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November 25, 2002
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[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Brian Kelly's two interceptions led a defense that shut down Brett Favre and the Packers.
Bucs 21, Packers 7: Sittin' Pretty
The defense intercepts Brett Favre four times and the offense does just enough to give the Bucs the NFL's best record and a hold on home field throughout the playoffs ... for now.

Gary Shelton: Defense just keeps reaching for stars
TAMPA -- It was over quicker than you think. The last 20 minutes, it turns out, were just for show.

John Romano: Gimme Five
TALK OF THE TOWN

Tampa Bay is able to overcome errors
TAMPA -- Beating Green Bay was big, but Tampa Bay was far from perfect Sunday.

Glory eludes Favre at RayJay
The Packers QB throws 4 INTs and falls to 0-5 in Bucs' stadium.

Sapp, Pack coach square off with barbs
Block during an INT sets the Packers' Mike Sherman off, and Warren Sapp doesn't back down.

Quarterback keeps fighting through pain
Brad Johnson returns to lead a rally against Green Bay despite an eye injury that blurred his vision.

Bucs/Packers quotebooks
BUCS QUOTEBOOK

Jurevicius pro-instant replay
Review shows Bucs receiver gets both feet down for the deciding touchdown.

Sound bites
Fox analyst Cris Collinsworth correctly laid it out in the pregame: a Bucs win over Green Bay and they become the favorites for the Super Bowl.

Not so secondary
With homefield advantage in the playoffs possibly at stake in one of the most important games of the season, the Bucs defensive backs provide the primary push to victory.

Lightning
Feaster should take ownership up on offer
General manager Jay Feaster should take Tom Wilson at his word and, in the process, put him on the spot.

NFL
Eagles seek to fill McNabb's void

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Tai Streets simply has to win a game, there's only one quarterback he trusts.
WR Jackson returns for Seahawks
SEATTLE -- Seahawks receiver Darrell Jackson started Sunday against Kansas City, returning for the first time since his postgame seizure last month in Dallas.
Field goals boost Colts to win
DENVER -- Apparently, all Mike Vanderjagt needed was a little snow to end his slump.
Atlanta dominates Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Vick scanned Carolina's sideline Sunday and saw heads hanging. He pointed this out to his Atlanta teammates and told them it was time to pounce.
Saints sent reeling with star RB out
NEW ORLEANS -- The running back scampering down the Superdome field Sunday was not Deuce McAllister.
Williams, Dolphins outrace Chargers
MIAMI -- Ricky Williams had 83 yards rushing at halftime when he lobbied quarterback Ray Lucas for more carries.
Cowboys' young QB delivers
IRVING, Texas -- Though Chad Hutchinson stumbled through his first three games with sacks, fumbles and losses, Cowboys coaches found plenty of things to praise. Each week they insisted they saw reasons why he can be their quarterback of the future.
Redskins spoil Warner's return
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Rams were a chip shot field goal away from overtime when Kurt Warner lost the ball.
NFL Round-up
Ravens 13, Titans 12

NHL
Panthers score late to earn tie

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Panthers caught the Ducks with too many men and too many hats on the ice.

College basketball:
Gophers do not fall into second-half hole

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's practice habits carried over into its season opener Sunday. And that's not necessarily a compliment.
Youth serves Florida well as it holds off a tenacious South Florida
GAINESVILLE -- Carol Ross was nowhere to be found at the O'Connell Center, but she was a big reason Florida defeated South Florida 70-59.
Gators dominate warmup
GAINESVILLE -- Florida invited Coastal Carolina into its home Sunday afternoon, introduced its newest family members, then proceeded to play host to an old-fashioned blowout.
FSU gives its coach first win
TALLAHASSEE -- The Leonard Hamilton era officially has begun, and the Seminoles welcomed their new coach with a 79-46 victory Sunday over Savannah State.

Colleges
Gators getting healthy

GAINESVILLE -- When Florida plays at Florida State on Saturday, the Gators may have several injured players ready to return to the field.
Tampa advances to VB Elite 8
TAMPA -- Ania Ruiz never forgot the feeling.

College football
Florida college football vent

Come on. Admit it. It's been a disappointing season. Florida State was ranked No. 3 in the preseason; Florida No. 6. FSU has lost four and UF has dropped three, and some of the losses have been embarrassing -- Ole Miss? Louisville? What was the low point? The worst play? The biggest problem? Vent. We'll listen.
Bowden may make QB change
TALLAHASSEE -- For the first time in his Florida State tenure, coach Bobby Bowden will prepare for his regular-season showdown against archrival Florida with a question mark at the most crucial position -- quarterback.
Bulls plan to keep practicing
TAMPA -- The regular season is over, but South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has scheduled practice for next Monday.

Sports briefs: Bell agrees to 4-year, $17M deal with Phillies
Third baseman David Bell agreed to a $17-million, four-year deal with Philadelphia on Sunday.

Football: Montreal wins CFL title
EDMONTON -- Anthony Calvillo threw two touchdowns, including a Grey Cup-record 99-yarder to Pat Woodcock, as Montreal held off Edmonton 25-16 on Sunday for its first CFL championship in 25 years.

NBA: Miller ably fills gaps for Magic
ORLANDO -- Mike Miller knew the short-handed Magic needed something special from him against the Heat.

Golf: Season ends with 11th win for Sorenstam
WEST PALM BEACH -- Annika Sorenstam was determined at the start and dominant to the end.

Outdoors: Daily fishing report
Grouper fishing is as good as it gets now. Cooler water has drawn schools of gags in as shallow as 12 feet. Foul weather makes the bite better, so don't let dirty water keep you from trying spots near the beach.

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