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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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December 29, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
An ongoing side story to Oregon's appearance in Friday's Rose Bowl is watching whether the ultimate Duck sinks or swims. Mike Bellotti is Oregon football. Has been since 1995. There were 116 wins to his credit as coach and only 55 losses. Nobody in Oregon football history won that much, not even Rich Brooks, the previous ultimate Duck. Bellotti's Ducks were in 12 bowl games in his 14 seasons and won six, including the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. They were jobbed out of a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game that 2001 season -- golly, does that happen?
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December 29, 2009
Temple versus UCLA would have made for an interesting 1995 NCAA West Regional final in basketball -- coach John Chaney against coach Jim Harrick and all that. But this is football, and the coaching matchup is Al Golden, whom UCLA was interested in, against the man the Bruins hired, Rick Neuheisel. Times staff writer Chris Foster looks at some of the other key issues and matchups in today's game: Bottoms up Both teams want the label "up-and-coming program." UCLA has not been to a Rose Bowl since 1999, an 11-year drought that is the longest in school history.
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December 28, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
After Sunday's spirited two-hour practice at the Home Depot Center in Carson, the Ohio State football team took a bus to Beverly Hills for the Lawry's Beef Bowl. A day before, the Buckeyes visited Disneyland. And tonight they'll take in a comedy show at the Improv. It's all part of the traditional buildup to Friday's Rose Bowl, where eighth-ranked Ohio State will meet No. 7 Oregon. And while it has nothing to do with football, Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel considers the hoopla a just reward for a long, hard season.
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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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