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October 23, 2002
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Bucs
Coleman faces battery charges
Bucs starting offensive lineman's status for Sunday's game is unclear.

Bucs turn focus to Carolina
TAMPA -- The Bucs begin preparation for the Panthers today and not a minute too soon. The prevailing sentiment among the players was that focusing on Carolina will help them discard the disappointment of Sunday's loss to the Eagles. "It's real tough (losing again to the Eagles)," linebacker Shelton Quarles said. "We're going to have to find a will and a way to get it going. We did that against the Saints, and we'll have to do the same thing and hopefully run off five or six more."

Rays
Piniella won't wait for the Mets
The Rays' offer is impressive enough that the manager's agent says he'll no longer insist on talking with New York.

Lightning
Unhappy Bruin interests Lightning
Defenseman Kyle McLaren hasn't played this season and requested a trade.

Blue Jackets rookie hopes to learn on fly
Columbus left wing Rick Nash, the top pick in June, jumped from juniors to the NHL.

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[AP photo]
Ramon Ortiz cranes his neck to watch the ball carry off Barry Bonds' bat for a homer in the fifth.
John Romano
Angels' team effort beats one Giant effort
SAN FRANCISCO -- They have become a distraction. An annoying hindrance to our fascination with power and celebrity.

World Series/baseball
No need for longballs
Giants get another Barry Bonds homer but can't slow Anaheim bats.

California Dreamin'
HIT SIGN, WIN TACO: Taco Bell is willing to trade a few million tacos for a ton of publicity. The fast-food chain has its name on a 15-foot wide target floating beyond the rightfield wall at Pac Bell Park, and it says if any home run ball hits it during the three games here, everyone in the country will get a coupon for a free taco. Taco Bell made a similar offer last year if the Mir space station hit a 40-by-40-foot target in the South Pacific, but it missed.

Scioscia warms up to Pac Bell
SAN FRANCISCO -- Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia has no complaints about Pacific Bell Park. It beats the alternative big time.

Red Sox chat with ex-White Sox GM
BOSTON -- Former White Sox general manager Ron Schueler was interviewed for the same position with the Red Sox.

College football
Gardner blossoming into big-time player
Finally healthy, receiver leads Seminoles in touchdowns (six) and is second in catches (20) and yards (353).

State practice reports
FSU to be without backups

Ward recalls '93 game
TALLAHASSEE -- It's the game of the day in college football Saturday afternoon: No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 11 Florida State.

NHL
Victory in overtime moves Wild into first
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cliff Ronning's power-play goal 1:58 into overtime gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Calgary on Tuesday, its first overtime victory since March4, 2001.

Fantasy football
Multiple teams are safest
You want advice on who the best running backs and wide receivers are and who to play against what defense? Forget it.

NFL
Seattle: Site for Smith's record?
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Chad Brown has been victimized in a history highlight before. He hopes Emmitt Smith doesn't nab him again.

Golf
Sutton to head Ryder Cup team
Hal Sutton's next role in the Ryder Cup is to make sure the American team shares his passion for the matches.

Et cetera
In brief
Becker to begin taxes trial

Preps
Football extra
Quote of the Week

Longer tees, beating guys no problem for Lincicome
Despite traveling the world and competing in international tournaments, Brittany Lincicome is always nervous.

Three years, three titles for Mustangs
Despite having two players battling ailments, Mitchell tops River Ridge by 12 strokes at Hidden Creek.

Terps, Bucs tune up for conference meet
TAMPA -- With Bay Conference and district meets on the horizon, Berkeley Prep and Tampa Prep got to see what each other had Tuesday. Both teams came away impressed.

One title eludes Tornadoes
With two state titles in the past five years, Clearwater has the credentials to show it belongs among the best programs in the state.

SRC avenges its lone defeat
LECANTO -- Danielle Albury did not want flowers or presents. There was no ceremony to honor Seven Rivers Christian's lone senior on Senior Night.

First-year teams make progress
However difficult, however tedious, the teaching continues at Middleton and Freedom.

Mitchell wins wild tournament
The Mustangs had a player disqualified (they weren't the only ones) and still topped Zephyrhills, second despite a scoring error.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Though it has been a little windy the past few days, it hasn't seemed to bother the fish. The toughest thing about fishing right now is deciding what to fish for.

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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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