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THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Published Sep. 30, 2005

HIGHS

LIGHTNING: Even if there is no improvement in its record this season, an improved commitment to fans is evident and welcome. Rick Dudley and Steve Ludzik have made it abundantly clear that hard work is a must for players (and backed that up by cutting Alexandre Daigle), the popular interactive game area FanLand returns as Power Play: The Entertainment Zone, and fans not happy with the regular-season opener can get their money back. Glazers, are you taking notes?

SCOTTIE PIPPEN: No matter what you think of him, you've got to give the soon-to-be-ex-Rocket credit for not simply sitting still and taking a public tongue-lashing from Charles Barkley, the NBA player with the most to say and the least to show for it (re: see championships, zero).

JULIE INKSTER: On a day when the world was watching the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history, the 39-year-old went about her business on the LPGA Tour in just-as-grand fashion. She won her fifth tournament of the year, moved into second place in the race for player of the year, oh, and qualified as the 17th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame.

LOWS

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES: Last week, we wrote off the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Next time, we'll remember to heed the words of the great philosopher Yogi Berra: "It ain't over 'til it's over." We still think the first two rounds were a flop, but after that amazing final round, we should be forced to sit in a closet and listen to tapes of the greatest Euro whines performed by Monty and Co.

MICKEY FARRELL: Five words of advice for the Tampa Sports Authority's director of operations: sit down and shut up!

DIMITRIUS UNDERWOOD AND JOHN DALY: It's a shame to see their lives deteriorating in the headlines on daily basis. One is getting help but only after a suicide attempt; the other has denounced help and reverted to his past addictions. For the sake of their family and friends, they can pull themselves together.

_ JOHN COTEY, BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ, JOHN STRICKHOUSER