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October 14, 2002
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[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Mike Alstott extends the ball over the goal line to score the first touchdown of the game.

Running wild
The Bucs win their fifth consecutive game and next face the team that has eliminated them the past two seasons.

Alstott makes most of start
The little-used fullback accounts for more than half the Bucs' rushing yards, scores two TDs.

Browns praise tough Bucs defense
Warren Sapp and Co. limit pass-happy Cleveland to 194 yards.

Bucs fail to convert on scoring chances
TAMPA -- It could have been much worse for the Browns.

It's a group effort on D
Gang-tackling Bucs prevent an offensive TD for third straight game.

Photo gallery
John Romano's Gimme five
Bucs/Browns Quotebooks
Sound bites
Game balls

Gary Shelton
A dangerous time for an ugly offense
TAMPA -- Sometimes, you just have to take a stand. So here goes.

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Piniella in limbo; others in demand
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With Lou Piniella's status unresolved, the Rays today resume interviewing official candidates for their manager's job by bringing in Yankees third-base coach Willie Randolph.

Fisticuffs with 'Canes help build camaraderie
TAMPA -- A lot of good came out of Saturday's convincing 5-1 home victory over the Hurricanes.

College football
Gators fall out of Top 25 for first time since 1990
Miami, meanwhile, is No. 1 for 19th consecutive week, tying Notre Dame (1988-89) for the record; FSU is No. 12.

'Noles aren't demoralized after defeat
Coach Bobby Bowden doesn't put much stock in moral victories.

USF refs not music lovers
TAMPA -- The school band almost forced the South Florida-Southern Miss game into overtime.

Hurricanes: Win wasn't in doubt
CORAL GABLES -- A day later, the euphoria remained.

Offense changes ahead for UF
But the Gators say they have not lost confidence in starting QB Grossman.

Ex-Cornhusker missing after bombing in Bali
OMAHA, Neb. -- Jake Young, an All-America center at Nebraska in 1988 and 1989, has been reported missing at the site of the bomb blasts in Bali, Indonesia.

Halo, World Series
ANGELS 13, TWINS 5: With a 10-run seventh and a three-homer game from Adam Kennedy, Anaheim wins its first AL title in its 41-year history.

Fear of Bonds pays off for Giants
GIANTS 4, CARDINALS 3: Benito Santiago homers after walk to slugger, getting San Francisco one win from Series.

NL: Coach sees self more as observer
SAN FRANCISCO -- The job probably is much tougher than it appears or Gene Clines lets on.

AL: Twins won't be satisfied
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Twins, when you get right down to it, were happy to be here.

McMurray stuns NASCAR
Filling in for Sterling Marlin, 26-year-old rookie wins in his second Winston Cup start.

Penske Racing makes official switch to Dodge
CONCORD, N.C. -- Penske Racing made its long anticipated move to Dodge official Sunday when the organization said Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman would be driving Intrepids next season.

Michael Schumacher: 3 in a row in Japan GP
SUZUKA, Japan -- Michael Schumacher delivered a perfect ending to a near-perfect season.

Florida leads national boom in triathlons
Training clubs, races promote swimming, biking and running.

Freaky goal helps Wings win
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brendan Shanahan scored 43 seconds into the game then was credited with an empty-net goal in the second as Detroit beat Anaheim 4-2 on Sunday.

Sports briefs
British woman sets record in marathon

NBA: Bulls forward faces gun, license charges
CHICAGO -- Bulls forward Marcus Fizer was charged with having a loaded gun in his car and driving with a suspended license early Sunday.

Pak retains Mobile title by 4 shots
MOBILE, Ala. -- Se Ri Pak birdied four of the last five to overtake Carin Koch, defending her title in the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions.

No-look plan nets win for Tataurangi
LAS VEGAS -- Phil Tataurangi did not know he was leading as he played the back nine Sunday. He was uncertain how much money he made after winning for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Security tight at 'Skins game
LANDOVER, Md. -- An oversized sheriff's van backed into a parking space within 2 feet of where Andrew Kasmer grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for his group of tailgaters.

Obscure Saint totals 356 yards in rout
LANDOVER, Md. -- The chant in the locker room was "Mike the man! Mike the man!" Boo Williams even did an impersonation of Michael Lewis filming a commercial to capitalize on his newfound fame.

Cowboys, Carter win on 2 late TDs
IRVING, Texas -- If Quincy Carter could play the first 55 minutes like he plays the last five, the Cowboys might be better than .500.

Sub lifts Falcons on road
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Doug Johnson made the Falcons forget the absence of Michael Vick in a game the Giants would simply like to forget.

Alexander shines under bright lights
Night games on national television bring out the best in the Seattle running back, who had five TDs two weeks ago.

First Ram win, first Raider loss
ST. LOUIS -- One quick possession was all Marc Bulger needed to calm his frayed nerves and give the Rams a lead they never relinquished.

Titans return to old form against Jags
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans got a much-needed win Sunday by sticking with what they used to do best.

NFL roundup
Chargers 35, Chiefs 34

Mare kicks Denver off Mile High perch
Dolphins kicker converts a 53-yard field goal with six seconds left to beat Broncos 24-22.

Daily fishing report
October is the month of offshore options. When the seas are calm, you can catch practically anything.

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