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January 13, 2002
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Reports before Saturday's game said Tony Dungy, the Bucs' winningest coach, would be replaced if the team lost.
Gary Shelton
If this was the end, it just didn't feel right
PHILADELPHIA -- In the end, if this was the end, there was no grand final scene. No showdowns, no speeches, no tears.

Hubert Mizell
Golf's teen sensation faces a unique challenge on tour
Ty Tryon is 17. Fighting pimples. He's driving automobiles, but there's little time for dates. College is not in T.T.'s plans.

John Romano
Happiness not gold-tinted
Michelle Kwan says she is content with or without Olympic gold.

Over, and out?
Coach Tony Dungy is expected to be fired after a lackluster loss that leaves a tearful and profane Keyshawn Johnson ripping teammates.

Free agent Dunn ponders Dungy, backfield issues
PHILADELPHIA -- If Tony Dungy is shown the door after a disappointing conclusion to a disappointing season, will Warrick Dunn follow?

Playoffs, Buccaneer offense not friendly
PHILADELPHIA -- How woeful was the Bucs offense Sunday? Well, it was almost enough to make a fan wistfully recall the salad days of the John Davis era.

Bucs tried to block out distractions
PHILADELPHIA -- In their locker room, the sign is written in big, bold letters: "No excuses, no explanations."

McNabb's early escape run sets tone for Bucs' defeat
PHILADELPHIA -- He is what he is. Quick, ingenious, crafty and, well ... quick.

Eagles fans find nest in Tampa
TAMPA -- Eric "Conan the Barbarian" Vaihinger searched far and wide for salvation.

NFL playoffs
Ravens at least still talking like champions
Hand it to the Ravens. They still talk a good game -- even though they haven't played one lately.

Baltimore defense discovering its form
MIAMI -- The smack might not be as loud and the numbers not as stunning, but Baltimore's defense still is worth raving about.

Minding their own business
MIAMI -- The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens and their daunting defense would seem to be enough to be worried about. But as the Dolphins open their fifth consecutive postseason this afternoon at home against Baltimore, they also are taunted and tormented by two other issues -- their past and themselves.

College football
Showing fire while under fire
GAINESVILLE -- It was October 1985 and Tennessee was playing Alabama. Ron Zook was defensive backs coach for the Volunteers, who with a win would be in good position to win the Southeastern Conference.

UF: Coming and Going

College basketball
Jackson, Bernard carry Bulls on road
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Altron Jackson had 24 points and Mike Bernard came off the bench to add a career-high 16 Saturday in leading South Florida to a 70-63 victory over DePaul.

Sloppy, short-handed, UF hangs on
NASHVILLE -- Udonis Haslem struggled for a second straight game. Justin Hamilton dislocated his right shoulder early in the second half. Florida gave instead of taking away.

Lightning loses close one again
TAMPA -- The difference in winning and losing by one goal, as the Lightning has done frequently this season, sometimes can be measured in inches.

Newcomer might move
TAMPA -- Dan Boyle can handle change.

Isles cool off after their hot opening
Has any team fallen as fast as the Islanders? After an 11-1-1 start that was the talk of the league, New York is 10-14-4-1, including 3-6 in its past nine, entering Saturday's game against the Bruins.

Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon
WHEN/WHERE: 7 a.m. Jan. 20; looped course starts and finishes in Clearwater's Coachman Park, near Drew Street and Cleveland Street. Most of the first half of the course heads south on Gulf Boulevard, and most of the second half goes north on the Pinellas Trail.

Reader feedback
Spurrier's timing is suspect
If Steve Spurrier actually wanted to be the underdog again, all he had to do was coach at Florida one more year. He'd be playing in Knoxville.

Devil Rays
Devil Rays Schedule
All games start at 1:05 p.m. unless noted; ss-split squad:

Contraction could help Tampa Bay
Baseball is a mess. The scheduled start of spring training is a month away, and the unresolved issues are staggering, topped by the glaring absence of a new labor agreement.

Tennis: Players to watch
A look at 10 players to keep an eye on at the Australian Open:

Searching for past magic with coach
After ending 2001 without a Grand Slam title for the first time since 1992 -- indeed, without winning any titles -- Pete Sampras decided it was time to make a change.

Knights finally get first win
BROOKSVILLE -- River Ridge's Kyle Johnson played on a winning team last year in Houghton Lakes, Mich., so the Royal Knights' 0-16 start this season was a new experience for him.

Eagles barely defend Batista title
SPRING HILL -- There are only a handful of teams in Florida that can relegate Springstead to underdog status.

Team of six bests Panthers
TAMPA -- Heading into Saturday's game against Plant, Miami Christian coach Art Alvarez was concerned about his team. Center Ivan Lopez (6 feet 9) was out with a leg injury, leaving the coach with just six players.

Crusaders no match for Barons
TAMPA -- Behind nine points from Scott Collington, Tampa Catholic took an 11-10 lead halfway through the first quarter against St. Petersburg Catholic in the Tampa Roundball Classic on Saturday.

Springstead barely defends Dr. Batista title
SPRING HILL -- There are only a handful of teams in Florida that can relegate Springstead to underdog status.

Green Devils' unity prevails
ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Petersburg coach Sam Pruitt looked like a man who had just seen horror film character Freddy Krueger after his team weighed in at the St. Petersburg City Championships.

Rings and things
U.S. ON A SLIPPERY DOWNHILL SLOPE: Last week, the outlook was not promising for the United States in downhill skiing. This week, it looks worse.

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