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October 7, 2002
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The Bucs defense continues its road rampage: no TD for third straight game away from home, scoring a TD in fourth straight game and knocking Falcons QB Michael Vick out of the game. Story

Bucs offense makes strides
Though Brad Johnson and Co. could have capitalized on more plays, they did earn 327 yards.

Bucs feel at home with crowd support
ATLANTA -- Tampa Bay fans may not have been out in as great a number as past games at the Georgia Dome, but they made themselves heard. Loud and clear.

Keyshawn meets vertical challenge
With a 76-yard TD reception, Johnson begins to shake off the label of possession receiver.

Third-quarter catch McCardell's 600th
"There are a lot more catches in me, I hope," says 32-year-old Bucs WR who totaled six for 83 yards.

Bucs/Falcons quotebooks
Sound bites

Gary Shelton
Defense has more defining moments
ATLANTA -- There are times, when the lights are going out, you almost feel sorry for the opponent.

John Romano
Gimme FIVE

Lecavalier turns over new leaf
Lightning has more scoring opportunities because of center's new commitment to defense.

Assignment upsets Alexeev
TORONTO -- Lightning players were feeling pretty good about themselves after Saturday night's 3-2 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs.

For Earnhardt, 3 is a $1-million number
Three in row plus a bonus for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega; Stewart takes NASCAR points lead.

Smaller fuel cells break up large packs
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The smaller fuel cells NASCAR used in an effort to break up the huge pack of cars typical of restrictor-plate racing did their job in the EA Sports 500.

Da Matta locks up CART title
MIAMI -- It was a beautiful day, perfect for a quick drive around the neighborhood. Only one problem: It was Sunday. Cristiano da Matta had to wait until today to stop at the bank.

CART and Le Mans to share in future
MIAMI -- CART and the American Le Mans Series, which raced Saturday, ran events at the same venue on the same weekend for the first time. CART president Chris Pook and ALMS officials met Sunday to discuss sharing a weekend next year.
F1 could weight points leader's car
MUNICH, Germany -- Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone has a plan to slow five-time champion Michael Schumacher and prevent another runaway by Ferrari next season.

NFL notebook: O'Neal returns to Denver's good graces
DENVER -- Ejected from Monday's game after bumping an official, Broncos cornerback Deltha O'Neal took his medicine and got back to playing solid defense Sunday.

Gramatica lifts Cards to best start in decade
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The celebration -- just a slight jump in the air before he ran off the field pumping his fists -- was a little bit muted by Bill Gramatica's standards.

Ravens stave off Browns comeback
CLEVELAND -- The Browns needed to get Ray Lewis out of the game before mounting a late comeback.

Saints balance well in victory
NEW ORLEANS -- Other teams killed Pittsburgh's will by spreading out its defense and slinging the ball all over the field.

Chargers' unbeaten run ends in Denver
DENVER -- The Broncos figured out how to stop LaDainian Tomlinson: Stay patient.

Jags leave McNabb, Eagles in ill health
JACKSONVILLE -- Nobody had to ask Donovan McNabb how he felt after this one.

Dolphins defense responds
Miami shuts down New England's potent offense in a 26-13 win, putting last week's concerns to rest.

NFL roundup
Giants 21, Cowboys 17

Chicago to run into its greatest nemesis: Favre
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Look at Brett Favre's career statistics, and a pattern begins to stand out.

Baseball playoffs
A couple of survivors: Giants
GIANTS 8, BRAVES 3: Livan Hernandez improves to 6-0 in the postseason as San Francisco forces a Game 5.

A couple of survivors: Twins
TWINS 5, A'S 4: Minnesota gets superb starting pitching, survives scary ninth to reach ALCS.

NL: Rolen has multiple sprains
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen could not raise his arm at the shoulder and had limited movement of his forearm after sustaining multiple sprains that could keep him out of the National League Championship Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.

AL: Again, A's can't win when they have to
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Losing in Game 5 of the division series is tough.

College football
After win in 6 OTs, is UT ready for Dawgs?
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Jason Witten found himself at the bottom of a big pile in the end zone after catching a 25-yard touchdown pass in the sixth overtime. Kicker Phillip Newman may have been one of the happiest Volunteers.

Balance issues continue to impede Gators
In the loss to Ole Miss, UF again has problems getting all sides of the ball in synch.

Hurricanes: FSU should test streak
CORAL GABLES -- As expected, No. 27 was a laugher. The next one might be more difficult -- key word being "might."

Bulls gain ground on the ground
DENTON, Texas -- The South Florida rushing attack showed vast improvement over the first four games in Saturday's 24-17 win at North Texas.

Miami strengthens position as nation's best
Miami moved closer to becoming a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, and Florida moved closer to dropping out of the Top 25.

Howell earns his first win in 68 starts
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Charles Howell III made a clutch up-and-down birdie on the 15th hole Sunday and beat Brandt Jobe and Scott Hoch by two shots for his first career victory in the final Michelob Championship.

Wild puts Thrashers away in OT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Brad Bombardir scored a power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime to lift the Wild to a 3-2 preseason win over the Thrashers on Sunday.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
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