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December 22, 2002
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The Steelers' Jerome Bettis rumbles 46 yards for a touchdown in a 17-10 win over the Bucs last season. He finished with 142 yards.
Bus to catch
Big running backs often befuddle the Bucs defense, which looks for payback Monday night against Jerome Bettis and the Steelers after last season's loss.

Johnson runs limited drills
TAMPA -- The mood was a little more upbeat at One Buc Place as starting quarterback Brad Johnson, who did not practice most of last week, participated in limited drills Saturday.

Young arms will have chance
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays knew what they were getting rid of by letting go of veteran pitchers Ryan Rupe, Tanyon Sturtze, Paul Wilson and Esteban Yan.

Jays sign Sturtze to $1-million deal
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pitcher Tanyon Sturtze wasn't unemployed long, signing a $1-million contract with the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Late flurry fails to net second point
LIGHTNING 2, PREDATORS 2: Tampa Bay settles for a tie after owning the game late.

Andreychuk glad to be skating again
TAMPA -- Dave Andreychuk leaned down, sweat dripping from his chin, and happily performed a task most professional hockey players would consider mundane.

Hubert Mizell
It's time to take notice of quiet talent Harrison in Indy

Could you pick Marvin Harrison out of a police lineup? Not that he ever would be in one. Jerry Rice is unquestionably pro football's greatest past receiver, but No. 88 of the Colts has earned mention in the same paragraph.

College basketball
Bulls dig hole, fail to rally

MICH. ST. 65, USF 56: A 22-4 deficit proves too much to overcome vs. the No. 15 Spartans.

Gators squeak past 'Canes
UF 94, MIAMI 93 (2OT): Justin Hamilton's free throw wins it after Florida lets a 19-point lead slip away.

Davis' outburst costly for IU
First-half 3s help Syracuse stay hot
Kent State win streak ends at 21
Longhorns upset Volunteers with late 3-pointer
Top 25: LSU hangs on, beats nation's best

Horn happy on the ground

Saints receiver Joe Horn isn't happy about being selected to the Pro Bowl. He's glad to be chosen, but it's the long flight to Hawaii he could do without.

Today's games
Bills (7-7) at Packers (11-3)

Dolphins' hopes staggered
MINNEAPOLIS -- They field the NFL's rushing leader, the front-runner for defensive player of the year and four other Pro Bowl selections.

In brief
No trendy Olympics in '08

IOC president Jacques Rogge said he will not let big-money sponsors pressure the Olympics into adopting trendy sports that could lose popularity after a few years.

Highs & lows

College football
Streaking Rockets got breaks, a bit of respect

Toledo earned a place in history when it reeled off 35 straight wins from 1969-71.

Wolverines arrive early to get ready for Outback
ST. PETERSBURG -- Michigan made an early entrance onto the Outback Bowl stage Saturday.

Grace okays deal to stay in Arizona

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks reached agreement Saturday on a one-year deal with first baseman Mark Grace.


Feaster feels for friend

Ottawa, Lalime stake claim as best in East
PHILADELPHIA -- The Senators are one of the league's hottest teams for one reason: goaltending.

USC uses teamwork to take national title

NEW ORLEANS -- It's taken two years for voleyball coach Mick Haley to lead Southern California to a national championship.

Schrader finds seat with fledgling team

Ken Schrader loves to race.

Brawl leads to fine, suspension of Blazer

NEW YORK -- Bonzi Wells drew a two-game suspension from the league for fighting at the end of Friday's Portland-Golden State game, and Rasheed Wallace was fined $15,000 for attempting to go into the stands.

Two Kirkwoods too much for opponents

CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Emily the setter and Sarah the power hitter lead Plant to consecutive Class 4A state volleyball titles.

MVP Hale sparks Eagles' turnaround
SPRING HILL -- There are times when Springstead's Tadd Hale will do something that drives coach Scott Bennett absolutely crazy.

Sorensen has hot hand in Wesley Chapel's win
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Befitting their nicknames, the Wesley Chapel Wildcats and Wharton Wildcats came out scratching and clawing in Saturday's Beef O'Brady's Wildcat Christmas Classic final.

Eagles edge CCC, reach semifinals
TAMPA -- In the three years Brandon has played in the Student Sports Invitational, the Eagles have always had to go through Clearwater Central Catholic. Brandon won the first matchup and the Marauders won the second. This time, it was anybody's game.

Clearwater claims title
CLEARWATER -- It took some time for the smoke to clear and a champion to emerge, but Jacob Loucks' 26 points and Nick Miller's 16 led Clearwater past North Laurel, Ky., 68-65 in the final of the Time Warner Tournament on Saturday.

County teams struggle
CITRUS PARK -- While Brandon was surprising in the Premier bracket, county teams did not fare as well in the Elite bracket Saturday.

Terps to face Chiefs in final
TAMPA -- Alex Schulte's three-point play with 43.7 seconds left gave host Tampa Prep a 49-48 victory over Hillsborough and a berth in the City of Tampa championship game.

Rose: Hall deserver or defiler?

I can think of a few places where Pete Rose belongs. The Baseball Hall of Fame is not one of those places.

Daily fishing report

Routine cold fronts are bringing winter conditions to Tampa Bay.

Visitors capture the 10K
CLEARWATER -- At the 4-mile mark of Saturday's 10-kilometer Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic, a blanket could have covered four front-runners racing along the course on Clearwater Beach at a sub-five-minute pace.

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