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The closer was let go by the Pirates (salary squabbles) and now has a chance to play for a team that has not had 17 straight losing seasons. (The Cubs, D-backs and Orioles were reportedly sniffing around.) Even off a bad year his 48 saves over the past two seasons could get him the $3 million--plus he wants.
They've got five straight wins, the lead in the NFC wild-card race and an ideal winter mix: a 1,000-yard rusher in Ryan Grant and the NFL's second-ranked defense. Is Green Bay's first post-Favre playoff a lock? Said QB Aaron Rodgers (right), "We're going to be tough to beat."
Two weeks ago the 22-year-old winger was playing minor league hockey in Manitoba (3° the day he left). Now the rookie's in Anaheim (63° on Sunday), where he had four goals in his first five games and was slotted on the second line. His teammates call him Big Sexy.
The faster he falls, the further he rises. By driving to his third straight four-man bobsled win—in Winterburg, Germany, where a host team typically triumphs—the 2006 U.S. Olympian extended his World Cup lead and remained a favorite for the Vancouver Games.