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January 10, 2003
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Bucs
Different routes
owens49ers’ Terrell Owens earns accolades
Still brash but perhaps maturing, 49ers receiver gets Gruden's vote as No. 1. Story
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49ers at Bucs

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In Sunday's St. Petersburg Times: 16 pages on the Bucs and the playoffs
johnson Keyshawn Johnson ponders his role
Bucs receiver says being in an offensive system means less production and fun. Story

Gary Shelton: I questioned, they answered -- emphatically
TAMPA -- I questioned.

Players deal with increase in intensity
Even though the Bucs have made the playoffs four consecutive seasons (and five of the past six), staying grounded in the midst of playoff intensity is a big challenge.

Rays
Pax is home to Rays games
The Rays announced a multiyear agreement to broadcast 65 regular-season games on Pax network's WXPX-Ch. 66 this season.
Lightning
From huge splash to huge splat
THRASHERS 3, LIGHTNING 2 (OT): Two days after beating a top team, Tampa Bay loses to one of the NHL's worst.

Feaster seeks top-four defenseman
TAMPA -- The second half of the season began Thursday with the spotlight almost as much on Lightning general manager Jay Feaster as the players.

NFL
Jets leave behind dark days of losing

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Lately, the "Same Old Jets" has meant a winning franchise.
Around the NFC
EAGLES: Donovan McNabb can expect to see plenty of blitzes from the Falcons, and not because he's returning from a broken ankle.
Around the AFC
JETS: Chad Pennington's father-in-law is battling leukemia, but the quarterback doesn't want to discuss it.
Chiefs' Holmes gets offensive award
Priest Holmes accomplished in 14 games what many players can't in two full seasons. His reward: Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Baseball
Colon-to-Marlins deal teeters on health of Penny's arm

The Expos and Marlins have a trade in the works that would send 20-game winner Bartolo Colon to Florida for right-hander Brad Penny and three others, ESPN.com reported Thursday, but there is a catch.

NHL
Ottawa: bankruptcy filing

OTTAWA -- The Senators filed for bankruptcy Thursday, seeking protection from creditors while they look for a buyer. The filing allows the team to keep playing during any negotiations on a sale, majority owner Rod Bryden said.

College basketball
SSC play begins, but UT still struggles

TAMPA -- It might have been just the first game on the conference schedule, but the University of Tampa men's basketball team can not be pleased with the result of its opener Wednesday against Eckerd.
No. 12 Ducks fall to streaking Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Amit Tamir scored 25 and Joe Shipp added 22 points and eight rebounds to lead California to its third straight win, an 88-72 upset over No. 12 Oregon on Thursday night.
No. 1 Duke survives Virginia by 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Alana Beard made two free throws with .8 of a second left to play, capping a stunning 41-point performance that lifted top-ranked Duke to a 60-59 victory Thursday night over Virginia.

NBA
Kings snare Nets, ending run at home

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The second-best team in the West humiliated the top team in the East.

Sports on the air
Even with Bucs off, area loves its football

Channel 13's Chip Carter knows the Bucs are ratings winners and the bay area is football country. But when told the Tampa/St. Petersburg market produced higher ratings than New York and San Francisco for Sunday's Giants-49ers game on Fox, he was flabbergasted.

Golf
Furyk, Els at home in Hawaii

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The PGA Tour could not have asked for an easier start to the new season.

Preps
Wood accepts pro job

The Wharton coach and former Bucs linebacker will be a defensive line coach for NFL Europe.
Countryside coach resigns
John Williams, who guided the Countryside girls to Class 3A state tennis championships in 2001 and 2002, has resigned after two seasons as the Cougars coach.
Spartans lose two players
Guard Maurice Robinson is academically ineligible and forward Pat Carter is injured.
City teams have their day in the sun
ST. PETERSBURG -- Northeast coach Bill Dudley constantly fields calls from teams across the county and state trying to get into the St. Petersburg City Tournament.
Top seeds Countryside, Brandon should meet
Like the Eagles, the Cougars are strong in the middle of their lineup.
Big free throws lift Lecanto
LECANTO -- Swish.
After years of waiting, Cougars get their shot
Dave Fryer's team can't wait to go head-to-head with Brandon.

Outdoors
Hypothermia, the hidden danger

Stumbling along the beach, shivering in wet clothes, a friend snapped me back to my senses.
Daily fishing report
Like to avoid crowds at the boat ramp? This is your week, thanks to a combination of windy conditions, frigid temperatures and extreme low tides.

In brief
Safin thinks EPO testing unnecessary

SYDNEY, Australia -- Marat Safin says blood testing for the banned performance-enhancing substance EPO is invasive and unnecessary, and players weren't properly consulted about its introduction.

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