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00:00:00.
00:00:00Down and out or back playing?
00:00:02The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:04And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:06Going 16-0.
00:00:07Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:25>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:29And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:33Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:34As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:39>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:00:57Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:05Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:08Know me.
00:01:09McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:10Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:14Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:17Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:22Different target.
00:01:23Almost the exact same result.
00:01:26He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:30TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:3663 Yards on the ground.
00:01:38Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:40Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:44He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:47No, crosses the goal line.
00:01:49Smu now leading 24-0.
00:01:51And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:01:57Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:00Touchdown of the game.
00:02:02He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:11Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:14Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:20Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:29This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:35In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:40>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:42joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:45The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:02:51And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:02:53NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:01For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:10>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:14A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:21Thendianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:27Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:34>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:39How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:43>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:03:48This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:03:56Please go out and do them.
00:03:58>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:05>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:08>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:11But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:18>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:22Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:27>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:30We're just running and hitting.
00:04:32Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:35Offense may be a little different.
00:04:36>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:39You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:42But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:04:54>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:04:57It's apparently not a public line.
00:04:59I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:02He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:10In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:14>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:25Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:34Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:37>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:43Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:05:48We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:05:51>> Huge fan of that.
00:05:52>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:05:57With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:01Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:13>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:19That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:21His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:24Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:29>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:33And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:34Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:37>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
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00:09:12>> every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:18All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:24Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:31This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:45the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:09:49After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:09:59As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:04>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:10I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:14And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:19>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:25>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:31Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:33But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:36And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:45We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:10:52>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:10:59The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:03The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:07In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:11>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:29Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:33>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:40The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:46Doc explains how it went down.
00:11:52>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:01>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:14That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:23>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:34Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:34They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:45>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:12:57>> Wham.
00:13:0030 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:04>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:12Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:26>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:29 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:32 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:44>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:13:49I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:13:55More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:02>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:07>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:09I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:15He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:23>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:30So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:37>> How much.
00:14:39>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:42>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:14:50But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:14:57>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:00Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:02Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:06>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:07Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:13With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:17The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:23Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:26And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:37>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:40Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:45But what about adults.
00:15:47Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:15:51Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:05>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:13Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:19The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:22With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:26On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:33Theericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:40Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:46When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:00The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:06While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:13There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:17Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:26>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:30See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:38>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was p >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:30Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:38Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:44The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:20:48Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:20:52Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:34New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:44Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:04>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:16>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:22>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:32Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:41The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:45It began with the dave robert steal.
00:22:48And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:22:55His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:01Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:19After the win, and the world series.
00:23:22In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:39In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:45Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:23:52They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:23:582004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:03Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:10Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:13>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:15>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:22Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:30Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:36People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:38And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:46>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:24:57Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:12>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:21Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:38>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:45>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:25:48We asked the players in the locker room and (announcer) is but it's where he's from it's where he learned.
00:26:43You don't need one more to go one better.
00:26:45For every king, a limit.
00:26:47For every king, a crown.
00:26:49Crown royal please drinkresponsibly.
00:28:32>> The boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:40Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:28:52Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:01>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:08Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:12Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:16>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:21The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:25It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:2700 eastern on abc.
00:29:2900, steve nash will have
00:00:043 More college football games tomorrow including usc in action.
00:00:09Unmatched analysis coming your way.
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00:00:24>> happy holidays.
00:00:28WELCOME TO ESPNews AVAILABLE ON High-definition.
00:00:31I'm ducis rogers.
00:00:32You must have been nice because santa is bringing you a full slate of nba games including the lakers, kobe very lebron that tips off in a few minutes.
00:00:44Updated throughout the night on ESPNews.
00:00:46First celtics taking on the magic.
00:00:49These to teams 1 and 2 in the eastern conference.
00:00:56Boston playing without paul pierce.
00:00:59First quarter.
00:01:00Kevin garnett.
00:01:01Elbow to dwight howard's neck.
00:01:07Garnett called for a technical foul.
00:01:11We are tied.
00:01:13Rajon rondo the deuce and the damage.
00:01:15Celtics take the 3-point lead.
00:01:16Perkins with the block.
00:01:17That starts to break the other way.
00:01:19Rondo working on a triple double.
00:01:22Celtics taking 34-27 lead.
00:01:25The 3rd quarter.
00:01:26The celtics a 10 point lead.
00:01:29Ray allen the classy assassin.
00:01:32Celtics up by 13.
00:01:35A 4th quarter.
00:01:36The 8 point boston lead.
00:01:40Rondo tip rebound pass to wallace and the slam.
00:01:42Right now, the celtics lead 76-68.
00:01:49Rajon rondo 17 points.
00:01:5113 Boards.
00:01:528 Assists.
00:01:53Just 2 shy of a triple double.
00:01:56This game started off slow.
00:01:576 Turnovers for boston in the first 6 minutes.
00:02:05Orlando shot just 25% in the first half.
00:02:08Boston leading by 8 points.
00:02:10With 3 minutes to go in the game.
00:02:20>> Heat and knicks.
00:02:20The knicks won 6 straight games.
00:02:21Dwayne wade getting loose.
00:02:22First quarter.
00:02:23He is getting down.
00:02:24Nice move.
00:02:26Heat trail by 2.
00:02:29Moving to the 2nd quarter.
00:02:30Gallinari, 26 points for him.
00:02:362 Hand.
00:02:36Tied at 29.
00:02:37Let's go to the 4th quarter.
00:02:38Heat up a dozen.
00:02:42Michael beasley past harrington.
00:02:48Beasley with 19.
00:02:48The heat up 72-58.
00:02:52LATER IN THE 4th, Wade, you can't stop that.
00:02:53Heat up by 10.
00:02:54The knicks would keep it close.
00:02:57Trailing by 3.
00:02:58David lee 19 points and 16 board for him.
00:03:00Under a minute to go.
00:03:05Knicks trailing by 3, jermaine o'neal and the heat hang on for the 93-87 victory.
00:03:10This is miami's first win at madison square garden since november 2007.
00:03:15The knicks love to shoot the 3.
00:03:16That's not always a good thing.
00:03:17They were 5 of 28 from downtown.
00:03:18That's just 18%.
00:03:25Dwayne wade catching up with doris burke.
00:03:27He loves playing on christmas day.
00:03:32>> It's an honor for my organization the miami heat and for my teammates to be playing on this day.
00:03:35We are 4 and 1 now.
00:03:36Hopefully we will get another one next year.
00:03:37>> You were coming off a homestand where you went 3 and 3.
00:03:42How important was this road win?
00:03:43>> Very important.
00:03:43We have been playing well of late.
00:03:44We came back home off the road and blew 2 games and then picked it up and won 3 of the last 4.
00:03:51To get this win on the road is good.
00:03:53We have to go back home versus the pacers and take care of business.
00:03:59>> Much of the offense goes through you orbosly.
00:04:04>> How important is michael beasley's growth to this team?
00:04:05>> Very important.
00:04:07We will rely on him a lot more.
00:04:11I think he understands.
00:04:12He is getting a lot better and playing the game more patient.
00:04:13>> Merry christmas.
00:04:14>> Merry christmas to you as well.
00:04:16>> Wade improves to 4 and 1 on christmas day.
00:04:19He scored 20 of 30 points in the 2nd half.
00:04:24He improves his scoring average 8 points per game.
00:04:30Just 6 players have a higher scoring average.
00:04:32Look at the names: >> What 2 watch 4: How about christmas night football?
00:04:50Not the kind in your back yard.
00:04:52We are talking real football.
00:04:5330 eastern time.
00:04:57Starting 0 and 6, the titans are still alive in the playoff race.
00:05:04They need some help.
00:05:05The chargers are fighting for playoff seeding.
00:05:06>> In the afc the colts and chargers clinched playoff spots.
00:05:0810 Teams are fighting for 4 spots.
00:05:14The pats and bengals can clinch with a win this week.
00:05:19Currently the ravens and broncos holding 2 wild card spots.
00:05:21>> The new york giants are still alive in the nfc wild card picture.
00:05:25They will host the panthers sunday.
00:05:27Big blue sits at 8 and 6.
00:05:31The giants are averaging 38 points over the past 3 games.
00:05:36>> Here's your nfc playoff picture.
00:05:37The saints, vikings and cardinals locked up their divisions.
00:05:40While the eagles lead the nfc east by 1 game over the dallas cowboys.
00:05:45The saints can clinch home field advantage throughout the nfc playoffs with a victory or a vikings loss.
00:05:51More football talk with trey wingo and mark schlereth.
00:05:56>> It is a magical time when santa gives presents to everybody across the world.
00:06:01We thought here we would have santa mark schlereth deliver presents to football fans across the country.
00:06:07>> I am so ready.
00:06:09Santa's little helper.
00:06:11>> Ask away.
00:06:12>> Yes, let me pull into my stocking.
00:06:13I have a question.
00:06:16The questions match the color of the hat.
00:06:22Santa schlereth, brett favre versus brad childress.
00:06:25In this situation who has been naughty and nice?
00:06:26>> I think both have been a little bit naughty and both of these guys have to come to an agreement.
00:06:33See, here's the problem.
00:06:33Brett favre can't see the forest through the trees.
00:06:34He sees a bad play, he wants to check out of it.
00:06:37Brad childress says no, this is my offense.
00:06:41I have things down the road that I see.
00:06:43Both have to come to an agreement and shake hand and move along.
00:06:47They are both naughty.
00:06:48>> Next question.
00:06:51A good one.
00:06:54Will brian dawkins haunt the eagles this weekend like the ghosts of christmas past?
00:06:59>> That's a great question.
00:06:59Yes, he will.
00:07:01Brian dawkins is a great football player.
00:07:05He is bringing the funk and the noise on sunday.
00:07:07The problem is the philadelphia eagles are a great football team.
00:07:13The broncos are not.
00:07:14I think the denver broncos lose this game to philly.
00:07:15But dawkins is somebody you have to contend with.
00:07:19>> If the broncho's lose this game, the afc playoff picture becomes a mess.
00:07:23 what will be rudolph's red nose guiding the light for the cowboys to make it back into the playoffs?
00:07:32>> Did you say guiding light?
00:07:34Thank you.
00:07:37I appreciate that.
00:07:39It's demarcus ware and anthony spencer and the guys on the edge.
00:07:45Look at the dallas cowboys right now, everybody talks about tony romo and he's been great.
00:07:51But really the defense, the cowboys have a chance for the most unusual thing for them on sunday night.
00:07:53A winning streak.
00:07:57>> Next one.
00:07:57A tough one.
00:07:59Will big blue, the new york giants, have a blue christmas?
00:08:02Will they make the playoffs?
00:08:03>> I don't think they are going to.
00:08:04I think it will be a blue christmas.
00:08:09You look at the dallas cowboys, they are the team getting hot at the right time.
00:08:13The philadelphia eagles already in.
00:08:14I think it will be the eagles and the cowboys and I don't think the giants will get in.
00:08:20>> Here's the way it works out.
00:08:21If the giants win out all the cowboys have to do is lose one game and they get in the post-season because they hold the tiebreaker over the dallas cowboys.
00:08:27 who will be the grinch and steal the opponent's playoff hopes this weekend?
00:08:33>> I think it's philly.
00:08:35The philly and denver game.
00:08:36I think the philadelphia eagles a much superior team creates turnovers.
00:08:40They are one of those big play, explosive teams over the top on offense.
00:08:44I think they beat denver and i think denver will be left out in the playoffs.
00:08:50>> Which would be an amazing situation when you remember the denver broncos started the season 6 and 0.
00:08:55But santa mark schlereth who played for the broncos thinks denver will have nothing but coal in their stocking when christmas is said and done.
00:09:02Thank you.
00:09:02>> You are welcome.
00:09:07>> Thank you.
00:09:09We will give you a preview of the nba's christmas gift to you the viewer.
00:09:15Of bowl season.
00:09:16Between pitt and usc.
00:09:17Stick around for a field pass.
00:09:19One man can make a difference.
00:09:21How ray lewis is taking it upon himself to make baltimore a better place.
00:11:51♪♪ ♪♪
00:11:54>> [cheering and applauding].
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00:12:05♪♪ ♪♪
00:12:06>> [cheering and applauding].
00:12:09>> Let's look alive people.
00:12:12We have some good football coming up.
00:12:144 Bowl games starting saturday with the little caesar's bowl and: All of those bowl games can be found on espn.
00:12:42>> Here now the car care bowl.
00:12:46.
00:12:47>> The car care bowl will look like an nfl football game when unc takes on pit.
00:12:56When you look how they fashioned their teams to resemble nfl teams on both sides of the football.
00:13:02It's remarkable.
00:13:03This makes this game very, very balanced.
00:13:08Stall is efficient for pitt this season and the freshman tailback is a work horse.
00:13:13They are facing the best defense in the country with usc.
00:13:17A lot of players will be playing on sundays next year.
00:13:22>> Key player.
00:13:24>> Of all the underclass men prospects come out early, you could see 10 draft picks from the bowl game alone.
00:13:31Forever north carolina it's about the defense.
00:13:34Bruce carter the outside linebacker and defensive tackle marvin austin.
00:13:39Both could be in the mid first round range.
00:13:42For pitt, it's about the offense.
00:13:45Bill stall has had a huge year.
00:13:49Vaulting himself into the conversation from off the radar.
00:13:52Look for a couple of ace backs to be the 3rd and 4th round range.
00:13:56The best player for both teams is jonathan baldwin.
00:14:03Could be a 1st round pick a year from now.
00:14:06>> Key match up.
00:14:06>> This will be a fun game to watch.
00:14:092 Pals coaching against each other.
00:14:12Wanstead and butch davis.
00:14:13I have seen both teams in person.
00:14:16Pitt with lewis on the ground is unbelievable.
00:14:19They are bcs close going against a north carolina defense that can fly around and make plays.
00:14:26Lewis 1600 yards and 16 touchdowns.
00:14:29Leads the offense that gets 200 yards a game on the ground.
00:14:32It will be a great challenge for north carolina.
00:14:36To somehow come up and slow down williams.
00:14:41>> Prediction.
00:14:42>> Pitt versus north carolina.
00:14:43Both teams have outstanding defenses.
00:14:45Both ranked in the top 20.
00:14:47It will come down to offense.
00:14:52Tj yates the quarterback for north carolina has thrown more interceptions.
00:14:56Look for the panthers offense to run up and down the field and score points against the tough north carolina defense.
00:15:02The reason why is deon lewis.
00:15:06One of the better running backs in the nation.
00:15:08A true freshman.
00:15:11>> Best player is powered by: >> Baltimore is a city in peril.
00:15:25Listen to these numbers.
00:15:26The robbery rate is 3 times the national average.
00:15:30The murder rate is 6 times the national average.
00:15:36B-moore is among the top 5 cities in the country in violent crimes.
00:15:42Ray lewis spent 14 seasons in baltimore and has taken it upon himself to start the healing.
00:15:49Rachel nichols has more.
00:15:52♪♪ ♪♪
00:15:54>> baltimore is probably the rouest you can get.
00:15:57Poverty is at an all time high.
00:16:00Those are my people!
00:16:02I get more emotional than anybody when I ride downtown and see my people struggling in baltimore.
00:16:09>> When ray lewis looking beyond the football field, he sees a city riddled with crime, drugs, homelessness, a city he wants to help.
00:16:21>> I love going to the roughest parts of baltimore and talking to people just giving them hope.
00:16:29When somebody sees your path, they want to do something different.
00:16:33I go to the different missions.
00:16:35How can I help?
00:16:37I had community engagement stuff where ray might be able to reach kids and talk to kids and share his life experience.
00:16:45Ray had much more specific ideas in mind.
00:16:51>> Freeze.
00:16:52>> His idea was to run a workout session with his long time trainer monte sanders.
00:16:57They started this spring with the baltimore police department.
00:17:01One hour, once a week.
00:17:03An attempt to mentally and physically strengthen the men and women who strengthen the city.
00:17:11>> We can go faster.
00:17:13[Shouting].
00:17:14>> Once you start, don't stop.
00:17:16>> Next in september, other work sessions were offered to a group from a local homeless shelter.
00:17:22>> Pick it up a little bit.
00:17:25Don't quit.
00:17:25>> A lot of athletes if they want to help the community will show up to a charity event and draw their people in and service that way.
00:17:33Why did you decide to do this?
00:17:36>> Because it's personal.
00:17:37Some of those guys go through so much crime and different things, their morale sometimes is not strong when they walk in.
00:17:47You see it.
00:17:47You sense it.
00:17:50I walk over there.
00:17:51>> Remember the things you told me you had been through?
00:17:54>> Yeah.
00:17:55>> You said you will never go back?
00:17:58Come on, come on.
00:18:00What pain do you have to go through?
00:18:02Sometimes the king has to take all the pain.
00:18:06Let's finish this.
00:18:08>> I told him 60 days ago I was detoxing off heroin and now i.
00:18:20Working without with you.
00:18:21-- Working out with you.
00:18:23It's amazing.
00:18:24>> Me and you.
00:18:25Let go!
00:18:27Let go!
00:18:28>> I got teary eyed and he got teary eyed.
00:18:31>> You don't have to do nothing you don't want to do this this world map.
00:18:38-- Man.
00:18:40That's money right now.
00:18:41>> Sleeping out on corners.
00:18:44Sleeping at bus stops.
00:18:47I was stabbed in my head.
00:18:49>> I walked in and I said, am doing nothing else but I helping you every day.
00:18:57Don't take a break from me.
00:19:00>> The problem he had with his life is so powerful because he let me know to keep moving forward.
00:19:06Don't give up.
00:19:07When you hear people talk like ray lewis, it lets me know it is not over yet.
00:19:12>> The workouts are designed to boost more than mental toughness.
00:19:18>> You have already won.
00:19:21>> [Shouting].
00:19:22>> You put into the workout you get out of the workout.
00:19:25>> The police see the results out on the city streets.
00:19:30>> We do the foot chase after the bad guys that stole the car or has an inlegal firearm.
00:19:39After this workout, you are that much more focused on chasing that person down.
00:19:45>> That's it.
00:19:46>> He teaches you it's not over until it's over.
00:19:49I don't want to scare any officers here.
00:19:52That's all it takes.
00:19:53If I can hold on for other 20 seconds, my backers will show up and I will survive.
00:19:58>> Lewis's relationship with the baltimore police is influenced by his experience in atlanta 9 years ago.
00:20:05Initially charged with murder, he pleaded to a misdemeanor chargers of obstruction of justice and received a year of probation.
00:20:14>> Now you are working with people to eradicate violent crime.
00:20:19How does that impact your perspective?
00:20:21>> What I did go through, I now use it as my front of who I am.
00:20:33>> And now, that man is back.
00:20:40♪♪ ♪♪
00:20:42>> I think it brings credibility to his commitment.
00:20:44The fact of the matter is he elected to come out here and partner with the one agency that is at the vanguard of making people safe.
00:20:56>> Did it give you more credibility with people?
00:21:03>> It's hard to relate to somebody when you have never been through nothing.
00:21:08I use it when I see people that has really given up.
00:21:13>> He is a human being, too.
00:21:15He is a man first.
00:21:17He goes through things just like we go through things.
00:21:24Expossessed to all of the violence and everything doesn't mean I have to go out and continue to do that.
00:21:29>> Recently lewis integrated the homeless into his workouts with the police.
00:21:34>> I am in a police place right now.
00:21:37Police training.
00:21:38Usually before I would be running from the police.
00:21:40>> That's what I like about right here.
00:21:43>> Working out is another way of fellowship.
00:21:48That's just another way you can encourage somebody else who might not be as strong as you.
00:21:55I don't think I will stop until I get done what I want to get done.
00:22:00That's to change the face of our city.
00:22:02Whether you are a police officer or somebody looking for a second chance.
00:22:06We can all work together.
00:22:13>> When brett favre is cold literally, he is cold figureatively.
00:23:19You know, truck guys like to get the job done right.
00:23:21Measure twice, cut once I always say.
00:23:23Lemme give ya a hand there.
00:23:24Thanks.
00:23:24Did you know that silverado xfe has an epa estimated 22 highway?
00:23:28How about your f150?
00:23:29Less.
00:23:30And this silverado has 315 horsepower. yours?
00:23:34Less.
00:23:34Silverado's powertrain is backed for 5 years or 100,000 miles.
00:23:39Yours?
00:23:4040,000 Miles less.
00:23:42Don't blame the carpenter, blame the tool.
00:23:45Chevy silverado. america's best truck.
00:24:55>> Haynesworth called out his head coach jim zorn saying we need someone to lead him in the right direction.
00:25:06He was sent home from practice today.
00:25:07John clayton tells us that haynesworth was late for a team meeting.
00:25:13Zorn said he wasn't nasty to me and I wasn't nasty to him.
00:25:17It was just something that needed to be done.
00:25:19Zorn said haynesworth will play sunday against dallas but did not commit to him starting.
00:25:24More nfl news with john clayton inside the huddle.
00:25:28>> ♪♪ ♪♪
00:25:30>> playing indoors in december and january is one of the incentives for brett favre to sign with the vikings.
00:25:41The loss to the panthers could leave the vikings in the cold in the playoffs.
00:25:44Minnesota has to stay ahead of the eagles to secure a bye week.
00:25:48One loss could mean a january game in philadelphia.
00:25:52Since 2005, favre's completion one in games played in temperatures 4 or below.
00:26:10The panthers defensive end julius peppers put on a pass rushing show that left brad childress's defense and tried to bench brett favre of the paid $1 million, peppers increases his sack total to 9 half and reminded panthers management they can't afford losing his presence.
00:26:33Falcons quarterback matt ryan unable to scramble because of the turf toe was rusty against the jets.
00:26:44But he believed that it's important to play.
00:26:46He hopes that in the falcons 44 year streak of not having back-to-back winning seasons, ryan left a 9 and 7 season still possible.
00:26:59Chad ocho cinco felt the spirit of the late chris henry running with him on his 49 yard touchdown reception against the chargers.
00:27:07The bengals offense has been missing henry's big play ability since injury ended his season.
00:27:14Carson palmer 17th in the league in 20 yard completions.
00:27:19One of the reasons the bengals have averaged only 18 points a game.
00:27:23Inside the huddle, john clayton, espn.
00:27:28>> Still to come, things are crowded at the top of the eastern conference.
00:27:34Celtics and magic.
00:00:00Smu is back with a loud statement the mustangs made on a national stage against the wolf pack.
00:00:11Down and out or back playing?
00:00:13The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:15And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:17Going 16-0.
00:00:18Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:36>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:40And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:44Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:45As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:50>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:08Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:16Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:19Know me.
00:01:20McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:21Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:25Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:28Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:33Different target.
00:01:34Almost the exact same result.
00:01:37He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:41TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:4763 Yards on the ground.
00:01:49Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:51Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:55He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:58No, crosses the goal line.
00:02:00Smu now leading 24-0.
00:02:02And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:07Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:11Touchdown of the game.
00:02:13He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:22Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:25Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:31Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:40This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:46In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:51>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:53joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:56The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:03:02And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:03:04NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:11For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:21>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:25A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:32The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:38Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:45>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:50How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:53>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:03:59This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:07Please go out and do them.
00:04:09>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:16>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:19>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:22But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:29>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:33Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:38>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:41We're just running and hitting.
00:04:43Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:46Offense may be a little different.
00:04:47>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:50You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:53But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:05:05>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:08It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:10I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:13He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:21In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:25>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:36Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:45Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:48>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:54Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:05:59We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:06:02>> Huge fan of that.
00:06:03>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:08With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:12Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:24>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:30That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:32His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:35Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:40>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:44And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:45Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:48>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
00:09:23>> Every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:29All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:35Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:42This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:56the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:10:00After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:10As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:15>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:21I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:25And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:30>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:36>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:42Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:44But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:47And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:56We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:11:03>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:10The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:14The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:18In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:22>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:40Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:44>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:51The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:57Doc explains how it went down.
00:12:03>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:12>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:25That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:34>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:44Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:45They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:56>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:08>> Wham.
00:13:1130 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:15>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:23Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:37>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:40 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:43 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:55>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:14:00I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:14:06More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:13>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:18>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:20I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:26He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:34>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:41So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:48>> How much.
00:14:50>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:53>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:15:01But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:08>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:11Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:13Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:17>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:18Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:24With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:28The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:34Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:37And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:48>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:51Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:56But what about adults.
00:15:58Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:16:02Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:16>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:24Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:30The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:33With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:37On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joeyhestnut's big meal.
00:16:44The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:51Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:57When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:11The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:17While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:24There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:28Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:37>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:41See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:49>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:41Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:49Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:55The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:20:59Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:21:03Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:45New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:55Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:15>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:27>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:33>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:43Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:52The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:56It began with the dave robert steal.
00:22:59And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:07His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:12Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:30After the win, and the world series.
00:23:33In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:50In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:56Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:24:03They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:092004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:14Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:21Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:24>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:26>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:33Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:41Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:47People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:49And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:58>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:08Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:23>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:32Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:49>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:56>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:25:59We asked the players in the locker room a >> the boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:51Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:29:03Pending a physical, the two-time all-ar, misd all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:12>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:20Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:23Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:27>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:32The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:36It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:3800 eastern on abc.
00:29:4000, steve nash will have g nba
00:00:04.
00:00:04Down and out or back playing?
00:00:06The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:08And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:10Going 16-0.
00:00:11Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:29>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:33And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:37Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:38As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:43>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:01Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:09Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:12Know me.
00:01:13McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:14Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:18Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:21Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:26Different target.
00:01:27Almost the exact same result.
00:01:30He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:34TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:4063 Yards on the ground.
00:01:42Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:44Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:48He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:51No, crosses the goal line.
00:01:53Smu now leading 24-0.
00:01:55And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:01Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:04Touchdown of the game.
00:02:06He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:15Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:18Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:24Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:33This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:39In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:44>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:46joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:49The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:02:55And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:02:57NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:05For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:14>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:18A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:25The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:31Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:38>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:43How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:47>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:03:52This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:00Please go out and do them.
00:04:02>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:09>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:12>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:15But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:22>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:26Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:31>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:34We're just running and hitting.
00:04:36Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:39Offense may be a little different.
00:04:40>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:43You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:46But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:04:58>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:01It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:03I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:06He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:14In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:18>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:29Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:38Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:41>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:47Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:05:52We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:05:55>> Huge fan of that.
00:05:56>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:01With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:05Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:17>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:23That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:25His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:28Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:33>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:37And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:38Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:41>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
00:09:16>> Every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:22All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:28Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:35This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:49the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:09:53After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:03As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:08>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:14I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:18And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:23>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:29>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:35Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:37But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:40And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:49We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:10:56>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:03The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:07The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:11In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:15>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:33Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:37>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:44The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:50Doc explains how it went down.
00:11:56>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:05>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:18That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:27>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:38Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:38They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:49>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:01>> Wham.
00:13:0430 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:08>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:16Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:30>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:33 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:36 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:48>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:13:53I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:13:59More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:06>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:11>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:13I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:19He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:27>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:34So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:41>> How much.
00:14:43>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:46>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:14:54But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:01>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:04Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:06Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:10>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:11Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:17With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:21The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:27Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:31And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:41>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:44Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:49But what about adults.
00:15:51Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:15:55Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:09>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:17Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:23The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:26With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:30On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:37The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:44Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:50When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:04The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:10While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:17There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:21Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:30>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:34See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:42>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was p >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:34Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:42Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:48The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:20:52Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:20:56Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:38New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:48Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:08>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:20>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:26>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:36Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:45The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:49It began with the dave robert steal.
00:22:52And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:00His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:05Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:23After the win, and the world series.
00:23:26In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:43In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:49Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:23:56They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:022004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:07Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:14Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:17>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:19>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:26Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:34Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:40People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:42And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:51>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:01Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:16>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:25Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:42>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:49>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:25:52We asked the players in the locker room and >> the boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:44Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:28:56Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:05>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:13Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:16Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:20>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:25The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:29It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:3100 eastern on abc.
00:29:3300, steve nash will have match-up
00:00:17♪♪♪♪
00:00:28>> ♪♪♪♪
00:00:29>> the setback fade, he got it, at the buzzer!
00:00:33>> ♪♪♪♪
00:00:33[cheers] .
00:00:34>> Kobe.
00:00:36Kobe.
00:00:37Kobe.
00:00:38>> Lebron goes inside, two hands >> fires and he takes it in!
00:00:47>> Good evening, and merry 30 here on the east coast.
00:00:54I'm jonathan coachman, this holiday has become synonomous with the best from the n.b.a.
00:01:03>> Lebron and kobe, at the staple center.
00:01:08Shaq, returning to the place where he won three championships.
00:01:12>> Watch lebron, the throw down.
00:01:14Cavs, about halfway through the first quarter, they started to pull away.
00:01:20Good defense.
00:01:21And great shooting.
00:01:23Cavs up 15.
00:01:27More from lebron.
00:01:29>> Led by nine at the break.
00:01:32Third-quarter, down ten, here comes kobe.
00:01:34He had a big game.
00:01:36>> Didn't have a whole lot of help from his teammates, and kobe, no.
00:01:41Back to kobe, yes, lakers, to within six.
00:01:45>> Later in the third, cavs up by 11.
00:01:49Lebron, to shag.
00:01:51Shaq, had ten.
00:01:52And then in the fourth, lebron, really, spreading it around today.
00:01:58Mo williams, a season-high 28 for mo.
00:02:01And then, how about moon, for good measure?
00:02:06For three.
00:02:09You know it's your day.
00:02:10And things getting ugly.
00:02:12Odom gets two technical fouls, and he gets tossed.
00:02:17And, fans throwing things, and they don't like losing in l.a.
00:02:26102-87 Is the final.
00:02:29Lakers have their five-game losing-streak snapped.
00:02:42Here's lisa, with the king.
00:02:44>> Lebron, what was working so the j enough to cause their own fans to boo them off the court onuys.
00:02:52CHRISTMAS DAY?eBRON,T >> We covered fowr each other, guys all night, on the defensive-end,to and offense, we saw a lot of c pressure, and we knew they were cov going to try theer same, ando slowed down and executed the right way.
00:03:06>> You said this would be a measuring stick.
00:03:10hey we same defensively, helped one another.
00:03:19So it was a good win and we needed that.
00:03:21Having this long roadtrip.
00:03:25>> Well, lebron james, has won 7-12 head-to-head meetings.
00:03:42We would like to welcome in all the viewers, watching st.
00:03:48Mary's, beat hawaii.
00:03:51Stay here, and, I'm jonathan coachman, a lot to get to, a busy day in the n.b.a.
00:03:58So, we move on.
00:04:00Celtics and magic.
00:04:02Best two teams, in the east.
00:04:05No paul pierce, out with knee issues.
00:04:09And some early frustration, from kevin garnett, throwing elbows, not a throat of howard.
00:04:19Play would move on.
00:04:22Fourth-quarter, good defense.
00:04:24Turning into offense.
00:04:2616 Points, and stan van gundy, left scratching his head.
00:04:30His team would stay in it.
00:04:33Lewis, tosses in 19.
00:04:36Trail by three.
00:04:37Goes down on the play.
00:04:38He would leave the game, he is okay.
00:04:41Dagger by ray allen.
00:04:44Over j.j. redick, go up, 86-77.
00:04:50>> Season-high 20 turnovers.
00:04:52Improves to 13-1 on the road.
00:04:57The magic managed only eight points in the second-quarter.
00:05:06Here's ray allen after the game.
00:05:07>> We talked all year about executing down the stretch.
00:05:11And the plays that we ran up, there.
00:05:13During timeout.
00:05:15We executed them.
00:05:16>> Tonight, you did it without paul pierce.
00:05:19How did the team come together, in his absence?
00:05:22>> It was shocking.
00:05:23We played a game, and didn't see him.
00:05:27Our hearts go out to him.
00:05:29We wish him a speedy recovery.
00:05:32A lot of details have not come to us yet.
00:05:37He needs to get healthy, and we came together more, knowing he wasn't going to be here.
00:05:43>> The boston defense has been superb.
00:06:00Heat, 3-1 all time, on christmas day, in the garden, to take on the knicks.
00:06:06Six game home winning-streak before today.
00:06:10>> Wade, slicing and dicing.
00:06:11And then gallinari, the youngster, starting to live up hat go to the fourth now.
00:06:20Heat up twelve.
00:06:21Adding to it.
00:06:23Beasley, playing well.
00:06:24He had 19.
00:06:26l dwayne wade, the throwdown, 30 points, and nine rebounds for wade.
00:06:33Big knicks would keep it close.
00:06:35David lee, another double-double.
00:06:39Too much from jermaine o'neal.
00:06:42Getting the kind bounce, on the road.
00:06:4793-87, That's the final.
00:07:04How about wade after the game?
00:07:07>> Well, it is just an honor forburke.
00:07:09My organization, and the teammates to be playing on this day.
00:07:15And, hopefully, we get another one next year.
00:07:21>> Offense goes through you or michael beasley.
00:07:25How important is his growth.
00:07:27mporta his y have hi he's playing the game more patient and, we need that.
00:07:37>> Well, 30 points, on friday.
00:07:40Improved, on december 25th.
00:08:03Clippers-suns.
00:08:03Steve nashl, five-straight double-doubles.
00:08:06Downw six.
00:08:07Jay rich to stoudemire.
00:08:13ppe upr eight early.
00:08:20Suns would come back.
00:08:21Nash, to stoudemire, the lay-in.
00:08:26And final seconds of the with watch grant hill.
00:08:32It's good!
00:08:33It's good!
00:08:37Phoenix led by twelve at the half.
00:08:38They have extended it to 21.
00:08:43>> Leandro barbosa, is back in the lineup for the suns.
00:08:46They needed him back, 4-8, since he left, in november.
00:09:00Let's update.
00:09:01Chargers and the titans, right now, it is all san diego.
00:09:0528-10, They led, 21-10, at halftime.
00:09:10Tomlinson had two touchdown-runs gates, a touchdown catch.
00:09:17And sproles, a touchdown catch.
00:09:19And rivers, continues his great play.
00:09:2428-10, About halfway through the third-quarter.
00:09:28>> All right.
00:09:29Still to come, brett favre and the vikings, still fighting for home-field advantage, the >> "what 2 watch 4", later 30 eastern, espn, a terrific match-up on paper.
00:12:07But, injuries have hurt both clubs.
00:12:10>> Roy missing, and bill limit, missed the last three games for denver.
00:12:18>> All right.
00:12:20Espn analyst tim legler, will be on the game.
00:12:26Merry christmas.
00:12:28>> Merry christmas to you, coach.
00:12:30>> Start with the health of roy and billups, what can you tell us?
00:12:35>> Both going to be out here tonight.
00:12:37Roy, confirmed, he will play, and be in the starting-lineups.
00:12:44And, chancey is going to give it a shot as well.
00:12:50Nate mcmillan could use roy, in the lineup, with all the injuries, and denver hasn't had as many but billups, is the leader of that game, and on christmas night, you know chauncey is going to do everything that he can to be on the floor.
00:13:08Not full strength but two all-stars back on the court.
00:13:12>> Let's talk about those injuries.
00:13:15Portland had high hopes.
00:13:19Roy, and oden and outlaw, and fernandez, all injured.
00:13:28Have you ever seen a team with worse luck?
00:13:33>> It's so bad, is nate mcmillan is out,.
00:13:39[Laughter] >> just talked to him, he said it's the first time, going back to as a player, and coach that he has ever missed games because of an injury.
00:13:49He did, in practice.
00:13:51No, it's been difficult to think of another team, that's ever gone through this kind of stretch.
00:13:58Guys all play about 20 minutes a night.
00:14:02This is about key guys in the rotation.
00:14:05A couple of starters, and two of the top four guys out.
00:14:11And three of them for the year.
00:14:14And, sometime after the all-star break, and this team has been decimated.
00:14:22But, they have found ways to win at phoenix, and dallas, and san antonio.
00:14:27It is amazing.
00:14:29They have gotten wins.
00:14:32But it is not who is playing, but how you're playing.
00:14:36This team is playing as well together, this group, as any that he has had because they understand, that's the only way to get it done.
00:14:45Move the basketball, and commit defensively.
00:14:48And hope somebody makes shots.
00:14:52>> Coming off a a 31-point performance.
00:14:57, is he having his best start this season.
00:15:07>> No question about it.
00:15:07Looked like he was in better shape.
00:15:11First year he hasn't had usa basketball commitment.
00:15:15He felt pressure and george karl said, he just has grown up.
00:15:20He's more mature.
00:15:22Takes it, more serious, when it comes to the details.
00:15:27He's more committed, defensively.
00:15:29And that helps him make plays on defense, to lead to more offense.
00:15:34He's in the short list, for mvp.
00:15:38Unbelievable.
00:15:39And he's the most complete scorer that we have, ahead of lebron, and kobe, and this is the most complete offensive machine that we have, in the league.
00:15:52So, it will be quite a show.
00:15:54I'm glad I'll have the best seat in the house.
00:15:57>> Bottom line, we know the nuggets will be a 2, 3, 4-seed come april.
00:16:04Have they made enough changes?
00:16:06Are they good enough to compete with the lakers come playoff time.
00:16:12>> I feel that they're the only team that can.
00:16:16There's a lot of good teams in the west.
00:16:18Denver, is the only other team that's on the shelf, not equal with the lakers.
00:16:25But, below them, and they've gone out, and bring out a ty lawson.
00:16:33Gives them an offense they haven't had.
00:16:36And defend, and, he gives them an element that they haven't had in the past.
00:16:42Key is their big guys.
00:16:44Nene, and martin, and anderson.
00:16:48If they are rebounding, and playing physical, 25-30 points.
00:16:52And deliver them 30 rebounds, with their defense and shot blocking, that's the key.
00:17:00You have to be able to compete with them, in the pant and on the glass.
00:17:07Anthony, best of his career.
00:17:09 smith, gave you 41 points, explosive there.
00:17:14Only team that has all the things that you need, on the check list to deal with the lakers, and looks like they're headed for another showdown.
00:17:25And some other teams might have something to say, but, denver is the most complete team, that we have in the western confriend, outside of the lakers.
00:17:35>> Should be fun.
00:17:37Legs, thank you.
00:17:38>> You got it, coach.
00:17:43>> Four bowl games on the schedule.
00:17:47Starting saturday with more on the meineke car-care bowl, here's the bill pass.
00:18:10>> It will look like an n.f.l.
00:18:13 takes on pitt.
00:18:16When you look at what they have done, to fashion their team, to appear like nfl teams, it is remarkable.
00:18:25Makes it very balanced.
00:18:29Stull has been very efficient.
00:18:31And the freshman has been a workhorse, and facing the 6th best total defense, and, featuring a lot of players.
00:18:43>> Key player.
00:18:47>> All the underclassmen, you could see ten draft-picks, from this bowl game alone.
00:18:56>> Defense, carter, and marvin.
00:19:01Both could be in the first mid-range round.
00:19:05For pitt, all about the offense.
00:19:07Huge year for bill stull.
00:19:12Watch out for a couple of h-backs.
00:19:18Dickerson, and bynum.
00:19:20And, baldwin, the sophomore, big-time play maker.
00:19:25Could be a first-round pick.
00:19:30>> Key match-up.
00:19:32>> Two pals coaching against each other, both coaches, and, i have seen them both.
00:19:41Their bcs close, going against the north carolina defense, that can fly around, and make plays.
00:19:49Lewis, 16 touchdowns.
00:19:51And leads an offense, with 200 yards, a game.
00:19:58Challenge to slow down lewis.
00:20:03>> Prediction.
00:20:04>> Pitt versus north carolina, both of these teams have outstanding defenses, and both in the top-20, in scoring.
00:20:11It comes down to offense.
00:20:15Has thrown more interceptions.
00:20:18And look for them to score points, in bunches.
00:20:22Reason why, lewis.
00:20:25One of the better running-backs.
00:20:27Led the big east in rushing.
00:20:31>> Coming up with the fight in danger of not happening, the promoter, wasting no time, with a backup plan.
00:23:19>> Trey wingo and mark schlereth here, cold hard facts.
00:23:25How much should peyton and company play, against the jets?
00:23:30>> I think you play to win this game.
00:23:32You play the entire game.
00:23:34You look at that, you play to win the game.
00:23:37I look at the colts, rhythm is one thing, and timing is another thing, that you want, on your team.
00:23:45You don't get that by sitting on the sidelines.
00:23:48>> Peyton, 159 yards shy of becoming the fourth, to throw d >> saints coming off something-yard return unusual, a loss.
00:24:00Did the loss expose any side ball it' a if you can protect your quarterback, bad things will happen.
00:24:12That third option, and fourth option, where drew brees comes up the defense, that's what he wasn't able to get to.
00:24:22>> Spencer and ware, with big sacks.
00:24:31>> Brad and brett, heated discussion, any impact?
00:24:36>> Yes, it will be peterson will be more involved in the game.
00:24:39That's a good thing.
00:24:40Both will talk to each other as they have, and said, this is what we need to do, this this is the guy we need to run hard, and run for a championship.
00:24:54>> On christmas night, titans hosting the chargers.
00:24:58What's the key to this game for tennessee.
00:25:01>> Continue to play, offense like they've been playing it.
00:25:05And throwing it over the top.
00:25:07And, tremendous.
00:25:10>> Running the ball, and having success.
00:25:12When they do that, it puts a lot of pressure to keep up.
00:25:17>> Chargers have been putting it on everybody.
00:25:2117-Straight wins, in denver.
00:25:26>> Denver-philly, can they get a win in philadelphia.
00:25:29>> Absolutely.
00:25:30If they do, they will hold everything off.
00:25:33But, I don't think they can get that win.
00:25:35I think they'll win.
00:25:39>> If the broncos and ravens lose, the playoff-picture is open.
00:25:48Of the six teams, 7-7, which one has the best shot of getting in.
00:25:55>> Steelers, and I think the best shot, we'll have to see, but the dolphins, have two home-games, home to houston and, home pittsburgh.
00:26:05So, they're in control, they have the home games.
00:26:08>> Again, that dolphins-texans game.
00:26:12Elimination game.
00:26:13They're out of the a.f.c.
00:26:16Wildcard game entirely.
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00:26:45Top of the hour, more on the chargers, and titans.
00:26:49Nuggets, blazers, and clippers, and suns.
00:26:53And will the thrill is in, and j.w., too.
00:26:57Thanks for watching.
00:26:59All right, plenty more.
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00:00:00Espnews, after almost three decades of being irrelevant, smu is back with a loud statement the mustangs made on a national stage against the wolf pack.
00:00:15Down and out or back playing?
00:00:17The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:19And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:21Going 16-0.
00:00:22Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:40>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:44And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:48Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:50As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:54>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:12Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:20Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:23Know me.
00:01:24McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:26Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:29Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:33Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:37Different target.
00:01:38Almost the exact same result.
00:01:41He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:46TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:5163 Yards on the ground.
00:01:53Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:56Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:59He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:02:02No, crosses the goal line.
00:02:04Smu now leading 24-0.
00:02:06And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:12Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:15Touchdown of the game.
00:02:17He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:26Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:29Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:35Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:44This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:50In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:55>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:57joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:03:01The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:03:06And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:03:08NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:16For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:25>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:30A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:36The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:42Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:50>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:54How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:58>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:04:03This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:11Please go out and do them.
00:04:13>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:20>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:23>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:26But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:34>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:37Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:42>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:46We're just running and hitting.
00:04:47Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:50Offense may be a little different.
00:04:52>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:54You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:57But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:05:09>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:12It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:14I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:17He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:25In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:29>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:40Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:49Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:52>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:58Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:06:03We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:06:06>> Huge fan of that.
00:06:07>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:12With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:16Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:29>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:34That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:37His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:39Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:45>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:48And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:49Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:52>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
00:09:27>> Every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:33All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:39Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:46This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:10:00the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:10:04After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:15As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:20>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:25I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:29And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:34>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:40>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:46Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:48But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:51And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:11:01We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:11:07>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:14The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:19The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:23In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:26>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:44Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:48>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:55The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:12:02Doc explains how it went down.
00:12:07>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:16>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:29That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:38>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:49Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:50They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:13:00>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:12>> Wham.
00:13:1530 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:19>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:27Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:41>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:44 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:47 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:59>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:14:04I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:14:10More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:17>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:22>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:24I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:30He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:38>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:45So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:52>> How much.
00:14:54>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:57>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:15:05But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:13>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:15Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:17Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:21>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:23Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:28With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:32The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:38Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:42And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:52>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:55Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:16:01But what about adults.
00:16:03Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:16:07Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:20>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:28Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:34The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:37With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:41On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:48The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:55Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:17:01When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:15The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:21While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:28There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:32Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:41>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:45See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:53>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was p >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:45Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:53Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:59The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:21:03Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:21:07Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:50New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away fro the 2004 world series.
00:22:00Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:19>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:31>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:38>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:47Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:56The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:23:00It began with the dave robert steal.
00:23:04And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:11His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:16Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:34After the win, and the world series.
00:23:37In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:54In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:24:00Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:24:08They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:132004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:18Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:25Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:28>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:30>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:37Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:45Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:51People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:53And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:25:02>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:12Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:27>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:36Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:54>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:26:01>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:26:03We asked the players in the locker room and >> the boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:55Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:29:08Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:16>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:24Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:27Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:31>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:36The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:40It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:4200 eastern on abc.
00:29:4500, steve nash will have matc
00:00:00Pack.
00:00:06Down and out or back playing?
00:00:07The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:09And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:12Going 16-0.
00:00:12Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:30>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:35And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:39Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:40As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:45>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:02Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:10Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:13Know me.
00:01:14McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:16Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:19Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:23Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:28Different target.
00:01:29Almost the exact same result.
00:01:32He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:36TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:4263 Yards on the ground.
00:01:43Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:46Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:49He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:52No, crosses the goal0.
00:01:57And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:02Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:06Touchdown of the game.
00:02:08He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:17Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:20Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:26Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:34This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:41In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:46>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:48joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:51The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:02:56And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:02:59NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:06For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:16>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:20A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:26The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:32Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:40>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:45How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:48>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:03:53This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:02Please go out and do them.
00:04:03>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:11>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:14>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:16But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:24>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:28Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:33>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:36We're just running and hitting.
00:04:38Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:40Offense may be a little different.
00:04:42>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:45You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:47But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:04:59>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:03It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:05I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:08He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:16In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:19>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:31Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:39Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:43>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:49Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:05:54We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:05:56>> Huge fan of that.
00:05:57>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:03With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:07Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:19>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:25That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:27His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:29Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:35>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:38And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:39Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:42>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
00:09:18>> Every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:24All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:30Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:36This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:50the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:09:55After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:05As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:10>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:15I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:19And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:25>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:31>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:37Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:39But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:42And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:51We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:10:58>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:05The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:09The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:13In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:16>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:35Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:39>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:46The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:52Doc explains how it went down.
00:11:57>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:07>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:19That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:28>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:39Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:40They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:50>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:02>> Wham.
00:13:0530 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:09>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:18Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:32>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:35 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:38 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:49>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:13:54I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:14:01More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:08>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:13>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:15I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:21He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:29>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:36So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:42>> How much.
00:14:45>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:48>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:14:56But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:03>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:06Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:08Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:11>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:13Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:19With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:22The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:29Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:32And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:43>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:45Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:51But what about adults.
00:15:53Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:15:57Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:11>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:19Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:25The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:28With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:32On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:39The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:45Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:52When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:06The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:11While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:18There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:23Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:31>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:35See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:43>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was p >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:35Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:43Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:50The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:20:54Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:20:57Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:40New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:50Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:09>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:21>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:28>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:37Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:47The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:51It began with the dave robert steal.
00:22:54And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:01His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:07Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:25After the win, and the world series.
00:23:28In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:45In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:51Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:23:58They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:042004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:09Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:15Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:18>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:21>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:28Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:36Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:42People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:43And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:52>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:02Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:18>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:27Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:44>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:51>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:25:54We asked the players in the locker room and >> the boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:45Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:28:58Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:07>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:14Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:18Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:22>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:27The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:31It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:3200 eastern on abc.
00:29:3500, steve nash will have match-up
00:00:00F being irrelevant, smu is back with a loud statement the mustangs made on a national stage against the wolf pack.
00:00:13Down and out or back playing?
00:00:14The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:16And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:19Going 16-0.
00:00:19Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:37>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:42And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:46Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:47As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:52>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:10Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:18Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:21Know me.
00:01:21McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:23Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:26Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:30Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:35Different target.
00:01:36Almost the exact same result.
00:01:39He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:43TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:4963 Yards on the ground.
00:01:50Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:53Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:56He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:59No, crosses the goal line.
00:02:02Smu now leading 24-0.
00:02:04And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:09Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:13Touchdown of the game.
00:02:15He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:24Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:27Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:33Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:41This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:48In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:53>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:55joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:58The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:03:03And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:03:06NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:13For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:23>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:27A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:33The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:40Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:47>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:52How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:55>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:04:00This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:09Please go out and do them.
00:04:10>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:18>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:21>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:24But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:31>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:35Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:40>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:43We're just running and hitting.
00:04:45Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:48Offense may be a little different.
00:04:49>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:52You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:54But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:05:07>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:10It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:12I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:15He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:23In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:27>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:38Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:46Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:50>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:56Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:06:01We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:06:03>> Huge fan of that.
00:06:04>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:10With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:14Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:26>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:32That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:34His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:37Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:42>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:46And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:47Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:49>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
00:09:25>> Every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:31All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:37Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:43This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:57the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:10:02After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:12As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:17>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:22I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:26And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:32>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:38>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:44Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:46But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:49And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:58We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:11:05>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:12The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:16The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:20In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:23>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:42Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:46>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:53The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:59Doc explains how it went down.
00:12:04>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:14>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:27That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:35>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:46Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:47They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:57>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:09>> Wham.
00:13:1230 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:16>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:25Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:39>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:42 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:45 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:56>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:14:01I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:14:08More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:15>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:20>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:22I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:28He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:36>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:43So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:49>> How much.
00:14:52>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:55>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:15:03But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:10>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:13Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:15Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:18>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:20Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:26With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:30The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:36Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:39And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:50>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:53Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:58But what about adults.
00:16:00Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:16:04Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:18>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:26Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:32The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:35With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:39On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:46The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:52Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:59When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:13The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:19While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:25There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:30Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:38>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:42See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:50>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was pos >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:42Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:51Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:57The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:21:01Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:21:04Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:47New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:57Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:16>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:28>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:35>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:44Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:54The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:58It began with the dave robert steal.
00:23:01And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:08His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:14Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:32After the win, and the world series.
00:23:35In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:52In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:58Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:24:05They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:112004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:16Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:23Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:25>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:28>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:35Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:43Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:49People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:50And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:59>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:09Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:25>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:34Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:51>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:58>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:26:01We asked the players in the locker room and >> the boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previoly rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:52Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:29:05Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:14>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:21Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:25Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:29>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:34The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:38It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:4000 eastern on abc.
00:29:4200, steve nash will have ma
00:00:00Is back with a loud statement the mustangs made on a national stage against the wolf pack.
00:00:10Down and out or back playing?
00:00:12The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:14And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:16Going 16-0.
00:00:17Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:35>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:39And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:43Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:45As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:49>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:07Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:15Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:18Know me.
00:01:19McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:21Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:24Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:28Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:32Different target.
00:01:33Almost the exact same result.
00:01:37He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:41TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:4663 Yards on the ground.
00:01:48Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:51Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:54He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:57No, crosses the goal line.
00:02:00Smu now leading 24-0.
00:02:01And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:07Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:10Touchdown of the game.
00:02:12He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:21Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:25Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:30Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:39This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:45In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:50>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:52joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:56The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:03:01And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:03:04NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:11For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:20>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:25A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:31The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:37Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:45>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:49How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:53>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:03:58This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:06Please go out and do them.
00:04:08>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:15>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:18>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:21But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:29>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:32Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:37>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:41We're just running and hitting.
00:04:42Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:45Offense may be a little different.
00:04:47>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:50You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:52But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:05:04>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:08It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:09I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:12He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:20In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:24>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:35Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:44Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:47>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:53Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:05:58We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:06:01>> Huge fan of that.
00:06:02>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:07With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:12Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:24>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:30That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:32His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:34Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:40>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:43And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:44Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:47>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.
00:09:22>> Every dog has its day, then number two, texas might be one hornry pooch again in the bcs title game.
00:09:28All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:35Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:41This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:55the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:09:59After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:10As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:15>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:20I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:24And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:29>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:35>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:41Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:43But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:47And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:56We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:11:02>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:10The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:14The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:18In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:21>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:39Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:44>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:51The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:57Doc explains how it went down.
00:12:02>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:11>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night befowoke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:24That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:33>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:44Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:45They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:55>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:07>> Wham.
00:13:1030 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:14>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:23Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:36>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:39 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:42 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:54>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:13:59I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:14:05More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:12>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:17>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:19I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:25He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:34>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:40So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:47>> How much.
00:14:49>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:52>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:15:00But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:08>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:10Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:12Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:16>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:18Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:23With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:27The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:33Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:37And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:47>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:50Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:56But what about adults.
00:15:58Sometimes that's all we need to enter into a state of nirvana.
00:16:02Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:15>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:23Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:29The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:32With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:36On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:44The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:50Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:56When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:10The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:16While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:23There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:28Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:36>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:40See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:48>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was p >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:40Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:48Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:54The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:20:58Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:21:02Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:45New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:55Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:14>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:26>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:33>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:42Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:51The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:55It began with the dave robert steal.
00:22:59And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:06His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:11Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:29After the win, and the world series.
00:23:32In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:49In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:55Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:24:03They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:082004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:13Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:20Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:23>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:25>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:32Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:40Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:46People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:48And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:57>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:07Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:22>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:31Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:49>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:56>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:25:58We asked the players in the locker room and rental ..
00:26:06And you get to choose any car in the aisle.
00:26:08Choose any car? you cannot be serious!
00:26:11Seriously, you choose.okay.
00:26:14Go national.go like a pro.
00:28:42>> The boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the red sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:50Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:29:03Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:11>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:19Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:23Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:26>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:31The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:35It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:3700 eastern on abc.
00:29:4000, steve nash will have
00:00:00Irrelevant, smu is back with a loud statement the mustangs made on a national stage against the wolf pack.
00:00:12Down and out or back playing?
00:00:13The truth about paul pierce's injury.
00:00:15And the colts are locked and loaded.
00:00:18Going 16-0.
00:00:18Why indy's history indicates that might not happen.
00:00:36>> We are keeping you current with the latest news, scores and highlights.
00:00:41And as always, the holiday season, a little christmas cheer for you.
00:00:45Will selva, mike yam.
00:00:46As far as the bowl season continues to move on, the mustangs in unfamiliar territory.
00:00:51>> Yeah, smu making its first bowl appearance since 1984 >> jim jones returning to aaloha stadium.
00:01:08Sheridan hawaii bowl, kyle padron, to cole beasley, 71 yards, down to the 10.
00:01:16Next play, seanbray mcneil.
00:01:20Know me.
00:01:20McNEIL FROM NINE YARDS OUT.
00:01:22Gives smu the early lead, 7-0.
00:01:25Next possession for smu, they were looking for more.
00:01:29Padron with more deep thoughts.
00:01:34Different target.
00:01:35Almost the exact same result.
00:01:38He manuel sanders, 57 yards, he's down inside the 10.
00:01:42TWO PLAYERS LATER, McNEIL, Second touchdown of the game.
00:01:4863 Yards on the ground.
00:01:49Smu leading 14-0.
00:01:52Padron, 42-41, for 460 yards.
00:01:55He finds sanders again, this time sanders does the rest.
00:01:58No, crosses the goal line.
00:02:01Smu now leading 24-0.
00:02:03And it got worst for the wolf pack.
00:02:08Padron, oh, there he is.
00:02:12Touchdown of the game.
00:02:14He had three catches, and smu ends up winning 45-10.
00:02:23Smu the most improved team with an 8-5 season.
00:02:26Rarely do you see such a dominating performance on both sides of the ball in a bowl game.
00:02:32Smu becomes the 15th in the past 20 seasons to joar at least 45 points while allowing tenor fewer in a postseason game.
00:02:40This is by far the largest margin of victory in school and bowl game history, as the.
00:02:47In a largest viectry since smu in the cotton bowl.
00:02:52>> The trojans have their workhouse.
00:02:54joe McKnight was back with the team preparing for the emerald bowl.
00:02:57The tailback is still being investigated for his use of an that doesn't belong to him.
00:03:02And might not be able to play against boston college.
00:03:05NOW if McKnight is not allowed toni play, usc will be without its first 1000 yard rusher since 2005.
00:03:12For a big game you can catch on espn, it's bc and usc saturday night at 8:00 eastern.
00:03:22>> Well, the colts are trying to keep their perfect season intact.
00:03:26A big reason they've had so much success, peyton manning.
00:03:32The indianapolis star polled, manning had 22 first place votes.
00:03:38Aas for him playing a full game on sunday, rachel nichols has more on that.
00:03:46>> The colts are clear about one thing, healthy starters will play against the jets.
00:03:51How long they'll stay in the game seems to depend on who you ask.
00:03:54>> Coach caldwell's instructions were the same as they have been each week.
00:03:59This is what we need to do to win the game.
00:04:08Please go out and do them.
00:04:09>> So if it's tight, do you go into the game?
00:04:17>> As soon as he says something different, y'all will best the first to know.
00:04:20>> I did say the healthy ones would play in the ballgame.
00:04:23But certainly in terms of periods of times and things of that nature, I would not make that kinde of declaration at this point.
00:04:30>> Last week certainee players only went into the games on key downs.
00:04:34Players said they could see more of that this week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
00:04:39>> Defensive side of the ball, you don't need nothing to get rhythm.
00:04:42We're just running and hitting.
00:04:44Defenses truly need to be healthy type of situation.
00:04:46Offense may be a little different.
00:04:48>> I think timing for them would be more important.
00:04:51You know, receivers and quarterbacks, I don't know.
00:04:53But defensively, you know, definitely just guy to guy.
00:05:06>> Theor colts said an undefeated season is not that important to them.
00:05:09It's apparently not a public line.
00:05:11I spoke to t peyton's father, archie manning.
00:05:14He said until last weekend he had several conversations about the lore of a perfect season, but he hasn't had that conversation even once with his own son.
00:05:22In indianapolis, rachel nichols, espn.
00:05:25>> All right, rachel, well, peyton and the colts find themselves in a familiar position, having essentially nothing to play for as far as playoff seeding goes in the final weeks of the regular season.
00:05:37Since 2004, the colts are 4-4 in games where they're locked into their playoff position beforehand.
00:05:45Peyton fired 30 passes last week against the jags of the.
00:05:49>> Brett favre and brad childress says they've talked and they're cool.
00:05:55Childress not happy favre opting out of running plays for pass plays.
00:06:00We like going as scripted here on espnews sometimes.
00:06:02>> Huge fan of that.
00:06:03>> Late season struggles have>> become the norm for favre.
00:06:09With more I nflt t's in the vikings last three games than he did in the first 11.
00:06:13Over the last three saenz, favre's teams have gone from 5 and 8 in week 13 on, with brett putting up noticeably worse numbers than he did in the beginning of the season.
00:06:25>> More qb news, matthew stafford was the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft.
00:06:31That was the high follow by a low.
00:06:33His rookie season has been ending early.
00:06:35Stafford will have what the team calls minor knee surgery.
00:06:41>> Still to come, alabama playing for a national championship.
00:06:45And they're theon'r favorite.
00:06:45Why being favored against texas might not be a good thing.
00:06:48>> A also, the celtics suffering a blow with paul pierce's injury, why it might not be as bad as you think.ugh call.
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00:09:30All you have to do is chew on some recent history.
00:09:36Colt mccoy witnessed texas take on the usc at the rose bowl four years ago.
00:09:43This time mccoy, the foe had the heisman winner, last time sc running back, reggie bush, this time, bama running back, mark ingram.
00:09:57the krimmson tide sought one team and one target, florida.
00:10:01After routeing the gators, alabama finds it self in a new position, the favorite against a texas team that needed a final second wind to get to pasadena.
00:10:11As for the new status, the tide is striving to keep the same old mind set.
00:10:16>> I don't put any stock in it, and I don't want our players to put any stock in it.
00:10:21I tell them the media will always try to make a david and a goliath.
00:10:26And every time somebody tells you that you're favored in the game, just think to yourself, I'm being set up.
00:10:31>> We don't buy that stuff that we're the favorite, because we know they're a great team and we're going to have our handsan full.
00:10:37>> When people put you on a pedestal, you tend to forget what it took to get you to that pedestal.
00:10:43Being favored is not necessarily what we want to be.
00:10:45But it's something that we have to deal with at this point in the season.
00:10:48And it's something that I think that the character that we have to prepare, and we have to think that way.
00:10:57We can't buy into the favor of the underdog story, because it kill you.
00:11:04>> If alabama needs any lessons of the dangers of playing as a favorite, they need only on look to recent history and a familiar face.
00:11:11The last time the tight game was played inim approximate the rose bowl, usc was the popular choice.
00:11:15The trojans lost to texas.
00:11:19In tuscaloosa, tom rinaldi, espn.
00:11:22>> So ifal alabama needs anymore motivation not to take texas lightly, the number one ranked team has lost six of seven bcs title games, including texas upset at sc following the 05 season.
00:11:41Not only that they've lost double digits in each of the championship games.
00:11:45>> The truth is it might not be as bad as we thought, paul pierce underwent arthrop scopic irrigation on his right knee wednesday.
00:11:52The initial expectation is the boston forward would miss two weeks.
00:11:58Doc explains how it went down.
00:12:03>> Itin all happened overnight, the infection started.
00:12:13>> He woke up in the middle of the night, and it's amazing, he won the game for us the night before, woke up in the middle of the night, his leg was hurting, and with paul, he never calls.
00:12:26That's basically what alerted eddy that he should go to paul's house to see what's going on.
00:12:34>> The celts take on 3-0 in three games that paul pierce has missed.
00:12:45Whether he's on the bench.
00:12:46They shoot better from the field in the game, but also allow opponents to shoot from a higher percentage.
00:12:56>> The step back fade, he got it at the buzzer.
00:13:08>> Wham.
00:13:1130 Feet, fires, and he takes it in.
00:13:16>> Here's a look at how kobe bryant and lebron james have fared in their career head-to-head meetings in the nba.
00:13:24Lebron had a better per game number and series and kobe and the lakers won both meetings, won 11 straight home games heading into christmas day match-up.
00:13:38>> Welcome inside our nba fast break studio.
00:13:41 stewart along with bruce bowen.
00:13:44 eastern ma it's the cavs at the lakers, first meeting this season between kobe bryant and lebron james, what are you looking forward to seeing, bruce?
00:13:55>> I'm looking for two talented players to take ownership of their teams.
00:14:00I'm looking forward to the match-up between ron artest and lebron james.
00:14:07More than anything else, down at the later part of the game, who is going to show up and carry their team to victory?
00:14:14>> How often would you see kobe and lebron go one-on-one with each other in this game do you think?
00:14:19>> I don't think you're going to see it too much.
00:14:21I think lebron may guard kobe, but that's part of the reason why the lakers got ron artest now.
00:14:27He's going to do a lot of guarding being that he's a lot bigger and stronger.
00:14:35>> If there's any team that you think you might meet up in the finals against, it might be the lakers.
00:14:42So it'sit important to send a message to the lakers letting them know where you stand.
00:14:48>> How much.
00:14:51>> How important is this to each other?
00:14:54>> Because they have a great amount of respect for one another, there is going to be a friendly but come pettive edge.
00:15:02But they're going to have a nice little battle, but at the end of the day, it's going to be all us.
00:15:09>> Lebron, 6 and 5 all time.
00:15:12Head-to-head against kobe.
00:15:14Bruce bowen, I'm j.w. stewart.
00:15:17>> Gentlemen, thank you.
00:15:19Kobe and lebron both lead their respective I conferences in the latest nba all-star voting.
00:15:25With kobe leading the vote total so far.
00:15:29The biggest surprise is sixers guard allen iverson.
00:15:35Earning the second most votes in the east.
00:15:38And if you want to read more about kobe and the lakers, sc, ucla, and the dodgers.
00:15:49>> Christmastime is the pinnacle of a child's year.
00:15:52Without fail, the story of santa always brings a smile to their face.
00:15:57But what about adults.
00:15:59Sometimes that's all we needo enter into a state of nirvana.
00:16:03Dana jacobson has a christmas will remind certain sports fans you lived the true story that brought you euphoria.
00:16:17>> Twaz the night before christmas, and all through the crowd, the sports fans were crazy, excited and loud.
00:16:25Texas and alabama are set to get down, leaving three undefeateds out of that fight for the crown.
00:16:31The sports world was nestled all snug in their bed.
00:16:34With dreams of 2009's champs dancing in their heads.
00:16:38On gators, on mercury, on huskies and heels, on penguins on steelers, and joey chestnut's big meal.
00:16:45The mavericks won the nba final but were stopped by kobe and the lakers.
00:16:51Jimmie johnson made history, a new pac man's in town, and the yankees were I back wearing a crown.
00:16:58When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the return of roger federer as player of the ye my shell wie finally puts an lpga win in the can, and usain bolt remains the world's fastest man.
00:17:12The colts continue their pursuit of perfection, while the bengals play on with the country's perfection.
00:17:18While afe little old man so lively and quick, has the vikings winning the playoffs.
00:17:24There are more titles to be won, bowls to be played and kickoffs if are fun.
00:17:29Lebron will be a free agent, world cupcu soccer in sight, with that we say happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.
00:17:37>> Still to s come, santa could be delivering a big star on christmas.
00:17:41See if jason bay could be a stocking stuffer for boss ton.
00:17:49>> We look back at a special moment that made us think the impossible was pos >> before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter,d re dmoism before "sportscenter" was "sportscenter," there was the al back in 1984.
00:20:41Michael a's sportscasting pioneer died thursday morning after battling chronic leukemia.
00:20:50Michael spent years in , the george michael sports man ran from 1980 to 2007.
00:20:56The show was seen in 1 # 4 markets across the country.
00:21:00Not to mention ten foreign countries.
00:21:03Now redskins owner dan snyder released a statement billion see a sports reporter so admired by the people he covered: Michael is survived by his wife pat and his daughter michelle >> it was impossible, no team had come back from a 33-love did he have sit.
00:21:46New york took the last three games, leaving the yankees one win away from the 2004 world series.
00:21:56Coming back to win four straight games to stun the yankees, and what had been called for decades the curse of the bambino.
00:22:15>> With the haunting reminder of the franchise's few tilt.
00:22:27>> No one knows when the taunts began, but there is no doubt when it ended.
00:22:34>> The boston red sox are champions of the baseball world.
00:22:44Being frustrated by the most unlikely comebacks, having dug themselves a 3-games to none hole, game 3 was an ugly loss.
00:22:53The red sox somehow would go on to win four games in a row.
00:22:57It began with the dave robert steal.
00:23:00And subsequent runs, which isch etched into red sox l forever.
00:23:07His speed was the difference in games four and five.
00:23:13Curt schilling with his famous bloody sock, persevered long enough if game six for mark bellhorn to deliver a three-run home run.
00:23:31After the win, and the world series.
00:23:34In doing so, the red sox, its fans believing the franchise cursed with the sale of babe ruth and the yankees, overcame a deficit that no baseball team had ever become.
00:23:51In the world series, boston was to so dominant.
00:23:57Unlike past red sox teams, manager terry francona's loose ask carefree band of idiots proved to have the right make-up.
00:24:04They carried the weight of their team's collective history.
00:24:102004 Was not a single season, but rather the previous 86 seasons.
00:24:15Of the quintessential team game had provided hundreds of,000 of individuals a pillow to rest their weary heads.
00:24:22Unless you grew upds rooting for the red sox owe on owe.
00:24:24>> 1978, Mesh league champions.
00:24:27>> It is almost impossible to understand the desperation with the red sox faithful approached every season.
00:24:34Har much winders in new england were nothing compared to the bedtime stories passed down from a generation.
00:24:42Tales not of the hometown team's triumphs, rather its tragedies.
00:24:48People lived and died with the red sox.
00:24:50And now in 2004, for the first time since 1918, one and all could rest in peace.
00:24:58>> We asked sports nation what was the biggest story of the past decade?
00:25:08Yes, 17% believed it was the red sox beating the yankees and winning the world series you notice all the teams are in the in the northwest.
00:25:24>> Chang hoe park has sued his former dodger teammate chad cruder, accusing him of failing to pay off a 460,000 down loan.
00:25:33Trail blazers the 48-hour extension by the nfl to avoid their first tv blackout since their expansion return.
00:25:50>> Why a very, merry christmas for jimmyon jones has returned to the island.
00:25:57>> We know the colts starters were playing sunld.
00:26:00We asked the players in the locker room and >> the boston globe is reporting that jason bay's agent who previously rejected the r sox offer has gone back to boston looking for a deal.
00:28:51Espn boston dot com quotes a red sox source saying bay's return would be a long shot of the the righty justin deuscherer has reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would keep him in oakland.
00:29:04Pending a physical, the two-time all-star, missed all of the 2009 campaign because of an elbow injury and was treated for clinical depression.
00:29:13>> The nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever eddy guardado who would get a chance to make the team in spring training.
00:29:20Every day, eddy appeared in 48 games last season.
00:29:24Going 1-2 with a 4.46 era.
00:29:28>> And the nba is giving its fans a big present on christmas.
00:29:33The two best players in the league are agoing head-to-head.
00:29:37It's lebron, and the cavs and lakers.
00:29:3900 eastern on abc.
00:29:4100, steve nash will have match-up