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December 01, 2008

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Leodis McKelvin
Leodis, my man! Getting playing time due to injury, Buffalo's rookie cornerback snagged two interceptions (he returned one for a TD) and broke off a 46-yard kickoff return. This, a week after he brought one back for a TD on Monday Night Football. On Sunday, "I felt like I was in college," said the man from Troy.

Fighting Brit
Before his usual sea of traveling Englishmen, Manchester-born welterweight Ricky Hatton (right) pounded Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas, winning by TKO. That left Hatton with a $2.5 million payday, a 45--1 record and the crowd's chorus of "There's only one Ricky Hatton" ringing in his ears.

A stomping of rival BYU (and an on-field mobbing by frenzied fans) closed a 12--0 regular season for QB Brian Johnson (right) and the BCS-bowl-bound Utes. The Jazz's sweet music is this: a first-place perch in the NBA's Northwest Division.

Nice bite: San Jose started 17-3-1. Even with No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov out, the Sharks were on pale fire, whipping off 38 shots a game (a lot of them by captain Patrick Marleau, right) and outscoring foes by a league-best 29 goals. "A well-oiled machine," Capitals forward Matt Bradley called them.


LenDale White
The sorest loser. His production, dwindling since his 149 rushing yards in Week 7, crashed to one carry for -1 yard in Tennessee's loss to the Jets—an outcome that drew this three-part analysis: "I couldn't tell you what happened," said White. "I wasn't paying attention. I didn't really care."

Fighting Irish
Another week, another Notre Dame disappointment—this time a dreary, last-minute home loss to lousy Syracuse that inspired fans to wing snowballs at their fallen heroes. Is the Charlie Weis experiment drawing to a close? Next week Notre Dame is ripe for a pounding at USC.

One day these turnover-happy Grizzlies may grow, but for now, same old story: last place in the NBA's Southwest Division. And lest the hurt of April's Final Four collapse fade for the NCAA's Tigers, they were dealt a fresh, albeit less painful, wound: being upset by Xavier in a tip-off tournament.

Not sharp. Five straight losses sank Buffalo to ninth in the East, a long fall after a 6-0-2 start. Oft-injured center Tim Connolly's got a broken rib, alleged sniper Maxim Afinogenov got benched and goalies Ryan Miller and Patrick Lalime are getting beat. Lalime to Buffalo's News: "It's hard to take."