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Underdog status motivates Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two straight 7-6 seasons and off-field problems will leave Florida State short-handed for its first three games, but many Seminoles are using their underdog status as motivation.

"I didn't expect this signing here at Florida State, as a team that I grew up watching, grew up loving and always saw in the top five," Myron Rolle said Sunday. "They're counting us out, so we have this new mindset that, hey, we have to step it up and prove the doubters wrong."

Many of the junior safety's teammates echoed his chip-on-the-shoulder attitude at Florida State's annual media day, which was briefly delayed by a false fire alarm.

The Seminoles, once perennial contenders for the national championship, were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division, behind Clemson and Wake Forest, in the ACC's annual preseason media poll. They failed to make the top 25 in the national coaches' poll.

Coach Bobby Bowden, though, remains skeptical.

"I hear it every year: 'We're going to be different this year,"' Bowden said. "Yeah, show me. Show me."

Bowden's immediate focus is on evaluating a class of talented freshmen because he'll have to count on many of them to fill some gaps in his roster during an opening stretch against Western Carolina, Chattanooga and Wake Forest, all at home.

• PRO BASEBALL -- The fan who caught Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run ball last year says it has been the equivalent of a grand slam for him.

New Yorker Matt Murphy used proceeds from the roughly $752,000 sale of the sought-after ball to move into a new apartment, invest in the stock market and go into the specialty sneaker business. He and two friends are opening a Manhattan store called Solefood NYC on Friday, the Daily News reported in Sunday editions.

The 22-year-old Murphy snagged the ball at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 7, 2007.

• Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson underwent surgery late Saturday night to repair a dislocated bone in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season.

Hudson was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game and right-handed pitcher Edgar Gonzalez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Arizona selected outfielder Jeff Salazar from Triple-A Tucson, where he hit .364 in 24 games with four homers and 18 RBIs. Salazar hit .248 in 58 games with the Diamondbacks before he was designated for assignment on July 4.

• NFL -- Browns wideout Braylon Edwards was running a sprint in his socks when fellow receiver Donte' Stallworth stepped on the back of his foot and opened a cut that required stitches and a night in the hospital.

Edwards spent Saturday night at the Cleveland Clinic and was released Sunday afternoon. The stay was precautionary and the injury wasn't thought to be serious, Browns coach Romeo Crennel said.

"Everything is pretty well fine other than the fact he has stitches," Crennel said. "He was in good spirits last night when I spoke with him and he's anxious to get back."

Crennel did not give a timetable for when Edwards would return to practice.

Edwards, who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl last season, slowed up after beating Stallworth in the Saturday afternoon sprint. Stallworth, who was wearing cleats, stepped on the back of Edwards' foot, causing the gash, witnesses said.

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