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January 5, 2001
No regrets
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Trent Dilfer holds no hard feelings against the Bucs. He's doing just fine in the playoffs.
Hubert Mizell
Raiders latest Gruden glory
Watching him work the Oakland Raiders sideline, Jon Gruden seems a handsome young man with ugly old heartburn.

College football
No big plays, one big nightmare
"We needed one play. We didn't get one," Bobby Bowden says of FSU's Orange Bowl loss to Oklahoma.

Sooners unbeaten, undisputed No. 1
MIAMI -- There is no debate now. In the days, weeks and months to come, the BCS bickering that was sure to rage with a different outcome will dissolve like Florida State's offense did Wednesday night.

'Noles must fill holes -- most notably at QB
MIAMI -- For an unprecedented 13 years, Florida State won at least 10 games and finished in the Associated Press Top 4.

Two ACC stars won't be back
Two of Florida State's conference rivals are suddenly weaker.

NFL
Around the AFC
Several Dolphins dinged

Around the NFC
Hilliard to return punts?

Lightning/NHL
Slow start to 2001; slow start in Ottawa
The Lightning, 0-2 in the new year, falls 8-3 after allowing a three-goal first.

Martins to Islanders for conditional pick
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Steve Martins' return to the Lightning after a 21/2-week stint in the IHL turned out to be short-lived.

Devil Rays
Bosman, DeMerritt help fill out Rays staff
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays named the remainder of their minor-league coaching staff Thursday, and the biggest names were former major-league pitching coaches Dick Bosman and Marty DeMerritt.

Basketball
Knicks halt McGrady, Magic in OT
NEW YORK -- Marcus Camby had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but his biggest contribution was playing defensive stopper against Tracy McGrady as the New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic 95-92 in overtime Thursday night.

ThunderDawgs lose 2nd at home
ST. PETERSBURG -- Thursday night's game between Tampa Bay and Detroit was exactly what the American Basketball Association had in mind when it kicked off its first season two weeks ago.

College basketball
UF's Wright out
Florida forward Brent Wright had surgery Thursday on a stress fracture in his right foot. Wright, a 6-foot-9 starter for the No. 6 Gators, had a compression screw placed in the foot and was expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Wright is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds this season.

Gators win on the road
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 14-ranked Florida won its Southeastern Conference opener with an 82-70 win against No. 17 Mississippi State.

Duke rips FSU in ACC opener
TALLAHASSEE -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski makes no bones about it: His team can shoot.

Et cetera
Frequent updates a key for game sites
By the time Oklahoma clinched its 13-2 victory against Florida State in Wednesday's Orange Bowl, the carpet between my living room and den was wearing down.

Tiger's ratings great as other sports see decline
If you're wondering whether Tiger Woods is worthy of his megamillion-dollar endorsement deals, look no further than the 2000 sports television ratings.

Sports briefs
Courts push Tour urine testing

Preps
One goal enough for Tornadoes
CLEARWATER -- On a night when warmth was hard to find, Clearwater found it in the midfield.

Eagles need OT to reach King final
TAMPA -- He had difficulty getting out of bed Thursday morning.

Outsiders can create problems
The three county holiday tournaments sandwiched between Christmas and New Year's Day drew quality teams from out of the area, which can be a conflict. Good imports raise the caliber of the tournaments, but if they beat the locals, attendance can suffer.

Late goal dooms Gaither
TAMPA -- The idea behind the Gaither Soccer Field Classic was to bring together some of the area's elite boys teams that might not usually face each other. And with four of the state's top teams and three of the top 15 in the country, that's exactly what the inaugural event has become.

4-goal rally lifts Tigers past Bulls
TAMPA -- After trailing 2-1 in the first half, Jesuit stormed back with four unanswered goals to pound Bloomingdale 5-2 in the opening round of the Soccer Field Classic on Thursday at Gaither.

Area players named all-state
Wes Erbe and Brian Jack of Admiral Farragut and Jeff Ritch of Shorecrest were named to the Class A All-State first team.

Gators upend 4A's No. 1 team
TAMPA -- The idea behind the Gaither Soccer Field Classic was to bring together some of the area's elite teams that might not usually face each other. And with four of the state's top teams and three of the top 15 in the country, that's exactly what the inaugural event has become. Unfortunately for Gaither, it found that out on the opening night, falling 2-1 to Land O'Lakes on a goal in the 75th minute. "This is a really good win for us," said Land O'Lakes coach Mark Pearson, whose team is 16-1-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. "We were really off in the first half, but we settled down, did a better job defensively and got the situation we wanted late in the game. And it worked beautifully."


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