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December 01, 2008
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December 01, 2008

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WHO'S Hot

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.

Utah
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.

Sharks
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.

WHO'S Not

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.

Memphis
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.

Sabres
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."

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