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December 30, 2000
Bracing for a blizzard
[AP photo]
With a mess of snow due in Philadelphia today, Bucs leave Tampa a day early.
Darrell Fry
The hare or turtle or the Rams?
NEW ORLEANS -- They lie there like a green snake among tall green grass, almost undetectable but dangerous if you're not paying attention to where you're going.

Jones declared inactive
TAMPA -- Bucs defensive end Marcus Jones and linebacker Jeff Gooch will not play in Sunday's wild-card game at Philadelphia.

Bucs seek to make gains in short yardage
Offense finds that not moving the chains can cause production problems.

Bucs embracing a 'wild' challenge
As offensive coordinator for the Titans, Les Steckel was part of two road wins in the playoffs last season. The Titans knocked off Indianapolis (19-16) and Jacksonville (33-14) to earn a spot in the Super Bowl.

Home is where the hurt is for Dolphins, Colts
Miami seeks to reverse a trend of victories by the visiting team when the two meet today.

AFC briefs
Dolphins feeling good about Colts rematch

NFC briefs
Martz is thinking about Turner as Rams assistant

NFL game day
Colts at Dolphins

College football
Sooners soar with Stoops
The second-year coach has gone to the air to return Oklahoma to national prominence.

Bowden, Stoops know chances abound for turmoil off the field
MIAMI -- Last year about this time, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden came under fire for not suspending kicker Sebastian Janikowski for breaking curfew as he ushered in the new year along New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street.

Gators stay quiet after fight on Bourbon Street
NEW ORLEANS -- Even without disciplinary action after the altercation between Florida and Miami players, talk continues about Wednesday evening's events on Bourbon Street.

Walking the walk and talking the talk
300-pound tackle Gerard Warren's antics provide a spark for the Gator defense.

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 bitter rivalry, the Times will review one classic game in the series each day leading up to the Sugar Bowl.

Holtz wants nothing to do with Redskins
TAMPA -- A Washington Post report that South Carolina coach Lou Holtz is on the Redskins' list of coaching candidates and his famous wit made for high comedy during Friday evening's Outback Bowl news conference.

College bowl game briefs
Vick not talking about NFL

Captain's corner
Inshore fishing in winter can prove difficult. Finding large concentrations of fish is key and often they are not where you expect. Recently I targeted dock lights after dark until 10-11 and found a good number of silver trout, sea trout, redfish and an occasional snook.

College basketball
Today: FSU vs. Morgan State
WHEN/WHERE: 2; Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Today: USF at No. 13 Wisconsin
WHEN/WHERE: 2; Kohl Center, Madison.

Today: No. 5 Florida vs. New Hampshire
WHEN/WHERE: 4; O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

Women's college basketball briefs
No. 7 beaten by No. 19 UF in title game

Cloutier backs into situation
Last season's starter in goal, Dan Cloutier, waits behind Kevin Weekes.

NHL briefs
Panthers top Bruins in Sutter's debut

Et cetera
Sports briefs
MLS reportedly ponders cutting a club or two

NBA briefs
Nuggets boss backs Issel

Ross won't win Guy Toph
TAMPA -- Gaither's Lydell Ross, Hillsborough County's leading rusher for a single season (2,698 yards in 2000) and career (5,120), will not win the county's top honor, the Guy Toph award.

Tornadoes shine at Puma tourney
Clearwater hoped to be competitive in last week's Puma Invitational, an elite tournament with 32 of the best teams in Florida and around the country. The Tornadoes were much more than that.

Ridgewood watches, wins title
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood didn't even have to step on the field Friday to claim the Ridgewood Rams Winter Classic title.

Press nets Lakewood Beef O' Brady title
SEFFNER -- Behind the pressure of its full-court press and man-to-man defense, Lakewood squeezed the energy out of Bloomingdale by the third quarter and captured the Beef O' Brady Holiday Tournament title 55-45.

Sharks fall just short of upset
Chamberlain holds off a surprising Riverview squad to reach the final of its tournament.

Boca Ciega, Lakewood fall in Hooters tourney semis
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rematch denied.

Crusaders come up short
ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite fighting to keep the score close in the fourth quarter, Keswick Christian still found itself trailing 76-73 Thursday night in the championship game of its own tournament.

2 Pinellas receivers commit
Two of Pinellas County's top pass catchers have orally committed to Division I schools.

Rams fall in title game
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Jason Williams' reverse layup highlighted King's role reversal against Ridgewood in the second tournament final between the teams in the past three seasons.

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