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January 5, 2003
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Bucs
Defensive trio tops All-Pros
Derrick Brooks, Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp are Tampa Bay's first-team representatives.

Surprised Bucs start new plan
Packer loss means Giants-49ers winner visits RJS next weekend.

Could Bucs and Parcells work a trade?
TAMPA -- Bill Parcells likes to surround himself with his former players.

Rays
Daulton again faces DUI charge
For a second time, former Devil Rays bullpen coach and Phillies catcher Darren Daulton went to jail on his birthday.

Rays calling this a produce market
With so many free agents unsigned and a growing number of big-name players taking small-dollar and even minor-league deals, it's been a rough winter.

Lightning
Lightning comes up short against Blues
BLUES 5, LIGHTNING 1: Two short-handed goals during the same power play leave Tampa Bay second in the Southeast.

Sarich keeps eye on youngsters
ST. LOUIS -- Cory Sarich has a soft spot for the Canadian Junior team that faces Russia tonight in the World Championships final. The Lightning defenseman played for the 1997 team, the last from Canada to win the title.

Hubert Mizell
Overpaid ... underworked?

Maybe it's because I'm so staggered by corporate lunacies of overcompensating CEOs as if they were historic creators like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, or functioned with the more modern and innovative business backbone of a Sam Walton or Bill Gates.

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[Times photo: AP photo]
Michael Vick eludes Green Bay's Cletidus Hunt in the snow during Saturday's game.
NFL
Falcons pack wallop

NFC WILD CARD: FALCONS 27, PACKERS 7: Atlanta shatters the Lambeau mystique and Green Bay.

Jets fly on; Dungy grounded again
AFC WILD CARD: JETS 41, COLTS 0: "I'm disappointed for the guys," the ex-Bucs coach says of the Colts.

Jets won't stop until job is done
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last season, the Jets believed it was an accomplishment to get to the playoffs, where they were bounced by Oakland in the first round.

Familiarity feels right to Browns
PITTSBURGH -- They are eight-point underdogs and have lost five in a row to Pittsburgh. Virtually nobody expected them to be here at the expense of such supposed Super Bowl contenders as Denver, Miami and New England.

Talk heats up between rivals, or not
The Browns-Steelers tussle renews with both sides making claims and denials about trash talk.

With TD, Favre in top group
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With his 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver with 10:26 left in the third quarter Saturday, Packers quarterback Brett Favre moved up on two lists of legendary performers.

Turnabout is rich for Giants DE
Kenny Holmes has broken free.

Fassel takes charge in playoff run
The rise of the Giants late in the season coincides with the coach's decision to commandeer the offensive play-calling.

College football
Grossman will leave Florida to enter draft

Gators quarterback decides to skip his senior season and move on to the NFL.

Fiesta Bowl simply stunning
Miami is shocked and national champion Ohio State is delirious after double-overtime thriller.

McGahee will return after surgery on knee
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Willis McGahee's decision on whether to return to Miami has been made for him -- in the worst possible way.

Season on the bubble
SIU 74, Illinois State 65

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kent Williams scored 19 and the Salukis overcame a second-half deficit Saturday.

NHL
Slap shots

It's a woman's world

Belfour makes 50 saves to carry Leafs
TORONTO -- Ed Belfour made a season-high 50 saves as the Maple Leafs beat New Jersey 2-1 on Saturday in the second game of a home-and-home series.

College basketball
Undefeated LSU beats Texas for 2nd time in 8 days

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aiysha Smith scored 22 as No. 14 LSU stayed unbeaten by defeating the nation's No. 15 team for the second time in eight days.

UConn women's streak lives after OT victory
Diana Taurasi takes over in the extra period to lead the No. 3 Huskies to their 51st straight win, 63-62 over No. 5 Vols.

1st game in UM's new home is a win
The Hurricanes beat the poor-shooting Tar Heels 64-61 in OT at the Convocation Center.

No. 1 Alabama rebounds with 65-58 victory
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 1 ranking might soon be history, but Alabama still pronounced itself ready to defend its Southeastern Conference title.

Pickett leads FSU in easy win over Virginia Tech 76-69
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tim Pickett scored 22 and reserve Michael Joiner added 16 as Florida State beat Virginia Tech 76-69 on Saturday, putting a serious crimp in the Hokies' confidence as they prepare to begin Big East Conference play.

Oklahoma State's D controls BYU 78-65
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ivan McFarlin scored a career-high 27 and Tony Allen added 22 Saturday night, leading Oklahoma State to a 78-65 victory over Brigham Young in the Touchstone Energy All-College Classic.

Parimutuels
KL Bahama Boyd takes inside track to run away at Inaugural

ST. PETERSBURG -- After KL Bahama Boyd dashed past the finish line in Saturday's 78th Inaugural at Derby Lane, just about everyone milling around the kennel scratched their heads trying to figure out how the brindle male was able to come away with a victory.

In brief
Rant/Rave

Rant ...

Defending champ pulls out of Australian Open
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Defending champion Thomas Johansson withdrew from the Australian Open with a knee injury.

Colleges
Frayer's Olympic dream comes with a price tag

The former Countryside standout and Oklahoma All-American needs funding.

Running
Husband, wife shine in debut

Amy Yoder Begley wins the women's race, and her husband, Andrew, finishes second on the men's side.

UNF student wins despite his wrong turn
TAMPA -- Front-runner Jerry Reckart, a senior at North Florida, and a group of leaders headed home prematurely on Bayshore Boulevard, losing about 10 seconds. They had followed the lead vehicle.

Organizers exceed goal of 10,000 participants
TAMPA -- While some members of the area running community have a hard time putting "Gasparilla" and "January" together, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association pulled off the feat in staging its signature races during the year's first month for the first time.

NBA
Nets toe the line to top Magic

ORLANDO -- Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the New Jersey Nets extended the league's longest current winning streak to nine games with an 88-83 victory over the Magic Saturday.

Preps
Gaither's title bid falls short

TAMPA -- The Leto Holiday Classic championship trophy remains with Largo for another year.

Wharton can't keep pace
TAMPA -- Largo put its stamp all over the Leto Holiday Classic on Saturday.

Comeback Vikings edge Patriots
ST. PETERSBURG -- Freddy Navarro had not played goalkeeper in three years. Usually a forward for Pinellas Park, Navarro volunteered to fill in for the vacationing starter, and with 10 saves in the City Championship final against Northeast, he was on his way to being tournament MVP.

Clearwater impressive against nation's best
The Clearwater girls, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, had their winning ways halted Saturday night against one of the nation's top teams in the final of the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout.

Panthers, Pirates enjoy wins
LECANTO -- Fifty was the magic number Saturday as Lecanto and Crystal River reached the half-century mark and posted wins at the Panther Holiday Classic.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Planning fishing trips offshore can be tricky in January. Cold fronts clashing with warm El Nino air have pretty much made five days a week windy and rough.

Cold winds haven't stoppedhot bites around many piers
Even though it's winter, local fishing piers are hot. The snook and tarpon may be gone, but there are plenty of other fish.

Letters
Glazers need to be grounded

When the groundhog sees his shadow, those who didn't move to Florida to escape winter's wrath long for the snow to disappear. But we who live here far away from the snow are being treated to another snow-job by those paragons of greed and chicanery, the super-hog Glazers.

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