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

The assist rate for Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams (right), the highest in the nation, according to kenpom.com. It illustrates just how much the Orange's offense depends on the sophomore, who came close to transferring last spring. The last Division I player to finish a season with an assist rate higher than 50% was 6-foot Northeastern senior J.J. Barea (54.2), in 2005--06, and the last major conference player to reach that mark was 6'1" Marquette senior Travis Diener (53.3), in '04--05. Both of those undersized upperclassmen eventually earned NBA contracts; Carter-Williams, who's 6'5", is a possible lottery pick in 2013.

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