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Dec. 19, 2011
Dec. 19, 2011

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Dec. 19, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
PRO FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • The bowls are upon us, and what's the most exciting matchup of the postseason? (Hint: not the BCS title game.) It's the Fiesta Bowl, in which prolific Brandon Weeden and the unstoppable offense of Oklahoma State meet the sublime skills of Andrew Luck and Stanford

BOWL PREVIEW 2011
PRO BASKETBALL
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The Year In Sports Media
Departments

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HOT: TEXAS'S TEAM

This is an article from the Dec. 19, 2011 issue

Houston, you no longer have a problem. The Texans (10--3) clinched a playoff spot—the first in the franchise's 10-year history—with a 20--19 win over Cincy. Matt Schaub? Matt Leinart? Who needs 'em. Rookie QB T.J. Yates is 3--0 since taking over.

NOT: AW, C'MON, MAN ...

The Premier League's top two teams, No. 1 Man City and No. 2 Man U, were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 32. A U.S. translation: Imagine two 1-seeds losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

HOT: 'CUSE CUTS LOOSE

Syracuse has had its off-court troubles this year, but an 85--50 whupping of George Washington last Saturday pushed the No. 1 Orange to 10--0 for the third consecutive season. Want an MVP? Try the D. Its 123 steals lead the nation.

NOT: TAMPA DAZE

The Bucs' 41--14 meltdown in Jacksonville was their seventh straight loss after a 4--2 start. The problem? There are plenty, but let's start here: Tampa is giving up 9.1 yards per touch in the first half of games, the worst average in NFL history.

HOT: COME FLY WITH ME

With 39 points through Sunday, Philadelphia center Claude Giroux leads the NHL in scoring, while the Flyers (18-7-3, with five straight victories) are first in goals (101) and lead the league with 6.04 assists per game.

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