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Jan. 21, 2013
Jan. 21, 2013

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Jan. 21, 2013

GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
LEADING OFF
THE ROAD TO NEW ORLEANS
EXCLUSIVE
  • WHERE DID THE END BEGIN FOR THE RED SOX? LONG BEFORE THEIR HISTORIC 2011 COLLAPSE, THE SEEDS WERE PLANTED BY A FRONT OFFICE THAT SIMULTANEOUSLY GREW INATTENTIVE TOWARD BASEBALL BUT OBSESSED WITH IMAGE (MORE SEXY PLAYERS LIKE DUSTIN PEDROIA?!)

COUNTDOWN TO SIGNING DAY
  • CAN NATHAN NOBLE, A 29-YEAR-OLD COMBAT VETERAN WHO WAS DISCOVERED ON YOUTUBE, MAKE IT AS A D--I PLACEKICKER? HE'S WALKING ON AT WYOMING, WHERE HE HOPES TO DO MORE THAN BOOT A FEW GAME-WINNERS. HE'S TRYING TO REDISCOVER A SENSE OF PURPOSE

CARMELO ANTHONY
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HOT: MAJESTERIAL MESS

This is an article from the Jan. 21, 2013 issue

Fresh off his fourth-straight world player of the year award, Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a goal and set up two others in a 3--1 victory over Màlaga on Sunday. The win lifted Bar√ßa, undefeated in La Liga this season, 11 points above second-place Atlético Madrid.

NOT: KENTUCKY FRIED

The Cats (10--5) already have more than twice as many losses as last year, including an 83--71 defeat to Texas A&M, coach John Calipari's first home-conference loss since taking over in 2009. His team, Calipari said recently, is "not playing hard enough." That'll do it.

HOT: THEY'RE CRRREIGHT!

Creighton (16--1, ranked No. 13) is shooting 52.2% this season, second best in the country, as Doug McDermott is dropping 23.6 ppg (third best in the country), with a season-high 39 in the Bluejays' 74--52 demolishing of Missouri State last Friday.

NOT: PHILLY FILLETED

Since firing Andy Reid, the Eagles can't find a coach. Chip Kelly said no. Likewise Brian Kelly. Former Cowboys D coordinator Rob Ryan? "I'm on a beach and have talked to nobody," he told ESPN. The Sixers are whiffing too: They're 16--22 and 27th in the NBA in scoring.

HOT: NETS WORK SOLUTION

What to think? They're awesome, then terrible, now great again. The Nets (22--15 through Sunday) won six straight, as new head coach P.J. Carlesimo was 8--1 since taking over on Dec. 28. Said the coach after Sunday's 97--86 win over the Pacers, "The defense fuels us."

PHOTOJOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/LANDOV (CARLESIMO)PHOTOCHRIS SZAGOLA/CAL SPORT MEDIA (EAGLES MASCOT)PHOTOSTEVEN BRANSCOMBE/ZUMAPRESS.COM (MCDERMOTT)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (CALIPARI)PHOTOS. LAU/DPA/ZUMAPRESS.COM (MESSI)