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January 27, 2002
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NFL playoffs
All in their hands: Stewart and Brady
[AP photos]
When the season began, Kordell Stewart (top) was a work in progress, Tom Brady (above) a virtual unknown.

All in their hands: Warner and McNabb
[AP photos]
Start with a couple of mothers encouraging their sons to load up on soup in nationwide ad campaigns. And end there, too. That's about all quarterbacks Donovan McNabb of the Eagles and Kurt Warner of the Rams seem to have in common.

Baltimore's fate: all-time to all done?
Word out of Baltimore is the defense may be on the verge of a makeover.

Gary Shelton
We'll find out in a rush about Eagles' chances
ST. LOUIS -- As game plans go, this one is fairly simple.

Hubert Mizell
Ward's steely mettle came to light in 1995 UF pounding
Hines Ward is my favorite player in today's Super Bowl semis. Years before he became a clutch Pittsburgh receiver and vigorous blocker, the tough kid from a little Georgia town called Rex earned a cubbyhole in my heart.

In search of a face-saver for Bucs
TAMPA -- General manager Rich McKay represents the last hope for the Bucs to restore credibility and resuscitate their coaching situation.

College basketball
Dominance not enough for victory
TAMPA -- South Florida took more shots from the field, made more (and a better percentage), had more rebounds, assists, blocks and steals Saturday than No. 4-ranked Cincinnati.

No. 3 Terps get Revenge
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- This time, there were no jeers. Only cheers.

Razorbacks shock No. 5 Florida in OT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Like a football coach who lost the coin toss, Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson went with his defense first and kept his offense on the bench.

Brown's end game leads Tampa 81-79
TAMPA -- Jon Brown's effort during most of the game was workmanlike. But Tampa's senior guard spent the last four minutes dominating.

No power or glory on road
ISLANDERS 6, LIGHTNING 2: Woes on defense, power play sink Tampa Bay.

Urgency and season both slipping away
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It was obvious coach John Tortorella was upset after Friday night's awful 4-1 loss at Buffalo, but his short meeting with the media did not do justice to the depth of his disappointment.

Yzerman could have used an assist
Apparently 1,000 assists don't mean all that much if you don't say thank you.

College football
Godsey's outing is flawless
ORLANDO -- George Godsey was not the MVP.

Domination with balance
ORLANDO -- About the only thing Chad Hayes and Mel Mitchell III had in common before the Gridiron Classic was that no one had heard of them.

Et cetera
Highs and Lows

With Bucs, comic strip imitates life
Bill Parcells reminds me of Lucy in the Charlie Brown comic strip. He keeps holding the football, asking the Bucs to kick it, and when they finally get interested, he pulls it away -- only to sit back and watch the Bucs fall embarrassingly again. Parcells has always been bad news for the Bucs. But will the Bucs ever learn?

Rings and Things
NOT HIS NO. 1 CONCERN: A week ago, Todd Hays led the World Cup standings for the four-man bobsled. A week from now, he probably will not. The choice was his.

Shimer still hyper about driving bobsleds
SALT LAKE CITY -- Brian Shimer can see the end. Maybe that is why it seems so much like a beginning.

Bear captures third state title
BELLEVIEW -- Hands clinched and pressed to her lips, Central's Alaya Smiley waited for Lake Brantley's Rebecca Sable to complete her final lift. If Sable, competing at 139 pounds, could hoist 175 pounds, then Smiley's two-year run as state champion would end. It was a long shot for Sable to succeed, but that didn't alleviate Smiley's concerns.

Newcomer enjoys victory
SPRING LAKE -- When Peaty Nokomis moved from Colorado to Clermont, it was to accommodate his wife, Sara, who was recently transferred to the USA Triathlon National Training Center there.

Snook season opens Friday
Snook season opens Friday, and anglers should remember a daily one-fish limit is in effect for snook caught along the Gulf Coast and the Florida Keys.

Daily fishing report
The Old Salt's 12th annual Johnny Kellar Fishing Tournament was Saturday at Bay Pines Marina. The 161 anglers weighed in 78 fish, and for each of the four species -- grouper, sheepshead, speckled trout and flounder -- first place paid $300, second $200 and third $100.

Capriati displays more guts, gains more glory
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Few people saw what might have been one of the key moments of Jennifer Capriati's comeback victory over Martina Hingis for the Australian Open title.

Money's no guarantee the Mets will return to NL prominence
So the Mets didn't sign outfielder Juan Gonzalez.

CCC will need its deep bench
It's a good thing Clearwater Central Catholic coach Tom Typrowicz isn't superstitious, because the Marauders aren't taking a whole lot of momentum into this week's district tournament.

Cowboys, Chiefs head opposite ways
TAMPA -- Less than 24 hours after losing a district game in overtime, Gaither played Saturday night like a team running out of gas.

Gryphons finally top Wildcats
Bit by bit, Sickles finally rid itself of a pesky birthmark.

Six champions carry Eagles to title
BRANDON -- Although many of the individual matches were grueling, Brandon still dominated the field to win the 18th Tony Ippolito Memorial Wrestling Tournament with 262.5 points Saturday. The Eagles actually put the meet out of reach after the semifinals, when they put seven wrestlers into the championship round.

Vikes' Pervan finally fits in
In the after-school special about Asmir Pervan, the first scene would show a short, stocky 15-year-old standing in a Northeast High hallway as fellow students whizzed past. It is Feb. 23, 1999, and Pervan just arrived in St. Petersburg with his father, Sead, from Simmern, Germany.

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