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December 31, 2009
Rk. Team Rec. Result Next 1. KANSAS 12-0 Did not play at No. 18 Temple, Saturday 2. TEXAS 12-0 Did not play Tex. A&M Corpus Christi, Sat. 3. KENTUCKY 14-0 Did not play Louisville, Saturday 4. PURDUE 12-0 Did not play No. 6 West Virginia, Friday 5. SYRACUSE 13-0 Did not play Pittsburgh, Saturday...
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SPORTS
December 31, 2009
ARMED FORCES Houston (10-3) vs. Air Force (7-5) Kickoff: 9 a.m. Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth. TV: ESPN. About Houston: Quarterback Case Keenum's career numbers are mind-boggling: 12,728 yards passing, 101 touchdowns. And he's still a junior. About Air Force: The Falcons have a completely different kind of offense. They are ranked fourth in the country in rushing yardage (273.6 yards per game). Bowl records: Houston 8-10-1; Air Force 8-10-1.
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December 31, 2009 | By Chris Foster
The first hours of UCLA's off-season didn't go well. Offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo will be leaving the team for a two-year Mormon mission and junior defensive tackle Brian Price, the Pacific 10 Conference's defensive player of the year, says he will declare for the NFL draft. With that, getting better in 2010 just got a little trickier. The Bruins inched forward in 2009, finishing off a 7-6 season with a 30-21 victory over Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Tuesday. The win meant UCLA could claim progress after a 4-8 record in 2008 -- even though UCLA finished eighth in the Pac-10.
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December 31, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. "I'm very sad to say there's only one person to blame for this and it's Mike Leach," Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance told the Associated Press. Jerry Turner , vice chairman of the university system's board of regents, said "other things" came to light during an investigation of Leach's treatment of receiver Adam James . The sophomore alleged the coach twice confined him to a small, dark place after the player received a diagnosis of a concussion.
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December 31, 2009 | Chris Erskine
Our hair smells of lemon zest. Our mayor looks like Bert Convy. Welcome to Los Angeles, the big shopping mall by the sea. No refunds. No exchanges. If you happen to be in town for some football, you're in luck. On Friday, we'll all squeeze -- kinda cozy like -- into the big stadium for a game pitting some flu-colored team from the Great Northwest against a bunch of hicks from the heartland. Don't get me wrong, we love you yokels. Full of heart, the heartland. To me, the only way you could make the heartland more appealing would be to wrap it in bacon, which you could, of course, and still have plenty left over for a nice pork pie the next day -- yum. So, welcome, welcome, welcome . . . pull up a starlet, make yourselves at home.
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December 31, 2009 | Bill Plaschke
At its best, college football is about a grass-strained, mud-caked education. It's about kids pushing, and falling, and pushing again until they cross a painted white line into adulthood, battered but stronger, whipped into wisdom, boys to men. At its best, college football is about growing up, and no team is a greater example of this than the University of Oregon, which brings to the Rose Bowl a tale of redemption that will tingle your...
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December 30, 2009 | By Chris Foster
Defense wins championships, so goes the football coach-speak. While no one wearing a UCLA uniform over the last decade can actually vouch for that, one thing was clear Tuesday: Defense can win the EagleBank Bowl. The Bruins, on a frosty night at RFK Stadium, brought home a trophy -- their first since 2005 -- by finally brushing aside Temple, 30-21. They did so by going back to the basics: See the ball . . . catch the ball. Linebacker Akeem Ayers returned an interception two yards for a touchdown to erase a 21-20 deficit with six minutes left.
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December 30, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
Ohio State hasn't played a game in nearly six weeks, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor says he's still dealing with bumps and bruises from the regular season. "I'm hurting everywhere, man," Pryor said. The most significant pain may be from a partially torn ligament in his left knee which, Pryor revealed this week, he played with for some time. Although Pryor would not say when he was injured, the sophomore came out of Ohio State's win over New Mexico on Halloween because of a leg injury.
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December 29, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
Friday's Rose Bowl shapes up as a clash of styles, with Oregon's free-wheeling offense, which averaged nearly 38 points a game, taking on Ohio State's stingy defense, which gave up an average of only 12 points. But there's an even bigger contrast between the teams' practice fields, which are just a few hundred yards apart at the Home Depot Center in Carson. While Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel runs a tight ship, allowing few visitors to watch his team drill, Ducks Coach Chip Kelly invited nearly four dozen children from a local Boys & Girls Club to Oregon's workout on Monday.
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