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Highs and lows

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 24, 2002


HIGHS

TONY STEWART: The bad-boy of NASCAR proved to be the best in the series, overcoming his troubles to clinch the title. How he wears the crown could be entertaining.

MATT WILLIAMS: The Diamondbacks outfielder vetoed a trade to the Rockies to remain with his family in Arizona. His three children are lucky to have a father who can put his job in perspective.

USF FOOTBALL: Bowl or no bowl, this team has had a solid season, capped off by last week's impressive thrashing of Bowling Green. And if the 9-2 Bulls are bowl snubbed, we have a feeling they might even get more notoriety for that than by going to the Insert Corporate Name Here Bowl.

LOWS

NCAA: As conferences and bowl games maneuver to scoop up even more dollars, the governing body sits idly while deserving football teams such as South Florida fear being left out. Does NCAA stand for Not Caring About Anything?

CART: The racing series fed the notion that it will sell its soul to survive by announcing that it would like to be called "(Tire company sponsor) Presents the Champ Car World SeriesPowered by (Auto company sponsor)."

-- Deanna Engel, Anthony Perez, Mike Stephenson

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