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November 3, 2001
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Lightning loses touch
[AP photo]
Penalty killing, a strength this season, fails in a 4-1 loss to Buffalo.

Dudley looking, but no deals done yet
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- General manager Rick Dudley maintained (again) that no trades are imminent. But he said his current scouting trip is being made with an eye toward a future deal.

John Romano
This is fast becoming a special World Series
PHOENIX -- You know what a World Series looks like. The player introductions, the red-white-and-blue bunting, the turtlenecks and the first pitches. It looks, to all the world, somehow familiar and comforting.

College football
Seminoles look out for No. 1
FSU faces Clemson with an emphasis on defending quarterback Woody Dantzler.

UF refuses to overlook Vanderbilt
GAINESVILLE -- Don't tell Florida coach Steve Spurrier how today's game against Vanderbilt should be the Gators' easiest of the season.

Winless foe poses threat for the Bulls
TAMPA -- This time, believe him.

Owls present 'Canes their last breather
CORAL GABLES -- There's no gentle way to put it. No fancy words to disguise the facts.

Every game a thrill for Washington
Advice to anyone playing Washington: Make sure you have at least a nine-point lead heading into the final minute of the game. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk.

College football notebook
Ex-Armwood WR plans to transfer

Small colleges notebook
WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m.; Citrus Bowl, Orlando.

Top 25 games
No. 1 Miami (6-0) vs. Temple (2-5)

World Series
A mound of question marks
Diamondbacks' hopes are riding on uncertain pitching.

World Series notebook
Diamondbacks still have faith in Kim

World Series chatter
-- CURT SCHILLING, Arizona pitcher joking about his plans for Friday's off-day

Abdullah proves he's something special
The Bucs' Rabih Abdullah continues to excel on special teams.

Miss is in the past, Gramatica says
TAMPA -- Remember the anguish that accompanied Martin Gramatica's miss in Green Bay on Dec. 24? It was a makeable 40-yard field goal with 14 seconds left and it sailed just wide right.

The 'other' Wallaces get their shot
Younger brothers Mike and Kenny have their best chance -- temporarily, anyway -- to race at the top like big brother Rusty.

Daily fishing report
Live bait is the most effective way to catch a trophy bass when fishing in Florida from November to May. The bait of choice is a wild shiner. My favorite size is 6-9 inches, and to catch a huge bass I will use a 12-inch shiner.

Et cetera
Sports in brief
Status of UF's Moss undecided

Tonight's games
All games at 7:30 unless noted.

Pirates steamroll Leopards
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Hernando can take this to the bank: Statistically, the Leopards were better than Crystal River.

Warriors rush to win over Largo
SEMINOLE -- Before the season, Osceola coach George Palmer elected to become an independent rather than play in a district with teams from Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa.

Win secures 10-0 season for Jesuit
The Tigers trounce Tampa Catholic and secure home-field advantage for the state playoffs.

Panthers roll Eustis for their first winning season
LECANTO -- Lecanto has jumped barricades, knocked down walls and exercised demons this fall.

Springstead seniors go out with a bang
SPRING HILL -- Steve Garofano had possibly just played in the last organized football game of his life.

Wildcats add SAC title
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Nothing sums up Friday night's Wesley Chapel-Land O'Lakes knock-down, drag-out, back-alley brawl of a game like this sight:

Pirates win, lose all in same night
Pasco takes care of Ridgewood but loses a playoff berth to Sarasota Booker.

Zephyrhills escapes again on late score
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Another week. Another fourth-quarter rally. Another touchdown for Justin Whitworth and another wild win for Zephyrhills.

Pirates steamroll Leopards
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Hernando can take this to the bank: Statistically, the Leopards were better than Crystal River.

Green Devils make the postseason
St. Petersburg makes a second-half comeback to down Dixie Hollins and vault itself into the playoffs.

Barons overcome poor first half
ORLANDO -- It was hard to tell St. Petersburg Catholic won considering the way coach Dan Mancuso scolded his team for a bad week of practice.

Steadman sets mark as Sharks clinch
Riverview running back Avious Steadman breaks the county rushing record as his club wraps up a playoff berth.

Plant goes out with victory over Robinson
Despite a .500 season, "our team knows they're good," Panthers coach Darlee Nelson says.

Spongers stuff Eagles
EAST LAKE -- For East Lake, the biggest game of the year turned into an air show. In other words, a horror show.

Terriers get their wish
TAMPA -- Hillsborough wanted to grind it out, chew up the clock, keep Jefferson's offense on the sideline. It was the game plan the Terriers always use, except this time there was a dramatic twist.

It's lonely in the front for Steier
The Berkeley Prep senior wins the Class A, District 3 title by 1:15 as the Bucs boys and girls teams advance to regionals.

Eagles squads land in regionals
Indian Rocks Christian's boys and girls teams capture the Class A, District 3 titles.

Lemons caps career in sweet finale
The Hudson running back rushes for four touchdowns and throws for another in a 35-14 victory over Mitchell.

Hillsborough football notebook
Berkeley Prep 21, Northside Chr. 8

Pinellas football notebook
Keswick Chr. 41, Zion Lutheran 20

Hurricanes fall to fast Forest
The speedy Wildcats run Citrus into its sixth consecutive loss.

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