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October 6, 2002
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What a rush
The Bucs' Warren Sapp gets an education during a conversation with two of the best pass rushers, Deacon Jones and Bruce Smith.

D making its opponents disappear
ATLANTA -- Twenty-one points yielded in the past three games, no points allowed in two games on the road, turnovers that produced three touchdowns and a safety.

High Profile -- T.J. Duckett

For fun, bring handcuffs and a snake
Strongside linebacker Al Singleton may not yet be a household name but here he is on bad toes, snakes, handcuffs, Webster's Dictionary, Hoop Dreams, Tootie and gambling.

Chucky's Chalk Talk
ON HOW GOOD THE 1-2 FALCONS ARE: "I just think everybody in this league is good. They lost on a last-second field goal to the Bears, who won 13 games last year. They were on the brink of winning at Green Bay in the opener, 31-27.

Side line
Defense begins to jell during winning streak

Manager hunt isn't a battle
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays may be in competition with at least five other teams to hire a manager, but they're not in a race.

Modin anxious to slap back into good form of 2000-01
The power is still there, but the Lightning forward hasn't found the net this preseason.

Khabibulin shows how it's done
TORONTO -- What a difference Nikolai Khabibulin makes. And a little more care by his teammates.

Lightning: 10 questions/answers exiting camp
The Times posed 10 questions the Lightning needed to answer during camp. Let's see if it provided the answers.

College football
[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
UF 14, MISSISSIPPI 17: Mistakes sink the Gators' chances, especially Rex Grossman's four INTs.

Bulls earn road win
USF 24, N. TEXAS 17: Two touchdowns in the fourth quarter are enough for the Bulls.

South Florida: By the numbers
USF's yards in penalties. -- 137

Verpaele picks his spots well
Safety's two interceptions lead solid defensive effort for Bulls.

Bulls break out of the gate quickly
DENTON, Texas -- After falling behind 42-0 at Arkansas and 31-0 at Oklahoma, South Florida shot out of the gate Saturday at North Texas.

Grossman loses uninspiring battle
Florida's QB makes a difference ... by playing worse than Ole Miss' Eli Manning.

Another loss by Florida yields another team's goal post party
OXFORD, Miss -- The goal posts came down in the north end zone at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Florida: By the numbers
Touchdown passes thrown by Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, the first time in his career he did not have at least one in a game. -- 0

'Canes easily extend unbeaten streak (27)
MIAMI 48, UCONN 14: Hurricanes score early and often, leading 42-0 at half.

Around the state
South Carolina State routs mistake-prone FAMU 31-13

Quick TD strikes keep Irish perfect
ND 31, STANFORD 7: Willingham is fourth Irish coach to open first season 5-0.

Brown's Gessner ties mark: 24 catches
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Brown receiver Chas Gessner caught 24 passes Saturday against Rhode Island to tie Jerry Rice's NCAA record for receptions in a game.

Top TE doesn't start
MIAMI -- Freshman Eric Winston started at tight end for Kellen Winslow, who was held out for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Big 12: With OU ahead, Texas outlasts Oklahoma St.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns said they weren't looking past Oklahoma State to their matchup with rival Oklahoma.

ACC: Wake Forest grounds out road win
ATLANTA -- Taking control with a relentless running game, Wake Forest upset Georgia Tech 24-21 Saturday when Tarence Williams scored on a 10-yard run with 5:29 left.

C-USA: Pirates run wild on Army
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina coach Steve Logan put his team through a tough week of practice after a 20-point loss to West Virginia. The Pirates players might not have liked it, but they can't argue with the results.

Pac-10: Cal QB Boller ends Huskies' domination
SEATTLE -- Kyle Boller threw for 266 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as California defeated Washington 34-27 on Saturday, snapping a 19-game losing streak in the series.

Big East: Pitt snaps 11-game skid against Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Pittsburgh defense allowed only 39 yards in the first half and Brandon Miree scored twice as the Panthers beat Syracuse 48-24 Saturday to snap an 11-game losing streak against the Orangemen.

Around the nation
Herd shakes off early INTs for win

SEC: Vols use six overtimes to knock off Arkansas
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jason Witten caught a 25-yard touchdown from Casey Clausen in the sixth overtime Saturday night to give 10th-ranked Tennessee an exhausting 41-38 win against Arkansas.

Big Ten: QB Mills leads Penn State despite sprained shoulder
MADISON, Wis. -- Quarterback Zack Mills found the perfect medicine for his sprained shoulder.

Hubert Mizell

When celebrating becomes clowning, the NFL suffers
NFL teams have a dozen or more assistant coaches. I can't figure why so many are needed. There is everything but a get-me-coffee guy.

Baseball playoffs
Both champs ousted
St. Louis, Anaheim finish off World Series foes D'backs, Yanks.

Twins prove to be survivors yet again
TWINS 11, A'S 2: Minnesota's big fourth forces Game 5.

NL: Selig promises end to late playoff starts
ST. LOUIS -- Commissioner Bud Selig has apologized to Cardinals fans for a late playoff start time this week, and he vowed it won't happen again.

AL: Twins forced to try to outfox Mulder
MINNEAPOLIS -- The A's have the homefield advantage and the experience. But the biggest edge they have in today's fifth and deciding game may be starting pitcher Mark Mulder.

Karros may be done as a full-timer
LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Eric Karros had arthroscopic surgery Friday to clean out scar tissue in his shoulder and should be ready for spring training, but his days as an everyday player with the Dodgers could be over.

Cardinals knock out champs
Ex-Ray Miguel Cairo drives in and scores two as St. Louis sweeps the World Series champion D'backs with a 6-3 win.

Maddux helps put Braves in control
Atlanta ace wins first postseason game in three years, 10-2 over Giants.

Angelic upstarts finish Yanks
Anaheim ousts defending AL champ New York with 9-5 victory to win playoff series for first time.

Earnhardt Jr. can't outrun inevitable growing pains
Not sure why he's a star after a lackluster season, he's learning to deal with the fame.

Showers ensure Kanaan's pole spot
MIAMI -- Tony Kanaan clinched the pole for today's Grand Prix of the Americas without even putting his Honda/Lola in gear Saturday. With intermittent showers soaking the track, he sat on his Friday one-lap qualifying speed of 81.503 mph.

In single file, and stay there
CART's track in downtown Miami doesn't have room for passing, and race teams are afraid it might be a boring way to "race."

Drivers, chiefs like the small gas tanks as attempt at safety
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Hoping to break up huge packs of cars that lead to multicar wrecks at restrictor-plate races, NASCAR is using smaller fuel cells for today's EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Et cetera
Highs and Lows

Thrashers end preseason with win
ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals and the Thrashers beat the Hurricanes 4-1 in a preseason game Saturday.

Mayfair one back of Jobe
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Brandt Jobe shot 6-under 65 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Mayfair in the PGA's Michelob Championship, and David Duval tumbled off the leaderboard.

Montana KOs Smith
TAMPA -- After his rematch with Saul Montana, China Smith sat before the media and ticked off the amount of weight he can bench press at the request of trainer Henry Grooms, who claimed that Smith was stronger than any of the Bucs and was "so strong it was unreal."

Hardcore wader has much info to share
If Jack Pribyl has free time, you can bet he'll be wading an oyster bed, a dock line or a mangrove shoreline in southern Pinellas County.

Eagles stay positive despite five losses
Being able to face some of the toughest teams in the state and nation makes the tiring tournament worth it.

Howard returns to defend title
INVERNESS -- When former Lecanto standout Amanda Howard showed up at Saturday's Beat the Sheriff 5K, it delighted many of her former high school teammates.

Wildcats continue to duel
Wesley Chapel's David Forry wins the title ahead of teammate Kurt Able.

Steelers give Maddox a shot
Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox makes the jump from backup to starter today, but his rise to the top of the depth chart has been quite a journey.

NFL Game Day: Week 5
Bucs at Falcons

Spurrier to start Wuerffel
WASHINGTON -- Coach Steve Spurrier named Danny Wuerffel the Redskins' starting quarterback for today's game at Tennessee, saying: "I still believe that Danny Wuerffel can play, so we're going to find out Sunday how he does."

Daily fishing report
Offshore wrecks and springs are holding good numbers of jacks and will fill up as the water cools. Captain Craig Lahr and Anthony Everett beat up the amberjacks Friday. They fished a small shipwreck southwest of Egmont Channel in 150 feet using 50-pound tackle and live pinfish, grunts and blue runners. The action was nonstop with amberjacks weighing 30-40 pounds.

McRae wasn't the problem, it's LaMar
How can the Rays fire Hal McRae and keep Chuck LaMar? LaMar has been here since the inception of the team, and what is his winning percentage as GM of the Rays? Didn't the Diamondbacks join the league at the same time as the Rays? What is their winning percentage (not to mention a World Series title)?

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