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November 10, 2002
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It isn't all fun, games for NFL wife
Claudia Barber and Linda Lynch, wives of defensive backs Ronde Barber and John Lynch, will be enjoying today's day off with their families. But not before sharing with us their takes on groupies, trust and lingerie and special secrets about their husbands.

Defense could face loss of 3 key Bucs
TAMPA -- Yards might be hard to come by against the Bucs' No. 1-ranked defense, but free agency could rip it apart.

Gary Shelton
Front office feeling Chucky's passion
Inside the doors of One Buc Place, they are still learning how to scowl.

Piniella's focus on shortstop
With Lou Piniella's coaching staff just about complete -- an announcement could come today -- the Rays can begin to focus more on personnel.

Lightning gives up this season's 1st home loss
'HAWKS 3, LIGHTNING 2 (OT): The power play falls short, as does a big play in OT.

Feaster not yet shopping around
TAMPA -- Don't expect any Lightning trades any time soon. Two factors are at play.

John Romano
Only perfection matters for Miami
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- In recent weeks we have turned a critical eye toward the University of Miami. We have become preoccupied with discovering what the Hurricanes are not and, now, it seems abundantly clear.

[Times photo: Bill Serne]
USF receiver Hugh Smith celebrates after scoring the game's first touchdown.
USF Bulls
Bulls survive scare from Tigers
USF 31, MEMPHIS 28: The Bulls nearly lose a 28-7 lead but top another C-USA team.

South Florida by the numbers
Attendance Saturday, South Florida's best at Raymond James Stadium. The opening game in 1997 at Tampa Stadium drew 49,212. -- 32,770

Bulls' stand keeps game scoreless
TAMPA -- A classic goal-line stand helped South Florida keep Memphis from gaining the lead in the first quarter of Saturday's 31-28 victory at Raymond James Stadium.

Bulls keep their home streak alive
There's something about Raymond James Stadium, where the Bulls have won 18 in a row.

UM Hurricanes
Back on top
MIAMI 26, TENNESSEE 3: UM reclaims its swagger, and almost surely the top spot in the AP poll, on the road.

McGahee setting records
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- There was a drive late in the second quarter of Miami's 26-3 victory over Tennessee where UM tailback Willis McGahee simply took over.

UF Gators
Gators rely on defense in squeaker
UF 21, VANDY 17: Despite mistakes, scoreless second half, Gators just pleased to win.

Florida by the numbers
Career catch for Florida tight end Darrell Carpenter. -- 1

No turnaround for UF special teams
NASHVILLE -- Florida coach Ron Zook has promised improvement on special teams for weeks, but he and the Gators still are waiting.

FSU Seminoles
Defense powers 'Noles
FSU 21, GT 13: An 82-yard interception return for a TD helps put an ACC title within reach.

Florida State by the numbers
Career touchdowns by FSU junior defensive back Stanford Samuels, who returned an interception 82 yards Saturday. -- 1

Receiver gets his chance, makes play
ATLANTA -- Before Saturday's game, Florida State offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Bowden said it was time for speedy sophomore Craphonso Thorpe to step up.

Maddox carries day for Seminoles
Nick Maddox rushes for 123 yards and helps FSU control the clock in the fourth quarter of its win against Georgia Tech.

More college football
A&M drops No. 1
TEXAS A&M 30, OKLA. 26: Backup QB knocks off the undefeated Sooners.

Connecticut fans clash with police
STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut police used pepper spray and dogs to keep students from rushing the goal posts after the final game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Big 12: Wildcats roll past Cyclones
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Bobby Walker intercepted two Seneca Wallace passes and returned them for touchdowns 23 seconds apart as Kansas State routed Iowa State 58-7 on Saturday.

C-USA: TCU holds on to lead in league
FORT WORTH, Texas -- On a day TCU struggled on offense, its defense saved the day and its winning streak.

Pac-10: Washington State defense stuffs the conference-leading offense
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The difference between the top scoring teams in the Pac-10 came down to Washington State's defense.

State: UCF strolls 45-21 behind Schneider
AMHERST, N.Y. -- Ryan Schneider threw for a career-high five touchdowns and ran for another as Central Florida defeated Buffalo 45-21 Saturday.

SEC: Late TD stuns Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- LSU practices desperation pass plays each Thursday, but quarterback Marcus Randall said they never work.

Big Ten: Fourth-down TD spurs Buckeyes, keeps national title hopes alive
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ohio State trailed on the road and faced fourth down late in Saturday's game, with not only a win but the Big Ten title and a chance at the Fiesta Bowl slipping away.

Nation: Holiday, Irish escape upset
BALTIMORE -- Trailing by eight against lightly-regarded Navy late in the fourth, Notre Dame used the right arm of Carlyle Holiday to avert a second straight upset.

ACC: Terrapins remain hot, keep Wolfpack reeling
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland has mastered the cliffhanger victory over N.C. State.

Big East: Orange upsets Hokies in 3 OTs
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A month ago, Syracuse appeared to be on its way to a rare and dubious distinction -- winning 10 games one season and losing 10 the next.

Stewart's team cooks winner under pressure
Crew chief kept team focused when distractions threatened to end title run.

Rain cancels NHRA qualifying
POMONA, Calif. -- Saturday's rain postponed racing for the second day in the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.

Biffle secures Busch championship
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- NASCAR crowned its first champion of 2002 on Saturday and toasted a future star.

Refreshed Capriati reaches WTA semis
No. 3 Jennifer Capriati, feeling fresh and motivated while most of her opponents are worn out, defeated Magdalena Maleeva 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the season-ending WTA Championships on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Highs & lows

Caps' Kolzig stops 43 shots in victory
WASHINGTON -- Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig showed few lingering effects from the wrist injury that recently sidelined him.

Slap shots
Snake bit

College basketball
Huggins back on court, back in form
CINCINNATI -- Bob Huggins embraced a referee and crouched calmly at courtside for the first few minutes. His newfound serenity didn't last long.

Pacers nip Raptors
INDIANAPOLIS -- After trailing by 13 at halftime, the Pacers outscored the Raptors by 37 in the second half to defeat Toronto 108-84 Saturday night.

Sorenstam takes lead in seeking 10th title
OTSU, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam took a big step toward winning her 10th LPGA title of the year, shooting 7-under-par 65 Saturday for a one-stroke lead in the Mizuno Classic.

Plant cruises to second title
King, Armwood, Sickles and East Bay also advance to the region meet.

Not much of a homecoming
ST. PETERSBURG -- Admiral Farragut received a reality check Saturday afternoon.

Group effort leads Chargers
BRADENTON -- Shorecrest was the best team at Saturday's district meet and proved it by winning without one of its best runners.

Fifth runner lifts Keswick
BRADENTON -- After the first 12 runners finished Saturday, St. Petersburg Catholic coach Jeff Ehlert and Keswick Christian coach Lance Lipham did a quick count and knew each had four runners in.

Central girls, boys enjoy strong races
BELLEVIEW -- Almost everyone agreed that the race for the girls district title was wide open.

Crystal River girls run off with title
LECANTO -- Two years after not having enough runners to complete a squad, the Crystal River girls placed three runners in the top 10 Saturday and claimed the district title.

Gainesville takes out Mustangs, Knights
TRINITY -- One after the other, Mitchell and River Ridge players looked across the net Saturday and saw the kind of team they aspire to be. Unfortunately for both, they can't be Gainesville until they can beat Gainesville.

Top-ranked team too much for Seven Rivers
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Third-ranked Seven Rivers Christian finally met its match.

Crusaders can't hold on to leads
ARCADIA -- Tampa Catholic tried to keep it close right up until the end. But the end came nonetheless.

East Lake returns to state
The Eagles roll over Charlotte before downing Clearwater for the title.

Plant looks for respect
SARASOTA -- It's hard to imagine a state champion playing as an underdog, but that's what Plant is trying to do.

Cougars headed back to state
Defending state champion Durant handily defeats Winter Springs 15-6, 15-13.

Bucs wrap up crown on their home court
TAMPA -- The region final is a pretty big deal, but to Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino, Tuesday's region quarterfinal win over Clearwater Central Catholic was monumental.

Losses piling on Holmgren
It has been quietly talked about for weeks, but more and more it seems the great Mike Holmgren could be on the hot seat soon in Seattle.

NFL Game Day: Week 10
Colts (4-4) at Eagles (6-2)

Kidney test sidelines Cris Carter
MIAMI -- Dolphins receiver Cris Carter will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney function abnormalities, the team said Saturday.

Daily fishing report
Steve Lomicka promised his 14-year-old stepson, James, a fishing trip for quite some time. Timing was a problem, but one Sunday it came together.

Louis Vuitton series sailing into quarterfinals this week
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The Louis Vuitton Cup races take on new importance this week, as the quarterfinals begin Tuesday.

Out-of-state sports fan enjoys series
I've enjoyed the series on the two young basketball players (A Basketball Bond) written by Pete Young. I'm glad the writer, the editor and the newspaper take such care with women's sports. Although most of us who've been following this story don't live in Florida, the Internet makes it as though the girls live next door. Thanks to you all for your excellent sportswriting and editing.

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On The Wire

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