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November 18, 2002
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[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
Ellis Wyms, left, and Chartric Darby leave Rodney Peete on his back after sacking him on fourth and 4 with :56 left.
The Best
TAMPA BAY 23, CAROLINA 10: Tampa Bay pulls away in the second half to improve to 8-2, best in team history.
John Romano: Gimme Five
Gary Shelton: Everything goes just right for Bucs
TAMPA -- On a perfect day, the sky seems a little bluer. The air is a little cooler, and the water in the bay is a little clearer.
Bucs game balls
Jon Gruden, Bucs coach
Secondary receivers step up
Jurevicius and McCardell prove defenses must worry about others besides Keyshawn Johnson.
Gramatica kicks sand at Sauerbrun
TAMPA -- Martin Gramatica is not one to kick a guy when he's down. But the Bucs kicker couldn't resist a few digs at Carolina punter Todd Sauerbrun after Sunday's 23-10 victory.
No repeat performance for Bucs OL
After a dismal meeting Oct. 27 with Carolina, the line vastly improves quarterback protection.
Bucs/Panthers Quotebooks
D plays up to its image
After giving up early TD, Bucs buckle down and stifle Panthers in second half.
Sound bites
Bucs viewers got a new announcing team as former Southern Cal All-American defensive lineman Tim Ryan joined play-by-play man Curt Menafee at the RayJay. Trust us, they were new; you've never heard them.

Rare scorers lift Lightning
LIGHTNING 2, HURRICANES 1 (OT): Cory Sarich and Pavel Kubina end long scoring droughts in a comeback victory.

Kubina's exile to press box ends
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Defenseman Pavel Kubina's banishment ended in time Sunday for his family in the Czech Republic to watch him score the tying goal.

McNabb out for 6-8 weeks
PHILADELPHIA -- It's a broken bone that could mean a broken season for the Eagles.
Maddox hurt in loss, improves in hospital
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Steelers went home looking for answers Sunday but were still relieved quarterback Tommy Maddox could move his arms and legs after being taken off the field in an ambulance.
Lucas drags Dolphins out of skid
MIAMI -- Three consecutive losses as a starting quarterback left Ray Lucas wondering whether he belonged in the league.
Jags barely avoid sweep
HOUSTON -- The Jaguars didn't take the expansion team seriously the first time, and it cost them. The Jags were prepared this time, yet they nearly lost again.
Raiders tuck win away over Pats
OAKLAND, Calif. -- No need to go to the replay booth this time: Tom Brady definitely fumbled, and the Raiders deserved the victory.
Falcons soar again behind Vick
ATLANTA -- Joe Horn swallowed his pride and admitted he was wrong. Yes, the Falcons have a pretty good team, a worthy rival to his Saints.
Chargers' Christie clutch again
SAN DIEGO -- It turns out the Chargers have heart after all.
Bulger leads Rams back from brink
He has one more start tonight before likely returning to the bench.
Browns 27, Bengals 20

Ride of his life
Tony Stewart survives many low points this season to capture his first title on NASCAR's grandest stage.
Pit strategy helps Brack in Mexico GP
MEXICO CITY -- Kenny Brack took a long pit stop early and it paid off late.
Martin denied title for another season
HOMESTEAD -- Through the years, Mark Martin has learned the easiest way to avoid the stabbing pain of failure is to make disappointment a constant companion.
Busch wins third in five races
HOMESTEAD -- The Winston Cup season is among the longest in professional sports, spanning nine months and 36 races, but 24-year-old Kurt Busch hated to see it end.
Local teams covet powerboat titles
Racers want to end season with victories in World Championships.

Bulls get a little respect in polls
USF draws Top 25 votes for first time and does even better in computer rankings.
Seminoles heading to Sweet 16
TALLAHASSEE -- Cindy Schofield had the winning goal and an assist to lead Florida State 2-1 past Auburn and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's tournament for the second time in three years.
K-State tops Jackets with 3s
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Georgia Tech held Laurie Koehn, last season's best 3-point shooter in the nation, to two 3-pointers, but it forgot about Kansas State's other guard.
Irish dominate a blocked Belmont
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Dan Miller scored 19 and Jordan Cornette had 13 rebounds and a school-record 11 blocked shots as Notre Dame won 76-48 over Belmont on Sunday in the first round of the Guardians Classic.
Tide stalls LSU's run at title
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama might be going nowhere, but the Crimson Tide made the road a little more difficult for LSU.
Gators shift focus from SEC to Seminoles
GAINESVILLE -- Florida lost its chance to play for the SEC title. So what will it do?
ACC crown seems a bigger deal than usual
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden admitted that neither his players nor his staff fully appreciated the significance of winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Kings cause Magic to drop 2nd straight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber saved the Kings from a potentially embarrassing loss.

Warburg Cup stays with U.S.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- No one will ever mistake the UBS Warburg Cup for the Ryder Cup, although the action looked familiar Sunday.

Dallas rallies for victory
DALLAS -- Scott Young scored with 1:04 left then Pierre Turgeon tipped in a long swat by Young 3:19 into overtime to rally the Stars to a 3-2 victory over Columbus on Sunday.

Daily fishing report
Tough conditions have humbled anglers. We faced almost unimaginable conditions Saturday and Sunday. One option on really windy days is residential canals.

Miami's Diaz wins by one in Laser race
ST. PETERSBURG -- Augie Diaz of Miami won the regatta by one point in the 37-boat Laser Master North Americans off the Pier that wrapped up Sunday.

Sports briefs
Hampton to Braves for Spooneybarger

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