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October 28, 2002
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[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Warren Sapp, left, and Greg Spires celebrate a sack of Randy Fasani.
Still kicking
Martin Gramatica's four field goals, including the winner with five seconds left, allow the Bucs to avoid an upset.

Gramatica at top of his game
Bucs kicker recovers after missing a 29-yarder at Philadelphia and accounts for all of the offense with 4 field goals.

McFarland breaks his right forearm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It likely was the most physical game the Bucs have played this season, and it came with a price.

Defense overcomes offense again
Except for two drives, the Panthers and rookie quarterback Randy Fasani gained few yards.

Gimme Five
Bucs/Panthers quotebooks
Sound bites

John Romano
West Coast O goes south on Gruden
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Expect the eyes to narrow and the lips to recede. Anticipate the fury and brace for the outrage. Jon Gruden is ticked off.

The Piniella era with Devil Rays to begin today
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Devil Rays are poised to introduce Lou Piniella as their next manager today.

Lightning set for first test of fortitude
After string of wins, how will Tampa Bay rebound after loss?

World Series
Angels in paradise
Taking a risk with a rookie starter, Anaheim stifles San Francisco's offense to end decades of misery and win its first world championship.

California Dreamin'
Some teams have plush clubhouses. Some offer luxurious amenities such as a team masseuse. The Angels' special edge?

Bat puts MVP Glaus in the spotlight
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus, a little on the shy and quiet side, doesn't normally stand out. But Sunday he stood out as the MVP of the World Series.

16,743: Emmitt top of the heap
Emotions flow after Dallas' Smith breaks Walter Payton's rushing record.

Redskins display balance in victory
LANDOVER, Md. -- Was that really Steve Spurrier coaching the Redskins?

Defense does job for K.C.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs defense turned in an atypical performance, spurring a rare win over the Raiders.

Vick gives Saints a sick feeling
NEW ORLEANS -- Michael Vick felt sick on Atlanta's final possession.

Texans stun Jags for 2nd win
JACKSONVILLE -- The clock ran out Sunday, and Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin thought he had been through the worst.

NFL notebook: Seahawks WR is stable after seizure
DALLAS -- Seahawks receiver Darrell Jackson had a seizure in the training room Sunday after he sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys.

Broncos win; Pats still seeking lost title form
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Broncos hope their bye week is better than the one the Patriots just endured.

NFL roundup
Bills 24, Lions 17

Strahan meets his favorite target again
The record-setting Giants defensive end has eight sacks of normally elusive Eagle Donovan McNabb, his most of any quarterback.

24 hours, 7 days a week
It's only a slight exaggeration of how often football coaches work.

College football
Gator coaches spend bye week critiquing calls
GAINESVILLE -- With fifth-ranked Georgia next on its schedule, the Florida coaching staff spent the off week taking a hard look at itself.

Defense stalls again against run
CORAL GABLES -- One week can be chalked up to a fluke, but two?

'Noles' loss brews discord
TALLAHASSEE -- The accusatory finger-pointing at Florida State quarterback Chris Rix by teammates after Saturday's loss to Notre Dame was perhaps predictable.

Stewart pads NASCAR lead as foes falter
Kurt Busch wins 2nd straight at rain-shortened NAPA 500.

Wallace's changes fail to help car
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Hoping to make a fast car faster, Rusty Wallace told his crew to make a few changes to the No. 2 Ford before Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Rookie survives wet, wild Honda Indy 300
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- Rookie Mario Dominguez won the rain-shortened Honda Indy 300 on Sunday, which started with a major crash that sent two drivers to the hospital.

Sports Etc.
Blue Jackets prevent 3rd road rout by Kings
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When the Kings come to Columbus in October the plan is simple: Fly in, win 7-1, leave.

Ex-OF gets 18 months on heroin charges
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Former major-leaguer Alex Cole, a St. Petersburg resident, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on federal drug charges.

Birdie bounce off fiancee gives Byrd win
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- If the Buick Challenge trophy is not enough to help Jonathan Byrd remember his first PGA victory, he can look at the bruise his errant tee shot left on his fiancee's back.

Sports briefs
Prep football assistant dies in bus crash

Daily fishing report
The fall fishing has anglers seeing red on Tampa Bay. After a slow summer for redfish, they have made up for lost time.

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