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 October 29, 2000

Bucs
Shared failings

[Times photo]
Do too many Bucs want the ball? Alstott, Dunn and Johnson each want more touches.

Lynch a quick learner
TAMPA -- So there was John Lynch Sr., sitting on the 30-yard line of the Rose Bowl in January 1983, watching the Redskins dismantle the Dolphins 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII in Pasadena, Calif.

Vikes change, yet stay same
A lot has been made about the off-season departures endured by the Vikings, but the Vikings lost more than quarterbacks Randall Cunningham and Jeff George and offensive linemen Jeff Christy and Randall McDaniel.

Hubert Mizell
Time for Bucs to make stand
Today or not at all.

Two stars, one really big victory
JACKSONVILLE -- Lito Sheppard has Deion Sanders' abilities, with less glitter. Not so much motor in the young mouth.

Fourth-quarter woes mean unhappy ending
TAMPA -- The Bucs cannot go forth until they are able to stop teams again in the fourth quarter.

King spoke his mind very early on
ST. PETERSBURG -- Before he was Smoothie King, he was the king of talk.

Marcus Jones: Anything can happen
He leads the team in sacks, spends all his time reading comic books and is afraid of flying.

NFL
Rams use bench as motivational tool
There are no hard and fast rules about how to motivate players, only an ongoing list of dos and don'ts as football moves into the new millennium and the attitudes of men evolve with increasing salaries and societal attitudes.

NFL games
Ernest Hooper's record: last week 10-4 overall (69-45 overall), 6-6-2 vs. spread (58-49-7)

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[Times photo: Kevin White]
The Gator defense celebrates a fourth-quarter fumble recovery.
College football

Gators assume control
With Alex Brown coming up big, Florida dumps Georgia to stay on track in the SEC East.

Fourth quarter charge
USF gets its first road win this season, 21-13 over Connecticut.

  • Henry, Dixon in the books
    STORRS, Conn. -- What appeared to be a sure catch for Connecticut tight end Rashad Drayton turned into a record-breaking event for USF senior defensive back Anthony Henry.
  • USF sideliners
    The weather is ... windy

No mercy for an old friend
FSU piles on former assistant Chuck Amato's Wolfpack 58-14.

  • Ex-assistant impresses Bowden
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden praised his former assistant, Chuck Amato, for taking the first, big step toward building a winner at North Carolina State.
  • FSU sideliners
    Like old times ... sort of

Storm passing through just grazes Hurricanes
Miami survives 72 pass attempts in a 42-31 win over Louisiana Tech.

  • Big East roundup
    Vick hurt in Tech win over Pitt
  • UM injury woes worst at fullback
    The Hurricanes are short-handed at fullback. Freshman D.J. Williams, who started the past two games, separated his right shoulder early in the first quarter. It's doubtful he will play Saturday against Virginia Tech.

College football around the nation
Grove City back sets rushing mark

College football around the state
FAMU blows by Hampton to create MEAC gridlock

Big 12 roundup
Toombs' TDs carry Texas A&M past reeling Kansas State 26-10

Lightning/NHL
Frustrated Ludzik kicks players off ice
The Lightning's coach melts down in the Ice Palace, throws a stick and abruptly ends a lethargic practice.

NHL briefs
Devils duo pounds Penguins

Slap shots
MEMBERS ONLY: Two years ago, Joaquin Gage, now a backup goalie for the Oilers, but then a member of the East Coast Hockey League's Augusta (Ga.) Lynx, tried to get into Augusta National to buy some golf shirts. Security stopped Gage and his buddies at the gate.

Stricter officiating has not tamed game
How is the NHL's crackdown on stick and obstruction penalties going?

Golf
Flesch savors his first taste of Tigermania
A non-winner on tour, the left-hander matches the world's best shot for shot.

Chores first, then golf
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Golfers don't get to play home games like other athletes, so Tiger Woods is relishing the fact he is able to compete in a tournament near his Orlando home.

Motorsports
Auto racing briefs
Record lap gives de Ferran pole

Highs and lows
Highs

Devil Rays/Baseball
Rays looking to add some power in right
NEW YORK -- Now that the Yankees and Mets are done playing games, it's time for teams such as the Devil Rays to get to work.

Baseball briefs
Mayor encourages kids for parade

XFL
Ex-Bucs quarterbacks a focus in first draft
XFL draft sees former Buc backups go with three of top four picks; Milanovich is No. 1.

NBA
NBA's East feels a bit uncentered
So's Ewing.

Et cetera
Political correctness battle

Students at San Diego State University voted overwhelmingly to keep their 75-year-old mascot, Monty Montezuma, and the school's nickname, the Aztecs.

Mizell's mailbag
Classic has room for improvement

Sports briefs
Tracks, racing group at odds

Clemens sets another bad example for kids
As an umpire and coach in youth baseball, I would like to thank Roger Clemens for setting yet another supreme example of "sportsmanslike conduct" to the youth in America.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are chewing the bottom out of our boats. Capt. Darrell Pachman on the Enterprise has been catching limits of kingfish and Spanish mackerel by noon each day.

Preps
Central's girls again win conference meet
BROOKSVILLE -- The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference cross country meet includes seven schools from three counties, but the Central girls have made the event their own.

Crystal River pulls off sweep
SPRING HILL -- Crystal River coach Tim Holme finished the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships the same as the last six -- sopping.

Trash-talking stars lead Sickles
The rivalry between Dan Doromal and Adam Sisler has proved to be milder than last year's Gryphon rivalry.

Countryside wary of upset
Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly said she figured her team would probably be playing another county opponent in Tuesday's regional quarterfinal.

Hudson takes overall SAC title
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Gulf coach Linda Cassidy, whose team hosted the fourth annual Sunshine Athletic Conference meet Saturday, spoke earlier this week of the sport's cyclical nature.

Seminole shines at North County
LARGO -- As big swim meets go, the North County Invitational will never be one to shatter many records or generate frenzied team spirit. But Saturday's gathering proved useful in other ways.

Regional tourneys bring pressure
In high school golf, there are two seasons. There is the regular season, where golfers hone their swings and coaches experiment with lineups. Then there is the post-season, where golfers sweat every shot and coaches hold their breath.


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