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December 20, 2001
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Jordan's wizardry
[AP photo]
He has found a way to win again, leading the way by doing less, inspiring Washington to do more.

Tonight: Magic vs. Wizards
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m.; TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando.

John Romano
These Bucs need a philosophical change
TAMPA -- There is a certain beauty to the plan. An elegance that is difficult to define. If you do not understand this scheme favored by the Buccaneers, then perhaps you are standing too close to appreciate it.

CART race now closer to reality
Organizers can begin laying out a course in downtown St. Petersburg.

Bulls head to hostile north for a road test
Latest challenge comes at No. 18 Syracuse in raucous Carrier Dome.

College football practice reports
Gators to go deep into bench at Orange Bowl

Gator may take 'Nole to court
The attorneys for Florida tailback Earnest Graham said Wednesday they will take their case to court if Florida State defensive tackle Darnell Dockett isn't punished for his actions in a Nov. 17 game.

Cummings' career day rescues FSU
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State senior guard Monte Cummings isn't the toughest guy in the world to scout.

Politicians support Mutiny
Tampa's mayor and a county commissioner want time to find local ownership before MLS team is eliminated.

Tortorella seeks more consistency
TAMPA -- The Lightning has every reason to be pleased with itself but not satisfied.

Horse racing
List of places boycotting TB Downs is diminishing
Surfway Park was scheduled to begin sending its simulcast signal to Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday night, removing another from the list of facilities boycotting the track in a minor, but persistent, labor dispute.

Bucs give their salute to real heroes
TAMPA -- Frequently, football fans and players use terms like "battle" and "war" to describe what happens on the field.

Girls basketball extra
Games to watch

Ridgewood gives Gators fits in 76-42 victory
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood frustrated Land O'Lakes on Wednesday night by using a fullcourt press and varied offensive sets, blowing open a close game in the second half for a 76-42 win.

Unlikely Gator records hat trick
WESLEY CHAPEL -- The final margin wasn't altogether surprising, but the inexplicable part of Land O'Lakes' 6-1 victory against Wesley Chapel was the player scoring half the Gators' goals.

2001 All-County boys swimming teams
COACH OF THE YEAR: Carl Russo, Plant City. Guided the Raiders to an eighth-place finish at state.

2001 All-County girls swimming teams
COACH OF THE YEAR: Gil Gonzalez, Plant. Coached the Panthers to a third-place finish at state.

Ridgewood gives Gators fits in 76-42 victory
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood frustrated Land O'Lakes on Wednesday night by using a fullcourt press and varied offensive sets, blowing open a close game in the second half for a 76-42 win.

Champions share diverse talents
Plant sprinter Christine Anseeuw led her team to a lofty finish at state.

Champions share diverse talents
Chris Colwill is an outstanding diver -- and he swims for the Terrapins, too.

Lakewood upset bid falls short vs. No. 1
FORT MYERS -- Lakewood didn't burst onto the national scene quite as coach Dan Wright had hoped, but Tuesday at the City of Palms Classic, the Spartans made an impressive appearance.

Around the county
Little league sign-ups

Champions share diverse talents
Clearwater Central Catholic junior Kevin Lyons keeps a step ahead of the competition with tireless preparation.

Cougars bruise already-battered Pinellas Park
PINELLAS PARK -- Countryside and Pinellas Park didn't adhere to the standard formula for Wednesday's dual meet.

Top runners will be back for more
Indian Rocks Christian eighth-grader Melissa Kotchman has the potential to win four state titles.

Daily fishing report
With the water on the flats cooling, now is the time to check your light tackle. Service your small spinning reels and spool them with 6- or 8-pound line. Fishing for big gator trout is picking up, and light tackle makes for a fun and memorable trip.

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