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October 21, 2002
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O No, Part III
The Bucs' five-game win streak ends when they fail to score an offensive touchdown for the third consecutive game at the Vet.

[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
The Bucs' five-game win streak ends when they fail to score an offensive touchdown for the third consecutive game at the Vet. Story
Defense falters when it counts
Bucs allow Eagles to sustain drives, give up 152 yards to RB Duce Staley.

Special teams shine for Eagles
Bucs coach Jon Gruden often refers to special teams play as the area of hidden yardage. But Sunday against the Eagles there was nothing hidden about it.

Bucs QB injured, status is unknown
Brad Johnson is sacked 5 times, knocked down 10 times, hit 9, intercepted once and bruises his left rib cage.

John Romano's Gimme 5
Bucs/Eagles quotebooks
Sound bites

Gary Shelton
Welcome to Not Bad, USA. Home of the Bucs
This time, no one was fired.

It wasn't broken then, but it is now
There's an old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Rays, Piniella on the same page
Agent says there are few roadblocks to a deal to make him manager; Tampa Bay likely to make an offer Tuesday.

Clymer makes most of chance given him
Lightning wing has overcome a poor preseason.

Lecavalier likely out for tonight
NEW YORK -- Vinny Lecavalier still doesn't understand how he hurt his knee Saturday night.

John Romano
Eldest Angel Salmon hits stride
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Even Angels grow old.

World Series
Angels blast back
Tim Salmon's eighth-inning homer, his second of the night, lifts Anaheim in a wild Game 2.

California Dreamin'
HATS OFF: Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly already has won a case of bagels and hot dogs from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and forced Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to wear an Angels shirt and Mickey Mouse ears to work.

Baseball to inspect slick track
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maybe they should put up warning signs for the warning track at Edison Field.

Busch wins battle of hungry drivers
Winston Cup sophomore gets second win by holding off Johnny Benson, who has never won.

Wimmer on top at rain-delayed race
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Scott Wimmer held off Ron Hornaday on a restart with seven laps left Sunday and won the rain-delayed Busch Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park for his second victory in four races.

2nd win better for Busch
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kurt Busch's victory Sunday in the Martinsville 500 gave him two career wins, both on short tracks.

Rookies help Ducks edge Avs 3-2 in OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Mighty Ducks turned to a youth movement to get a much-needed victory.

Overtime again unkind to Parrots
ST. PETERSBURG -- Getting to overtime has proved to be no problem for the Parrots. Making it worthwhile has.

College football
OT win helps ease burden of expectations
GAINESVILLE -- Shortly after Florida's 30-23 overtime win against Auburn, some Gator players said growing criticism of the coaching staff and consecutive conference losses had weighed heavily on their minds, making the victory more satisfying.

Blackwell's experience rallies Bulls
GREENVILLE, N.C.- South Florida joins East Carolina in Conference USA next season, and the Pirates must be grateful the Bulls won't have Marquel Blackwell anymore.

Complete effort keeps Irish rolling
Undefeated Notre Dame beats Air Force, stifling the nation's top rushing team.

Burns avoids Q-School
The 34-year-old wins his first PGA event at the Disney Classic, securing a two-year spot on tour.

DiMarco falls short despite numbers fun
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Chris DiMarco, who led after the second and third rounds of the Disney Golf Classic, did not post his second win of the year, despite many pains to do so.

Els tops Garcia in Match Play
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ernie Els won his fourth World Match Play title Sunday with a 2 and 1 victory over Sergio Garcia.

Sports briefs
Ruiz's OT goal gives L.A. the MLS title

Naples woman adds second Ironman title
Peter Kotland, 30, of Spartanburg, S.C., won the Great Floridian Triathlon in Clermont in 9 hours, 23 minutes, 20 seconds.

Indians star pitcher Harder dies at 93
CLEVELAND -- Mel Harder, who won 223 games during a 20-year career with the Indians and pitched against such greats as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, died Sunday. He was 93.

Pistons escape Heat comeback
TAMPA -- Unbeaten Detroit continued to tear through the preseason Sunday night, escaping Miami 85-80 in overtime in front of 9,874 at the St. Pete Times Forum to earn its sixth consecutive win.

More Ram woes: CB Williams out
ST. LOUIS -- Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams was scheduled for surgery late Sunday after breaking a bone in his left leg and spraining his ankle in a 37-20 win over Seattle.

Saints write off Niner comeback
NEW ORLEANS -- He hated to do it, but 49ers coach Steve Mariucci spotted the Saints a touchdown.

Vick puts on 1-man show
ATLANTA -- Michael Vick feigned a pass to escape one defender, got past another by breaking a tackle and tiptoed down the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown on his final play of the day.

Ravens get along fine without leader
BALTIMORE -- Ray Lewis didn't make a tackle, force a fumble or have an interception. He wasn't even in uniform.

Bills pick (off) right time for defensive progress
MIAMI -- The Bills had the better quarterback Sunday, which was no surprise. They also had the better defense, which was a shock.

Pack wins; Favre injury likely not serious
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre couldn't avoid two blitzing linebackers, but he thinks he sidestepped a serious injury.

Chargers fend off frenzy, take charge in West
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Chargers didn't mind all the garbage thrown their way after this one.

NFL roundup
Browns 34, Texans 17

Comeback comes to big time for Maddox
PITTSBURGH -- It has taken Tommy Maddox 10 years to become an overnight success.

Daily fishing report
One of the tried and true spots for catching Spanish mackerel, kingfish, barracuda and cobia is the remains of a barge sunk in the 1960s, for many years a "secret" spot. The Betty Rose holds large quantities of the pelagics as they migrate south in the fall and north in the spring. The wreck usually can be pinpointed by the large schools of baitfish that hover over the structure.

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