HOT | NOT

September 17, 2012

HOT: BRUCE ALMIGHTY

His .267 average be damned, Jay Bruce's 33 home runs and .901 OPS have helped the Reds to baseball's second-best record. Bruce, 25, went deep in four straight games last week and is the first player to hit 20 or more HRs as a rookie, then improve on that total in each of the next four years.

NOT: INTO THIN AIR

They're calling Colorado's 30--28 loss to Sacramento State of the FCS among the most embarrassing in Buffs history. Meanwhile, Colorado State fell to FCS North Dakota State 22--7 at home; and the Rockies (56--83) are, well, the Rockies. Hey, Peyton, no pressure or anything.

HOT: BIG MAC ATTACK

Rory McIlroy fired a final-round 67 to win the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick by two strokes. Ranked No. 1 in the world, McIlroy became the first back-to-back winner on the PGA Tour since 2009. The Irishman joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers with six PGA Tour titles by age 23.

NOT: BEDEVILED

It has now been almost 41 years since Duke football beat a ranked team on the road after its 50--13 thud at No. 25 Stanford last Saturday. Plus, Duke hoops is looking into reports that former forward Lance Thomas (above) is being sued over a $97,800 jewelry purchase he made during the 2009--10 title season.

PHOTOMARK J. REBILAS/US PRESSWIRE (THOMAS) PHOTOSTAN BADZ/PGA TOUR (MCILROY) PHOTORON CHENOY/US PRESSWIRE (COLORADO) PHOTOFRANK VICTORES/US PRESSWIRE (BRUCE)

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