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 October 20, 2000


The offense gets turnovers, not touchdowns, and the defense is gashed for 170 yards rushing in a 28-14 thumping by Detroit. Main story | Photo gallery
Hubert Mizell
In their hour of need, Buccaneers fall flat
That was ridiculous.

Gary Shelton
Bucs have forgotten they are running team
It ended, all of it, in the hands of the wrong guy. Maybe that is what you should remember about the short, tortured season of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Bucs offense starving for more touchdowns
Frustration is building as Tampa Bay struggles to reach the end zone.

Almost really special
TAMPA -- Special teams, an area of concern all season, came up with the Bucs' only big plays in a 28-14 loss to Detroit Thursday night.


[Times photo: James Borchuck]
William Gramatica, left, consoles his son, Bucs kicker, Martin Gramatica, whose performance shined during the Bucs' loss.

Turn out the lights
The Bucs are 3-7 on Sunday, Monday or Thursday night games under Tony Dungy, including 0-3 vs. Detroit.

Defense can't salvage an inept offense
In 1999, defense rescued games when the Bucs offensive unit bungled. But, alas, the old saviors buckled.

Baseball
Outside hype, you'll find Mets' best
Edgardo Alfonzo doesn't draw the ink or pay of other Series stars, but teammates call him their top player.

Experts predict Subway Series will keep entire nation intrigued
The folks at Fox are making a pretty good argument for the Subway Series carrying more than just New Yorkers to a stop in front of the television.

Subway Series inspires the Web to offer coverage as big as N.Y.
With the Mets and Yankees opening the ultimate crosstown rivalry Saturday, several sites are offering New York-size coverage. Everything's bigger, it seems.

Mets opt for Leiter in opener
NEW YORK -- To Mets manager Bobby Valentine, there was a very simple reason to name Al Leiter to pitch Saturday's World Series opener:

Baseball briefs
Baker returns as Giants manager

Golf
U.S. blasts to 5-0 lead in Presidents Cup
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- About 30 minutes before the Presidents Cup began, Michael Campbell laid down the challenge by doing the Haka, a traditional war dance of his native Maori tribe in New Zealand.

Hulbert captures the first round
Orlando resident parlays good Tampa Bay area karma and his sponsor's exemption into a two-stroke lead.

How to be on the road when you're at home
Glen Hnatiuk lives an hour from Innisbrook but never had played there until Thursday.

Locals Kraft and Heintz play to varied extremes
PALM HARBOR -- For Clearwater's Greg Kraft, playing a PGA event in front of the home crowd was almost surreal. For Palm Harbor's Bob Heintz, it was a little too real.

Shorts
Sports briefs
Mom helps Olympian get medal

NFL briefs
Broken thumb sidelines Couch

NBA briefs
Hurley's sidetracked career comes to end

Lightning
With Devils on the horizon, Ludzik shuffles top 3 lines
MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- What you've seen of the Lightning is not what you will get Saturday night, when Tampa Bay faces the Stanley Cup champion Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.

Boxing
Ring renegades Tyson, Golota battle tonight
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- They are calling it "Bad Boys," which sounds like a gang war between the Jets and the Sharks. Given their deplorable history of in-ring behavior, perhaps serial rules-breakers Mike Tyson and Andrew Golota should be squaring off under some grungy overpass instead of in the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Women in sports
Tempest ready to stir in Tampa
Women's professional league team begins play this weekend.

Colleges
Iowa State trip smooth for Griffin
TAMPA -- Athletic director Paul Griffin is expected to return today after two days of interviews at Iowa State during which athletic director search committee members found him "very impressive."

'He is critical to this program'
Playing time has little to do with how much the Bulls value fullback Derrick Rackard.

College football around the state
FSU's Polley, Allen among semifinals for Butkus Award

College football around the nation
It's not just baseball: Game length a worry

Preps
Players of the week
Week 7

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:

The Pinellas top 10
1. (1) Seminole (7-0) -- Taking care of business every week; can clinch playoff berth tonight.

Tampa Bay football
Armwood (6-1) at Lake Wales (6-1)

Short-handed Hudson pulverizes Ridgewood
NEW PORT RICHEY -- It was Ridgewood's Senior Night. The Rams promised to avenge an earlier loss. The match was in their gym. And the opponent, Hudson, was without one of its best players in Nikki Prack, out with an injury.

Pinellas football
HILLSBOROUGH (7-0) at EAST LAKE (4-2)

Big men on campus ... literally
East Lake's philosophy has helped it produce top-caliber offensive linemen.

The playoff chase
CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 7: An East Lake (2-0) win tonight against Hillsborough (2-0) doesn't guarantee a playoff berth as the Eagles still play at Chamberlain (2-1) on Nov. 3. Regardless, a win Nov. 3 clinches a berth.

Familiar foes meet for title
Countryside is playing in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title match for the first time in school history. But for coach Kaylyn Bayly, the moment is bittersweet.

Lions not taking Titans lightly
Last season, Tampa Bay Tech's surprise 20-7 victory spoiled King's season. Tonight, King is ready for the rematch and to win the district title.

Crusaders' silence only fuels speculation
This is a portrait of Tampa Catholic football prior to August 1999: A well-mannered, sportsmanlike program with six consecutive playoff berths, a Sports Illustrated feature on quarterback Kenny Kelly, former players scattered throughout major colleges and a new stadium on the drawing board.


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