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October 20, 2002
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"It's okay for a man to cry," Sapp says, adding that you can be sensitive ... and you don't have to wear women's underwear. Q&A
Bucs hope they pass Eagles test
Winning in Philadelphia would silence critics who doubt Tampa Bay is as good as its 5-1 record.

Gruden, Reid have Packer ties
PHILADELPHIA -- As a young offensive assistant at Green Bay, Jon Gruden tried to uphold a Packers tradition of riding a bicycle to work.

Side line
Rice takes pride in friend's success

A sensitive QB killa? That's No. 99
He is Bucs All-Pro defensive tackle Warren Sapp, No. 99. His web site is qbkilla.com. Big Sapp Daddy. Nothing more needs to be said.

Letters
A-Train a prototype for future fullbacks
For three years we've listened to coaches and analysts whine about Mike Alstott making it to the Pro Bowl. "He shouldn't be there because he isn't really a fullback" is usually how it goes. Even our new coach has played a variation of that tune. How about changing our point of view on this?

Rays
Both sides upbeat after Rays, Lou finally meet
Club officials and Piniella plan more sessions this week, though manager's agent still hopes to have a chance to talk with the Mets.

Rays cut prices, vary packages
Ticket prices will change for "prime" and "value" games in 2003.

Lightning
A tie and a record: Lightning unbeaten through four
LIGHTNING 3, PENGUINS 3: Resilient Tampa Bay scores two goals in the third period to rally and earn a point on the road.

Andreychuk moving up list for longevity
PITTSBURGH -- Of all the milestones Dave Andreychuk likely will reach this season, the Lightning left wing said he is most proud of the one he achieved Saturday night against the Penguins at Mellon Arena.

Hubert Mizell
No 'lock' wins for college football teams once on top
Success spoils us. What fun, so exhilarating and ego-flushing, when our favorites win big, year after year.

John Romano
Schmidt's thoughts with mom
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At 9 years old, the boy's take on the world seemed sure. There were hopes and there were dreams. The rest belonged to grown-ups.

Darrell Fry
Even in win, Gators take nothing for granted
GAINESVILLE -- When Auburn's last-ditch effort to score came up short, those on the Gators sideline spilled onto the field. Players whooped it up, running around like a bunch of school kids turned loose in an outdoor Toys "R' Us.

UF Gators
Still standing
UF 30, AUBURN 23 (OT): The Gators go from up 23-7 in the fourth to tied to ending a two-game skid.

Numerous penalties hobble Gator offense
Offense errs often while driving, leading to FG attempts rather than TDs.

Receiver continues trend with 50th catch
GAINESVILLE -- Florida senior Taylor Jacobs became the 16th receiver in school history with 50 or more receptions in a season.

Florida: By the numbers
Overtime games Florida has played this season. -- 1

USF Bulls
Bulls lift travel troubles
USF 46, ECU 30: Touchdowns on four possessions in the second half put the Bulls over the top at a future C-USA foe.

Numbers keep piling up for Blackwell
GREENVILLE, N.C.- Marquel Blackwell is making it tough on his successors.

Bulls content with modest road streak
By defeating East Carolina, the Bulls have two straight wins away from home, improving to 8-17.

South Florida: By the numbers
USF penalties, for 110 yards. The Bulls lead the nation with 84 penalties. -- 11

More college football
Notre Dame 21, Air Force 14
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Notre Dame's offense finally produced an effort worthy of a top-10 team. That doesn't mean its defense took the night off.

State: FAMU keeps MEAC hopes alive with win over Aggies
TALLAHASSEE -- For Florida A&M coach Billy Joe, losing to North Carolina A&T the past three years was painful.

Fighting back
After a string of subpar seasons, Notre Dame is ranked No. 7 in the nation and regaining its mystique.

Vanderbilt bus crashes before game
ATHENS, Ga. -- A bus carrying Vanderbilt players, coaches and staff collided with a tractor-trailer cab en route to Saturday's game at Georgia.

ACC: Wolfpack avoids Blue Devil upset
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Chuck Amato now is part of the two best starts by North Carolina State.

SEC: Beard, 'Bama ground Rebels
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Santonio Beard isn't used to spending this much time in the end zone.

Big Ten: No dancing, just relief for OSU after rally
MADISON, Wis. -- Instead of dancing on the Badgers logo, Ohio State gathered at midfield Saturday and knelt in prayer.

Big 12: Sooners smother Cyclones
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma delivered a brutal blow of reality to Iowa State.

Pac-10: Sun Devils rally to upset of Ducks
EUGENE, Ore. -- Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter tried for the words to adequately describe his team's upset of Oregon, and he kept getting stuck on one.

Nation: Bowling Green defends ranking in overtime
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Quarterback Josh Harris scored on a 5-yard keeper in overtime to give Bowling Green a 48-45 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.

Big East: Running game, early TDs push Hokies past Knights
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is running out of ways to describe tailbacks Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, who have not given the Hokies a reason to pass.

C-USA: Horned Frogs stifle Cardinals in rain
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Not even the rain could save Louisville on Saturday.

World Series
Not a one-man show
Barry Bonds hits one of three San Francisco homers as Giants overcome two blasts by Troy Glaus.

California Dreamin'
UNFOLD THE PAPER ... : It's always cute when a World Series comes to a community for the first time. And even though the Dodgers have played a few up the road, the local Orange County Register is making sure to cover every base.

Bay's stars can only envy duo
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tino Martinez is home. Fred McGriff is home. Gary Sheffield is home. Manager Lou Piniella -- as you may have heard -- is home.

Selig gets an image makeover
Despite remaining relatively quiet the past few months, Bud Selig appears to be on quite a public relations roll.

Hockey
The party ends with a Parrots loss
St. Pete's ACHL team loses home opener 5-4 in a shootout to Jacksonville.

Motorsports
No blame assigned in fatal ARCA crash
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An investigation by the Automobile Racing Club of America into the Oct. 9 crash at Lowe's Motor Speedway in which driver Eric Martin was killed affixes no blame, but ARCA president Ron Drager said the tragedy will result in changes.

'Paper clip' track slow but tough
With little room to run, brakes and patience take precedence at today's Martinsville 500.

NHL
Slapshots
They call him the streak

Weekes nearly earns shutout for Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour scored a short-handed goal less than six minutes in and Kevin Weekes stopped 26 shots as the Hurricanes beat the Devils 3-1 Saturday night.

NBA
Pistons' Atkins hangs on to his NBA dream
"I'm just trying to improve every year ... ," 28-year-old says.

Sprewell reportedly attends Knicks practice
Latrell Sprewell, the Knicks' exiled small forward, made a cameo appearance on Friday at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh, the New York Daily News reported Saturday. It marked the first time Sprewell had been to the training site since the Knicks fined him $250,000 and ordered him to stay away from the team for an indefinite period.

NFL
Bengals' problems mounting
The Bengals (0-6) are off today, but that doesn't mean things are quiet around the Queen City. In fact, things probably couldn't be worse.

NFL Game Day: Week 7
Bucs (5-1) at Eagles (3-2)

Et cetera
Tampa amateur captures silver
Tampa mayoral candidate Don Ardell is second in 60-64 group in World Duathlon Championships.

Highs & Lows

Sports briefs
L.A.'s Jones stays key to title

Golf
Hoch keeps plugging away
Bad memories don't haunt the 10-time winner, who is two behind Chris DiMarco at the Disney Golf Classic.

Former Gator finally plays well in Florida
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Chris DiMarco seems comfortable at the Walt Disney World Resort, and he should. He grew up in Central Florida, attending Lake Brantley High then Florida.

Els, Garcia reach final at the World Match Play
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ernie Els faces Sergio Garcia in the World Match Play final today.

Preps
Playoff contender or pretender?
With three weeks left in the regular season, eight of the 12 teams in Pasco and Hernando counties are mathematically alive for the playoffs. It sounds farfetched, but it's easier to accept when you realize each team's playoff fate is determined by its five district games and each has only played three. So here, in descending order of playoff likelihood, is each team's playoff future.

Time off doesn't slow Tampa Prep swimmer
CLEARWATER -- Chelsea Nauta surely will not be making any cross-country trips a week before next month's state meet, but at this time of the season, getting out of the water for a while proved just fine.

Mitchell musters fourth-place finish
CITRUS PARK -- It was probably the biggest meet of the season in terms of the number of runners crowded onto the 5-kilometer course at Ed Radice Park for the Pre-State meet.

Wins help swimmers ease midseason pains
Seminole's girls and Palm Harbor's boys capture team titles.

Letters
Hiring Piniella would be Rays' best move
John Romano's column (Piniella? Here? Is this a trick question? Tuesday) on Lou Piniella was right on. The best thing the Rays could do is get Piniella. In fact, this is a do-or-die situation like the Bucs faced with Jon Gruden. It's time for these silent owners to wake up and decide if they want to have a viable investment or a gigantic liability. If we lose Piniella, they should pack it in.

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On The Wire

From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts

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