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Warren Sapp and Brett Favre have waged a war of words in the past, but Favre plans to tone it down.
Fighting for home
Both teams know no NFC wild card has reached the Super Bowl in the current format.

Chucky's Chalk Talk
On Packers running back Ahman Green:

High Profile -- Brett Favre
THE HISTORY

Side line
Stopping Green key to controling Favre

Jurevicius picks court over catwalk
At 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, Bucs receiver Joe Jurevicius is an imposing figure with strong opinions. Here is his take on basketball, his Lithuanian heritage, JLo, life on earth, heaven, Gladiator and a modeling career:

Respect begins with Packers
TAMPA -- If the season ended today, the Bucs, Saints and Falcons would be in the playoffs.

Letters: Losing Nickerson a mistake by Bucs
The Bucs should never have let Hardy Nickerson leave. As Gary Shelton says, he was "the Buc." Sure you could say today the defense doesn't need him. But San Francisco did a similar thing to Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and what do the fans think of the 49ers organization? Stinky.

Gary Shelton: Rice's life a study in poetry and motion
TAMPA -- Welcome to the world of Simeon Rice. It's a beautiful thing.

Rays
Rupe looking toward future
The injuries and the fact he was arbitration eligible led Ryan Rupe to half expect the news he received Wednesday.

Lightning
Milestone energizes Lightning
LIGHTNING 3, DEVILS 1: Dave Andreychuk scores Nos. 600 and 601 to lift Tampa Bay.

Team will stay together and relax
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rest, relaxation and team bonding. Those are the Lightning's goals for three days in Atlantic City.

Darrell Fry: Martz betting on QB choice
They are waiting in St. Louis today, waiting to see if Rams coach Mike Martz is as smart as he looks.

Hubert Mizell: Ex-Packers GM dishes on Favre and Bucs of old and new
Ron Wolf tried to build the original Bucs, but the young football architect's plan was torched after two painful seasons (2-26) by Hugh Culverhouse, a malfunctioning and cheapskate owner.

John Romano: Mediocrity has become Seminoles' new goal
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Standing outside the locker room, you try to make sense of it all. You take a deep breath and ponder whether Florida State really stinks that badly. Of course, that may just be the pepper spray you smell.

Florida Classic
Wildcats seal MEAC, playoffs
B-CC 37, FAMU 10: Dominance over a rival punctuates B-CC's best season.

Wildcats get tough up close
Florida A&M was denied on several drives near the Bethune-Cookman goal line.

Suber sits out win for B-CC
ORLANDO -- Quarterback Allen Suber carried Bethune-Cookman to the cusp of its first Division I-AA playoff berth, but the Tampa Catholic graduate had to watch the clinching victory from the sideline.

USF Bulls
Bulls make case again
USF 32, HOUSTON 14: Another convincing win is a last chance to impress bowl selectors.

Bulls play 'what if' after win
Conference USA told USF to wait. This year, the Bulls sent a message.

Buckeyes help Bulls' bowl chances
HOUSTON -- Early in the first quarter of South Florida's 32-14 win Saturday, the first at-large berth to a bowl game came open when Michigan's final pass against Ohio State was intercepted.

South Florida by the numbers
3 -- Rushing touchdowns Saturday for Marquel Blackwell.

FSU Seminoles
ACC champs?
FSU 7, N.C. STATE 17: FSU loses its fourth game but clinches the league title thanks to Maryland's loss.

Running back struggles in return home
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Florida State senior tailback Nick Maddox had hoped to make his final appearance in his home state special. It seemed everything was in place.

Florida State by the numbers
0 -- Points FSU has scored in the first quarter the past four games with Adrian McPherson

More college football
Party first, Fiesta later
OHIO ST. 14, MICHIGAN 9: The Buckeyes beat their rivals to earn a spot in the title game.

Missouri QB gets yard for history
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri quarterback Brad Smith became the second player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season Saturday against Kansas State.

PSU's Johnson joins the club
He is one of nine to get 2,000 yards in a season as Penn State beats Michigan State 61-7.

Clarett stings Wolverines
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett's sore left shoulder can't get better without rest, but Ohio State is not the same without him. So he played in pain Saturday.

Big Ten: Boilermakers going to 6th straight bowl
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Brandon Jones ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns as Purdue beat Indiana 34-10 Saturday to become bowl eligible for a sixth straight season.

State: Knights win shootout but lose chance at title
OXFORD, Ohio -- Ryan Schneider threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns and Alex Haynes ran for 156 yards and two scores as Central Florida beat Miami (Ohio) 48-31 on Saturday.

Big East: Irish win moves them closer to BCS berth
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's offense finally put together a performance to match its dominating defense.

Nation: Mountain West belongs to CSU
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State converted two turnovers into touchdowns, including Rhett Nelson's long fumble return, and the Rams clinched the Mountain West title with a 22-14 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.

Big 12: Sooners rout Red Raiders for berth in championship
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma left no doubt who is the best in the South.

ACC: Motivated Cavaliers again defy expectations
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Anger and emotion proved a powerful combination for Virginia, which used a near-flawless game by Matt Schaub to stun Maryland 48-13 on Saturday.

C-USA: ECU stuns top team in league
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Travis Heath returned a fumble 81 yards for a touchdown as East Carolina rallied from an 11-point deficit to upset Texas Christian 31-28 Saturday.

Pac-10: UW denies WSU's national title hopes
PULLMAN, Wash. -- John Anderson kicked five field goals, including the winner from 49 yards in the third overtime, and Kai Ellis forced and recovered a fumble to secure Washington's 29-26 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.

SEC: Tigers savor unexpected win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Auburn dug deep into its tailback rotation and came up a winner.

Golf
Everything comes together according to plan for Bauer
Beth Bauer is happy with her new life as she becomes a contender on the LPGA Tour.

Teske leads Sorenstam
WEST PALM BEACH -- Rachel Teske does not have Hall of Fame credentials like her challengers in the ADT Championship. At least she has the lead.

Shorts
Highs and lows
HIGHS

Sports briefs
Cohen skates into second

Colleges
Tampa tops Mocs, advances to final
TAMPA -- At 6-6 this season, Tampa coach Chris Catanach thought it would take an improbable run of 20 straight wins to reach 600 career victories.

Attitude adjustment aids 'Noles
FSU shakes off a string of poor performances to make Sweet 16 with a little positive thinking.

Minnesota sets record for scoring
MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after her team set a school scoring record, Minnesota coach Pam Borton had her doubts about the Golden Gophers.

Hamilton's defense is the cornerstone
It worked at Miami, and the new 'Noles coach teaches that it must work again.

NHL
Slap shots
Beast in the Southeast

Preps
Bowerman, Panthers earn titles
The King junior cruises to victory while Plant captures its eighth team championship, the most in state history.

Third not good enough
A finish behind Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Lyons disappoints Jesuit sophomore Andy Biladeau.

Lyons has last word
The CCC senior defeats Jesuit rival Andy Biladeau but falls 13 seconds short of Class 2A title.

Chilly air no problem
Most area swimmers were pleased with their performances and optimistic of returning.

Gator, Wildcat both finish 18th
Dani Shimer did it in the 3A race, Stephanie Amerman the 2A race.

Mustangs have off day
Mitchell finishes third in Class 3A behind Flagler Palm Coast and Plant.

Outdoors
Tensions run high as halfway point nears
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- More competitors are on the brink of elimination in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series for the 2003 America's Cup. GBR Challenge from England and Le Defi of France have been sent packing. Two days into the repechage, or second-chance round of the quarterfinals, two more teams will be going home in less than a week.

Baseball
Three-team deal could land Neagle with Mets
NEW YORK -- The Yankees, Mets and Rockies have talked about a three-way deal that would send Colorado pitcher Denny Neagle to the Mets, the Daily News reported Saturday.

NFL
NFL Game Day: Week 11
Packers (8-2) at Bucs (8-2)

Fishing: Daily fishing report
Cooling water temperatures and less daylight have snook moving from their summer homes along the beach to the warmer confines of their wintering holes.

Letters: Southern Illinois coverage pleases local Saluki alumni
You made our day. And not only our day but the days of about 3,000 Southern Illinois alumni in the Central Florida region.

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