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By TIMES WIRES
Published October 5, 2006


N.C. State's Amato will try to quiet critics

Coach Chuck Amato, above, has a 48-30 record overall at N.C. State, but has come under fire for some particularly bad losses and his 24-25 ACC record. How can he get off the hot seat? Another win against Florida State and former boss Bobby Bowden, against whom Amato has a 3-3 mark, would help tonight. 2C

No. 17 FSU (3-1) at N.C. State (2-2)

When/Where: 7:30; Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh

TV/Radio: ESPN; 1470-AM

Line: FSU by 101/2

Weather: 70, 40 percent rain chance

BUCS BIT

Quarterback Chris Simms will speak to the media today for the first time since the surgery to remove his spleen on Sept. 24. Bay News 9 is planning to broadcast the 3 p.m. news conference.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Sir, please step away from the toilet with your hands up. The world chess championships erupted in controversy last week over bathroom breaks. The manager of Bulgarian player Veselin Topalov (wait, chess players have managers?) filed a protest that Russia's Vladimir Kramnik was going to the potty too often. The players' bathrooms are the only areas not covered by video surveillance. The implication was Kramnik, who was up 3-1 in the series (the winner needs 6.5 points), might be checking moves on a computer. The bathrooms were padlocked while the charge was investigated, and Kramnik refused to play unless he was permitted to use the private toilet. He forfeited a game, but after an agreement was made to inspect each others' bathrooms before each game, they played to two draws to make the match 4-3 Kramnik.

FACEOFF

Was the five-game suspension of Titans tackle Albert Haynesworth, who stomped on a foe's head causing 30 stitches, proper punishment? Why or why not?

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QUOTABLE

Brendan Shanahan, Rangers forward, on the state of the NHL:

"It's like we've repaired the house, and now we just need to invite more people over."