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 November 5, 2000

Columnist Mizell plans retirement
But award-winning writer will continue to contribute weekly columns from mountain home in Virginia.

Gary Shelton
It's a case of terminal madness
MIAMI -- At first glance, what it looked like was something glorious.

Hubert Mizell
Sunshine State basking in BCS possibilities
TALLAHASSEE -- It's got to be a sunshine lock: A Florida school will be in the Jan. 3 national championship game. But why can't our state go hoggy, snagging both roles in college football's No. 1 passion play?

UM
Hurricane Vicktims
Miami eyes a national title with a win over Virginia Tech and hobbled QB Michael Vick.

UM sideliners

UM quotebook

Virginia Tech quotebook

Tech paid back for big mouths

Immobile Vick can't save Tech

FSU
Daddy's boys show who's still the boss
TALLAHASSEE -- With the demands of football keeping his father, Bobby, away from home frequently, whenever Tommy Bowden received a spanking as a youth, the punishing hand belonged to his mother.

Minnis gets milestone and 98-yard reception

FSU sideliners

Tommy to dad: Please go home

UF
Grossman settles down, UF cruises after halftime
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Every time Rex Grossman made a mistake Saturday, Florida's defense sent its freshman quarterback a sincere and concise message.

Carroll, UF defense healing at same time.

Sheppard flashes two-way ability

UF sideliners

USF
Bulls offense climbs hill, tops Western Kentucky
TAMPA -- All week leading up to South Florida's game against Western Kentucky, USF coach Jim Leavitt talked about how difficult the Hilltoppers' option offense would be to keep in check.

USF sideliners

LB Marc hopes for future in NFL

Blackwell heads up homecoming party

Bucs
Calm after the storm

[Times photo: Bill Serne]
Two versions of Shaun King have played for the Bucs this season. But the team think he has returned to the quarterback they want -- and need -- him to be.

Lewis makes his Lambeau return
There's a sense of history for anyone who visits Green Bay's Lambeau Field, but the memories are personal for Vikings offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis.

At 4-4, Bucs remain a work in progress
ATLANTA -- Halftimes in the NFL are 20 minutes long. Enough time for a Frisbee dog, a midget football scrimmage or (my favorite) exchanging wedding vows.

The young man and the sea
He is from Morristown, N.J. and played college ball at Pittsburgh, yet Bucs tight end Dave Moore is quite at home offshore in Tampa Bay. There he has time to ponder the life of a seaman, being stranded, prohibition, DUIs, Gwyneth Paltrow and his favorite television series characters:

Falcons also deal with the drops
ATLANTA -- Jamal Anderson and Mike Alstott may commiserate with each other before today's game.

Hastings never lost his cool
TAMPA -- Miles Davis gave birth to the cool. Andre Hastings was cool.

A charmed childhood
TAMPA -- There was just the three of them. What else did they need?

NFL
Tempest tossed in home opener
Enthusiasm, uncertainty on display as WPFL debuts in Tampa.

Woman supports Carruth's denial
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The woman who drove Rae Carruth to Tennessee in her car trunk last year told police the football player said he didn't kill Cherica Adams.

Motorsports
Taking a gamble on Winston Cup
NASCAR's top circuit doesn't attract high rollers, but sports book and online wagers are rising.

Reader mail/commentary
Ludzik removal key if Lightning to improve

We now have a stable Lightning ownership, a good general manager who in two years has rebuilt an NHL franchise and a minor league system that was depleted by the previous two GMs, and one of the youngest and most talented teams in the NHL. What's missing? A coach that does not feel he is wasting his time molding and developing young players into NHL superstars.

Highs and lows
Highs

Mizell mailbag
Fans appreciate balanced criticism of Bucs

Shorts
Sports briefs
Capriati in title rematch

Golf briefs
Singh, Woods tie as Duval fades

Baseball briefs
Williams spirited as ever

NHL briefs
L.A. shuts down host Devils

Horse racing briefs
Lukas has a 1-2 finish for openers in Distaff

Auto racing briefs
J. Burton gets his 4th BGN victory

Devil Rays
The Great Off-season Salary Dump begins
ST. PETERSBURG -- Between the end of the World Series and the beginning of the free-agency period, general managers have 15 days to decide the future of their organizations, and thus, the focus of their off-season. Which often means dumping as many salaries as possible.

Lightning/NHL
Lightning closer to winning style
Tampa Bay can find consistency by solidly following up an overtime victory.

A wave of injuries batters defensemen
TAMPA -- All of a sudden, the Lightning was short of defensemen.

Slap shots
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Forget the fast pace of the game, it is the influx of European players that has made broadcasting NHL contests tougher than ever. Just ask Mighty Ducks play-by-play man Bill Carroll.

Panthers have plunged after breakout season
What the heck is going on with the Panthers?

Horse racing
Tiznow's time
Fusaichi Pegasus and Lemon Drop Kid end their careers in the middle of the Classic pack.

Breeders' Cup notebook
Day shut out; Pitino, Crum entries run behind

Outdoors
Help seabirds off the hook
If you fish, sooner or later you will hook a seabird.

Captain's corner
The hot topic along the beach last week was Steve Kane's 47-pound kingfish.

NBA
McGrady gets suspension

Magic forward sits out Atlanta game for shoving 76ers' Snow in the face.

Ankle forces out Hill, maybe for two weeks
Grant Hill sat out the Magic's game against Atlanta on Saturday night because of his ailing left ankle, and a team spokesman said he could be sidelined for two weeks.

Preps
Bucs' rise brings them to state
TAMPA -- For years, Jesuit was the class of the county in boys golf.

AFA trounces Keswick, stays perfect
ST. PETERSBURG -- An older Admiral Farragut squad was too much on the ground for visiting Keswick Christian as the Blue Jackets ran for 493 yards and grabbed a 49-0 lead through three quarters en route to a 49-22 win before a large Homecoming crowd.

Bucs squeak by 3A-3 field
HUDSON -- The Port Orange Spruce Creek coach thought his team won. The Flagler Palm Coast thought his team won. And Glenn Cable of Ridgewood ... well, he thought his team won, too.

Hudson, Seven Rivers advance; River Ridge falls
Knights put up a fight but cannot defeat Plant

Cobras play their best to reach semis at Disney
AUBURNDALE -- Alison Baker was not her dominant self, but then again she didn't need to be as Hudson played its best matches of the season Saturday to advance to the Class 4A state final four.

Spongers don't reach regional
BROOKSVILLE -- Tarpon Springs' boys cross country team saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 13th-place finish at the Class 2A, District 4 meet at Central. Freshman Michael Knous was the first Sponger in, finishing 50th in 19:29, four spots ahead of senior Stephen Tucker, who ran 19:37. Junior Jeffrey Iranpur (67th, 20:22), senior Sean MacDougall (72nd, 20:36) and senior Nicholas Tatem (79th, 21:18) rounded out Tarpon's top five.

CCC girls look to finish dream season on a high
Before heading to Vero Beach for Tuesday's opening round of the Class A state tournament, Clearwater Central Catholic girls coach Tony Pasquine stopped at the nearby office supply store.

Durant advances to 6A final four
VENICE -- Durant returns.

Slow start, poor serves end Bayshore's season
TAMPA -- The same teams met in last year's Class A, Region 2 final -- Bayshore Christian and Pine Castle Christian -- except this time the scenario was flip-flopped.

Tornadoes have few problems in their victories
NAPLES -- To make its fourth final four appearance in the past five seasons, Clearwater had to travel 200 miles south to Barron Collier High in Naples and play in front of a rowdy crowd.

Cougars, Tornadoes advance
Countryside dominates tough regional for first trip to volleyball final four.

More college football
College football briefs
West Virginia's Nehlen retires

College football this week on TV
Thursday

Louisville usurps power in C-USA
Dave Ragone accounts for four touchdowns as the Cardinals drub Southern Miss 49-28.

Nunnally passes Rice in victory
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Florida A&M's Jacquay Nunnally had 16 catches to break Jerry Rice's Division I-AA career reception record Saturday night, helping the Rattlers to a 50-49 victory over Southern University.


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