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December 31, 2001
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Thanks to the 'Fins, Bucs a wildcard
[AP photo]
Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor celebrates after Miami stops Atlanta from scoring late in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Bucs get the help they need
With the Falcons' loss, Tampa Bay clinches a wild-card slot to reach its third postseason in a row. But is it enough for coach Tony Dungy to keep his job?

Brien's foot likely needed another week
TAMPA -- One of the biggest decisions the Bucs made to beat the Ravens on Saturday and lock down a playoff spot Sunday was the signing of free-agent kicker Doug Brien three days before the Week 16 game.

College basketball
Gators rule; what's new?
UF surpasses 100 points for the third time this season as it ties a school record with its 10th straight win.

Undefeated 'Canes gear up for Big East
MIAMI -- So far, this season couldn't be better for Miami.

USF rains 3-pointers in victory
JACKSONVILLE -- South Florida salvaged its weekend road trip through the Atlantic Sun Conference with a come-from-behind 77-72 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday at Swisher Gymnasium.

Outback Bowl
Wells makes the most of his chance to run
Running back has emerged into the size-speed combination that was envisioned when he signed with Ohio State.

Buckeyes reveling in the calm on this trip
TAMPA -- The second time around, Ohio State's trip has resembled a peaceful family vacation. It is nothing like one year ago, when the Buckeyes camp was more deserving of coverage in tabloids than sports pages.

Senior leadership gets established for Gamecocks
TAMPA -- When South Carolina made its first bowl appearance in five years in last season's Outback Bowl, all eyes were on coach Lou Holtz.

Rose Bowl
BCS issue becoming headache for Huskers
Frustration of the fans and media about the system is being taken out on Nebraska.

Starting linebacker for Hurricanes will miss title game
PASADENA, Calif. -- If Miami is to win a fifth national title, it will do so without one of its defensive stalwarts.

Orange Bowl
Gators grouse about leftover Vol questions
MIAMI -- With questions about their performance against Tennessee being asked four weeks after the game, Florida defensive players are getting ... . well, defensive.

Prepared to make their points
Ralph Friedgen's offense is a hit at Maryland, where he has turned around his alma mater.

Gator Bowl
FSU knows to be wary of Tech's special preparations
The Hokies' efforts are renowned, but the 'Noles have been down this road before.

Bowden's first Jacksonville trip was a wild one
JACKSONVILLE -- After three consecutive trips to the national title game, Florida State fans might not be overly excited about Tuesday's Gator Bowl against Virginia Tech.

It's a ho-hum holiday
New Year's Eve holds little celebratory appeal for Lightning players, unless they score a victory.

Daily fishing report
The season for spotted sea trout (speckled trout) opens at midnight after being closed since Nov. 1. Specks, one of the most sought-after gamefish in our area, are found on grass flats, along deep channel edges and in just about every hole that has security, water movement and, most importantly, sustenance.

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