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December 17, 2001
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Bucs receiver Keyshawn Johnson looks frustrated as the final 2 minutes tick away at Soldier Field.

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Gary Shelton
Even for the Bucs, this loss is deflating
CHICAGO -- You have to say this much for the Tampa Bay Bucs. They may be a mediocre football team, but they are a perfect guest.

The die is cast
A 27-3 pasting by the Bears hinders the Bucs' already teetering playoff hopes and ends their NFC Central stay on a sour note.

Home cooking doesn't agree with Rice on this Chicago trip
CHICAGO -- Chicago native Simeon Rice made it no secret last offseason that he wanted to play for the Bears.

Bucs admit: 'We're not a very good offense'
Count Warrick Dunn among those frustrated by the unit's struggles.

Rookie gives Bucs rundown feeling
Defense has no answer for Anthony Thomas, or anything else presented by the Bears.

Lecavalier gets some peace
After trade rumors cease, the Lightning center returns to his hometown in a calm frame of mind.

N.Y., D.C. get SuperBowl push
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has asked that New York and Washington be considered as hosts for the 2007 Super Bowl to help the cities recover from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Bottles fly in Cleveland after a disputed reversal
CLEVELAND -- Standing near midfield, players and officials watched as enraged Browns fans rained beer bottles, cups and debris on them.

Daily fishing report
Scamp is considered the prize of all groupers because of the excellent flavor and texture of its delicate, white meat, and there is no better time to boat a few.

Caldwell will not speculate on NFL
GAINESVILLE -- Despite speculation he is NFL-bound after this season, Florida wide receiver Reche Caldwell said Sunday he hasn't made a decisions.

Big day by ex-Bogie star helps doom Seminoles
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tia Miller, a Parade All-American while at Boca Ciega, had 19 points and 12 rebounds as No. 25 Auburn beat Florida State 71-59.

Wake Forest rolls past FSU
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest loves to open ACC play at home.

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