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Published Jul. 31, 2007


Kobe Bryant is still the biggest star in Las Vegas. Bryant scored 26, including the go-ahead jumper with 6.6 seconds left, to lead the blue team to a 105-104 win over the white Sunday at the U.S. minicamp. Bryant, the MVP of February's NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, scored seven during the final two minutes, including a 3-pointer over LeBron James. "That was probably better than the All-Star Game," point guard Jason Kidd said. Seventeen players participated in the weekend minicamp. Twelve will compete at the Americas tournament Aug. 22-Sept. 2 in Las Vegas. The United States must finish among the top two to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

What happened? And what's next?

A gash sustained in the third round contributed to Winky Wright's loss to Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night. Looking back at the bout and ahead to the St. Petersburg resident's future. 3C

'Nole doesn't want 'to get a big head'

Florida State defensive tackle Andre Fluellen is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top interior lineman, and Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player. But he won't allow himself to be outworked. 8C


Minor-league team takes off after fight

A minor-league team managed by ex-Mets second baseman Wally Backman forfeited a game Friday by walking off the field after a brawl. The Macon (Ga.) Music of the independent South Coast League took a 12-2 lead on Backman's South Georgia Peanuts in the seventh on Casey Garrison's hit on 3-0. The next batter, Carlos Arroyo, evaded two pitches before one hit him, inciting the brawl. But when the Peanuts headed back toward their bench, they didn't stop. "I really don't like to play these guys," Garrison said. "Every time they lose, it's like they just can't take it." Backman, by the way, didn't see the brawl. He was ejected in the second for arguing a call.


"Detroit probably has the best lineup I've seen since the '95 Tribe."

Dodgers reliever Roberto Hernandez (recently released by the Indians) comparing the Tigers to the Indians team that went 100-44 and lost to the Braves in the World Series


Today: Off

Up next: at Orioles, 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, Camden Yards, Baltimore TV/radio: Ch. 66; 1250-AM


Sergio Garcia was 0-for-35 in majors entering the British Open. An item Sunday had a different number.

Bucs talk

Bucs training camp opens Thursday. Get the latest news on negotiations with first-round pick Gaines Adams and look back at him and the Bucs' other nine draft picks from April at