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Dec. 03, 2012
Dec. 03, 2012

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Dec. 3, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
ANDREW LUCK
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • IS A GHANAIAN SOCCER PLAYER WHO DREAMED OF NBA GLORY AND SUCCESSFULLY WALKED ONTO THE BYU TRACK TEAM ABOUT TO CONQUER THE NFL DRAFT? THE LONG AND WINDING TALE OF EZEKIEL (ZIGGY) ANSAH

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NOT: GEEZ, WIZ

This is an article from the Dec. 3, 2012 issue

Avert your gaze, they're hideous. Even with Nene (above) in the lineup (he missed nine games with a foot injury), Washington fell to 0--11 last Saturday after a 108--106 double-OT loss to Charlotte. Said the despondent—but clear-eyed—coach Randy Wittman, "It's hard to win a game."

HOT: BIG MAC ROARS

Five straight birdies and a six-under 66 at the Dubai World Championship gave 23-year-old Rory McIlroy his fifth win of '12. Said the Northern Irishman, who ended the season ranked No. 1 on the European and PGA tour money lists, "I wanted to come here and finish in style."

NOT: WESTERN DISUNION

The Chiefs (eight L's in a row), Raiders (four) and Chargers (three) are a combined 8--25. San Diego coach Norv Turner has said he's on a "week-to-week basis," and his D didn't help his prospects when it let Baltimore convert a fourth-and-29 on a game-tying drive. The Ravens won in OT.

HOT: ILLINOIS JOY

The Fighting Illini (7--0) stayed perfect, thanks to a Tyler Griffey 25-foot trey with four seconds left that beat Gardner-Webb 63--62 on Sunday, four days after Illinois whipped Butler 78--61 to win the Maui Invitational. Guard Brandon Paul (above) is second in the Big Ten at 18.7 ppg.

NOT: BUFFS THE COACH SLAYER

Colorado (1--11), fresh off the worst season in its history, fired Jon Embree on Sunday, making him the third coach bought out since 2005 (for nearly $8 million). CU's D ranked 124th in FBS (46.0 ppg), and the Buffaloes went winless at home for the first time since 1920.

PHOTORON CHENOY/US PRESSWIRE (EMBREE)PHOTOBRIAN SPURLOCK/US PRESSWIRE (PAUL)PHOTODONALD MIRALLE/GETTY IMAGES (TURNER)PHOTOYOSHUA ARIAS/LANDOV (MCILROY)PHOTONICK WASS/AP PHOTO (NENE)