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November 26, 2002
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Bucs
NFL clears Sapp, but Packers plan revenge
Green Bay coaches, still fuming over hit that likely ended OL's season, say Sapp will pay if teams play again.

Backup QBs may be in battle for No. 2 job
TAMPA -- There is no doubt Brad Johnson is the Bucs No. 1 quarterback, but it isn't quite as clear who will finish as No. 2.

Lightning
No rest for Andreychuk after 600th goal
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Dave Andreychuk's chase for his 600th goal is over but that doesn't mean the Lightning left wing is out of the spotlight.

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[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
Adrian McPherson started at North Carolina State after telling Florida State coaches about "some conduct he was concerned about."
John Romano: Parity stains UF-FSU rivalry
So this is what parity looks like.

College football
'Noles dismiss QB
With police planning to question him, Adrian McPherson is out for violating team policy.

Miami, Ohio St. remain atop BCS
Miami and Ohio State remained first and second in the BCS standings, with Oklahoma moving into position to capitalize if the Hurricanes lose one of their remaining games.

UF coach silences players
GAINESVILLE -- The Florida-Florida State game may not have national championship implications this year, but apparently it is still important to Florida coach Ron Zook.

Wildcats shunned in seeding
Where is the love?

College basketball
IU rolls, states case in opener
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Mike Davis was disappointed in what people were expecting out of his Indiana team coming off the loss to Maryland in last season's national championship game.

No. 1 Duke increases lead thanks to UT rout
A convincing victory over Tennessee increased No. 1 Duke's advantage in the Associated Press women's poll.

Baseball
Bosox pick 28-year-old GM
BOSTON -- The Red Sox made 28-year-old Theo Epstein the youngest general manager in history Monday, ending a long search for a front-office leader by promoting one of their own.

NFL
Ravens' Newsome is first black GM
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ozzie Newsome became the first black general manager in NFL history Monday, signing a five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens that includes an upgrade in his title.

Eagles romp but lose another QB
SAN FRANCISCO -- Maybe it's the system.

Atlanta's puffery seems less absurd
Granted, it was a win over the hapless Panthers. But the Falcons' bashing of Carolina should make a lot of people take more notice.

Around the NFC
BEARS: Marty Booker had 10 catches for 157 yards and Dez White a career-high eight for 106 yards.

Around the AFC
BENGALS: They clinched their ninth season of double-digit losses in the past 12.

Shorts
Sports briefs
PGA change could boost local field

NBA
Iverson, Sixers push home record to 8-0
PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Brown has coached Allen Iverson in all but one of the superstar's six seasons, and he says he has never seem him play better.

NHL
Taking the fight right out of 'em
This season's rule changes in the NHL reduce fighting and leave enforcers reevaluating their roles.

Senators extend unbeaten streak to 7
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime made 22 saves as the Senators extended their season-high unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory Monday night over Toronto.

Preps
Brandon still the best
The nationally ranked Eagles present an enormous challenge to district-foe Sickles.

FHSAA cuts seasons by 10 percent
GAINESVILLE -- All high school teams except for football will be limited to 10 percent fewer games next year as a result of a schedule reduction approved Monday by the Florida High School Activities Association's board of directors.

FHSAA's ruling receives mixed reviews in county
TAMPA -- The Florida High School Activities Association reduced the number of regular-season contests by 10 percent Monday, a fact that might not sit well with county baseball, softball and basketball coaches.

Forget football, it's hoops time
The young Gattuso sisters have Indian Rocks Christian thinking dynasty.

Questions for boys basketball season
The season gets under way next week, but before the first tipoff, here's a look at some pressing questions:

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
The extreme low tides this weekend provided the perfect opportunity to get out on the flats to do some scouting. Most shallow areas were completely dry as the north wind added to the negative tide.

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