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The Palm Beach Post SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 SECTION B A R L I N S hewn 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. . Marlins release 1998 schedule Blue Jays, Red Sox and Devil Rays to visit Pro Player Stadium. Page 19B Page 13S v. i. . j r a Miami goes to town on Georgetown l J" J.J iKWii HI J.iinn.pniii- i-'j: - V Dan Moffett Hurricanes inch closer to top 25 ranking as they improve to 7-0 with 66-56 victory over traditional Big East power Hoyas. 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 That, along with the clutch shooting of sixth-year senior Steve Frazier and the overall outstanding play of Tim James, 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 Please see HURRICANES5? 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 oyer 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. I A - J fJ ' ft n ' ' r. r' -.4" si ' " ' ' . Tennessee wins SEC title game after trailing at the half, next will face Nebraska in Orange Bowl. By Elizabeth Clarke Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Get ready for non-stop Rocky Top. Tennessee won its first SEC title under coach Phil Fulmer on Saturday, defeating Auburn to earn a bid to the Orange Bowl in Miami, and will bring thousands of fans to South Florida for the New Year's holiday and the Jan. 2 game. Nebraska routed Texas A&M 54-15 to earn the other Orange 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 Dolphins are a f or-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 riational audience and allowed his soul to swagger. iH'd be shocked if this team ijidp't make the playoffs," he &a!d. ji'Not surprised. Not disappointed. Not upset. t But shocked Johnson said ha be if the Dolphins did not eMi the post-season. sThe 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. I -.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 btiild 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 process of overhauling the Miami 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 MOFFETT60 V second in both polls, and Tennessee, 10-1 Orange Bowl after an early season loss to Florida. If Michigan beats Washington State on Jan. 1, it likely wquld WHO: Nebraska vs. WHEN: Jan. 2., : -JO : , - , -" - .1 is , . r . t, ? 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 large 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 shot a 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 Bow- Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning looks for a receiver during the first half of the Vols' victory Saturday. Manning, Tennessee rally past Auburn den loved him at all, he would coach Auburn past the Volunteers. Instead, the fourth-ranked Seminoles will spend a week in New Orleans for its second straight Sugar Bowl, this one against Ohio State. The only thing worse would be another rematch with Florida. Terry Bowden said last week, though, that he and his team wanted to win the game for themselves. Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and the Volunteers, despite half a dozen turnovers and dropped passes, proved too much in a competitive matchup in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. But Manning rallied the Vols by throwing four touchdown passes, the most significant his final one Nash caught the short pass, slipped a tackle by Auburn cornerback Jayson Bray and raced down the sideline. Manning earlier threw a pair of touchdown passes to Peerless Price (40 and 46 yards) and a 5-yarder to Jermaine Copeland. The final TD enabled Manning to surpass former Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier as the SECs all-time leading passer. Please see SEC 16B 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 sent the Big Orange to the Orange Bowl. Third-ranked Tennessee (10-2) will play No. 2 Nebraska in the Jan. 2 game at Pro Player Stadium, knowing the winner could claim the national title if No. 1 Michigan loses to Washington State in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl. Tennessee's SEC title hopes didn't look so bright Saturday night when the Vols trailed 20-7 in the second quarter. Vols come back from 10-point deficit to claim SEC title. By Craig Dofch 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 leading the Volunteers to a 30-29 win over Auburn in Please see B0WLSi55 i roan see Boddhh mm Barry Sanders, when not dozing, has moves that defy nature. 1 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 runninc back who remains so i saw. -4 Xfc. A CK 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 Please see SANDERS9B anonymous after almost nine seasons of unparalleled NFL excellence, someone should know the best working title is already in the Hollywood archives. The Ghost and the WHEN: 8 tonight' at Pro Player : Stadium. , ; TV: ESPN. iurrtrj. Not that Sanders :z -if . s a bloodthirsty, king-of-the-beasts Photo Illustration by SEAN TEVIS 1

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