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The Palm Beach Post c SECTION B M' A R I I N S Bloodlines Jamal Mashburn didn't follow his father's career path as a boxer, but the Heat's power forward is a fighter in his own right. Page 13B Marlins release 1998 schedule Blue Jays, Red Sox and Devil Rays to visit Pro Player Stadium. Page 19B -ft -f--, s SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 .ill ( . "S'PORTB 1 . " J-1- . Hurricanes go to town on Georgetown Miami improves to (-v, incnes closer to iop-D rarwing wim a 66-56 victory over the traditional Big East-power Hoyas. Dan Moffett Sports editor lifted the Hurricanes to their third victory in four games against Georgetown. "Miami showed a lot of poise down the stretch," said Hoyas coach John Thompson. "I thought we had them in a good position and then their poise came through." Frazier, in particular, came through with two big three-pointers in the second half. His first, with 9:54 left in the game, put the Hurricanes ahead for good, 41-40. Frazier's second three-pointer came five, minutes later and gave UM its largest lead Please see HURRICANES52? By Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI Beating Georgetown may not have the impact it once had, but for the University of Miami it still' has plenty of meaning. On Saturday, the Hurricanes moved their record to 7-0 by defeating the Hoyas 66-56 at Miami Arena before 8,031, the fifth-largest attendance in UM history. With the victory, the Hurricanes may merit a national ranking when The Associated Press and ESPNUSA Today polls are released this week. The last time UM was ranked was on Feb. 23, 1965 when the Hurricanes were No. 17 in the United Press International poll. "That's up to the people who vote," said UM guard Kevin Norris. "But if we keep winning they'll have no other choice." Winning certainly wasn't easy on Saturday. Georgetown (3-3, 0-2 Big East) led for the entire first half by playing the sort of defense the Hoyas have made famous. UM (7-0, 2-0) trailed at half time 28-25 after shooting 30 percent (8-of-27) from the field and committing nine turnovers. The frustration appeared to boil over for UM coach Leonard Hamilton, who picked up his first technical foul since March 5, 1994. But it was Georgetown that became frustrated in the second half as the Hurricanes blanketed the Hoyas with their own brand of suffocating defense. That, along with the clutch shooting of sixth-year senior Steve Frazier and the overall outstanding play of Tim James, m I 4 . I ' . f if t Tennessee's SEC title victory likely eliminates Florida State from the national championship picture. By Elizabeth Clarke Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Get ready for non-stop Rocky Top. Tennessee won its first SEC title under coach Philip Fulmer on Saturday, defeating Auburn 30-29 and expects a bid today to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami. So expect Tennessee to bring thousands of fans wearing orange and singing about the mountains to South Florida for the New Year's holiday and Jan. 2 game in Pro Player Stadium. Nebraska routed Texas A&M 54-15 to earn the other Orange Dolphins are a for-prophet organization Moments before his Dolphins took the field to play the Jets in the Meadowlands seven weeks ago, Jimmy Johnson looked into a TV camera that was feeding a national audience and allowed his soul to swagger. T- l'Td be shocked if this team didn't make the playoffs," he sakt Nt surprised. Not disappointed. Not upset. ' t But shocked Johnson said he'd be if the Dolphins did not reach the post-season. ' The verb selection is critical. Shock is always the residue of misfired genius. Donald Trump is shocked when the deal does not make money. Streisand is shocked when the record does not sell. Tiger Woods is shocked when he doesn't make the cut. Surprise and disappointment are bypassed as the needle heads straight for the shock line. If this Dolphins' season ends like the last, no doubt Johnson will be the most shocked person on the peninsula. ; This says less about the nature of the team than it does the coach, of course. Johnson's belief in Johnson is consuming and absolute. Give him two seasons anywhere and he will build you a confirmed winner. You don't even have to ask him he will just tell you. At that moment Johnson's confidence radiated through the New Jersey marshland, the Dolphins were 3-2 and heading nowhere in particular. Injuries had weakened both offense and defense. Doubts about Dan Marino's viability persisted. The running game was doing nothing. Any receiver that was not O.J. McDuffie could not be trusted. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had beaten Miami pretty much the way the British handled the Argentines in the Falklands War. Beyond Johnson's belief, there was really nothing to warrant brave statements about the Dolphins' future. What's that rosy smell? ; Today we find this team with an 8-5 record and positioned properly to deliver on the coach's expectation. Perhaps more significant for the long term, Johnson seems for the first time to have in place personnel that suit him at most every position. It could be that the J.J. era will begin in earnest tonight at Pro Player Stadium against the Detroit Lions. Certainly, the Dolphins will put more "Johnson players" on the field than they ever have, and the gradual , 4 process of overhauling the MiamV roster is at an advanced stage. ! The signing of Lawrence Phillips last week has inspired Johnson enough to put special plays for him in the offense. ' Please see MOFFETT63 ' ""' "' I . ' " Orange Bowl WHO: Nebraska vs. WHEN: Jan. 2., Bowl bid. Both teams will spend their holidays wishing for an upset in the Rose Bowl, though. That's where undefeated Michigan will determine the destiny of Nebraska, also undefeated but ranked second in both polls, and Tennessee, 10-1 after an early-season loss to Florida. If Michigan beats Washington State on 8 p.m. WHERE: Pro Player Stadium. INSIDE No. 2 Nebraska makes claim to No. 1 with 54-15 rout of No. 14 Texas A&M in Big 12 title game. PAGE 16B THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Vols QB Peyton Manning grabs Marcus Nash after the two hooked up for a 73-yard game-winning pass play. Manning rallies Tennessee past Auburn Vols come back from 10-point deficit to subdue Tigers in SEC title game. Jan. 1, it likely would remain No. 1 in both polls and earn a consensus national championship. A loss probably would give the national title to the Orange Bowl winner. It's not a big chance at the national championship, but it's one Florida State had hoped for, with coach Bobby Bowden going so far as to joke that if his son Terry Bowden loved him at all, he would coach Auburn past the Volunteers. "Terry knows if he loves me at all, he'll make it happen," Bobby Bowden said. Instead, the fourth-ranked Seminoles will likely Please see B0WLSi5fl touchdown passes to lead the Volunteers to a 30-29 win over Auburn in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Manning's 73-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Nash with 11:14 remaining erased Auburn's 29-23 lead and possibly sent the Big Orange to the Orange Bowl. Third-ranked Tennessee (10-2) would play No. 2 Nebraska in the Jan. 2 game at Pro Player Stadium. The winner could claim the national title if No. 1 Michigan loses to Washington State in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl. "This is why you play SEC football and why you come to college," Manning said. "This is why you stay your fourth year," Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer interrupted." All the above. "It's a great feeling," said Manning, who completed 25-of-43 for 373 yards. "We worked so hard to get here and to win the SEC is a great way to go out. Winning a conference championship is all that matters." Tennessee's SEC title hopes didn't Please see SEC 16B By Craig Dolch Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ATLANTA Any questions now why Peyton Manning came back for his senior season? Manning probably will win the Heisman Trophy, and Saturday night he kept Tennessee's national championship hopes alive by throwing four mm amy ym s Bany Sanders, ien not dozing, has moves that defy nature By Greg Stoda Palm Beach Post Staff Writer When the time comes to make a highlight film about the career of Barry Sanders, the marauding Detroit Lions running back who remains so innnumnno aftpr nlmnst ninp cat like those lions who gobbled up hunter Michael Douglas and haunted bridge-builder Val Kilmer in the movie ... unless you consider the danger and mayhem he typically creates for opposing defenses. Sanders, in fact, has a Boy Scout's reputation for being modest and kind and generous and, well, you know the oath. It's just that you choose your mysteries with him, and one is as confounding as the other. Q: How does he do those things he does on a football t seasons of unparalleled NFL , , excellence, someone should know the best working title is already in the Hollywood archives. jJk The Ghost and the Darkness. WHEN: 8 tonight at Pro Player Stadium. Not that Sanders is a bloodthirsty, TV: ESPN. king-of-the-beasts Please see SANDERS9S i J Photo Illustration by SEAN TEVIS 1 LiK iJ Photo Illustration by SEAN TEVIS ft " . ...

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