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October 8, 2000

Wide right 3

For the third time since 1991, FSU misses a last-second field goal to allow the Hurricanes to hang on. Story
  • FSU sideliners
    Hurricane support
  • Defense lets Seminoles down
    MIAMI -- As Miami players and fans cavorted at midfield, Florida State freshman defense tackle Darnell Dockett sank to his knees and pounded the Orange Bowl grass.
  • FSU quotebook
    Coach Bobby Bowden: "We would have been stupid at the half to have given up. We didn't and we went ahead. We'd be stupid to say we don't have a chance to win the national championship. We still have a chance. Our goal now is to regroup and win the next game."
  • UM quotebook
    Receiver Santana Moss: "You've got guys who are local who come down here bragging about what they did to us. I get tired of it. I come from a championship school. We go out and fight."
  • Field goal miss only part of FSU's offensive failure
    Despite 496 passing yards, the Seminoles lose many opportunities to score deep in Miami territory.
  • Shockey speaks up, silences FSU
    The tight end often says he's open. QB Ken Dorsey believes him at just the right time.

Grossman, Gators throttle LSU
GAINESVILLE -- This is how legends begin.

Bulls not ready for big boys
HATTIESBURG, Miss -- Sometimes, statistics can be deceiving.

  • Bulls forced to shuffle starters
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- South Florida entered Saturday's game against Southern Miss without several players because of injuries and illness, meaning the coaching staff had to shuffle its lineup a great deal.
  • USF sideliners

Hubert Mizell
A team win but a QB's emergence
MIAMI -- Wide Right III, newest heart-palpitating memory for a rickety old Orange Bowl, incomparable house of football dramatics, put another placekicking dagger into FSU's proud heart, triggering a scene of unbridled Hurricanes joy, harassed UM coach Butch Davis hugging heroic kid quarterback Ken Dorsey.

Upsets set up Rose Bowl confusion

In line for a return trip to Metrodome
McDaniel, Christy face big game against Vikings with extra interest. It's against their former team.

The World Cup vs. brother Bill
TAMPA -- Although he wasn't quite 3 years old in the summer of 1978, placekicker Martin Gramatica vividly remembers the important things going on in his life.

Three brothers, one love
TAMPA -- Back then, Chidi Ahanotu was a Blackboard Jungle kid growing up in a PTA family.

Webster to get his 1st start
TAMPA -- Another rookie will make his first NFL start on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

McKay has his eyes on realignment
TAMPA -- If the Bucs don't win the NFC Central this season, they'll probably never win it again.

Best and worst: Game 6
BEST -- TAMPA BAY 24, MINNESOTA 13, OCT. 13, 1996: The Vikings (5-1) were tied for the NFL's best record when they came to Tampa, but rookie coach Tony Dungy got his first win by beating the team that employed him as defensive coordinator the four previous seasons.

Bucs chat
Offense still needs some improvement

The thinking man's punter
Thirty-five and in his 12th NFL season, Mark Royals, a 6-1, 215-pound punter, has seen it all. Now he says it all on relationships with teammates, Ray Perkins, the NFL cities, respect punters never get, Pokemon and his million-dollar hairdo.

NFL games
Hooper's record: last week 6-8 (42-30 overall), 4-10 vs. spread (39-29-4).

Saints pleased with Howard
The Tampa Bay area's ability to produce baseball talent is well-known. Now its football products are beginning to shine in the NFL.

Darrell Fry
Bucs want this 'guest' to leave
TAMPA -- This is where doubt lives. This is where it germinates, where it nourishes and then begins to grow. Lose a couple of games and it tiptoes into your house, often unannounced and always through the back door.

Opener shows power play shortcoming
Overpassing hurt the Lightning vs. the Islanders. But shots-passes is a delicate balance to achieve.

'Textbook play' creates a lead, albeit short-lived
TAMPA -- Petr Svoboda scored the goal. Ryan Johnson, Stan Drulia and Alexander Kharitonov made the plays.

Reports say Lightning went looking for Sens wing Roy
The Lightning last week apparently took a shot at acquiring Senators left wing Andre Roy in a trade for a mid round draft choice.

Some Panthers offer to help pay for a Cup
How's this for team spirit? Some Florida Panthers said they are willing to defer salary if it means acquiring Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake.

Slap shots
FOR THE RECORD: The Maple Leafs have a player named Don MacLean, and no, he can't sing, and no, he has no connection to the Don McLean who sang American Pie.

St. Louis advances easily
Jim Edmonds continues his MVP-like tear as the Cardinals win 7-1.

A's stave off elimination
The Athletics ride a 22-year-old pitcher for an 11-1 win to force a Game 5 tonight in Oakland.

Young A's have fun while winning
NEW YORK -- The A's season may not end in a celebration, but they've certainly enjoyed the party thus far.

Mizell mailbag
Excitement fading fast for Bucs fans
Is it me, or do the Bucs seem cocky? Offense still can't move the ball. Shaun King has no rhythm; his passing is not good enough. After four games, I see Keyshawn Johnson catching maybe 40 passes, with an average of 8 yards. Last year, we got rid of Trent Dilfer and Mike Shula. Who will it be this time? At best, the Bucs will go 8-8.

Reader commentary
Rothschild not only thing wrong with Rays
Davey Johnson, Buck Showalter, Jack McKeon, Lou Piniella. The list gets more attractive every day. Instead we are looking forward to the 2001 season with Larry Rothschild. Chuck LaMar should have waited ... before deciding to rehire Larry for next season.

Sports shorts
Sports briefs
Baird wins Knickerbocker Cup

NBA briefs
Mourning suffers kidney ailment

Highs and lows

Auto racing briefs
NASCAR may take Kenseth's win away

NHL briefs
Sabres, rookie goalie rally

Devil Rays/baseball
Players find life after Rays in post-season action
NEW YORK -- The post-season has been filled with former Devil Rays. There's Rick White and Bubba Trammell with the Mets, Jim Mecir with the A's, Jose Canseco and Dwight Gooden with the Yankees, Herbert Perry and Tony Graffanino with the White Sox, Joe Oliver with the Mariners, spring training invitee John Burkett with the Braves.

Rays prepare for new look, altering name
NEW YORK -- The Devil Rays may have the same manager and core players next season, but they're going to have a new look.

Baseball briefs
Johnson mulls over his future

The fall mullet run will be 'smoking'
Have you ever wondered why mullet jump? I've heard all kinds of reasons and have come to the conclusion it doesn't really matter.

Divers must display larger warning flags
TAMPA -- Scuba divers heading offshore this weekend better have a diver-down flag aboard. Make that a BIG diver-down flag.

Captain's corner
Tommy Butler caught a world record mutton snapper, and teammates Mike Watts, Jeff Moore and Dan Gooden weighed in the winning amberjack and grouper at the 17th annual Charlie Rice Memorial Fishing Tournament at Gators Cafe and Saloon on Treasure Island.

Pack mentality carries Lecanto girls to victory
The Panthers win by 63 points while the Central boys edge Ocala Forest to win their home meet for the first time in four years.

Powerful Olympic Heights rallies to win Berkeley title
Durant leads area teams with a third-place finish while host Berkeley Prep places sixth.

Northside's Mathews regaining killer instinct
Pick any time of year and you will most likely find Melissa Mathews on a volleyball court. She'll be the one flying through the air with her arm cocked behind her right ear, then flicking it forward and sending the ball spiraling toward the other end of the floor.

AFA's Biffar outruns county foe
BROOKSVILLE -- Pinellas County was represented by only two of the 17 teams at Saturday's Central Invitational, but it still managed to get a one-two finish in the boys race.

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