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December 7, 2001
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Lightning
Lecavalier wants a trade
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Lightning general manager Rick Dudley said Thursday that center Vinny Lecavalier, through his agent, Kent Hughes, has asked for a trade.

Lightning makes it count
TAMPA -- There are times when the Lightning wastes goaltending performances like Nikolai Khabibulin's Thursday because it cannot score enough goals.

Gary Shelton
It's the Lions vs. the Bucs -- the '76 Bucs
AL: Good evening, and welcome to a special edition of Monday Night Football. We're here at Hell's Stadium, and we've got quite a football game planned for you.

Bucs/NFL
Moore likely to play despite injured hip
TAMPA -- Veteran tight end Dave Moore hasn't missed a start in four seasons, and it doesn't look like the hip pointer sustained Sunday in Cincinnati will break that streak.

The race for the playoffs
Ten wins might not be enough, and it's impossible to predict how this will shake out.

Devil Rays
Amid MLB woes, Rays numbers are optimistic
The 100 games the Rays lost last season made them one of the two worst teams in the major leagues. But in terms of the money they lost -- somewhere between $4-million and $22.8-million depending on how you figure it -- they haven't done nearly as bad.

Sailing
Amazon pirates kill famous yachtsman
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Peter Blake, who headed the New Zealand crew that won the America's Cup in 1995 and 2000, was shot and killed by pirates during a robbery of his boat on the Amazon River.

College basketball
After 21 years, Vitale to visit some prestige upon Bulls
Like him or not, you know your team is big time when Dick Vitale comes to town.

Bulls bits
TAMPA -- A record-setting performance is the latest highlight for South Florida's women's basketball program.

Mutiny
MLS also exploring contraction
The Tampa Bay Mutiny is again under the microscope after Major League Soccer's Board of Governors decided Wednesday to explore possible contraction of the 12-team league.

Colleges
Arkansas St. glad to have ex-USF AD Griffin
Former South Florida athletic director Paul Griffin was named to the same post at Arkansas State on Thursday.

Florida may not look familiar to its familiar Final Four foe
A year after its season abruptly was ended in a second-round upset in the NCAA women's soccer tournament, Florida is preparing to play in its second Final Four in the program's seven-year history.

Women's region volleyball semifinals
WHEN/WHERE: Today; University of Nebraska Coliseum, Lincoln.

Et cetera
Gifts for the golfer/duck lover in your life
Online shopping is up 45 percent from last year, and say what you will about convenience, quicker access and no lines but a major factor in the holiday gift e-surge seems to be -- talking ducks.

Preps
Spartans spotlight
Path to national title not easy for Tampa

Spartan shorts
TAMPA -- With victories against Cameron University (Okla.) and Glenville State College (W.Va.) at the Disney Classic in Lake Buena Vista, the UT women's basketball team continued to break out of its slump and improved to 4-2 on the season.

Championship week about more than the game
The last county school to play in a football state final was Hillsborough in 1996 at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. Hillsborough was 13-1 after winning four playoff games at home. The Terriers lost the final 21-7 to Miami Carol City, but Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia said it was an experience he thinks about almost every day. Garcia recently shared some perspective on his 1996 state championship week with Times staff writer Scott Purks.

Skatin' to state
TAMPA -- Smack dab in the middle of Chamberlain's dingy locker room, coach Billy Turner did a jig called "The Skate," and at that moment -- just minutes after the Chiefs defeated Hillsborough 26-23 in quadruple overtime -- the dance became legend.

Chamberlain vs. Naples sideline
Top 10 Coolest Things We've Seen This Week

Lancers' cold spell helps Gators
LAND O'LAKES -- Land O'Lakes and Seminole Presbyterian took turns trying to knock each other out Thursday night. However, the host Gators had the final flurry with a 14-6 run during the game's final 4 minutes to win 62-55.

Leopard comes roaring back
BROOKSVILLE -- Jerrell Graham doesn't come off the bench very often.

Warhawks deny ulterior motives
Seminole knows it sounds like revenge.

Hurricane watch title game
WHAT: Girls soccer

Rebel drops 40 on Vikings
ST. PETERSBURG -- Candace Hollis insists it's not cockiness, but when she says she's in the zone, forget it -- there is no getting her out of it.

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