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 October 19, 2000

Lions at Bucs
8:35 p.m.
Raymond James Stadium
TV/radio: Ch. 28, ESPN; WQYK-AM 1010, WQYK-FM 99.5

Wild's first win is over Lightning
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[AP photo]
Minnesota makes history, dominates Tampa Bay 6-5.

Goalies likely to begin rotation
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In a bit of a surprise, Lightning goaltender Kevin Weekes made his third consecutive start in Wednesday night's game against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Bucs
Bucs line features twin billing
Anthony McFarland's recent standout play looks very Sapp-like.

Batch more comfortable now
The good news when the Detroit quarterback injured his knee in the off-season was that he would be ready early in the regular season.

Joe Theismann
I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not one of these teams you have to worry about panicking over, "Oh my goodness, what has happened to them."

Bucs-Lions up next
Quick hits:

Baseball
Ex-Rays now living their Series dreams
Midseason moves make Fall Classic a reality.

The Rays hold line on prices
The team announces some increases for 2001, but many tickets will be available for the same cost.

Debate ratings blast baseball
On the three days baseball playoff games competed against coverage of the presidential candidates' debates, more Tampa Bay area viewers chose the stations featuring politics, leaving the ratings for sports coverage last among major network affiliates.

No fence-sitting for mayor
NEW YORK -- Political correctness apparently is not a concern for New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Hubert Mizell
Time gives Faldo new perspective
PALM HARBOR -- Nick Faldo was Britain's most accomplished 20th century golfer. We can argue that, but I like my evidence: six major championships.

Golf
May's days
His PGA Championship playoff with Tiger Woods has put Bob May in the spotlight.

Colleges
It all adds up: Grossman is nation's best
UF freshman Rex Grossman, a starter for two games, has the top efficiency rating (too bad the Vols weren't as accurate in their game report to the NCAA).

Jabar making noise in debate
GAINESVILLE -- Controversy is brewing in the Gaffney household over who is the better college receiver in the family, father Derrick or son Jabar. Let's listen in.

Steve Spurrier Q&A
Q : How will you use the open date this week?

College basketball briefs
Power forward commits to USF

College football briefs
UF: Gators' Palmer says he's fully recovered

Extra points
Player spotlight: Reche Caldwell

Outdoors
Captain's corner
From now until spring, the Tampa Bay area will be experiencing some extremely low negative tides.

Shorts
Sports briefs
Paralympics open with party

NHL briefs
Rangers' Richter ready to return Sunday vs. Lightning

NFL briefs
Ravens say Redskins' rudeness is upsetting

Tampa Bay Classic
In pro-am, fun is the main goal
"It's difficult to play well when you're laughing so dang hard," amateur John Barbee says.

One week changes Andrade
PALM HARBOR -- Billy Andrade was having the worst year of his career entering last week's PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. It's amazing how different his disposition was Wednesday on the eve of the Tampa Bay Classic.

The course
PALM HARBOR -- For years, the Copperhead course at Innisbrook has been considered among the best in Florida, if not the entire country. Golf Digest once ranked it among its top 100 courses in America and among its top 75 resort courses. Players who competed in the JCPenney mixed team tournament also gave it high marks.

The field
Ten golfers at the Classic have won at least one major golf title, led by Nick Faldo's six.

Pick your viewing strategy
Then use these tips to help you get the most out of your tournament experience.

Tampa Bay Classic primer
Golf terms

What's in there?
PGA Tour veteran Kenny Perry let us take a look inside his golf bag. As you can see, it has more than clubs and balls.

Golf
U.S. insists it cares about the 'other' Cup
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Much of the pre-event sentiment was about the Americans' lack thereof for the Presidents Cup.

Horse racing
Ninepins a favorite in key steeplechase
Steeplechasing's Tampa Bay area profile increased last year with a major race at Tampa Bay Downs and the Little Everglades debut in Dade City. The sport takes a step toward reclaiming national prominence Oct. 28 with the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase at Far Hill Race Meeting in New Jersey.

Preps
TC coach resigns after six games
TAMPA -- John Diehl resigned Wednesday as Tampa Catholic's football coach six games into the season and less than seven months after he uprooted his family from upstate New York to take the job.

Ram boys, Knight girls earn wins
NEW PORT RICHEY -- In Wednesday's final tuneup before the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet, it looked like River Ridge and Ridgewood needed some work.

Lecanto finishes strong to defeat Crystal River
The No. 9-ranked Panthers improve after a sloppy start to win their 20th match of the season.

Blue Jacket isn't a secret anymore
After a slow start, Admiral Farragut sophomore John Biffar has become a star.

Durant disposes of Brandon quickly
DURANT -- With a 15-2, 15-5 victory over Brandon, Durant put the Western Conference American Division title in the record books Wednesday night. Friday, the Cougars will face off with the Federal and National Division champs for a winner-take-all round-robin championship match.

Gryphons take care of Wildcats
TAMPA -- Wednesday's Western Conference Federal Division final proved there is one thing more important than kills, digs and heavy hitting when it comes to championship matches.

Panthers cruise past Falcons
TAMPA -- Leto isn't having one of its better seasons, but no matter how good the Falcons get, they won't come close to the kind of success Plant is having. The Panthers saw to that personally Wednesday night.

Pep talk pays off for Chargers
The night before the Oct. 12 Largo Invitational, Shorecrest coach Jeff Raab gathered his teams and gave a little pep talk.

Motorsports
Auto Racing
Winston Cup

Gordon no longer dominates
The boos are a little quieter and the wins have come less frequently.

NBA
McGrady leads Magic over Hawks
ATLANTA -- Tracy McGrady scored 22 points, grabbed five rebounds and had five assists Wednesday night to lead the Orlando Magic to a 101-93 preseason victory over the Hawks.


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