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January 1, 2001

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Steve White glares at the Eagles fans s they get on the players in the closing moments of Tampa Bay's 21-3 loss.
Gary Shelton
Familiar refrain ends it for Bucs
PHILADELPHIA -- This is how it ends.

Hubert Mizell
Defense goes cold this time
PHILADELPHIA -- Another cold day in hell.

Eagles QB Donovan McNabb outpasses, outruns and outthinks the Bucs, ending their season with a very disappointing 21-3 wild-card game spanking.

Back home, fans deal with their own cold
TAMPA -- With the mercury hovering in the mid-50s, Dan O'Keefe stood outside the Ice Palace in his Lightning T-shirt and said the Buccaneers shouldn't worry about the cold.

Turnover changes fortunes
PHILADELPHIA -- Coach Tony Dungy preached all season that the Bucs' conservative approach to offense was not a prescription for problems ... as long as the Bucs didn't turn the ball over.

Loose, elusive McNabb sets the winning tone
PHILADELPHIA -- Sometimes, the simplest things can end up meaning the most.

Keyshawn, Dunn wanted to see football more
PHILADELPHIA -- After a midseason four-game losing streak, the Bucs offense seemed to correct its problems.

Feeling slighted, Eagles defense pummels Bucs
PHILADELPHIA -- The reputation of the Bucs defense may intimidate some offenses, but it served to inspire the Philadelphia defense.

Outback Bowl
Time to spread out
Outback Bowl coaches, both old hands, have embraced the newfangled spread offense.

Holtz's goal: work but relax
TAMPA -- Part of the Lou Holtz mystique is the unique ways in which the South Carolina coach motivates, encourages and unites his players. Another is the way he treats them: tough on the field, and off it, his expectations and attention do not wane one bit.

More bowl coverage
Your average superstar
Out of nowhere, with little to work with, Josh Heupel has made himself a Sooners great.

Florida-Miami: A rivalry revisited
Florida and Miami play for the first time in 13 seasons Tuesday in New Orleans. To refresh everyone's memories of this bitter rivalry, the Times will review one classic game in the series each day leading up to the Sugar Bowl.

UM's Davis: No interest in Cleveland
NEW ORLEANS -- Miami coach Butch Davis denied a report Sunday that he would head to Cleveland this week for exploratory talks with Browns president Carmen Policy.

Season of redemption
Jabar Gaffney knew he had a tough job regaining Steve Spurrier's trust. Mission accomplished.

Moss puts the dazzle back into his game
Miami receiver and kick returner overcomes early injury, warns Gators they'd better be ready.

College football roundup
Air Force wins with surprising passing

What will Drew choose?
The Michigan quarterback, a two-sport star, has a tough decision after today's Citrus Bowl.

The worst kind of reminiscence
MIAMI -- As he walked into the Orange Bowl on Sunday morning, Florida State kicker Matt Munyon couldn't help but go backward in time.

Mississippi State rallies, wins in OT
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Wayne Madkin scored on a 6-yard scramble to give Mississippi State a 43-41 overtime victory over Texas A&M on Sunday night in the snowy Independence Bowl.

Leafs sour end of homestand
The Lightning twice gets within a goal of tying but falls to Toronto 3-2 to finish 2-2-2 in a stretch at the Ice Palace.

St. Louis lines up production
TAMPA -- When Martin St. Louis signed this season, he knew he would have to gain his coach's confidence.

More NFL playoffs
Dolphins brace for Oakland's 'atmosphere'
Miami players, aware of what awaits, say they're unfazed.

Ball bounces right for Sharpe on TD
BALTIMORE -- And they say Trent Dilfer has trouble hitting his receivers down field. Heck, the ex-Buccaneers quarterback hit two in one play Sunday.

Defensive Ravens state their case 21-3
Baltimore's record-setting unit dominates high-powered Broncos.

Urlacher completes his rookie turnaround
NEW YORK -- From an early-season benching to top rookie is an improbable climb. Brian Urlacher of the Bears did it and was selected the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year.

Dolphins impressed with their next foe
As great as Saturday's win against Indianapolis was for the Dolphins, they didn't spend much time enjoying it.

Around the NFC
St. Louis plans changes for its underacheiving defense

Captain's corner
With the arrival of the new year, there are new regulations to remember. As of today, black and gag grouper must be 22 inches to keep. Reds and other species of grouper remain at 20. These laws pertain to recreational fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico. Any five grouper in the aggregate make up the bag limit.

Horse racing
A horse for this course

OLDSMAR -- Of all the advantages a horse might have on paper before a race, perhaps none is as significant as the one suggested by the saying "horses for courses."

Sports digest
U.S. hockey team sets up quarterfinal vs. Canada

Women's basketball roundup
Irish off to best start

NFL roundup
Urlacher completes his rookie turnaround

T-Dawgs lose home opener
ST. PETERSBURG -- Sunday morning's practice marked the first time the Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs set foot on the court in the Times Arena at Bayfront Center.

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