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By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002


PGA AND SUZY WHALEY: The golfer accepted an invitation to play in the Greater Hartford Open next year, which will make her the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event. And the tour's response? Nothing but supportive, Whaley says. Look, men and women can get along in this sport. They just can't be named Hootie or Martha.

SIMEON RICE: The Bucs defensive end posted an NFL-record fifth consecutive multisack game. When it comes to containing Michael Vick, Rice might do the trick.

OUTBACK BOWL: We're not sure what it will do for the economy, but it's fun to have some state flavor with the Gators coming to town.


THE LAKERS: Yes, they had an amazing comeback Friday, but Shaquille O'Neal still isn't healthy, Samaki Walker can't get Kobe Bryant off his (bad) back, the bench is non-existent and the team hasn't strung together more than two wins in a row. Is the four-peat in jeopardy already?

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DENNIS FRANCHIONE. When the going gets tough, Franchione gets going ... to Texas A&M. Coach Dennis Franchione, saying sanctions would make life too difficult at Alabama, left after only two seasons because he was "tired of dealing with" the NCAA. Good thing he wasn't one of the Junction Boys -- we're guessing Franchione would have been the first to quit.

Anthony Perez, Mike Stephenson, John Strickhouser, Jamal Thalji

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