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October 10, 2000

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Tampa Bay fumbles early and bumbles late in a 30-23 loss. Main story

Special teams bolstered
MINNEAPOLIS -- The much-maligned Bucs special-teams unit was having another bad night until two inserted defensive starters came up with a big play.

Hubert Mizell
The offense gives hope
MINNEAPOLIS -- Now that's offense. Win, lose or draw, Monday night's big, probing eye watched as the Bucs loudly, entertainingly answered a world of critics -- including their fans, who were understandably ravenous for enhanced offense, and maybe even some rising doubts among Tampa Bay teammates.

Heroically, WR Green bursts from shadows
More than star acquisition Keyshawn Johnson, the third-year receiver is emerging as the Bucs' go-to guy.

Defensive plan foiled by Moss
The Minnesota receiver's athleticism in double coverage leads to the winning touchdown.

Miller's remarks don't go by the (Ouija) boards
Dennis Miller came dressed for the occasion. Too bad Keyshawn Johnson didn't.

Baseball playoffs
Hybrid Hernandez hedging his bets in NLCS
NEW YORK -- When Keith Hernandez was a young star with the Cardinals visiting New York on a road trip, he always took the team bus straight to Shea Stadium, hung in the claustrophobic hotel bar at night, and avoided the imagined perils of the big city.

McLemore looks for better
NEW YORK -- Another October, another chance for Mark McLemore against the Yankees.

Neagle gets call for Yanks
NEW YORK -- He'd rather, from the sound of it, send David Cone out there if he was healthy. Or Orlando Hernandez, if he wasn't tired. Instead, Joe Torre will send Denny Neagle out to start tonight's opening game for the Yankees.

McGwire sees DH duty in his future
ST. LOUIS -- If the Cardinals make it to the World Series, Mark McGwire believes he'll be ready for DH duty.

Sasaki, Mariners a perfect fit
Seattle had to project a bit to see how effective their new reliever would be. They might have underestimated.

Eventually, Ludzik says no changes
BRANDON -- For a while Monday, it appeared as if the Lightning was in for a few changes.

Columbus a pushover for Palffy-powered Kings
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ziggy Palffy had a goal and three assists as the Los Angeles Kings beat the expansion Blue Jackets 7-1 Monday night.

Brother of Colts' James shot, critically injured
IMMOKALEE -- The brother of Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James was in critical condition after being shot in the back early Monday.

Youthful vet fuels fierce Miami D
Have a conversation with Trace Armstrong and you immediately get the impression he could run for senator. When you hear him articulate issues as president of the NFL Players Association, it's easy to apply the label "elder statesmen."

Around the NFC
BEARS: Team officials said Soldier Field will be resodded before Sunday night's game against the Vikings. There were large clumps and divots around the 20-yard lines, the result of soccer games and water getting onto the field through a tear in the tarp.

Around the AFC
BENGALS: Fans of the 0-5 team unfurled several banners criticizing general manager Mike Brown before the game, but the banners were removed before kickoff. ... Running back Corey Dillon moved into third place on the team's career rushing list with 3,746 yards, passing Harold Green.

College football
A switch that's easy to defend
FAMU defensive back Troy Hart, a Tampa Jefferson grad, moved from receiver and has paid record-setting dividends.

Bowden kicks around
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden once again made a change in his kicking game after Saturday's last-second field-goal attempt sailed wide right.

B-CC: Zero losses, not much more respect
Al Gore and George W. Bush aren't the only ones scrounging for votes this fall. Bethune-Cookman also is looking for some votes, and respect, from the coaches who vote in the USA Today/ESPN Division I-AA poll.

Fair Play awards go to Mutiny
TAMPA -- The Mutiny didn't win MLS Cup 2000, but at least Tampa Bay players were nice guys.

Captain's Corner
Combat fishing is the best way to describe the action around the bridge structure in lower Tampa Bay.

'Magical debris' irks Rudd
He did not want to say anything, but Ricky Rudd did anyway.

Points leader stays on top in style
It's such a tiny, confined area, when you get down to it. Victory Lane usually can't even be qualified as a lane, really.

New athletic facility to be built at HCC
TAMPA -- Hillsborough Community College, the City of Tampa, USA Swimming and the Tampa Sports Authority unveiled plans Monday to construct a $60 million state-of-the-art educational and athletic facility on HCC's North Dale Mabry campus.

Diaz not just surviving, but making an impact
The Air Force freshman, who graduated from Berkeley Prep, is leading the Mountain West Conference in kills and digs per game.

Foursome of young players keeping Canterbury on top
Canterbury is trying to prove that last year's Class A, District 9 championship, the first in school history, was no fluke. So far, the Crusaders are doing a good job.

New coach has Yellow Jackets talking baseball
TAMPA -- Blake High filled its baseball coaching vacancy with someone they hoped would create excitement around the program and bring a little knowledge of the game.

Et cetera
Two finish tied in Boston 10K
Libbie Hickman and Catherine Ndereba sprinted to the finish of Sunday's 24th annual Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, both finishing in 32 minutes 43 seconds. Though clocking the same time, the winner was clear.

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