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October 22, 2001
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[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Safety Mike Logan sacks Brad Johnson for a 9-yard loss on fourth and 5 in the third quarter.
Gary Shelton
Boos all around for this staggering team
TAMPA -- Go ahead. Boo.

Bucs chat: Take the reins off offense
Rick Stroud asked us Sunday, "Could there be a more disappointing group of Bucs players than the defensive line?" I think I have the answer.

SPORTS POLL: Who or what deserves the blame for the Bucs slow start?

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    KeyshawnBucs lose war of words, labeled 'paper champions'
    TAMPA -- Less than 30 minutes after the Bucs' 17-3 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday, Steelers safety Lee Flowers wouldn't have dared pour salt on their open wounds.

    Bettis brings big game
    The running back not only gains 8.4 yards a carry but has Pittsburgh's lone touchdown pass too.

  • Dominated in all phases almost from the outset, the Bucs fall flat as a mediocre start to the season turns woeful in a 17-10 loss to Pittsburgh. Main story

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    Dunn hurt, status in doubt
    Warrick Dunn, in just his second game back after missing a week with a sprained foot, sustained a right hamstring strain against Pittsburgh on Sunday and could miss more playing time.

    Bucs at a loss after Steelers' sack attack
    There's this funny thing about protection. It has to protect.

    'Easy stuff' sinks defense
    Missed tackles, missed assignments, inability to make third-down stops plague the vaunted unit.

    D'backs' fast four-ward
    In only its fourth season, Arizona defeats Atlanta to advance to the World Series, the quickest of any expansion team.

    Soriano homer lifts Yankees
    Rookie second baseman connects off Seattle's Kaz Sasaki in the ninth.

    Wild night on mound
    NEW YORK -- Who's on first?

    Baseball briefs
    Rothschild unsure of his next destination

    Atlanta won't be forgotten
    ATLANTA -- The Braves became the first franchise in any of the four major sports to win 10 consecutive division titles this season.

    Disallowed goal is fine with team
    TAMPA -- The Lightning wasn't about to turn down any breaks, but the players and coaches were willing to admit they got one in a 5-2 win over the Rangers Saturday night at the Ice Palace.

    NHL briefs
    Two ex-Lightning wings join Devils

    College football
    Spurrier: There could be changes, not at QB
    GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday there might be changes in the starting lineup Saturday against Georgia but quarterback Rex Grossman will not be among those.

    Blackwell shines, and team yawns
    TAMPA -- This is what it has come to. He completed every pass he attempted in the second half (13) and connected on 37 of 46 in the game, and it barely drew positive recognition from his coaches and teammates.

    Bowden rethinks stance on Rix as QB
    TALLAHASSEE -- Since he tabbed redshirt freshman Chris Rix as the clear-cut starting quarterback in mid August, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has dismissed any talk of competition with Adrian McPherson.

    Earnhardt Jr. in a storm again
    He'll likely keep his win in the EA Sports 500 after his car fails inspection, but controversy follows victory for him again.

    Wreck and reaction are predictable
    TALLADEGA, Ala. -- A number of drivers climbed from their mangled cars after Sunday's EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and made a beeline for the NASCAR trailer.

    Ice Palace problems rain on Magic game
    Orlando and the L.A. Clippers pull their starters after condensation builds up on the arena's court.

    Hill healthier; team ailing
    TAMPA -- Grant Hill's surgically-repaired left ankle is less and less of a concern for the Magic as he concentrates on conditioning and regaining the form that made him a six-time All-Star.

    Drama on 18th green goes Argentine's way
    Jose Coceres beats Davis Love III by one stroke at Disney World.

    Azinger's first hook is expensive
    LAKE BUENA VISTA -- No matter how much money a golfer has made in his career, he doesn't take too kindly to simply throwing cash away. That, in essence, is what Paul Azinger did on the 18th hole Sunday.

    Daily fishing report
    Stone crab season just opened, giving us inshore dive sites and welcome relief from heavy seas offshore.

    Giants are struggling to shorten field
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the Giants beat the Eagles in the playoffs last season, Ron Dixon set the tone.

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