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December 4, 2001
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Bucs
Running nowhere
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[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
TAMPA -- Any game now, the Bucs will try to begin their playoff run. It probably will result in a tackle for a loss.

John Romano: It’s time the Bucs broke up this couple

Still productive, yet still scoreless
TAMPA -- With seven receptions against the Bengals, receiver Keyshawn Johnson leads the NFL with 83, one ahead of Denver's Rod Smith.

Lightning
Fewer goals, less fun
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The way Lightning coach John Tortorella sees it, creating offense should be the most fun hockey players are allowed to have on the ice.

College football
Hurt 'Canes should be set for Rose
CORAL GABLES -- Three Miami starters, including left tackle Bryant McKinnie, had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday but are expected to be ready for the Jan. 3 national championship game.

It's 'Canes vs. Vols for now but potential storm awaits
In the crazy, but crucial, final weeks of the college football season, several teams have been in position to control their own destiny and win their way into the national championship game in the Rose Bowl.

NFL
Favre rallies Packers
JACKSONVILLE -- In a tie game with two minutes left Monday night, the Packers weren't worried.

Just biding their time
The Dolphins may not win the AFC East, but they've been one of the most entertaining teams to watch the past few weeks, pulling off impressive back-to-back comeback wins.

Golf
Welcome Tryon to the club -- at 17
WEST PALM BEACH -- The PGA Tour is about to get some peach fuzz.

Basketball
Young man with a BIG future
ORLANDO -- Amare Stoudemire's story is not his own.

Running
County runners stack up well at Times Turkey Trot
County runners made their presence felt at the 23rd Annual Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Blackfin tuna, amberjack, kingfish and grouper are plentiful now. We took advantage of the nice weather last week and worked a freshwater spring about 50 miles offshore. The amberjacks were cooperative and we were able to boat several in the mid-30s. They quit feeding after about one hour so we moved on to grouper.

Preps
Coach awaits cap on career
TAMPA -- One by one, the grapefruits would plop to the ground like big baseballs falling from the sky.

Citrus rips up Central
BROOKSVILLE -- Central girls soccer coach Hank Deslaurier was comfortable with a one-goal halftime deficit, especially considering the magnitude to which Citrus had controlled play in the first half on Monday.

Seminole frustrates East Lake
SEMINOLE -- Midway through the fourth quarter, East Lake coach Willie Hopkins loudly palmed the basketball in frustration. That was exactly the problem -- the ball was in his hands, not the girls who he pleaded with to protect it.

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