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Posted: Tuesday January 2, 2007 1:02PM; Updated: Tuesday January 2, 2007 1:02PM
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Who's Hot Who's Not
Bald is beautiful. BC's last-second kick sealed the team's seventh straight bowl win, three weeks after coach Tom O'Brien bolted for N.C. State. In Philly the high-flying Iggles wrapped up the NFC East behind Jeff Garcia, six weeks after QB Donovan McNabb went down for the year.
Be kind to your web-footed friends. Oregon's 38-8 bowl loss to BYU was one painful blow. Here's another. NHL's Anaheim lost all-world defenseman Chris Pronger to a broken left foot. Said Pronger after blocking the fateful shot, "It didn't feel very good."
Dallas's Arena
No Dirk Nowitzki, no prob: The Mavs won their 10th straight (in Denver) and coach Avery Johnson came home as the fastest to reach 100 NBA wins. And good times on the American Airlines Center ice: The Stars (25-15) have Dallas pumped for the NHL All-Star Game this month.
Philadelphia's Arena
Where have you gone, Allen Iverson? (Duh, we know, Through Monday the 76ers (8-21) hadn't scored 100 points in a month, had lost five of six home games and were still trying to make Chris Webber relevant. Their Wachovia Center roommates can sympathize: The Flyers, who are an NHL-worst 10-24-4, just had a 10-game losing streak.
hey didn't make the playoffs at 7-9, but they KO'd the Broncos, were three games better than last year and look like they've got a QB for years to come: Alex Smith, who said after the win in Denver, "This was the start of next year for us."
Pittsburgh's five-game losing streak meant no bowl for the second straight year -- and coach Dave Wannstedt has been firing people. Carolina's Super hopes died with an 8-8 record, and as receiver Keyshawn Johnson told The Charlotte Observer, "They may clean house."
Jeff Suppan
The righthander, who won 12 games with the Cardinals last year, saw his postseason success (2.49 ERA) lead to four years and $42 million with the Brewers.
Steve Trachsel
The righthander, who won 15 games with the Mets last year, has seen his postseason blowup (14.54 ERA) render him a nonentity in the free-agent market.

Issue date: January 8, 2007