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 October 31, 2000

NBA
In this Magic act, looks can deceive
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[Times photo: Brian Tietz]
Orlando is improved, but flawed, as season starts.
College football
FSU passes Miami in BCS
Despite having lost to the Hurricanes, the Seminoles move up to No.3 and UM drops to 5th in the standings.

Davis sells 'Canes on national title
And buying into it returns Miami to glory years.

Knights hope to put upset behind them
TAMPA -- Surrounded by reporters, answering question after question about his first NFL loss as a starter, one actually brought a faint hint of a smile to Daunte Culpepper's face on Sunday.

Around the state
Cimorelli takes over as Seminoles kicker

Vick: Must practice by Wednesday
Michael Vick, on crutches and unable to put weight on his right foot, thinks his ankle is improving.

Bucs
Real Bucs? One version, anyway
TAMPA -- Before Sunday's game, one of the Bucs approached offensive coordinator Les Steckel and said, "Everyone wants to know what our identity really is. Well, tell them it's us!"

Kelly's recovery wins club kudos
TAMPA -- Bucs nickelback Brian Kelly was one of four players to be awarded game balls by the team Monday.

Lightning
Dudley stays the course with youth
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rick Dudley feels your pain.

Mental state is Lightning bane
"We're beating ourselves," forward Ryan Johnson said of the team's lack of confidence.

Lightning vs. Hurricanes
WHEN/WHERE: 7; Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

NFL
Big plays buoy Titans
Tennessee has an interception and a punt returned for TDs in 27-21 win over the Redskins.

Steel Curtain may be rising again
It has been five weeks since the Steelers lost and nine since the NFL community outside of western Pennsylvania gave up on Pittsburgh.

Around the NFL
Griese takes blame for weekend DUI arrest

Around the NFC
BEARS: Coming off their bye week, they play three of their next four games against the AFC East. They start that stretch Sunday by hosting Indianapolis.

Around the AFC
BENGALS: Several teammates praised quarterback Akili Smith for refusing to come out although his left knee hurt badly.

Motorsports
Force sets sights on title No.11
Hours after winning his 10th NHRA Funny Car championship, John Force already had turned his attention to winning another title.

Outdoors
Captains' Corner
Yeah, there are snook, redfish, trout and some pompano out there ... but now that it's tournament time, kingfish are going to steal the show for the next few weeks.

Preps
Saddlebrook, Trinity advance; Hernando's Farmer qualifies
BROOKSVILLE -- The carping was palpable early Monday as soon as it became apparent the mystery was who would finish second to Saddlebrook Academy in the Class A, Region 3 Boys Golf Tournament.

Chiefs' Code to tee it up for Gators
TAMPA -- Whitney Code, one of the best prep golfers to ever come out of the Tampa Bay area, has orally committed to the University of Florida.

Code's 67 blisters field, keeps Chiefs in title hunt
WINTER HAVEN -- Following the leadership and 5-under-par 67 score of senior Whitney Code, Chamberlain won the Class 2A, Region 4 championship Monday with a team total of 310.

Berkeley Prep's boys, girls advance to state
PALM HARBOR -- There were some strange happenings at the Class A, Region 5 boys golf tournament Monday at the Westin Innisbrook Resort's Island Course. For the third time this season, Berkeley Prep edged Jesuit by one stroke to win the team championship, 323-324.

Season ends for local teams
CLEARWATER -- The Belleview Biltmore Golf Club is nowhere near Estero High, but Monday its girls tore through the place like it was their home course.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
NCAA looks at ideas for basketball camps


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