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Feb. 06, 2012
Feb. 06, 2012

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Feb. 6, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SUPER BOWL XLVI PREVIEW
  • A fourth Lombardi Trophy for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? A place in the pantheon for Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin? History is on the line in Indy as the Patriots and Giants renew their championship rivalry

  • The Giants' epic upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII offers valuable lessons—for both teams—this time around

  • A two-time Patriots Super Bowl winner gives the scoop on Bill Belichick's Super Bowl strategies

  • Three bold decisions by Robert Kraft transformed the Patriots from league laughingstock into the NFL's model franchise

  • A century ago two Ohio powers, Canton and Massillon, battled for supremacy of professional football. Back then the game was a cross between a three-ring circus and trench warfare, and the players were team-switching mercenaries. The championship series might even have been fixed

TENNIS
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HOT: HEY, ABBOTT!

This is an article from the Feb. 6, 2012 issue

Figure skater Jeremy Abbott won his third U.S. title in four years on Sunday, landing the competition's only quadruple jump of the day. His 273.58 final score was a U.S. championship record.

NOT: DOGGIN' HUSKIES

UConn's loss to Notre Dame was the third in a row for the champs and their longest skid in two years. It gets no easier for Ryan Boatright and Company: Three of their next four foes are in the Top 25.

HOT: TIGER TALES

Tiger Woods tied for third in Abu Dhabi (even if his putting needs work); Detroit secured free-agency royalty, inking Prince Fielder; and Towson men's hoops, losers of 41 straight, finally won one, over UNC-Wilmington.

NOT: MELO WHO?

Six wins in seven games has Denver (14--6) a mile high, thanks to an NBA-best 105.8 ppg. And on Jan. 25 the team signed leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (17.9 ppg) to a four-year, $42 milllion deal.

HOT: MEMPHIS BLUES

After seven straight wins the Grizzlies dropped three in a row, falling to 10th in the West. But here's what really gives coach Lionel Hollins the blues: Big man Zach Randolph's MCL tear could spell the end of his season.

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