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Where have these guys been?
TAMPA -- By nature, you could describe those who watch the Bucs with any regularity as a mellow lot. They do not expect a lot.
On the ground, a runaway effort even with no Dunn
Mike Alstott and Aaron Stecker fill the backfield void efficiently.
Keyshawn's game time is short, but it also is sweet
TAMPA -- Keyshawn Johnson did not play in the second half Sunday, but thanks to his big first half, Tampa Bay didn't need him.
Past misery fuels offensive line
After last week's 10-sack debacle against the Steelers, the Bucs offensive line turns Vikings around.
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||Mike Alstott's 129 yards rushing and three TDs and the return of a formidable defense get the Bucs well in a hurry.
Kelly takes Abraham's starting job
TAMPA -- On Tuesday, the Bucs informed Pro Bowl cornerback Donnie Abraham that he had lost his starting position to fourth-year player Brian Kelly.
Stingy defense makes its return
The unit looks like its old, dominating self, holding Minnesota to 192 total yards.
Vikings revert to 0-2 form
After playing well and winning the past two weeks, Minnesota plays like it did early in the season.
Time catching up, running out on Yankees
PHOENIX -- This is what happens when you grow old.
The tale of Edgar J. Watson and an area too quiet even for the Everglades leads to some bad dreams.
Daily fishing report
Poor weather roughed up the water and limited the number of fish weighed in Sunday's Fall Kingfish Tournament at Billy's Stone Crab Seafood & Steakhouse.
Wind is biggest challenge in Clearwater regatta
With winds gusting more than 30 knots Saturday and breeze approaching 20 Sunday, the 51 skippers who signed up for the Clearwater Challenge Cup in the Gulf of Mexico had their hands full keeping the boats upright and the sails intact.
In time of crisis, officials keeping cautious eye on mail
TAMPA -- Vinny Lecavalier grabbed the large manila envelope from his mailbox outside the locker room, ripped it open and put the open end close to his eyes to better see inside.
Jeff Burton finds winning 'sweet'
His team works on his Ford's handling until he catches Mike Wallace at the Checker Auto Parts 500.
Johnson has the power
The left-hander's masterful outing -- three singles, 11 strikeouts -- gives Arizona a 2-0 Series lead.
"I told somebody I've taken more Extra Strength Tylenol in the last five months than any human being on Earth." -- BUD SELIG, commissioner in a pregame discussion of the game's economic problems
D'backs buzzing over first Bronx visit
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks are looking forward to going to New York, and it's not just because they have a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
Contraction still on table
Commissioner says owners may still eliminate teams, even as early as next season.
Blackwell, Iskra forge a stronger connection
TAMPA -- Chris Iskra has been catching his share of passes. It seemed, however, he and quarterback Marquel Blackwell weren't quite clicking.
QBs' goodwill defuses tension
TALLAHASSEE -- On the eve of Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference showdown against Maryland, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden made a point of praising Chris Rix and Adrian McPherson.
College football briefs
Miami holds off Nebraska in poll
Spurrier going to league with gripes about refs
GAINESVILLE -- Coach Steve Spurrier strongly criticized the Florida-Georgia officiating crew, saying either somebody has it in for the Gators or some officiating in the SEC is simply really, really bad.
College sports briefs
Poll picks USF 2nd in C-USA
Heinz Stadium hosts its first Monday game
PITTSBURGH -- A familiar sight will be missing when the Steelers play their first Monday night home game in two years. The only question is whether the Titans will miss it more.