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Dec. 17, 2012
Dec. 17, 2012

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Dec. 17, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
Section Table of Contents
PRO FOOTBALL
  • CALL HIM A HANGDOG HERO, A SAD-SACK SUPERMAN, KID BROTHER TO A LEGEND—BUT WOULD YOU BET AGAINST ELI MANNING WHEN IT'S ALL ON THE LINE IN FEBRUARY? THE MVP OF TWO SUPER BOWLS, A SCION OF FOOTBALL'S FIRST FAMILY AND THE ULTIMATE GAMER, THE GIANTS' QUARTERBACK HAS FORCED US TO RETHINK WHAT WE EXPECT IN A STAR

PRO BASKETBALL
DICKEY AND HARRISON
  • Imagine, a century from now, looking back on the plague of sexual abuse. Two bright spots in this dark history will be Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and judo gold Kayla Harrison, who refused to be silent victims.

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HOT: CARDINAL VIRTUE

This is an article from the Dec. 17, 2012 issue

The undefeated Stanford women have supplanted Baylor at No. 1, snapping the Lady Bears' 42-game winning streak, and taking their last five by an average of 32.8 points. How so good? Start with junior F Chiney Ogwumike, who averages 20.9 points (best in the Pac-12) and 11.8 boards.

NOT: HORNS HOOKED

Texas was 279th in D-I in scoring (62.0 ppg), 257th in shooting (40.9%) and had dropped two straight, a 64--41 dud against Georgetown on Dec. 4, and last Saturday a two-point loss to just-as-miserable UCLA, of which, coach Rick Barnes said, "We gave this one away."

HOT: ROOKIE REDSKINS

Washington has ripped off four straight W's, its latest a 31--28 OT defeat of the Ravens, placing the Skins (7--6) back in the playoff hunt. Your main man? RG3, duh, but don't forget RB Alfred Morris (above), who rushed for 122 yards (and a TD) on Sunday, his sixth game in triple digits.

NOT: CLAWLESS CATS?

The Bobcats (7--12) already have as many wins this year as all of last, but they've hit a seven-game skid, and giving up 103.4 ppg isn't helping. Their 132--102 loss to the Spurs was just the second time in 15 years that a team scored 100 at home and lost by 30 or more.

HOT: LIONEL'S SHARE

Lionel Messi's 85th and 86th goals for Bar√ßa in a 2--1 win over Real Betis gives him the most—like, ever—in a calendar year, breaking Gerd Muller's 40-year-old mark. The Argentine striker also stars in a new Turkish Airlines ad with Kobe Bryant (already 21 million YouTube views).

PHOTOJASPER JUINEN/GETTY IMAGES (MESSI)PHOTOBRENDAN MALONEY/US PRESSWIRE (BARNES)PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (MORRIS)PHOTOCURTIS WILSON/US PRESSWIRE (BOBCAT PLAYER)PHOTOJAMES SNOOK/US PRESSWIRE (OGWUMIKE)