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 November 1, 2000

McGrady is magical
[AP photo]
Orlando opens with 97-86 win over the Wizards; newcomer scores a career-high 32 points.
Hubert Mizell
Oklahoma's return to glory is overdue
For 40 years, through the coaching splendors of Bud Wilkinson / Chuck Fairbanks / Barry Switzer, the Oklahoma Sooners strode with Alabama, Notre Dame, Southern California and Nebraska as college football's long-haul kings.

Rivers: Holiday games no treat
ORLANDO -- Coach Doc Rivers said the NBA couldn't have picked a worse night than Halloween to start the season.

Opening up attack generates points
King, Bucs find spreading wealth means good news for offense.

Vikes win was just a start, team knows
TAMPA -- As therapeutic as Sunday's win against the Vikings may have been, the Bucs aren't likely to be lulled into a sense of security.

Lightning rallies but falls in OT
Three third-period goals force extra period, where Carolina wins 6-5.

Ludzik wants Lightning to provide a little punch
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Coach Steve Ludzik told the Lightning he wants to see more hitting -- on the forecheck to create turnovers and scoring chances and in the defensive zone to disrupt the opponent's attack.

Player, ex-coach dispute report
Both say they defended suspended USF coach Jerry Ann Winters.

USF's Griffin withdraws from Iowa State's AD hunt
TAMPA -- University of South Florida athletic director Paul Griffin, who was one of three finalists for the athletic director's job at Iowa State, withdrew his name from consideration Monday. His decision to remain at USF came one day before Iowa State officials were scheduled to name a new athletic director. Griffin said he informed ISU officials of his decision late Monday afternoon. He interviewed for the job Oct. 20.

Captain's corner
The first few weeks of autumn have large redfish schooling together for their annual push offshore.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Agassi returns with a victory

Baseball briefs
Mets re-sign Valentine, GM

Devil Rays
Saunders takes job in Rays' front office
ST. PETERSBURG -- When his dream ended, his life began. The minute he broke the humerus bone in his left arm for the second time, Tony Saunders knew his days as a baseball player were done. All that remained was figuring out what to do for the next 40 years or so.

Samuels bolts, but Storm signs nine
Though he said after the season he hoped to retain all his free agents, Storm coach Tim Marcum figured he probably would lose one or two.

College football
Bowdens still chat, guardedly
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden and his son Tommy, the coach at Clemson, don't need to set ground rules for their telephone conversations this week.

So fierce, teammates are scared
Bradley "Monster" Jennings has risen from obscurity to become a defensive leader.

Extra points
Player spotlight

College football around the state
Chandler plays waiting game

'Canes, Cougars qualify for state
NORTH PORT -- Consider this one time when Countryside maybe, just maybe, did not mind losing to Palm Harbor University.

Tampa Prep needs three games to extend season
TAMPA -- Tampa Prep overcame a sluggish first game and a very consistent Bradenton Christian team to win its Class 2A, Region 3 quarterfinal match 14-16, 15-3, 15-9.

Sharp effort lands Cougars in semis
CLEARWATER -- No worries, coach. Your team is just fine.

Defensive letdown costly for Spongers
AUBURNDALE -- The cornerstone of Tarpon Springs' success this season was its ability to serve and pass off serve receive.

Confidence earns Panthers berth in semis
TAMPA -- There were times when the Plant Panthers were out of synch, but they never seemed to doubt themselves during Tuesday's quarterfinal victory -- 15-5, 15-13 over Port Charlotte.

Coach quits after rules dispute
TAMPA -- Wharton coach Lee Gonzalez resigned his position Tuesday one day after his team finished third in a controversial Class 2A, Region 4 tournament in Lakeland.

Tech dream ends early
Strong serving by Lakewood dooms Titans' first-ever playoff run and advances the Spartans.

Knights defeat Seminole to advance to semis
River Ridge stays focused and earns the right to play Plant on Saturday in Sarasota.

Cobras strike quickly in win
HUDSON -- For Halloween, the Hudson Cobras came ... as the No. 1 team in Class 4A.

Terps cruise to 5-0 victory
Tampa Prep defeated Lake Wales Vanguard 5-0 Tuesday in the Region 3 quarterfinal.

Saddlebrook romps at region tourney
The Spartans qualify for the state tournament with a 50-stroke victory over Trinity Prep.

Class change adds intrigue
When St. Petersburg Catholic was bumped from Class A to 2A in the off-season, there was immediate anticipation that the 2A-5 district meet would be more interesting.

Barons shine on road trip
While a handful of county schools competed at the North County Invitational last weekend for their final district/state tuneup, St. Petersburg Catholic traveled to Orlando to compete with its peers.

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