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December 30, 2002
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[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
Martin Gramatica, left, gets ready to celebrate with Lomas Brown in the fourth after kicking his third of five field goals.
Hello Good Bye
The season finale isn't pretty for the offense, but it's worth next week off, is the Bucs first win when the kickoff is below 40 degrees and is their 12th win of the season.

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John Romano: Gimme five!
Sound bites

Bucs want compensation for right to talk to Parcells
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A year after Bill Parcells signed a contract to become the next Buccaneers coach, only to change his mind and remain retired, Tampa Bay wants to be compensated if Parcells is courted by another team.

Club sees a Pittman it sought all along
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- He purposefully got dressed in his locker room stall, as if savoring the glory of the moment..

Gramatica comes through
Two years after costing the Bucs a first-round bye, the kicker's five field goals produces one.

Defense returns to dominant form
Tampa Bay isn't sack-happy but numbers (4 INTs, 218 yards allowed) still work in its favor.

Media designate QB Johnson MVP
11-year vet Brad Johnson, in his second year with the Bucs, has one of his best seasons.

Gary Shelton: Johnson's health determines fate
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- For the Bucs, the finest play of the night came late, far away from the crowd and the cameras.

Lightning earns powerful victory
Four power-play goals and Brad Richards' three assists help lead to a 5-3 win against the Rangers.

Ranger makes first trip back to Tampa
TAMPA -- When Gordie Dwyer arrived in Tampa three years ago, he was a 21-year-old second-year pro looking for a chance to break into the NHL.

Colts shrug off Jaguars, win way into playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts hoped on Sunday to fix some of their flaws in time for the AFC playoffs. They settled for a win.

Browns' wait worthwhile
CLEVELAND -- They won and waited. And then, the Browns were forced to wait some more before they could celebrate.

Saints finish with a thud, out of playoffs
NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints were so close to the playoffs, just one win away with three chances to get in.

Jets win East, deny Packers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Like the fans tailgating outside Giants Stadium to the broadcasted sounds of a game in another city, Jets players settled into their locker room early Sunday afternoon and watched a little football.

Pats, Fins lose waiting game
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots leaped for joy, the Dolphins hung their heads. Then both waited to see if they'd make the playoffs.

Titans clinch bye in return to hostile Houston
HOUSTON -- Though it has been six years since owner Bud Adams moved the Oilers to Tennessee, fans haven't forgotten.

NFL Round-up
Steelers 34, Ravens 31

Wild day sees all playoff dramas settled
The Jets, Browns, Colts and Falcons are the last ones in the 12-team field.

Cowboys future in air for Smith, Campo
In possibly his last game with Dallas, Emmitt Smith, the league's all-time leading rusher, gained a season-low 13 yards on 18 carries in a 20-14 loss to Washington.

Rams limp into finale against division rival
ST. LOUIS -- It's the end of the line for the defending NFC champions, a month earlier than they had expected.

College football
Jacksonville sheriff investigates player's arrest

JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The Jacksonville sheriff has ordered internal affairs officials to investigate the arrest of Notre Dame linebacker Chad DeBolt because of bruises he sustained when picked up for causing a disturbance at a nightclub.

Tigers' coordinator enjoys homecoming
ORLANDO -- Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik hasn't had enough time to really savor his homecoming the past few days as the No.19 Tigers prepare to play No.10 Penn State in the Capital One Bowl.

UM center distracts foes with his jokes
PHOENIX -- Miami senior center Brett Romberg might have a career to fall back on if the NFL doesn't work out: stand-up comedy.

UF coach to receive contract bonuses
TAMPA -- One month after Wednesday's Outback Bowl, Florida coach Ron Zook will get extra cash for his efforts.

'Noles' Emanuel switching roles
NEW ORLEANS -- Florida State junior Kevin Emanuel, who started all 13 games at defensive end, will shift to tackle to add experience and depth to a position in need of both.

2002: The Year in Review
The good, the bad and the ugly

The Seminoles bumbled, the Gators tumbled and the Bulls grumbled -- about the cockamamy bowl system.

Forsberg's hat trick helps Colorado roll

DENVER -- As one of the league's top scorers, Peter Forsberg always has taken an odd approach: pass first, score second.

College basketball
Stanford stuns Arizona with late rally

STANFORD, Calif. -- Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored a career-high 19 and blocked a crucial shot in the closing minutes as sixth-ranked Stanford rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 21 Arizona 82-74 Sunday.

Terps begin title defense with narrow escape
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Drew Nicholas had been there. So had fellow Maryland seniors Steve Blake, Ryan Randle and Tahj Holden.

Bulls follow blueprint to coach's milestone
A well-executed 68-56 win over East Tennessee State hands Seth Greenberg his 100th win at USF.

In brief
Historic Cinergy Field demolished

The ballpark that was home to Pete Rose's Big Red Machine and the site of Hank Aaron's 714th home run was reduced to rubble in less than a minute Sunday.

Suns get needed lift from rookie

CLEVELAND -- Amare Stoudemire played with the intensity of a hyperactive high schooler and the physical presence of a polished professional.

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