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December 6, 2002
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Special teams focus on making the plays
TAMPA -- Special-teams units have come under heavy fire in recent weeks, and it intensified after Sunday's 23-20 loss in New Orleans.

Keyshawn files for divorce in L.A.
TAMPA -- Keyshawn Johnson is divorcing his wife of four years, Shikiri, and the despondent Bucs receiver took an excused absence Thursday.

[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Ruslan Fedotenko celebrates his winning goal against Edmonton. It was Tampa Bay's third victory after trailing entering the third period.
Lightning rallies again
LIGHTNING 3, OILERS 2: Without Dave Andreychuk and Jassen Cullimore, Ruslan Fedotenko's goal caps a rally.

Broken toe to sideline Andreychuk 4-6 weeks
TAMPA -- The Lightning is about to learn just how much of veteran Dave Andreychuk's teachings have been absorbed by its young players during the past year.

Outdoors special
Boat on water 'Fishability'
Local builders have combined old-fashioned quality with 21st-century materials to create a boat that can cruise shallow, deep and everywhere in between. Story
Snook closure
Snook season closes Dec. 15, which means there only are a few days remaining to catch and keep the popular game fish. The closed season runs through Jan. 31, statewide. During the closed period, it is illegal to possess snook of any size. When the season is open, only snook between 26 and 34 inches may be kept, and the bag limit is one snook per person, per boat.
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Freshwater fishing heats up in chilly December
December marks the start of the freshwater fishing season. My log book and field notes reveal the first trophy fish (10 pounds and above) are caught during this month.
December forecast
December is a month of transition in the Tampa Bay area. The fall migrations of kingfish, Spanish mackerel and cobia typically wind down and the winter pattern establishes itself. Weather plays the key role in determining how good the fishing will be and what species will be available.

Enigmatic? Yes. But one thing is for sure, Michael Vick is good

The young Atlanta quarterback has players scrambling to catch him, and define him.

Arledge dead of cancer at 71

TV pioneer created ABC's Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, Nightline."

College basketball
Bulls scrap one out vs.Cornhuskers

USF 65, NEBRASKA 60: Guard Reggie Kohn and center Will McDonald each score 14 to improve to 4-0.
FSU's home energy leads the way
A new coach and a 3-0 start have the Seminoles very confident, and that could pose problems tonight for the No. 8 Gators.
UConn puts away stubborn Holy Cross
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Ann Strother had 18 points and combined with Diana Taurasi to key a decisive second-half run that led third-ranked Connecticut over Holy Cross 68-46 Thursday night.

Raider fans set for invasion

SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers believed they had found a way to keep hordes of rowdy Raiders fans from coming to their stadium.

Longtime Braves left-hander Glavine chooses rival Mets

NEW YORK -- For more than a decade, Tom Glavine helped put the Braves on top.

Flyer scores rare overtime goal

PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus' penalty-shot goal in overtime was not only a new experience for him, but a relatively new one overall.

In brief
Mistake-free Furyk on top at Challenge

Jim Furyk had a boring round, which was fine by him.

College football
Franchione leaving 'Bama to take over at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Dennis Franchione didn't have much to say about becoming the new football coach at Texas A&M.

C-USA title earns Bulls NCAA trip

TAMPA -- The South Florida volleyball team's appearance in the Conference USA championship match was its fifth in the eight-year history of the league tournament. But few journeys through the brackets have been tougher than in 2002.
South Florida duo keeping it all together
Childhood friends have come a long way to lead Bulls to the NCAA Tournament.

Hawks' Robinson controls old team

ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson scored 23 in his first game against his old team, and Jason Terry added 19 as the Hawks beat the Bucks 98-80 Thursday night.

Sports on the air
Barkley's interview of Sapp underdone

The potential of the outspoken and sometimes controversial Charles Barkley interviewing the outspoken and sometimes controversial Warren Sapp on TNT's Listen Up! Thursday night provided more fizzle than sizzle.

Sports on the Net
Banks' stats, site make a strong Heisman case

Ten days before the Heisman Trophy is awarded in New York, it's still anyone's guess who will emerge from a dense pack of front-runners with the votes needed to win.

Commentary: Teamwork, Morris Harris led '92 Tigers

I jumped into the debate with a sense of frustration mixed with confusion. The Times prep staff was naming the 10 best high school football players of all time and Morris Harris was not on the list.
Wildcats ugly only yesterday
TAMPA -- Now that Wharton is one victory from the Class 5A state title game, let's remind ourselves how inept, how weak and horrible, the Wildcats once were.
North Florida Chr. star state's best
TALLAHASSEE -- Ernie Sims, a linebacker and running back at North Florida Christian, has been selected as the Florida High School Football Player of the Year by Gatorade and Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director magazine.
Pirates' comeback not big enough
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Any fan leaving at halftime of Lecanto's 44-37 win against Crystal River would have missed a wild one.
Playoffs extra
Tonight's Games
Wildcats rain 3's
HUDSON -- This just in: Wesley Chapel is still, well, Wesley Chapel.
Tornadoes breeze pastLargo, remain unbeaten
LARGO -- In the season's first full week, it is hard to make conclusions, but here's one: Largo might be destined to play second fiddle in north county again.
Spartan's hat trick handles Seminole
SEMINOLE -- In an abbreviated game, Seminole's problems seemed to magnify. And perhaps with more time, the missed shots and defensive breakdowns could have been remedied.

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