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October 15, 2000

[Times photo: Kevin White]
Improvising at times, QB Rex Grossman leads Florida over Auburn.

Hubert Mizell
Rex gives QB-starved Gators life
Okay, call him T-Rex. That's T for touchdowns. Rex Grossman passed for five of them Saturday against Auburn.

College football

FSU rolls over Duke
Quarterback Chris Weinke sets a school record for passing yards in a 63-14 win.

Highs and lows for New York
NLCS GAME 3: CARDINALS 8, METS 2. Andy Benes shuts down the Mets over eight innings to keeps the Cardinals' hopes alive.
ALCS GAME 4: YANKEES 5, MARINERS 0. Roger Clemens sheds his image as a big-game loser, pitching 1-hitter and striking out 15.

Mariners almost came south
SEATTLE -- Had it not been for the Yankees, Safeco Field might not have been built -- and Tampa Bay might have had major-league baseball a few years earlier.

Reed rocked early
NEW YORK -- Not much went right for Mets right-hander Rick Reed on Saturday.

Selig has faith in Rays
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday that he remains concerned about the Devil Rays' attendance figures. But he also remains confident they eventually will be successful.

Showalter: Can anyone say neurotic?
NEW YORK -- Now that the Buck Showalter era is officially considered an error in Arizona, the stories of his controlling and manipulative ways are seeping out. Among other things, Showalter:

D falling short on its guarantee
In three losses, atypical mistakes leave the Bucs defense perplexed.

An early start in Germany
TAMPA -- Although Brian Kelly already was a budding football star, he didn't watch -- or even care much -- about the 1980 Super Bowl.

Finding faith in himself
TAMPA -- It may go down in the books as just another moment in the great history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it's not that way for Tony Dungy.

Dungy searches for answers
TAMPA -- Fans are hoping for a repeat of 1999, when a slow start galvanized the team and it went on to win eight of its last nine regular-season games.

Bucs chat
Keyshawn becomes all-world scapegoat

Experiences benefit Quarles
From being a black man in Canada, to Vanderbilt football, to fatherhood and Christianity, to groupies, Bucs strongside linebacker Shelton Quarles, 29, shares some personal insights.

NFL games
Jags at Titans

Beltway rivalry heats up a notch
There is not much fire to the rivalry between the Redskins and their neighbors, the Ravens, who play each other this week.

Talledega becomes a Daytona tuneup
Slowing cars may aid NASCAR's showcase at the expense of today's superspeedway race.

Five to watch
Five drivers to watch in today's Winston 500 (alphabetical order):

Truck series driver Roper dies after crash
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tony Roper, a veteran driver who was critically injured Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, died Saturday at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital.

France rid of cancer
TALLADEGA, ALA. -- NASCAR president Bill France is cancer free and working occasionally in his Daytona Beach office, Darlington Raceway president Jim Hunter said Saturday.

College football
Irish reign over Navy
Notre Dame wins 37th straight over the Midshipmen 45-14 at the Citrus Bowl.

  • Deaths noted on helmets but kept out of minds
    Navy players wore black anchors on the back of their helmets in memory of the sailors killed and in support of those injured aboard the USS Cole on Thursday morning in the Arabian Peninsula. The coaching staff and support personnel wore black ribbons.

College football this week on TV

College football around the nation
Georgia QB Carter hurts shoulder

College football around the state
FAMU is rattled at home

St. Petersburg Open left legacy
For 29 years it drew the PGA stars of yesteryear.

Local sponsor gambled on luring PGA stop and won
When it lost J.C. Penney as a sponsor, the Suncoast group found favor with the tour and with Buick.

Classic is crucial to some
PGA Tour exemptions and spots in the Masters and Tour Championship could be at stake.

Mizell's mailbag
Would firing Dungy solve Bucs' troubles?

Times tosses bone to NHL fan
I loved the special section you did on the Lightning and Vincent Lecavalier. I am originally from Pittsburgh and have been living in Tampa for about four years. I know that hockey takes a back seat to the Bucs, college ball and other sports, but it was nice to see that a local newspaper is finally taking a sincere interest in hockey.

Iverson vs. Rocker: You make the call
NEW YORK -- Forget the presidential race. The hottest debate nationwide revolves around Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson's soon-to-be-released rap song 40 Bars.

Sports briefs
Player's death still a mystery

Baseball briefs
Hillary Clinton squares off with political opponent over playoffs

Highs and lows

NHL briefs
Roy ties career victory record

Mara & Co. no pushover
TAMPA -- The whistle signaled the end of the play, but Pittsburgh's Josef Beranek took the shot at goaltender Kevin Weekes anyway.

Lightning facing crucial test
TAMPA -- The more Lightning left wing Fredrik Modin thought about it, the more important tonight's game with the Thrashers at the Ice Palace became.

Dallas coach won't dance around issue
You've got to love Ken Hitchcock. The Stars coach plays it straight with his players and then tells the media.

Slap shots
ANOTHER ROUND, MARIO?: For many golfers, the best part of their round is the 19th hole. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said the 19th hole is Japan is really the fourth hole -- and any other hole you care to mention.

Captain's corner
Stone crab claws are the next best thing to sex!" exclaimed one of my advanced students as we prepared to dive under the St. Pete Pier.

Feral pigs provide a wild hunt
The beginning of fall represents many things. Some endings, some beginnings. If you like to hunt, fall is the beginning of hunting season.

1998 winners repeat Ironman performance
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- In a repeat of 1998, Natascha Badmann won her second Ironman world title Saturday, dominating on the bike and cruising through the run.

Age-old contrast shows in MLS Cup
Chicago's offense vs. Kansas City's defense as league's best meet today.

Citrus, Central earn wins
The Hurricane boys win their first Citrus Invitational while the Bear girls prevent a sweep.

College basketball briefs
Supportive fans flock to first Indiana practice

Class of the county
JOHN STEVENS, Berkeley Prep golf: His bogey on the ninth hole helped Berkeley Prep beat both Wharton and Jesuit in a meet Oct. 3 at Hunters Green. The top three Bucs tied their Wildcat opponents, but Stevens beat his opponent 41-42, giving his team a 1-stroke win.

Tampa Bay top 10
The Times' rankings of the top football teams in Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Pinellas counties, with records, last week's results and this week's opponent:

Plant, Durant win conference titles
TAMPA -- Durant and Plant outclassed the competition at the Western Conference Championships at the Bobby Hicks Pool on Saturday.

Olympic Heights wins tourney
After going unbeated Friday, Tampa Prep loses two matches to finish third at the Tampa Bay Invitational.

Eagles win Lake Gibson title
East Lake's run includes a 15-0 run against Auburndale and a victory over top-ranked Clearwater.

Around the county

Keswick pours it on in win over IRC
ST. PETERSBURG -- Indian Rocks Christian took advantage of Keswick Christian's green football program the past two years.

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