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December 15, 2001
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Bucs
Fullback Cook may not play
TAMPA -- How is this for irony.

Season-ticket holders will receive playoff information
Their record might be 7-5, but players aren't the only ones thinking playoffs. The Bucs announced Friday that, under directions from the NFL, season-ticket holders will begin receiving invoices through the mail outlining procedures for the purchase of postseason tickets.

Horse racing
Tampa Bay Downs has happy start for a change
OLDSMAR -- Credit Peter Berube for good timing.

Tampa Bay Downs
WHEN/WHERE: 11 this morning; 11225 Race Track Road, Oldsmar.

Lightning
Backup gets a victory
EDMONTON -- After the Lightning defeated the Flames Wednesday, center Brad Richards said the dimension of the victory would depend on how Tampa Bay played in its next two games.

Olympic qualifying low on priority list
EDMONTON -- The Lightning has a few decisions to make about allowing players to participate in Olympic qualifying games.

College football
Irish's O'Leary resigns
Notre Dame's football coach, who falsified his academic and athletic accomplishments, quits after less than a week.

NFL
Tennis
Kournikova exhibits old form
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[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
TAMPA -- As impossible as it is to imagine, Anna Kournikova all but disappeared this year.
Bears QB has the number that matters: 9 victories

Look at his statistics and the first reaction is to yawn.

NFL notebook
Cardinals at Giants.

Mutiny
MLS denies that Mutiny decision has been made
Major League Soccer denied reports Friday that the Mutiny and Miami Fusion would cease operations before the 2002 season. Several South Florida newspapers reported the clubs would be victims of contraction and that a decision would be made Friday.

Et cetera
Sports in brief
Popular U.S. women's bobsled team splits

College basketball
Tonight: No. 5 Florida vs. Charlotte
WHAT: Seventh annual Orange Bowl Classic.

Seminoles freshman tailback will transfer
TALLAHASSEE -- Freshman Eric Shelton, unhappy with his role as the third-team tailback, will transfer, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Friday.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Water temperatures are in the low 70s offshore, extending our fall season. The weather has allowed us offshore, and the blackfin tuna keep us busy every trip.

Preps
2001 all-county boys swimming teams
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lisa Bitting, Palm Harbor U.

Mosby has career night vs. Panthers
LECANTO -- The look -- or should we say, smile -- on Bernice Mosby's face said it all. This was easy.

Raynovich still on his perch
Jordan Raynovich had a bad morning, and as a result was banished to Lane 6.

Waldron directs Pirates to 5-2 victory
DADE CITY -- Adam Waldron stole a game for the host Pirates on Friday night.

Bulls take another from Cowboys in 3-2 victory
TAMPA -- Bloomingdale battled back from a two-goal deficit to overcome host Gaither 3-2 on Friday and sweep a crucial district series from the Cowboys.

Brandon edges Plant in key 4A matchup
BRANDON -- All that work for nothing.

Chief steps up to challenge
TAMPA -- Chamberlain coach Frank George tries to restrain himself when he talks about Brooke Layton, but sometimes it just gets too hard.

Rebels hand Warhawks their first defeat, 46-42
ST. PETERSBURG -- Dixie Hollins held off a late rally and clung to the strong inside play of Robert Martin to hand Seminole its first loss of the season, 46-42 on Friday night.

Clearwater crushes Palm Harbor, 76-43
CLEARWATER -- Clearwater slept through most of the first half, but reeled off a 37-11 second-half run to leave Palm Harbor University far behind in a 76-43 victory.

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