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LEADING OFF

Dec. 17, 2012
Dec. 17, 2012

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Dec. 17, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
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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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PHOTOPhotograph by Robert BeckMat Finish After three ferocious, frustrating fights against Manny Pacquiao—one draw and two close losses by decision—Juan Manuel Màrquez (far left) didn't let the judges pick the winner of the fourth, knocking out Pacquiao with a thunderous right to the jaw in the sixth round of their nontitle bout in Las Vegas last Saturday. Pacquiao was unconscious for two minutes before coming to, and in a postfight press conference he said he'd like to fight Màrquez a fifth time.PHOTOPhotograph by Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesBasket Of Jam Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala fended off Hawks forward Josh Smith with a forearm before stuffing the ball in the net during their game in Atlanta on Dec. 5. Iguodala scored five points, but Smith dropped in 16 as the Hawks, second in the Southeast Division, beat Denver, fourth in the Northwest, 108--104.PHOTOPhotograph by Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty ImagesThe Dread Interception Two men in dreadlocks went up for the ball in Cincinnati on Sunday, and Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson came down with the pass, intended for Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17). Dallas eked out a 20--19 victory on Dan Bailey's last-second 40-yard field goal, leaving both teams with 7--6 records.