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October 9, 2000

A masterpiece for the Mets
[AP photo]
Bobby Jones one-hits the Giants 4-0 to send New York into the NLCS against St. Louis.
Mets, Yankees move on
Big first inning propels defending World Series champs to ALCS vs. Seattle.

Baker-Giants tandem seems set
The manager is a free agent, but he and owner Peter Magowan sound intent on keeping him in San Francisco.

NLDS notebook
Giants upbeat after stunning turnaround

The alarm is set for Bucs vs. Vikings
And the clock is ticking on Tampa Bay's division-title hopes.

Matchups to watch
Vikings C Matt Birk and G Corbin Lacina vs. Bucs DT Warren Sapp

Buccaneers quick hits
Bucs are making their first of two appearances this season on Monday Night Football, with Al, Dan and Dennis slated to visit Tampa for the Dec. 18 game against the St. Louis Rams. Tampa Bay is 3-3 on Monday night, 3-1 at home and 0-2 on the road.

Analysis: Merrill Hoge, ESPN
I can sit down every week and give you nine reasons why the Bucs are going to win and nine reasons why Minnesota is going to win. Obviously, how each one of those nine factors plays out better for each team will determine who wins.

Buccaneers by the numbers

Green proves his critics wrong
Minnesota coach Denny Green could not be prodded into gloating, but deep inside he has to feel good about proving all the naysayers wrong.

Hubert Mizell
Dear Tony/Les: Please, please open your offense
MINNEAPOLIS -- They'll let it fly against the Vikings. I mean, by Bucs right-wing offensive standards. I sense a tempered uncorking, even as Tampa Bay guys blab their usual starchy cliches, laced with "execute better" and "work harder."

The late slow: Canucks' rally throttles Lightning
Tampa Bay comes back but Vancouver goes one better with three late goals to win 5-4.

Lightning wastes Cloutier's effort
The goaltender faces 41 shots and still has Tampa Bay in position to win until a late collapse.

Pin it on swelled heads
TAMPA -- Some of the Lightning's best work Sunday may have fueled its greatest disappointment.

Captain's corner
Massive schools of juvenile Spanish sardines are working their way toward our coastline.

Sports shorts
Boxing briefs
Rematch pays off for Ayala

Sports briefs
Williams wows opponent, crowd

NFL briefs
Hit to head sends Fryar to hospital

College football
Spurrier: Grossman will start at QB until someone plays better
GAINESVILLE -- Freshman quarterback Rex Grossman has the chance to play the rest of the season for No. 10 Florida, coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday.

Line gives QB Dorsey easy day
CORAL GABLES -- Time was on Ken Dorsey's side Saturday. Time to throw, that is. The sophomore was 27-for-42 for 328 yards because he had all day to pass. Well protected, Dorsey delivered in crunch time as the Miami Hurricanes upset Florida State 27-24 at the Orange Bowl.

Short field-goal attempts Bowden's bigger concern
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden insisted that if folks blamed his team's heartbreaking loss to Miami on the so-called Wide Right III, they would be off the mark.

Southern Miss shows how far Division I-A is
On paper, South Florida is neither Division I-A nor I-AA this season. After Saturday, coach Jim Leavitt is ready to say the same about the Bulls on the field.

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