Published November 28, 2006


A man who once held Mike Shula's pressure-packed post has a message for the man who'll replace him: Coaching Alabama football is not just a job. It's an adventure. "Until you get there, until you sit in that chair, you just can't imagine everything the job entails," said Mike DuBose, who was fired in 2000, his fourth year as coach. "It is not like any other position in college athletics at any level." Shula, above, was fired Monday, nine days after losing to rival Auburn for the fourth time in as many tries. Details, 4C

Ex-Bucs kicker lands new gig

Former Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica, below, turned 31 Monday and got a nice birthday present: an NFL contract. The Dallas Cowboys waived kicker Mike Vanderjagt, who quickly wore out his welcome after receiving a $2.5-million signing bonus in the offseason, and signed Gramatica. Details, 8C

Give that Lightning player a star

The Lightning ended a long drought Monday when Marty St. Louis was named the NHL's first star for the week ending Sunday. No Tampa Bay player had been honored since Nikolai Khabibulin in March 2004. St. Louis led the NHL with nine points (four goals, five assists) in four games. For St. Louis, who entered Monday tied for fifth in the league with 30 points and sixth with 15 goals, it was his first player of the week award. He was player of the month in January and February 2004.

Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer

Wright gearing up in public forum

Boxer Winky Wright will hold a public workout on the plaza outside the St. Pete Times Forum before tonight's Lightning-Capitals game. Wright is preparing for his fight Saturday against Ike Quartey at the Times Forum, and rumor is Oscar De La Hoya - whose Golden Boy Promotions is promoting the fight - may be in the ring to help Wright get loose by working the pads. Tampa's Jeff Lacy also will work out in the plaza tonight. Lacy, who fights Vitali Tsypko on Saturday, will be in the ring at 6 p.m. and Wright will step into the ring at 6:30.

"Everybody wants to get to New York to play under those lights. Those same lights that draw stardom also cause heat. And right now, Eli can't take the heat."

The NFL Network's Deion Sanders, about the recent struggles of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.