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October 17, 2000

Hampton lifts Mets
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NEW YORK -- Co-owner Fred Wilpon stood on the field before Monday's game and repeated what he said on the first day of spring training, that the Mets had a simple goal for 2000 -- to do better than last year, when they were ousted by Atlanta in the NL Championship Series.
Hubert Mizell
Keyshawn needs to shine -- and soon
To hear him self-aggrandize, you'd think U.S. 19 would be Keyshawn's apt nickname.

NFL
Titans rip reeling Jags
McNair, George and a swarming defense hand Jacksonville its fourth straight loss 27-13.

Baseball
Happy endings for Yankees
Mariano Rivera has been nearly perfect at finishing what New York's pitching rotation starts.

Cone's pitching becomes bright spot for Yankees
SEATTLE -- All but lost in the Mariners' Game 5 victory over the Yankees was the perfect eighth inning David Cone pitched for the Yankees, his first appearance in the post-season.

NBC yanks playoff game
Pax-TV will carry tonight's game because of the debate.

St. Louis wonders 'what if' after loss
NEW YORK -- Being beaten by the Mets was bad enough. But losing to them without their full team in place made being eliminated even worse for the Cardinals.

Cone's pitching shows promise
SEATTLE -- All but lost in the Mariners' Game 5 victory over the Yankees was the perfect eighth inning David Cone pitched for the Yankees, his first appearance in the post-season.

St. Louis wonders 'what if' after late-season injuries
NEW YORK -- Being beaten by the Mets was bad enough. But losing to them without their full team in place made being eliminated even worse for the Cardinals.

High court to settle Indians tax issue
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to settle a back-pay and taxes dispute involving major-league baseball players that could affect the way taxes are paid on all kinds of labor settlements.

Bucs
Quarles banged up but expects to play
TAMPA -- Starting outside linebacker Shelton Quarles, who plays middle linebacker when the Bucs are in their nickel defense, missed his second consecutive practice Monday.

Lightning
Drulia's break brings up Keefe
TAMPA -- Stan Drulia said he had no choice.

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Bob Heintz.
Golf
Heintz playing catch-up
Palm Harbor resident Bob Heintz, 186th on the money list, is trying to stay on tour.

Huston fighting off back pain
PALM HARBOR -- John Huston is putting one foot in front of the other, slowly. Back pain that forced him to withdraw from last week's Invensys Classic in Las Vegas is the reason.

Tampa Bay Classic
WHAT: A 72-hole official PGA Tour stroke-play event with 144 players.

Vet makes field, mark
Former Lakewood, SPJC player Dick Mast sets record and gets into Classic.

College football
Florida A&M reeling from 2-week skid
TALLAHASSEE -- The autopsy was quick and grisly Saturday.

Hoping to improve on perfection
B-CC is undefeated, but receiver Antonio "Mookie" Stanley says the best is yet to come, for the team and him.

Vols make QB change for Bama
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman Casey Clausen will be the Volunteers' starting quarterback against Alabama, coach Phillip Fulmer announced after practice Monday.

Charges dropped against FSU's Warren
TALLAHASSEE -- The State Attorney's Office has dropped a misdemeanor charge of battery against Florida State senior defensive end David Warren.

FSU's Swedish surprise
Freshman Emma Breland is full of them, and 'Noles couldn't be happier.

Paralympics
Sydney next stop for Paralympians
The journey to Australia has been difficult for four area athletes.

Outdoors
Captains' corner
The Gulf of Mexico's water temperatures have dropped to 78 degrees -- and even lower in some spots.

NFL
Giants' Sehorn down for third straight year
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The injury bug has gotten Jason Sehorn again.

It's time Aikman put Aikman first
Troy Aikman should be admired for being hardy, and admonished for being foolhardy, at the same time.

Around the NFC
BEARS: Linebacker Brian Urlacher had two sacks, giving him six for the season, a team rookie record. ... Receiver Marcus Robinson, who missed last week with a sprained ankle, had seven catches for 88 yards.

Around the AFC
BENGALS: Since 1997, six teams have opened stadiums. Cincinnati is the only one not to sell out every game in the stadium's inaugural season. ... They set a team record with their third shutout loss. The Cincinnati Reds weren't shut out in 162 National League games this season. ... They have more punts (38) than points (37).

Motorsports
NASCAR isn't done tinkering
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The search for better, more competitive racing at NASCAR's two largest restrictor-plate tracks is not over.

College basketball
Facility to be named for McGuire
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette's new athletic facility will be named for Al McGuire, the Hall of Fame coach who led the men's basketball team to an NCAA championship, an NIT title and 295 victories in 13 seasons, the school announced Monday.

Et cetera
Drug test may give U.S. gold
American freestyle wrestler Brandon Slay, who reacted with anger after losing his gold medal opportunity at the Sydney Games to what he felt was bad officiating, is likely to get the medal because his opponent failed a drug test.


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