A team's out-of-conference performance can provide a critical boost or keep it on the wrong side of the bubble come Selection Sunday. Before league play revs up in the new year, consider three programs in each category
From a Cy Young pitcher to a beer-pitching pass rusher, from a cantankerous owner who revolutionized football to a crafty f√∫tbol player who helped usher in a revolution, the sports world said goodbye to a host of indelible figures
CLUB SANDWICH, MAYO ON THE SIDE The Patriots' James Ihedigbo (near right) brought the hammer from one side while Jerod Mayo (51) closed in fast from the other on Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in Denver on Sunday. Tebow ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns but was not able to divine another late comeback in New England's 41--23 rout.
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K.C.'S JONES IS READY, WATCH HIS SPEED After failing to score more than 10 points in any of their previous six games, Thomas Jones (20) and the Chiefs trampled the Packers for 438 total yards, including 139 on the ground, in a 19--14 victory that ended Green Bay's 19-game winning streak dating to last December.
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HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING The Colts' trio of (from left) Brandon King (37), Jerry Hughes and Jacob Tamme (84) wrestled Titans receiver Marc Mariani to the Lucas Oil Stadium turf on Sunday. Christmas came a week early to Indianapolis, which won its first game of the season and first without Peyton Manning in the lineup since 1997.