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December 3, 2001
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[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
John Lynch is congratulated by Dexter Jackson after recovering a fumble on the one yard line in overtime.

Gary Shelton
Homely yes, but a keeper
As victories go, this one had a pimple on its nose.

Ironing out the kinks
Bucs accept the win, but appreciate the need to increase their output on offense.

Winner cheers slumping Gramatica
Martin Gramatica wasn't trying only to kick himself out of a funk Sunday. He was in a bragging rights battle with little brother Bill, who plays for the Cardinals.

All the benefits the Bucs earned from their Monday night win were going down the tubes against the Bengals, but John Lynch saves the day with his fumble-causing hit and recovery. Main story

Lightning strikes for Barber, Yoder on blocked punt for TD
Early last week, special teams coach Joe Marciano went to cornerback Ronde Barber with a proposal. Marciano said he saw an opportunity for a blocked punt Sunday against the Bengals.

Bucs defense feasts on NFL's elite backs
Marshall Faulk? No problem. Corey Dillon? Ditto. The Bucs have gotten well on the league's best.

No keeping them away this time
CORAL GABLES -- No questions, no computers, no doubts.

Loss leaves Gators with hollow feeling
In the aftermath of a bitter defeat, UF players and coaches mull what might have been.

Guilt-free bowl trip for Bowden
TALLAHASSEE -- Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, Florida State knew it was heading to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl to play Virginia Tech.

Powerful inside game leads Gators to victory
With the 3-pointers not falling, Florida scores 58 in the paint to overwhelm Tulane 81-65.

Late score gives Tampa soccer title
TAMPA -- The Spartans rallied to win their third Division II men's soccer championship, 2-1 over Cal State-Dominguez Hills on Sunday.

Another goose egg for struggling Lightning offense
RANGERS 1, LIGHTNING 0: Tampa Bay suffers shutouts on consecutive nights.

Dudley listening, but has not made 'offers' of Lecavalier
"It will have to be a monumental deal for it to happen," Lightning GM says of dealing 21-year-old center.

Daily fishing report
Red Tide has moved inside the mouth of Tampa Bay. Parts of Fort De Soto, Gulfport Bay and Boca Ciega were hit hard. Mullet, catfish and small baits are dead and floating in most affected areas. When Red Tide moves into a new area the first sign is birds eating baitfish as they start dying. A few hours later, the same area will have large dead fish on the surface.

Californian sweeps, wins Osprey Cup
Liz Baylis takes consecutive races to defeat Marie Faure of France in the final.

Patience pays off for winners
Jeff Delie and Corinne Morales wait until daylight and 21 miles or more in to catch the early leaders.

Here comes the bride, and in stride
TAMPA -- No matter how many months they have spent planning, most brides and grooms end up running around a bit on the morning of their big day. But 26.2 miles' worth?

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