Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 12:02 a.m.
TELEVISION: Super Bowl ratings up 1 percent, best since '00
NEW YORK - This lopsided Super Bowl had the second-most TV viewers in NFL title game history: 137.65 million.
ABC's telecast of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday registered a national rating of 40.7 - 1 percent higher than last year and the best since 2000.
That means an average of 40.7 percent of the country's TV homes were watching at any given moment.
The viewership estimate, based on everyone who watched at least six minutes, puts Sunday's game second only to the 1996 Super Bowl between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, which was seen by 138.5 million on NBC.
Last year's game was watched by 131.7 million on Fox.
The Super Bowl is often the most-watched TV program each year, and nine of the 15 highest-rated shows in history are NFL championship games.
In 2002, the New England Patriots' 20-17 upset of the St. Louis Rams on a final-play field goal had a 40.4 national rating on Fox. That tied 2001 for the fourth-lowest rating for a Super Bowl since 1972. Sunday's game ranks 27th of the 32 Super Bowls since then; of course, cable and the Internet have lowered broadcast ratings in general.
NHL: Nashville scores early, cruises past Buffalo, 5-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Vitali Yachmenev and Rem Murray scored 58 seconds apart in Nashville's three-goal first period to lead the Predators to a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.
Adam Hall and Jason York had a goal and assist each, and David Legwand also scored for the streaking Predators, who improved to 4-1-1 in their last six.
STARS 5, SENATORS 3: In Dallas, Bill Guerin redirected Sergei Zubov's shot from the blue line with 5:24 left, sending Dallas past Ottawa in a showdown between the NHL's top two teams.
Mike Modano sealed Dallas' 70th point by scoring into an empty net with 36.3 seconds left.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Miss. Valley St. player shot, paralyzed at club
ITTA BENA, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State guard Michael Archie was paralyzed by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub shootout, his family said Monday.
Archie was hit in the side early Sunday in a shooting that also left a man dead and wounded two others, including volleyball player Danielle France.
Doctors told Carol Archie that her son is ``essentially'' paralyzed from the waist down.
``The doctors are saying he will not have the use of his legs,'' she said from her son's room at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
The 20-year-old starter averaged 11.2 points this season. He was shot hours after scoring 11 points in a 87-68 home win against Prairie View A&M.
Gunshots were fired inside the nightclub after a fight broke out, Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said.
Alonzo Hemphill allegedly fired a gun before being shot and killed.
TENNIS: Top-seeded Novak, No. 2 Schalken lose openers
MILAN, Italy - Top-seeded Jiri Novak and U.S. Open semifinalist Sjeng Schalken lost in the first round of the Milan Indoors on Monday.
Novak was beaten by Czech countryman Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, while the second-seeded Schalken was eliminated by Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-3.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Former Bucs WR coach off to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach Charlie Williams has been hired for the same job at South Carolina, the school says.
Williams, 44, spent six seasons at Tampa Bay from 1996-2001.
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