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They're undeniable. Led by senior Darxia Morris's (right) 11.4 points per game, No. 12 UCLA (12--1) is off to its best start in 30 years. Meanwhile, fourth-ranked Stanford (10--2) pulled off an epic upset last week over UConn 71--59 (page 21), keeping the West Coast ladies—ahem—fine, fresh, fierce and on lock.
DEFENSE: BELIEVE IT
On Sunday defensive stud Shea Weber led the Predators to a 4--1 win over the Blue Jackets with a goal and two assists; and in Atlanta defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (right) became the first NHL player this season to reach three OT goals during a 4--3 win over Montreal.
The inclusion of Cincinnati last week bumped to seven the number of Big East teams in the AP Top 25 basketball poll, including unbeaten No. 4 Syracuse and No. 8 UConn, which boasts the country's leading scorer, Kemba Walker (right; 26.7 ppg).
Adam Vinatieri (right) padded his legacy as the game's best-ever clutch kicker by nailing three 40-yard-plus field goals (a career first), including a 43-yarder that topped the Titans on Sunday and sent surging Indy into the playoffs with its fourth straight win and a No. 3 seed.