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November 19, 2002
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[Times photo: Toni Sandys]
Cornerback Ronde Barber leads the Bucs in passes defensed and is third in tackles.
Barber questionable with broken thumb
Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback says "you'd have to cut my leg off for me not to try to play" Sunday against Packers.

McFarland recovering faster than expected
TAMPA -- The Bucs received encouraging news Monday as defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, who has missed the past three games with a fractured right forearm, is close to returning.

John Romano
Kenyatta enjoys sounds of silence from his critics
TAMPA -- Today there are questions about the direction of Kenyatta Walker's career. And, for the first time in a long while, that is a positive sign.

Lightning
Prospal's power in passing
The Lightning owes much of its success this season to the LW's ability to set up and score goals.

Player of week: Khabibulin
TAMPA -- Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's three consecutive victories, 1.63 goals-against average and .950 save percentage earned him NHL player of the week honors Monday.

College basketball
A fresher approach
Basketball coach Billy Donovan and the Gators must rely on freshman, at least early in the season.

Resurgent Tar Heels pound Penn State
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Matt Doherty had reason to be nervous after an 8-20 season. North Carolina's freshmen weren't the least bit jittery Monday night.

New coach raises UF's intensity level
"She carries herself with such an aura," one player says of new coach Carolyn Peck.

NFL
Rams beat Bears for 5th straight victory
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger carried the Rams closer in their improbable run toward the playoffs, though Kurt Warner made a cameo a week earlier than scheduled.

QB injuries put seasons on brink
The playoffs are more than a month away, but the postseason picture might have taken a dramatic turn Sunday.

Around the NFC

BEARS: T Marc Colombo, the team's first-round draft pick in April, dislocated his left kneecap in the first half Monday night.

Around the AFC
BENGALS: The crowd of 64,060 was second-largest in Paul Brown Stadium history. The Browns game drew 64,217 last year.

Packers offense hit with pair of injuries
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers might be without two key players on offense when they play the Bucs on Sunday in a showdown of the league's only 8-2 teams.

College football
Record-setting B-CC safety has 1 remaining goal
Rashean Mathis has I-AA record 13 INTs, leads squad to verge of playoffs despite offseason turmoil.

Playoffs on line at Classic
Saturday's 23rd annual Florida Classic doesn't get any bigger, or better, than this:

State practice reports
Three key 'Noles expected back

UM leads BCS, barely
Miami finally moved atop the Bowl Championship Series standings by the slimmest of margins.

NHL
Goals no longer elude Audette, Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Donald Audette scored 1:12 into overtime for the Canadiens, who got a career-best three goals from Saku Koivu in a 5-4 win Monday night over the Penguins.

Motorsports
New car gives champ little time to relax
HOMESTEAD -- Less than 18 hours after winning the Winston Cup championship, Tony Stewart and his Joe Gibbs Racing team began preparations for their title defense.

Preps
It's hard to believe Cougars are better
With the addition of speed, Durant might be able to improve on its record-setting 2001.

Former champion DiPompo molds Ravens
The former Leto coach knows his young team won't sneak up on the competition this season.

County's top prospect tears ACL at showcase
Dunedin's Ryan Harvey, the top returning player in Pinellas County, will miss at least half the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last week at a Major League Baseball prospect showcase.

Roster overhaul doesn't diminish PHU's outlook
The defending Class 3A champs must replace six all-county performers.

Versatile Spartan thrives in spotlight
Lakewood's Jenny Borschel plays every position on offense and is team's key to success.

Shorts
Sports briefs
Selig approves Hampton trade, $36.5-million transfer

NBA
Knicks get spark from Sprewell
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell returned to the starting lineup and scored 23, helping the Knicks defeat the Detroit Pistons 94-91 Monday night despite nearly blowing a 32-point lead.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Changing weather shuts down some angling opportunities but opens others.

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