The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 1, 1997 · Page 31
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 31

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Monday, December 1, 1997
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 c SECTION C WEEK 14 HI FED FOOTBALL AFC East standings Team W L T Three-way AFC East tie: Bills ground Jets 20-10; Patriots elude Colts 20-17 Bobby Hoying Eagles QB throws for four touchdowns in 4442 comeback win over Bengals The Kansas City defense Chiefs hand the 49ers their worst regular season loss since 1980 in 44-9 thrashing Tonight's game Packers at Vikings TV: 9 p.m., WPBF-25, WPLG-10 Chiefs 44, 49ers 9 Jaguars 29, Ravens 27 Saints 16, Panthers 13 Miami New England JN.Y. Jets Buffalo Indianapolis Rams 23, Redskins 20 Buccaneers 20, Giants 8 Steelers 26, Cardinals 20 (OT) Broncos 38, Chargers 28 Eagles 44, Bengals 42 Falcons 24, Seahawks 17 PRO FOOTBALL REPORT, 4-8C Ll 8 5 0 8 50 8 50 6 70 112 0 CA..E BALLS The Palm Beach Post INSIDE ALSO SPORTS Mourning weak-kneed Heat center works at full speed, but return is still two to three weeks away. PAGE 9C Hawks cap record November Atlanta beats San Antonio for its team- UF women lose on last-second shot California-Santa Barbara beats the No. 5 Lady Gators 88-86. PAGE 2C Hot Lehman wins $300,000 Tom Lehman birdies seven holes and cleans up in the Skins Game. PAGE 9C record 13th victory in November. PAGE 9C mm wg5 lfllinSUc wuu .4 T i" t f SaM' I V , - . i f . J ..V 'JI7 r' '..jBa. f'1""'; tit , -.f 1 viLt " 11 i 1 A i ? f f i---w. -n 'V'- ltV J- '. - ,. . 4 kVd "V H 'iM ft! f0 V ' It: ( "z. r "'-JA Vi,. AC':.:. ' .. ..... V" ( 4' ' 7 If t . SCOn WISEMANStaff Photographer Miami's Tim Bowens (95) falls on a loose ball for a touchdown. The ball came loose when Zach Thomas (54) sacked Jeff George (on ground, at right). Adding Phillips a chemistry experiment Dolphins end Oakland jinx, move atop East "COLrOSVS.RA.vOiS Inside Dan Moffett Sports editor .' OAKLAND, Calif. -No sooner had the Dolphins resolved one character issue than another one arose. ' The Dolphins had won in a place where no Miami team had, arid done so in a manner in keeping with great acts of character coming from behind, terrorizing the opposing quarterback (To quote local philosopher Al Davis: "The quarterback must go down.") and then eating up the clock with a determined running game, the Raiders' time of possession limited to a mere 19:49. p A 34-16 victory such as this, on the eve of December, with the AFC East standings clogged at the top, is by any definition the stuff of good character. p Now comes the other character issue, as personified by grace. Nebraska coach Tom Osborne put his impeccable reputation on the line for Phillips and suffered for it. Dick Vermeil, coach of the St. Louis Rams, made Phillips a personal reclamation project and failed at it. With the Dolphins driving toward the playoffs, and showing "character," some would question the wisdom of a potentially disruptive act such as inviting controversy where there is none. But Johnson says he sees no risk, and so does Karim Abdul-Jabbar, the starting running back who would have cause to feel threatened. "I'm not looking to replace. I'm looking to upgrade," said Johnson late Sunday afternoon. "When you upgrade the 53rd Please see M0FFETT7C only win their two remaining AFC games against Indianapolis and New England to clinch a playoff spot. This little engine thinks it can. "I've been on teams that were firing at the beginning, and faded at the end," receiver O.J. McDuf-fie said. "We have momentum." "We're hitting on all cylinders right now," tight end Troy Drayton. Including cylinders no owner's manual accounted for. Charles Jordan caught five passes, two for touchdowns. The By Ethan J. Skolnick Palm Beach Post Staff Writer OAKLAND, Calif. After his team ended the franchise's nine-game losing streak here with a convincing 34-16 victory Sunday, coach Jimmy Johnson spoke of the insignificance of such previous futility, which began in the Dolphins' inaugural season in 1966. "It was so long ago," Johnson joked of most of the losses, "the Dolphins came out on trains." These young Dolphins are again involved in conducting the AFC East, sharing the wheel with the New York Jets, who lost Sunday, and the New England Patriots, who won. The Dolphins need JORDAN RULES: Rejuvenated receiver Charles Jordan (two TDs) gives Dan Marino another option. DEFENSE DOES IT: The Dolphins use six sacks, blitzing to harass the Raiders' Jeff George. PLAYOFF PICTURE If the post-season began today, Miami would be back in the playoffs. PHILLIPS ON WAY: J.J. to meet with running back. Statistics, stories, 5-7C the running back Lawrence Phillips, who this week will come to the Dolphins' training camp for an interview with coach Jimmy Johnson. Phillips' arrival in Davie promises to inspire ethical and strategical discussions the likes of which Johnson has not heard this season. Phillips brings with him the worst public image any football player has been able to fashion since O.J. Simpson's fall from Please see D0LPHIN$f5C UM's Davis says he's not leaving Ii Panthers' tie with Rangers j the feel-good effort of year Son holds key to dad's title bid Bobby Bowden's only chance to have Florida State play for the national college football title rests on Auburn - coached by his son Terry - beating Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. STORY, 8C Texas and Arkansas. Davis was an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys for six seasons from 1989-94, years in which they won consecutive Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. The Texas job became open on Saturday when John Mackovic was fired after six seasons. Davis is said to be one of three top candidates along with Northwestern's Gary Barnett and North Carolina's Mack Brown. "I'm sure it's somewhat natural having had the tie with the Cowboys for six years and having a little bit of a reputation in that area that you're name becomes (mentioned)," Davis said. "But it's just media speculation." Davis' bonds with Arkansas are even stronger. Davis played Vlease see DAWdC Speculation the 'Canes coach is being wooed by both Texas and Arkansas has no basis in fact, he says. By Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CORAL GABLES Butch Davis, after leading the University of Miami to its first losing season in 18 years, appears to remain a hot commodity. A Dallas newspaper and a CBS television analyst reported Saturday that Davis is a candidate for the vacant coaching positions at Texas and Arkansas. On Sunday, Davis said he has no intention of leaving UM. "Right now, my plans are to get my buttusy and start recruiting Monday morning," said Davis, !By Brian Biggane il Palm Beach Post Staff Writer p NEW YORK Something r'has blossomed in the place ? where the Florida Panthers live. ! Something that was missing for the first seven weeks of the season. Something that some j; might have speculated would ' never take root this season. That something is confidence. The record shows the Pan--thers (8-13-5) tied the New I York Rangers at 1 Sunday at ;Madison Square Garden. It doesn't show the Panthers ' missed at least three open nets ' and had almost all the scoring 'chances in the second and third " periods and overtime, when they outshot the Rangers 24-13. Asked whether he was frustrated by the tie, coach Bryan Murray said: "There will be no frustration if we play like that. We will score goals. Early on this year, we lacked confidence, but we had it today." The tie ended the Panthers' four-game road winning streak, but extended their road unbeaten streak to six (4-0-2). New York (8-11-9) had its winless streak extended to five (0-3-2). Right winger Tom Fitzgerald pointed out that the lines Murray and Rangers coach Colin Campbell sent out in the last minute of please see PANTHERS5C WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Miami Arena RECORDS: Phoenix 12-11-2; Florida 8-13-5. TV: SportsChannel TICKETS: Sold out except for 897 Panther Pack tickets available today. FURTHER REVIEW: That's what the Rangers want on a high-sticking penalty on Kirk Muller. 3C OILERS WIN: Edmonton routs San Jose 6-1 for only its fourth win in its last 13 -home games. 3C a day after UM finished the 1997 season with a 5-6 record. "I have so many things on my plate right now to turn this program around. "I have no desire to leave. That's as blunt and honest as I can be." Davis has connections with

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