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December 28, 2009 | By Chris Foster
UCLA linebacker Reggie Carter is experiencing freedom on the football field for the first time in two weeks. Carter will play without a brace on his left knee against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Tuesday. He sprained a ligament against Oregon on Oct. 10 and, although he did not sit out a game, the injury slowed him considerably, especially with the bulky brace. "I feel healthy for the first time in a while," said Carter, who will play his final game for UCLA. "I've had that brace for seven or eight weeks.
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December 25, 2009 | By John Scheibe
There was a time when the only sports televised on Christmas Day were a couple of minor football games -- the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic and the Aloha Bowl from Honolulu. Thanksgiving was the big sports holiday, especially for football. But not anymore. ABC and ESPN will televise five NBA games today, including the feature matchup at 2 p.m. between the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Channel 7. Throw in a pro football game and some college basketball, add in Guitar Hero, wrapping-paper cleanup and the in-laws dropping in for dinner, and isn't it all a bit too much?
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December 24, 2009
HAWAII BOWL NEVADA (8-4) VS. SOUTHERN METHODIST (7-5) When: 5 PST. Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu. TV: ESPN. About Nevada: The Wolf Pack had three 1,000-yard rushers this season, the first NCAA team to do that. About Southern Methodist: Since receiving the death penalty in 1987, the Mustangs have won two or fewer games in a season nine times. The bowl represents a homecoming for SMU Coach June Jones, a former Hawaii coach. Prediction: Southern Methodist 40, Nevada 38. -- Orlando Sentinel
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December 24, 2009 | By Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire
While USC has enjoyed clear weather in the Bay Area since arriving for the Emerald Bowl, the Trojans have been enshrouded in the fog surrounding Joe McKnigh t's situation. Defensive players, however, have not been distracted, their concentration focused on reclaiming confidence, if not respect, when USC plays Boston College on Saturday at AT&T Park. USC's defense was regarded as one of college football's best during the first half of the season. It mostly has been under fire since the second half of the Trojans' victory over Notre Dame on Oct. 17. "This isn't where we were thinking to go at the beginning of the season, but it's still a huge opportunity for us to get some momentum going into next year," middle linebacker Chris Galippo said Wednesday.
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December 24, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
Robert Johnson might have provided his team with the perfect recruiting slogan. "You come to Utah," the senior free safety from Los Angeles said, "you win bowl rings." Johnson collected his third piece of postseason jewelry Wednesday evening at Qualcomm Stadium after Utah scored 27 unanswered points to rally from an early two-touchdown deficit and overwhelm California, 37-27, in the Poinsettia Bowl. Freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn completed 26 of 36 passes for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns for the Utes (10-3)
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December 24, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Alabama and Texas don't play until Jan. 7, but neither team appears willing to wait for the coin flip. It started last week when Texas announced it would hold its media day for players on Dec. 21 in Austin -- the only access to players prior to arrival in California for the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. Alabama then settled on the date for its media day in Tuscaloosa: How about Dec. 21? You say coincidence? Texas didn't think so. Decisions, decisions.
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December 23, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
Followers of Pacific 10 Conference football hold these truths to be self-evident: USC will go to a bowl every year under Pete Carroll. Stanford's Jim Harbaugh will say or do something to irk one of his coaching colleagues. And Utah will be a cactus-sized thorn in the side. The Utes are 6-3 against Pac-10 teams since the start of the 2003 season, with two of the victories coming against ranked opponents. No. 23 Utah (9-3) hopes to pull rank for a change Wednesday evening at Qualcomm Stadium against California (8-4)
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December 23, 2009 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince continues to progress toward starting against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Prince, who injured his right shoulder in the game against USC, was cleared by team trainers Tuesday morning after treatments and tests. He then took the majority of the reps with the first team in practice. One concern Coach Rick Neuheisel has is how Prince's shoulder will be affected by the cold weather in Washington. Highs are expected to be about 40 degrees during the game, according to forecasts.
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December 23, 2009 | By Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire
Allen Bradford would have preferred a more traditional ascent to the No. 1 spot on USC's tailback depth chart. Bradford went from No. 3 to No. 2 after senior Stafon Johnson suffered a season-ending throat injury in a freak weightlifting accident in September. On Tuesday, with Joe McKnight's status for the Emerald Bowl undetermined, Bradford rose to No. 1. For now. After a windy midday practice at City College of San Francisco, Coach Pete Carroll said Bradford was on track to start Saturday against Boston College.
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December 22, 2009
MAACO LAS VEGAS BOWL OREGON STATE (8-4) VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG (10-2) When: 5 PST. Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas. About Oregon State: The Beavers were aiming for their first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season but lost out to Oregon. About Brigham Young: Max Hall is a finalist for the Manning Award, which goes to the nation's top quarterback. Prediction: Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 31. -- Orlando Sentinel
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