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January 7, 2003
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Bucs
Bucs prepare for challenge
The league's best defense is anxious to see how it will match up against San Francisco's high-powered offense.

Bucs getting back to normal
TAMPA -- After a three-day weekend off, the Bucs returned to practice Monday with lively legs and even livelier spirits.

Lightning
Words of wisdom from within
Self-evaluation leads to Brad Richards' ongoing improvement.

Fans in the dark for Lightning vs. Wings
At home, that is. With no deal between Sunshine and Time Warner, one of Tampa Bay's biggest matchups won't be televised.

John Romano
Saves don't cut it as a Hall criteria

The hour is late. The outcome is near.

photo
[Times photos: Scott Keeler]
Indian Rocks Christian's Kristin Limpose battles for a loose ball during a junior varsity game against Berkeley Prep. Limpose averages about seven points and seven rebounds in splitting time between the JV and varsity teams.
Preps focus
She can and does

Despite having one hand, Kristin Limpose not only plays basketball at Indian Rocks Christian, the 6-foot-1 eighth-grader thrives.

NFL
NFL says officials blew call

League says referees misinterpreted rules and the Giants should have been given another chance to beat the 49ers.

Around the AFC
The question is whether a 41-0 victory over Indianapolis on Saturday was the result of New York's excellence or the Colts' ineptitude.

Around the NFC
Duce Staley would not be in Philadelphia if Warrick Dunn had made a different decision in March.

Titans try to keep edge this time
Being eliminated from the playoffs at home two years ago motivates Tennessee.

Green Bay's Favre says he'll be back
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Hold off on the gold watch. Cancel the cake. Brett Favre isn't ready to call it a career.

College football
Grossman preparing for future

GAINESVILLE -- Saying he couldn't pass up the opportunity to fulfill a dream of playing professional football, former Florida quarterback Rex Grossman said Monday that he is walking away from the Gators one year early with no regrets.

NHL
Unpaid Senators now best in league

NEW YORK -- Success is coming easily to Marian Hossa now that he is not concerned when his paycheck will arrive.

In brief
Rays sign 3B Truby, add depth

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays acquired some needed infield depth, signing third baseman Chris Truby to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

College basketball
Pickett brings FSU to life

TALLAHASSEE -- Tim Pickett, known for his offensive prowess, made a block that spurred Florida State as the Seminoles survived a dreadful first half to defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-56 Monday night.

Pitt proves itself with rout of Notre Dame
PITTSBURGH -- The main criticism of No. 6 Pittsburgh has been that it hasn't beaten a quality opponent. No one can say that now.

Duke's men join women at No. 1
Duke jumped to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday, joining the Blue Devils women atop the rankings. Connecticut is the only other school to have held both top spots simultaneously.

Nittany Lions hand Gophers their first loss
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Kelly Mazzante scored 17 of her 22 in the first half as No. 17 Penn State upset No. 9 Minnesota 83-53 Monday night.

NBA
New Jersey extends win streak to 10

ATLANTA -- Jason Kidd kept throwing the ball away, but the New Jersey Nets still found a way to win their 10th in a row.

McGrady does it all again
ORLANDO -- Tracy McGrady keeps coming through for the Magic.

Preps
Twins hope to help add to Brandon's win streak

BRANDON -- One of the first moves Tommy and Eddie Hutchinson learned at age 3 came with the aid of Big Bird of Sesame Street.
Harvard to get county's best
Kevin Lyons had a tough choice: Harvard or Duke. Duke or Harvard. Poor guy.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Trout fishing in lower Tampa Bay continues to be outstanding. Extremely low tides have pushed the action into the potholes that line the edge of the flats.

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