The 2008-2009 Bowl Championship Series games are on the way. First up is the Rose Bowl on January 1st, which will feature Penn State versus either USC or Oregon State. Later that day, a BCS at-large team will take on the ACC Champion (which will be either Boston College or Virginia Tech) in the FexEx Orange Bowl. On January 2nd the SEC champion and a BCS at-large will face off in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. On the 5th, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will pit the Big 12 champ against a BCS at-large.
On January 8th, the #1 and #2 ranked teams will play for the title in the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
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The Boston Red Sox have locked up 2007 Rookie of the Year and 2008 American League MVP Dustin Pedroia for six year. The terms of the deal have not been made public, but the figure is reported to be around $40.5 million. The Sox home-grown second baseman was essential to Boston’s success in both of his years for the club; setting the table for the power-hitters in the lineup as well as being a defensive force in the middle infield.
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Despite 30 points from Orlando forward Rashard Lewis, the Cetlics walked away from last night’s game with an impressive 9-game winning streak. The C’s kept their cool and held off the Magic for a 107-88 victory, despite a total of 8 technicals being called. With another one on his record, Kendrick Perkins is getting perilously close to being suspended a game for each two T’s.
Rajon Rondo was outstanding moving the ball around yet again, racking up 12 assists.
The Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers at home on Wednesday night. Discount Celtics tickets are still available!
If the New York Giants return to the Super Bowl this year, they will do so without the services of one of last year’s heroes, Plaxico Burress. Plax was suspended by the Giants for the remainder of the year including playoffs after he was arrested on gun possession charges stemming from a night club incident last week where the star WR shot himself in the leg. This is the second time the Giants have suspended Burress this season. The first came on an unexcused absence from practice. Plaxico also gave the team grief this off-season demanding that his contract be re-negotiated. Burress would eventually get his wish, landing a new deal with New York.
With the rest of his playing season decided, Plaxico can focus on defending the charges against him. He faces a potential of 3.5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the illegal weapons charge. The team for their part has been offering words of encouragement and concern for their teammate. The Giants have managed to stay focused on the field with an 11-1 record on the year.
The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the third pair of NFL teams to match up at London’s Wembley Stadium. Last season the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins, and just over a month ago the New Orleans Saints beat the San Diego Chargers. Like the two previous across-the-pond games, the 2009 meeting is expected to sell out the full 83,000 seats in the house. This game is highly anticipated, as the Pats and Bucs are responsible for 4 of the last 7 NFL Championships.
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The Portland Trail Blazers topped the Pistons in Auburn Hills on Sunday in what is becoming a regular sight for Detroit fans. Both the Pistons and the Lions have yet to win a game on a Sunday this season. LaMarcus Aldridge led the rout with 27 points, followed by 19 from Brandon Roy, and 10 points and a career high 13 rebounds by Greg Oden.
“This is a good win for us, because we’ve struggled against good teams on the road this year,” Roy said in a post-game interview. “We had good focus, and we were able to close the game.”
Allen Iverson continues to struggle in Detroit, describing his tenure with the team so far as “almost (been) like a training camp”
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The Boston Globe‘s Tony Massarotti writes that Japanese prospect Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a 3 year $3 million major-league contract, pending a physical in Boston sometime in the next few days. Although he has had no professional experience, Tazawa dazzled for Nippon Oil ENEOS, a corporate team. Subject to amateur draft rules, Tazawa would not be eligible to become a free agent until 2014.
On the low end of potential, Tazawa has been assessed to be like reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa, an effective middle reliever and setup man for the Mariners and Angels from 1997-2005. After some time in the minors, Tazawa could even develop into a middle or back of-the-rotation starter.
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The Titans and Giants both went to 11-1 this week while the Lions remained winless. 11/27/08Tennessee Titans (11-1) 47 Detroit Lions (0-12) 10 – The Titans bounced back from their first loss of the year and trampled the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
Dallas Cowboys (8-4) 34 Seattle Seahawks (2-10) 9 – Romo threw for 331 yards and had 3 TD passes to lead the Cowboys to their eigth win.
Philadelphia Eagles (6-5-1) 48 Arizona Cardinals (7-5) 20 – McNabb’s 4 TD passes were just what the Eagles needed to get past the Cardinals on Thursday.
11/30/08 New York Giants (11-1) 23 Washington Redskins (7-5) 7 – The Giants are 11-1 for the first time ever as they continue to shut down opponents.
Miami Dolphins (7-5) 16 St. Louis Rams (2-10) 12 – The Dolphins look determined to stay in the playoff picture in the AFC with their win over the Rams on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3) 23 New Orleans Saints (6-6) 20 – Jeff Garcia led the Bucs past the Saints today to get their record up to 9-3.
San Francisco 49ers (4-8) 10 Buffalo Bills (6-6) 3 – There was very little offense to speak of in today’s 49ers win over the Bills.
Baltimore Ravens (8-4) 34 Cincinnati Bengals (1-10-1) 3 – Flacco led the Ravens over the Bengals with two TD passes.
Carolina Panthers (9-3) 35 Green Bay Packers (5-7) 31 – Aaron Rodgers had 3 TD’s but couldn’t lead the Packers to victory today.
Indianapolis Colts (8-4) 10 Cleveland Browns (4-8) 6 – A 4th quarter TD led the Colts past the Browns for their 8th win.
Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) 20 Oakland Raiders (3-9) 13 – Atlanta Falcons (8-4) 22 San Diego Chargers (4-8) 16 – Matt Ryan continues to impress as his 2 TD passes sealed the win for the Falcons on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) 33 New England Patriots (7-5) 10 – Matt Cassell couldn’t muster up any magic today vs the Steelers as Pittsburgh got their 9th win.
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The NHL Winter Classic, hockey’s annual outdoor game, is coming to Wrigley field this season. Unlike last year’s Pittsburgh/Buffalo affair, the 2009 Classic may have implications in the results of the Western Conference Central Division.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings have stepped it up recently. Both teams have fought through tough schedules to put up 7-1-2 records in the past ten, and have largely avoided the injury bug. With a game in hand, Chicago trails Detroit by 7 points – though the teams have had similar seasons so far. Red Wings RW Marian Hossa leads the team with 24 points, while Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane has 25.
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Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobli was projected to be out until the middle of December, recovering from surgery on his ankle in the offseason. Ginobli recently told Spurs coach Greg Popovich that he would be ready to return to action on Monday night at Memphis. The Spurs have struggled without their Star #6 man, putting up a 7-6 record in his absence. “I’m going to be out of shape, a little slower,” Ginobli told Yahoo Sports. “But those are things you only get from playing. I feel like it works better for me getting 10 minutes of playing time than 20 minutes on a treadmill.”
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