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October 27, 2002
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Bucs
Backup Johnson won't be shy
Rob Johnson will try to make some big plays in his first start for the Bucs.

Defense has Bucs up at half
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You must agree that Jon Gruden has had a profound impact on the Bucs this season.

Side line
Stecker shakes up Bucs running game

Chucky's Chalk Talk
On Panthers rookie quarterback Randy Fasani:

High Profile: Kenyatta Walker
THE ROOKIE YEAR

In all honesty, family comes first
Tom Tupa has accomplished a few things. He and wife Beth have four children (Thomas, 8; Timothy, 6; Tyler, 4 and Emma, 2) and has survived 14 years in the NFL as a quarterback and punter. Here he is on time capsules, kids and their bad timing, Halloween, nuclear codes and the Cat in the Hat.

Letters
Offense's struggles holding Bucs back
I find it incredible that Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber, after the loss to the Eagles, made snide references to Duce Staley's 57-yard run as "garbage yardage" and "garbage play." The only reason I can imagine comments like this from players is that they had truly given up at that time of the game. I suppose that both these players on the No. 1-ranked defensive team in the NFL had overlooked the fact that they had previously given up two field goals and two touchdowns.

Rays
Piniella's passion, pride took root in Tampa
On local fields and courts, the next Rays manager learned to hate losing.

Holding talks during Series may get Rays fined
Commissioner is said to be upset with a few teams for creating distractions with managerial hunts.

Tell us about Lou
Did you play with Piniella at Jesuit or the University of Tampa? Compete against him on the ballfields and courts of West Tampa? Follow his playing and managerial career in the big leagues? Or just have a strong opinion on whether he's right (or wrong) for the Devil Rays?

Lightning
Devils rudely snap streak
DEVILS 5, LIGHTNING 1: New Jersey dominates, dampening goalie Kevin Hodson's season start, halting unbeaten mark at 7.

Tough debut for Hodson
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kevin Hodson knew what he did not do Saturday night -- come up big.

Hubert Mizell
NFL dreams still haunt former Gator kicker
For a century or so, I have ended my notes columns with a "whatever happened" query, having a little fun, fishing for whereabouts of once-prominent sports figures about whom I had heard nothing for years.

John Romano
Bowden faces two barriers: age and losing
TALLAHASSEE -- The mind still is sharp. Give the old guy that much.

World Series
Seventh heaven
Anaheim rallies again, this time from a 5-0 deficit against the San Francisco bullpen to force Game 7.

California dreamin'
WHAT'S THAT?: So just what is it like to sit through a game at Edison Field when the crowd is roaring and the ThunderStix are in full use? "It was as if we had landed on another planet, where people who looked like humans communicated only with 2-foot-long red plastic tubes they slapped together furiously to create the sound of metal drums," Sean Mitchell recounted in the Los Angeles Times.

Angels show faith in rookie for finale
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels are sending 24-year-old rookie John Lackey to the mound to start tonight's seventh game, and they say they couldn't be more confident about it.

FSU Seminoles
No luck needed
NOTRE DAME 34, FLORIDA STATE 24: Three turnovers in the third help Notre Dame pull away.

Notre Dame quotebook
Quarterback Carlyle Holiday on the victory:

FSU quotebook
Receiver Anquan Boldin on if Adrian McPherson should replace Chris Rix at quarterback:

FSU to consider change at QB
Bobby Bowden says a switch might come after Chris Rix's struggles and Adrian McPherson's TDs.

FSU: By the numbers
Plays Notre Dame's offense needed to score its first touchdown. -- 1

Battle contrite about overexuberance
TALLAHASSEE -- When Notre Dame quarterback Carlyle Holiday completed a 65-yard touchdown to Arnaz Battle on the first play from scrimmage, it was Holiday's longest pass and Battle's longest reception.

UM Hurricanes
Dorsey delivers as 'Canes pull away
MIAMI 40, W. VA. 23: The senior quarterback has a career best 422 yards and two touchdowns.

More college football
SEC: Tide finally gets win over Vols
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama's seniors can't go to a bowl game, but they at least can say they helped end the Crimson Tide's losing streak against Tennessee.

Nation: Wyoming sends Air Force reeling
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Casey Bramlet passed for 387 yards and two touchdowns as Wyoming stunned Air Force 34-26, pulling off its biggest victory since knocking off then-No. 15 BYU in 1999.

Big 12: Revived ground game lifts Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas heard all week about its 84th-ranked offense and struggling running game.

ACC: Wary Jackets do not allow Cavs comeback
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech knew it wasn't over, even as they trotted to the locker room with a 23-0 halftime lead over Virginia.

Big Ten: A two-way Gamble pays off for Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chris Gamble began Saturday as Ohio State's first two-way starter in 39 years. He left with a record crowd chanting his name.

Big East: Hokies withstand scare from Owls
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Quarterback Bryan Randall is almost an afterthought for Virginia Tech.

C-USA: Louisville responds at ECU's expense
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No problem with emotion this time.

Pac-10: Ex-Plant star helps lead USC
EUGENE, Ore. -- Even though they trailed at halftime, Carson Palmer and the rest of the USC offense were confident of an easy victory over Oregon.

State: Long drive spurs UCF vs. Akron
ORLANDO -- After Central Florida came within three feet of trailing late, Golden Knights quarterback Ryan Schneider wasted no time in putting Akron away for good.

Motorsports
McMurray takes BGN at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Had there been time, Jamie McMurray would have hopped on an airplane Saturday and gone to Las Vegas.

For Jeff Gordon, a successful decade
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Nearly 10 years have passed since a giddy 21-year-old with a peach-fuzz mustache made his Winston Cup debut in the 1992 season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Da Matta sets Aussie street mark
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- Cristiano da Matta had some bad news for the rest of the CART drivers in today's Honda Indy 300.

NBA
Anderson looks to get out from behind Payton
SEATTLE -- Kenny Anderson isn't happy with limited minutes behind SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton and has asked his agent to investigate a buyout.

Golf
Huston shows how easy this game can be
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The course was playing so easy John Huston tried to birdie every hole, and he wound up with a share of the lead at the Buick Challenge.

NHL
Slap shots
Sniper capture eases worries of Capitals' Simon and family

Horse racing
Vindication wins Juvenile as Kentucky Derby buzz begins
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Bob Baffert has turned inexperienced colts into Kentucky Derby contenders again.

Landseer put down after breaking a leg in the Mile
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Landseer was euthanized Saturday after breaking his right leg in the final turn in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Sailing
An overhauled hull gives Prada speed
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The scramble for points has heated up at the Louis Vuitton Cup.

NFL
NFL Game Day: Week 8
Bucs (5-2) at Panthers (3-4)

Saints not missing a beat
At the start of the season, much was made of the Saints' loss of talent. Four Pro Bowl players and starting receiver Willie Jackson moved on, leaving questions about how they would be replaced.

Et cetera
Highs & lows


Preps
Devils, Vikings take titles
However, a trio from SPC steals the show with a combined eight victories.

IRC's McMillan to sign with Stetson
Gabe McMillan, Pinellas County's leading scorer last season as a junior, has orally committed to attend Division I Stetson next year on an athletic scholarship.

Sophomores pull off SAC sweep
Wesley Chapel's Stephanie Amerman and Mitchell's Jeff Masterson capture individual titles.

Lyons takes title, not test
The Citrus senior's first-place finish not enough to overcome Hernando's team effort.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Bryan Wallace spoke nonchalantly about the 34-pound king mackerel worth $2,800 in Billy's Fall Kingfish Classic at Terra Verde.

Letters
Talent of Ruth, other greats far exceeds Bonds' abilities
John Romano's column (It's prime time for Bonds, Oct. 19) on Barry Bonds being the best slugger in a World Series since Babe Ruth is laughable. It is obvious what he knows about baseball would fit in a thimble. It also is obvious he never has seen Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron or Reggie Jackson play.

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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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