January 08, 2013
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How many players leaving Alabama?

After more than a month off between games, the Crimson Tide won't have to wait long for their next significant news event. [The] wait is on for the respective decisions of three Crimson Tide juniors who are pondering an early jump to the NFL. Cornerback Dee Milliner, projected by many as a potential top 10 pick, said he would begin the decision-making process [Tuesday]. ... Right tackle D.J. Fluker, a fourth-year junior who graduated in December, will announce his decision Wednesday, according to Associated Press reporter John Zenor. ... Running back Eddie Lacy, whose stock has only gone up during the second half of his redshirt junior season, did not discuss his future plans. Over the final six games, he ran for 726 yards and 10 touchdowns. (al.com) Comment

Eagles turning to Plan B

If it were up to the fans who voted in an online poll, the answer would be Gus Bradley, but to whom with the Eagles turn now? After channeling their energy into recruiting one of the bright minds from the college game and ultimately missing out, the Eagles are on to what can only be described as Plan B. ... The Eagles interviewed Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday for about three hours in Denver. And they have interviews lined up with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, although dates have yet to be set. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was also granted permission by the Bengals to interview with the Eagles, the team said. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

A-Rod's doc: Surprised he could play

Perhaps Alex Rodriguez's hip was in far worse shape than anyone knew. The doctor scheduled to perform the upcoming hip surgery on [Rodriguez] declared the injury had zero to do with steroids, but everything to do with A-Rod's impotent October. In an exclusive interview with The Post, Dr. Bryan Kelly described a patient whose left hip muscles had "just shut down," becoming so weak that A-Rod had trouble doing a simple leg raise during exams. ... [Kelly] stated he had "no doubt" Rodriguez's humiliating playoff meltdown was caused by the injury. "I was more surprised that he was able to play at all with a hip that looked like that," Kelly said. "Most people would not be able to play with a hip function like this and the imaging that looked like his." (New York Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Alabama rolled over Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS title game in Miami. (AP)

Must-See Video

Alabama players react after winning the school's third national title in four years.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Florida Gators
  • 1993 -- Michael Jordan becomes the second-fastest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points.
  • 2007 -- Florida beats Ohio State in the BCS title game to become the first school to hold the football and men's basketball titles at the same time.
  • 2012 -- Denver's Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas hook up for an 80-yard touchdown catch to win a playoff game 11 seconds into overtime, the fastest ending to an OT game in NFL history.

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