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November 4, 2002
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[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Keyshawn Johnson struts after his 2-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
It's alive!
Given plenty of time for a change, Brad Johnson ties club mark with 5 TDs as Bucs head into bye in first place.

Romano's Gimme Five
Photo gallery
Game balls
Sound bites
Bucs/Vikings quotebooks

Keyshawn keeps it moving
Bucs shuffle the wide receiver's assignments, and the Vikings defense has trouble keeping up.

O-line produces an effort to build on
TAMPA -- The Bucs offensive line has received its share of criticism.

Basic offense makes believers of Vikings
Bucs compile 446 yards on simple offensive calls, which keep Minnesota off balance.

Running backs check egos to benefit offense
Mike Alstott starts and gets the most carries, but Aaron Stecker gets the big gain, 59 yards on his only attempt.

Breakdowns gnaw at defense despite rout
Bucs irked by a handful of big plays that nearly let Vikings back into it.

Gary Shelton
Brad just goes out and plays
TAMPA -- You play. That's all.

Lightning
Lightning still in a battle for respect
The team has a few more questions, but a lot have been answered during its hot start.

Preps focus
Finally ready to go
Dominique Redding would not spend the most anticipated 48 hours of her life alone. When her Delta connector through Atlanta touched down Oct. 25 in Knoxville, Tenn., just about the whole gang was in tow.

College football
Tenacity keeps Gators in hunt for East title
UF made mistakes but bounced back for biggest win of year.

Miami surrenders top spot to Oklahoma in AP Top 25
'Canes drop to No. 2 after close call, could create a shakeup in BCS standings.

McPherson wins over coach
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden had been hearing from his assistants that quarterback Adrian McPherson not only possessed a strong arm and good running skills but made good, quick decisions.

Coach sees the good in close call
CORAL GABLES -- There are two ways of looking at Miami's 42-17 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, which extended the nation's longest winning streak since 1971 to 30 games.

Blackwell still adding to legacy
TAMPA -- Aside from coach Jim Leavitt, no one has been more responsible for the rapid ascension of South Florida football than Marquel Blackwell.

Motorsports
Benson finds way to Victory Lane
Formerly known as "The Best Driver to Never Win a Race," 39-year-old holds off Martin in final 12 laps.

Vasser gets by Andretti on restart
FONTANA, Calif. -- Jimmy Vasser charged past Michael Andretti on a restart two laps from the end of Sunday's CART 500 and pulled away for an easy victory in the fastest 500-mile race ever.

No orders for Busch to assist teammate
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- There's no such thing as team orders for the Roush Racing crew. Kurt Busch did not give teammate Mark Martin any help Sunday in Martin's bid for the Winston Cup championship.

NHL
Blues make Lindros pay for gaffe, win 8th in a row
NEW YORK -- While the St. Louis Blues keep finding ways to win, the Rangers are letting games slip away night after night.

NBA
Reserves rally Heat past Kings
MIAMI -- With his team winless and in danger of blowing a lead for the third straight game, coach Pat Riley turned to the bench and found help.

Briefs
Runyan 5th as Kenyans pull sweep
Legally blind Marla Runyan is the highest American finisher at the New York City Marathon.

Changing winds help Alison take title at Osprey Cup
Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I., won the Rolex Osprey Cup on Tampa Bay on Sunday, beating eight top women match racers and a local crew.

Sports briefs
Slovakia wins first Fed Cup

Golf
Singh sheds albatross with win
ATLANTA -- Annoyed by two past failures at East Lake, Vijay Singh left nothing to chance Sunday in the Tour Championship.

Baseball
Phillies to take shot at Thome, Glavine
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will give first baseman Jim Thome a tour of their new ballpark site on Thursday, and they have zeroed in on Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine as a top pitching priority.

Preps
Falcon's confidence unhurt
A car crash in October cost Leto's Coe Fedorenko a week of the season. Now that he's back he expects to win.

Eagles have one more goal
East Lake must get past plenty of tough teams before it can return to the state semifinals.

PHU's Elliot all by himself
The Hurricane junior is the only member of his team to advance to today's region tournament.

NFL
Tagliabue to coaches: Stop the illegal hits
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent a letter to all coaches putting them on notice to end illegal hits that resulted in $125,000 in fines to two players last week.

Steelers thwart rival Browns
CLEVELAND -- Even during the darkest moments, there wasn't a moment this season when the Steelers considered throwing in the Terrible Towel.

Risk rewards Falcons on offense
ATLANTA -- After the past two weeks, Michael Vick was due for a letdown. The rest of the Falcons picked up the slack.

It's guaranteed: '76 Bucs are safe
HOUSTON -- Chad Johnson guaranteed victory for the Bengals on Sunday. Artrell Hawkins sealed it. Then all involved backpedaled from their pregame bravado.

Giants turn it up on offense
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jim Fassel spoke, and the Giants responded to his play-calling.

Niners drive Raiders away
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The 27-yard kick to end regulation went wide left. Jose Cortez knelt in agony as Raider Nation joyously screamed for overtime.

New England's Brady beats Bledsoe again
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Tom Brady exchanged cordial greetings with former teammate Drew Bledsoe before and after Sunday's game.

NFL Round-up
Lions 9, Cowboys 7

Chambers can prove his point face-to-face
Miami receiver felt slighted last year when the Packers passed on him in the draft after he starred at Wisconsin. He returns from a concussion.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Katie Carr was concerned about the huge king mackerel that took her bait and was wrapped around a crab trap near the mouth of Tampa Bay. Capt. Jay Mastry maneuvered his boat, Jaybird, to free the fishing line while the king continued to circle the trap, and Carr worked to recover the fish. After a 30-minute struggle, the 44.24-pound king was recovered. Mastry said he was fishing about a cast away from where Randy Keys caught his big fish Saturday.

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