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Highs and lows


© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 18, 2001


USF FOOTBALL: Trying to add mighty Oklahoma to its schedule in 2002 is a nice touch. Now, if only these guys could schedule to play Central Florida.

BILL BELICHICK: Realizing Terry Glenn's childish refusal to return to camp was a cancer to his team, the Patriots coach chose to suspend the star wide receiver for the season. Good to know there's still a coach that puts team ahead of ego.

BILL ELLIOTT: The Winston Cup driver showed nothing but class by withdrawing from Most Popular Driver consideration, hoping the late Dale Earnhardt wins the award. Elliott had won the honor 15 years straight.


DEATH OF EARL ANTHONY: The smooth left-hander personified bowling in the '70s, and his 41 PBA titles and $1.4-million in career earnings redefined dominance. He was the Jack Nicklaus, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan of his sport. Simply put, he was The Machine.

ERIC VANCE: What is it about the Bucs safety, the preseason and the end zone? Monday night he tried to intercept a last-gasp pass instead of batting it down. It wound up in Dolphins hands for a TD and a Miami win. Three years ago he picked off a last-minute Kansas City pass at the Bucs 10-yard line. Instead of taking a knee he ran a couple of steps and fumbled the ball into the end zone. The Chiefs recovered it for the winning TD.

ESTEBAN YAN: Any more blown saves and he'll qualify as a tropical storm. (He's already a tropical depression.)

NBC: When a leading contender goes out of the race because of fire in his car, you expect the announcers to be all over it -- even if the cause of the fire is a battery pack on board only to help provide information to the broadcast team and viewers. A high within this low to the Motor Racing Network, which told its radio listeners exactly what had happened in a timely fashion.

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