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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 SECTION' ' 1 WEEK 14 11 PRO FOOTBALL ' " AFC East standings Three-way AFC East tie: Bills ground Jets 20-10; Patriots elude Colts 20-17 Bobby Hoying ' The Kansas Tonight's game Team W L T EaglesQB City defense J-T-T Chiefs44,49ers9 Rams 23, Redskins 20 Buccaneers 20, Giants 8 ' JSndSSSt P 1 SSEF PaCkefS New England 8 5 0 Jaguars 29, Ravens 27 Steelers 26, Cardinals 20 (OT) Broncos 38, Chargers 28 4442 J-L- J worst regular at Vikings N.Y.Jets 8 5 0 Saints 16, Panthers 13. Eagles 44, Bengals 42 comeback win -jf season loss TV-9pm WPBF- Buffalo 6 7 0 over Bengals since 1980 in or WPLG-IO Indianapolis 1 12 o PRO FOOTBALL REPORT, 4-8C 83115 449thrasN, ' : Beach Post SPORTS n The Palm I V. 1 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 TONIGHTS GAME: Coyotes at Panthers, 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. INSIDE: Edmonton routs San Jose 6-1 for only its fourth win in its last 13 home games. 3C pA.mlVsYorES SCOTT WISEMANStaff Photographer Miami's Tim Bowens (95) gets his hands on a fumble by Raiders quarterback Jeff George in the end 31-10 third-quarter lead. Adding Phillips a chemistry experiment 33-year futility ends in win at Oakland : 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 $ere firing at the beginning, and faded at the end," receiver OJ. 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 Please see D0LPHINSr5C' 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 zone Sunday to give the Dolphins DOLPHINS VS. RAiwERS Inside 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 postseason began today, Miami would be back in the playoffs. Stories, 6-7C UM's Davis 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 butt busy and start recruiting Monday morning," said Davis, a 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, and 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. A 34-16 victory such as this, oh the eve of December, with the AFC East standings clogged at the top, is by any definition the stuff of good character, r' Now comes the other character issue, as personified by Panthers' tie the feel-good By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer NEW YORK Something 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 might have speculated would never take root this season. That something is confidence. The record shows the Panthers (8-13-5) tied the New 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 says he's not leaving Dan Moffett Sports editor 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 OJ. Simpson's fall from with Rangers effort of year 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 Davis has connections with Texas and Arkansas. ? ; Davis was an assistant coach' for the Dallas Cowboys for six seasons from 1989-94, years in,' which they won consecutive Su- per 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 candi-i dates along with Northwestern's1 Gary Barnett and North Carolina's Mack Brown. I "I'm sure it's somewhat hatu- ral having had the tie with the; Cowboys for six years and haying ; a little bit of a reputation in that 1 area that you're name becomes ; (mentioned)," Davis said. "But it's just media speculation." ; ; Davis' bonds with Arkansas Please see DAVISSCj i Son holds key to Dad's title bid It appears that the only chance that Bobby Bowden and his Florida State Seminoles have of playing for the national college football title in the Orange Bowl is if his son Terry's Auburn University Tigers defeat Tennessee in the SEC Championship game Saturday. STORY, 8C 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."