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Bucs
Young Gruden knows pressure
After a Super Bowl season with brother Jon and the Bucs, Predators QB Jay Gruden is prepared for anything.

Rays
Rays add defense with signing of first baseman Travis Lee
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays made their defense better and their lineup more convoluted Thursday by signing former Philadelphia first baseman Travis Lee.

Lightning
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Dave Andreychuk, who was honored in a pregame ceremony, tries to get back to his feet.
Lightning lets it slip by
MAPLE LEAFS 3, LIGHTNING 2 (OT): Toronto ties it in the third and scores at 3:49 of overtime to beat Tampa Bay for the eighth straight time.

John Romano: Spark for slumping goalie
TAMPA -- You watched, not sure of what you were hoping to see. A sign, perhaps. An indication of some sort.

Andreychuk honored, but he's not finished
TAMPA -- Dave Andreychuk Night at the St. Pete Times Forum looked a lot like a victory lap ceremony for a player slowly fading into the twilight of his career.

Motorsports: Home team advantage
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has taken a leadership role and cemented his place on the team his father founded.
Another Andretti at Indy
DAYTONA BEACH -- John Andretti got permission from his NASCAR bosses to run in the Indianapolis 500 this season. He'll race against his cousin one last time.

NFL: Middleton not ready to let it go
Four days after Barret Robbins acknowledged he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Raiders lineman Frank Middleton isn't ready to mend fences with his teammate.

College football: Leavitt is 'ecstatic' over Bradenton CB
TAMPA -- One of the last things South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said after addressing the media Wednesday was that the Bulls intended to sign one more player, a cornerback.

NHL: Detroit can't get it past Roy
DETROIT -- Patrick Roy couldn't be much hotter.

College basketball: Free-throw record falls
BOCA RATON -- Jacksonville State's Shanika Freeman set a women's NCAA record by making 22 consecutive free throws Thursday night.
Virginia's 16-0 run stuns Terps
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Reserve Devin Smith scored 17 and keyed a 16-0 second-half run as Virginia erased a 12-point deficit and stunned No. 8 Maryland 86-78 Thursday night.
Season on the bubble: Salukis watch
SIU 65, Drake 64

NBA: Lakers edge Knicks, finally get over .500
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal have the Lakers playing like champions again.

Tennis: Tampa's Blake wants to be like Ashe -- off the court
In 1990, Arthur Ashe started the Safe Passage Tennis Program to build self-esteem, character and discipline among at-risk children.
U.S. puts Fish on line with his Davis Cup singles debut
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Mardy Fish will make his Davis Cup singles debut in opening the U.S. team's World Group matches against Croatia today.

Sports on the air: If it includes Bucs, it must be a winner
Red and pewter? Try solid gold.

Surfin' the Net: Bucs' Jackson won't bid, but he wants ring back

As part of the endless parade of strange Bucs items put up for auction since the team's Super Bowl victory, a Kansas City dealer this week posted on eBay.com the 1996 Florida State Orange Bowl championship ring that once belonged to Bucs safety Dexter Jackson.

Golf: Pebble Beach plays trick on field
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Kevin Sutherland stepped outside and took a deep breath, soaking in the bright sunshine and calm air.

Preps: Bucs go from 4th to 1st
A-6 BOYS: Berkeley Prep hangs on for a 1-0 win against Tampa Prep and will host a region quarterfinal game.
Bulls, Cowboys use penalty kicks to advance
RIVERVIEW -- In the district semifinals Wednesday, penalty kicks decided both games as Bloomingdale defeated Riverview 2-1 and Gaither beat Wharton by the same score. The Bulls and Cowboys will meet at 7:30 tonight in the final at J. Vince Thompson Stadium.
FHSAA reinstates Warhawk
Seminole leading scorer Corey Ahern has been reinstated by the Florida High School Activities Association after being suspended for a red card two weeks ago.
Packers guard picks N.C. State
LARGO -- After 10 days off with a concussion and a weekend recruiting trip to Holy Cross, Largo's Mike O'Donnell knew his legs were on borrowed time Tuesday night against Countryside.
Panthers come roaring back to stay perfect
3A-9 BOYS: Plant uses four overtimes to beat Sickles 2-1 after having a goal disallowed.
Cougars' keeper gets 13th shutout of season
3A-10 GIRLS: Durant's 2-0 win gives it homefield advantage in the region tournament.
Berkeley Prep dumps Terps
CLEARWATER -- With the defending state champion out of the way the road to the district title figured to be an easy one.
An unusual Tornado win
Clearwater earns its eighth consecutive PCAC North Division title in a close game.
King knocks off Plant for crown
3A-9 GIRLS: The Lions kept the Panthers on the defensive much of the game in a 3-0 victory.
Durant handles Armwood
3A-10 BOYS: The Cougars don't underestimate the Hawks, claiming the title with a 4-2 victory.
Keswick gives Barons fits
A-7 GIRLS: St. Petersburg Catholic needs four OTs and two penalty-kick rounds for a 4-2 win.
18 years later, streak ends
2A-9 BOYS: Osceola ends Jesuit's district dominance and undermanned Brandon stops Lakewood.

Outdoors: Know your limits
Restrictions on some popular fish in Tampa Bay can be confusing, but the Tampa Bay Estuary Program has something that might help. It has come out with the Tampa Bay Ethical Angler wallet card, which has illustrations of 12 species most commonly caught in Tampa Bay.
Built with one thing in mind . . . Go Fish
LARGO -- Wayne Johnston knew what he wanted in a boat.
February forecast
February may be the month that great fishing finally returns to the bay area. Don't look for much improvement right away -- the water is still very cold -- but more often than not, spring conditions begin to take over during the latter part of this month and into early March. .
Freshwater Forecast
People often ask me what is my favorite lure?
Shrimp tales
Ask a fisherman to name the most versatile inshore bait and, nine out of 10 times, pink shrimp will be the answer.
North Suncoast fishing forecast
The first week of February has given a slight reprieve from one of the harshest winters in recent memory. Water temperatures have started to rise toward normal averages.

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