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January 8, 2003
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Bucs
It's all in the details for Brad Johnson
Drive for perfection helps Bucs QB succeed wherever he goes.

Giant collapse upsets Barber
TAMPA -- Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber went from expecting to face the Giants -- up 38-14 in the second half Sunday -- to the shock of preparing for the 49ers.

Bucs sideline
Meet the 49ers

Gary Shelton: Little plays can bring heartache
Some people aren't happy unless they're unhappy. Some people worry if there isn't anything to worry about.

Lightning
photo
[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin kicks the puck away in the second period, denying a shot from Red Wings left wing Kirk Maltby.
Khabibulin clips Red Wings
LIGHTNING 1, WINGS 0: The Tampa Bay goalie makes 30 saves for his 30th shutout.

Boyle out with hand injury
TAMPA -- The Lightning, already without its best defensive defenseman, now must make do without its best offensive defenseman.

Baseball
Joyful Carter, somber Murray voted into Hall

Catcher in on sixth try, while first baseman, a ballot newcomer, has honor tempered by sister's death.

College basketball
Gators start strong in SEC

NO. 11 UF 74, NO. 7 MISS ST. 66: Seniors key impressive road win in conference opener.

Sooners deal Huskies first loss
NORMAN, Okla. -- Hollis Price was the clear winner in this matchup of premier guards. As a result, Connecticut isn't unbeaten anymore.

Playing with familiar fire
USF faces aggressive style in C-USA opener: UAB is run by Nolan Richardson disciple.

NFL
McNabb again Eagles' starter

Quarterback not worried about mobility after ankle injury.

Broncos' Portis named top offensive rookie
The Broncos just keep finding dominant young running backs. The latest, Clinton Portis, beat college teammate Jeremy Shockey for the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.

Around the AFC
STEELERS

Around the NFC
EAGLES

In brief
Capriati loses in tuneup

SYDNEY, Australia -- Two-time defending Australian Open champion Jennifer Capriati of Wesley Chapel lost to Tatiana Panova 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round of the Sydney International on Tuesday.

College football
Ohio State's Tressel takes coach of year honor

NEW ORLEANS -- Less than a week after winning the national championship, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was chosen Division I-A coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday.

NHL
Cash-strapped Senators could file for bankruptcy today

OTTAWA -- The Senators, unable to pay their players last week, might end up filing for bankruptcy.

Motorsports
Grand Prix has work left to do

Organizers still seek sponsors, entertainment for next month's race.

NBA
Webber returns to form

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Webber made his return from an injury a strong one.

Preps
Plant sneaks past King

TAMPA -- It was everything a Plant-King game was supposed to be: hard-hitting, physical and right down to the wire.

3 goals plenty vs. Lions
TAMPA -- Plant won Tuesday night the way it's won just about every time this season: scoring in a variety of ways with a variety of people.

Donahoe heats up in time
The Jesuit standout scores 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 54-49 win over St. Petersburg Catholic.

Call for stats
The Times will publish girls and boys basketball statistics on Thursdays and Fridays. Coaches are encouraged to send stats to John Schwarb (girls) and John C. Cotey (boys) by fax (727) 445-4119 or phone at (727) 445-4170.

Youngsters help Devils feel better
The first half of the season was not gentle for St. Petersburg High. Coach Rui Farias, who saw girl after girl go down, said his team was ravaged by injuries and two of the five on the injured list are out for the year.

Wasn't like the old days
CLEARWATER -- In his days as a Clearwater junior varsity coach and varsity assistant, Rick Nickerson didn't have too many nights in Jack Wilson Gymnasium like he did Tuesday.

Gulf almost lets it get away
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Both teams needed a win. Hudson needed more time.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report

Though snook season is closed, excellent opportunities exist for catch-and-release action.

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