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February 6, 2002
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A Basketball Bond
Ball taking new bounces for best friends
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[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
Coaching has become a passion of Boca Ciega's top player. Clearwater's star envisions a state title.

College choice easy, but maybe not, for pair
For a hotshot prep basketball recruit, choosing the right college can be a trying experience. For two recruits hoping to be a package deal, the anxiety can double.

Olympics
Leaping the generation gap
Younger, hipper viewers with a jones for big thrills and bigger spills will be the Olympic target for NBC.

Bucs
Draft may pay for Gruden
The Bucs' price to the Raiders could equal or exceed the four picks the Jets gave up to hire Bill Parcells in 1997.

Baseball
Contraction pulled officially off table
MLB calls it possible for 2003; Rays say they're not in danger.

Colleges
Defense keys Bulls victory over Blazers
USF 81, UAB 65: The Blazers commit 17 first-half turnovers, thanks to USF's trapping zone.

Robinson tries new combination
Looking for a spark Saturday, men's basketball coach Steve Robinson shuffled his lineup and for the first time used center Trevor Harvey and power forward Mike Mathews together.

Two could be picked in NFL's first round
Kiper projects Reche Caldwell to be picked 16th by the Redskins.

Defensive trio commits to Gators
Entering the final weekend of recruiting, Florida found itself short on defensive recruits.

Do SPC stars have surprise for 'Net?'
Many Web sites say Chris Davis and Mike Ross are headed for FSU and USC. But are they?

Gators repel pesky Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brett Nelson made 4 of 8 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and seven assists, leading No.8 Florida to a 72-63 victory over South Carolina on Tuesday.

Miami stays hot with win at Villanova
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- James Jones scored 16, including the first 11, and John Salmons had his 13 points in the second half, leading No.12 Miami to a 65-56 victory over Villanova on Tuesday.

Lightning
He's back in the game
Dan Boyle has a role he likes with the Lightning: off the bench.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Schools of Spanish sardines have settled in the 40-foot range and added another dimension to offshore fishing.

Preps
Sharks assistant takes over
Riverview's search for a new coach ended Monday when third-year assistant Dustin Almeida was elevated to the head position.

Tampa Baptist, Seminole Pres. to meet
The Rams edge Indian Rocks and the Lancers rout Bayshore. The teams will face off Saturday for the championship.

Eagles run out of gas against Winter Haven
SPRING HILL -- Springstead didn't have much left. Not after capturing the District 7 title as the fifth seed, winning its play-in game in overtime, and winning a semifinal and the final on penalty kicks.

Hoyte to sign with N.C. State
TAMPA -- Chamberlain all-state linebacker Ollie Hoyte said he will sign with North Carolina State this morning.

Girls soccer regional quarterfinals
Sickles' run ends with 1-0 loss

Girls basketball district tournaments
Cobras, Mustangs, Gators advance

Girls soccer regional quarterfinals
PHU makes most of opportunity

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