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 December 28, 2000

Bucs want last laugh vs. McNabb
[Times file photo]
Goal of the defense: to make sure no other team this season gets to watch film of it futilely chasing the Eagles QB.
Hubert Mizell
Bucs' Moore a very confident man
TAMPA -- Dave Moore has been a quiet, competitive constant in Bucs huddles since Tony Dungy became coach in 1996. A solid but uncelebrated tight end who, like the eye of a hurricane, is a tough calm around which Tampa Bay football storms complex and controversial have churned.

They say the Vet Stadium turf is hard as concrete
Maybe that's why last week it was treated like piece of Philly highway.

Brooks works out in pads and shorts
TAMPA -- The Bucs defense, suffering a rash of injuries four days before its wild-card playoff game at Philadelphia, got a cautious but encouraging boost at Wednesday's practice with the return of linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Wannstedt pushes right buttons
The Dolphins' first-year coach is having success in large part because he has his players' respect.

NFL briefs
Rams' Faulk wins league MVP award

Confidence is giving Cullimore a lift
Defenseman shrugs off last season's strain with coach Steve Ludzik and finds a new attitude.

Fairy tale return for Lemieux
It takes all of :33 for Penguins legend to get assist. In 1st game since April 1997: 1 goal, 2 assists.

NHL briefs
Bondra's 4 goals pace Caps over Senators

Hill is out for season
The Magic's forward needs more surgery on his ankle after injuring it last season.

Outback Bowl
Brush with death marks WR for life
Despite lifetime of trauma, Ken-Yon Rambo has become top threat at OSU.

USC fires assistant after talk with rival
TAMPA -- Another South Carolina controversy stole the headlines during preparations for the Monday's Outback Bowl against Ohio State.

College football
UF vs. UM: What took 'em so long?
Foes had intense rivalry through 1987 before myriad circumstances cut it short.

Sugar bowl briefs
UM coach has an MVP eye

Florida-Miami: a rivalry revisited
Florida and Miami play for the first time in 13 seasons Tuesday in New Orleans. To refresh everyone's memories of this once-bitter rivalry, the Times will review one classic game in the series each day leading up to the Sugar Bowl:

Bowls briefs
Bad weather makes 6 Vols miss practice

Orange bowl briefs
Bowden to wait to replace Richt

Captain's corner
A few years ago we were talking about trolling for bass with crankbaits. We had a few so we headed for a creek to see if a snook or red would fall for such a simple presentation. We started trolling 3- and 4-inch crankbaits rigged to 6-pound test with a 20-pound leader. We hooked a 20-inch redfish in less then a minute and before the two-hour trip ended we had five reds up to 28 inches and two 24-inch snook.

Et cetera
Sports briefs
Medal harvest pays off again for Jones

New rules, same old game for the players
The Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs, who open at home Sunday, aren't getting caught up in blue lights.

Rams have few problems in victory
Ridgewood pulls away in the second quarter to defeat Clearwater by 22.

Ridgewood blitzes Dunedin on Winter Classic's first day
The Rams score eight first-half goals on their way to a 10-1 blasting of the Falcons at the round robin tournament.

Armwood beats Kathleen
The Hawks advance to play Bloomingdale with a 45-32 victory at the Beef O' Brady's tournament.

Tornadoes fall to Rams by 22
NEW PORT RICHEY -- The Clearwater-Ridgewood game looked like an even match -- on paper, anyway.

Robinson falls at Hooters tourney
ST. PETERSBURG -- For the final three minutes of the first half of Wednesday's opening-round game between Robinson and Boca Ciega at the Hooters Holiday Shootout, the Knights outscored the Pirates 13-2 to take a 27-26 lead. Hopefully, Robinson enjoyed itself in the locker room because it was the Knights' only lead, and the rest of the game was an exercise in frustration.

Jaguars hold off Wildcat rally
TAMPA -- Wharton coach Eddie Henderson had seen it all before. Then again, so had Academy of the Holy Names coach Jeff Pafunda.

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