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January 20, 2002
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NFL playoffs
Pats overcome snow, Raiders
[AP photo]
FOXBORO, Mass. -- A snowstorm and an apparent fumble didn't stop Tom Brady and the Patriots from adding an amazing victory to their magical season.

McNabb just too much for Bears
CHICAGO -- The Bears almost had Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. So did the Bucs and 11 other teams.

Homecoming turns sweet for McNabb
CHICAGO -- In a competition of headlines, Donovan McNabb beat Michael Jordan.

Gary Shelton
One guy out there is worth pursuing
From here, there is one way out.

Hubert Mizell
Washington welcome wagon enthusiastic for Spurrier
Before visiting the new guy in town, I drove past my country's headquarters, the Capitol, as well as monuments to Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Vietnam heroes, then the MCI Center where Michael Jordan commands, the damaged Pentagon, plus the White House with President Bush inside nursing his football-watching, pretzel-inhaling boo boo.

Bucs are back to square one
TAMPA -- A day after one of the biggest gaffes in their blunderful history, the Bucs wanted to clear up a popular misconception.

College basketball
Gators' winning streak halted at 14
GAINESVILLE -- Jim Harrick wasn't very excited about coming to the O'Connell Center on Saturday.

Miami wins in overtime
MIAMI -- This one came down to offense, and Miami had just enough of it.

Bad start, bad end, not much in between
TAMPA -- Blech! Yuck! And that is putting it mildly.

Ciger gets time to clear things up
TAMPA -- Requests to be excused from practice are serious business. But when Zdeno Ciger asked to skip two days of workouts, his was granted immediately.

Ozolinsh has fan in Keenan
Sandis Ozolinsh was the Hurricanes' No. 6 defenseman. With the Panthers, he is No. 1 and playing like it.

Et cetera
Highs and lows

Devil Rays
Many places to go, or maybe no place
Rick Williams is a baseball lifer.

Dungy is worth far above trophies, wins
Tony Dungy will reap rewards by getting out from under the Glazers. He is too nice a person to be working for them. He gave his best and no more is expected. Fans have learned so much from his shining example as a good person. If fans can learn from their team's coach, then he has achieved real greatness that no trophy can replace. There will never be anyone who can fill his shoes.

College football
Jacksonville star does it all
The legend goes like so:

Gulf Beaches run holds steady
CLEARWATER -- Another 26.2-mile race will start and finish today, but Chris Lauber likes to think his marathon is just starting to pick up the pace, with many smooth miles ahead.

Magazine takes your fish stories
Outdoors editors hear a lot of fish tales.

Daily fishing report
The return of normal weather after sustained high winds and cold also returned bottom fishing to close to normal. Dirty water caused by north and northwest winds in less than 30 feet made gag grouper fishing pointless.

Curlers hope to find audience
SALT LAKE CITY -- So, what do you want to know about curling?

Rings and things
U.S. FIGURE SKATING SMACKDOWN: It was not as scandalous as, say, whacking somebody on the knee with a tire iron. But last weekend's U.S. Figure Skating Championships did have a small dose of intrigue.

Drowsy Hurricanes win again
BELLEVIEW -- Citrus will have to be forgiven for starting a bit slow in its Diamondback Rattler Challenge game Saturday against Ocala Kingdom.

Knights take title as a team
LAND O'LAKES -- All season, River Ridge has had four wrestlers good enough to give the Knights the county's top finish in tough tournaments. What gave coach Mike DeGennaro the Sunshine Athletic Conference crown Saturday -- after an undefeated run through eight dual matches -- was a team effort.

Late layup dooms Panthers
DUNEDIN -- The final game of the Dunedin Shootout was all it was hyped to be -- a close battle of top 10 teams that have stingy defenses and a few offensive stars.

Bulls can't catch quick Cowboys
TAMPA -- Similar to a roller coaster with its peaks and valleys, Saturday's game between Gaither and Bloomingdale resembled such a ride.

Cougars still on top
CLEARWATER -- Palm Harbor University coach Bill Perry did the math and discovered his team trailed defending Pinellas County Athletic Conference champion and tournament host Countryside by 10 points going into Saturday's finals.

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