Les Steckel would say to convince the Bucs his scheme works.

Devil Rays
2000 Rays take 'step backwards'
GM's choices: add to veteran group or youth and future.

Lightning
Lightning will have a new look
A flurry of off-season activity has produced a team that is younger, faster and bigger.

College football
UF bullied
"We got what we deserved, I guess," coach Steve Spurrier said.

USF bullies
Defense and a second-half comeback secure what coach Jim Leavitt called USF's "championship game."

College football around the nation

College football this week on TV

Letters
Mizell's mailbag
Spurrier draws flak for Kentucky score Steve Spurrier's excuses for his last call in the Kentucky game (a 43-yard touchdown pass, giving his Gators a 59-31 win Sept. 23) are as hollow and useless as beer cans in the aisles at Florida Field.

Kudos for booting interloper
I am thrilled the Devil Rays defended our territory. The sweep of the Yankees, keeping them from spilling champagne around our Trop, is the highlight of the season. Congratulations, team. This is a great memory to start next season.

Briefs
Sports briefs
Tiznow sets Super record

Baseball
Managers survive, until now
They've played Survivor and all 30 have, well, survived.

Baseball briefs
Tigers sign pact with Lakeland

Preps
Defense remains depleted
BRANDON -- The defense may take a hit for the season opener. Then again, it might not.

Player of the week: Heather Bubolo
Bubolo, a senior setter, has been instrumental in Tarpon Springs' turnaround. The Spongers have won six of their past seven matches. Their one loss during that span? A three-game loss to powerful Clearwater.

New leadership pays dividends for Titans
Tampa Bay Tech is unbeaten under first-year coach Nitta Omensetter.

Knights take Suncoast title
HUDSON -- It's not that River Ridge hasn't gotten any attention -- it is currently ranked 10th in the Class 5A poll. The problem has been that top-ranked Hudson has been hogging the spotlight.

Class 2A's best wins Red Mule boys title
BROOKSVILLE -- Jesuit opened the Red Mule Invitational on Saturday by packing five runners into the front of the field. By the 2-mile mark, Jesuit's hopes for a team victory seemingly dropped as Matt Bischoff crumbled to the ground.

Crusader wins in Gainesville
Keswick Christian's Christa Benton won the invitational division at the University of Florida Invitational in 17 minutes, 58 seconds on a 5K course. She won by 45 seconds. IRC seventh-grader Melissa Kotchman placed 10th in 19:39.

Knights take Suncoast title
HUDSON -- It's not that River Ridge hasn't gotten any attention -- it is currently ranked 10th in the Class 5A poll. The problem has been that top-ranked Hudson has been hogging the spotlight.

Charger scores five TDs in dismantling of Eagles
ST. PETERSBURG -- It could have been a highlight tape for Shorecrest's Jeff Ritch.

Jesuit wins Red Mule
BROOKSVILLE -- Jesuit opened the Red Mule Invitational on Saturday by packing five runners into the front of the field. By the 2-mile mark, Jesuit's hopes for a team victory seemingly dropped as Matt Bischoff crumbled to the ground.

Berkeley holds on for win
ST. PETERSBURG -- Northside Christian's Matt Daniels came off the field eventually. But only after Berkeley Prep's Carson Bassett intercepted the Mustangs' chance for a comeback at the Bucs 25-yard line with 30 seconds left in the game and brought down a 16-13 win on the road.

NHL
NHL briefs
Kariya suspended indefinitely for slash

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Knowing where to find migrating schools of king mackerel is the most important part of kingfishing.

Flipping puts the biggest bass in range
The flipping technique accounts for more big bass and tournament wins than any other method.

NFL
NFL games

Bucs at Redskins

Manning's maturity helps Colts develop
As impressive as Peyton Manning's performance was on Monday night, he realizes the 440 yards he threw for against Jacksonville will be forgotten if the success doesn't continue today against Buffalo

NFL briefs
Woman alleges sexual assault


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