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So much for all that offseason football talk about the Big 12 North Division catching up with the South. Things are tipping as bad as ever this season. The North is 2-10 in games against the South, with seven more to play. Last Saturday looked like a good time for the North to gain some ground, or at least restore some pride. Four cross-division games were played, all in North stadiums.
After years of "Jail Blazer" turmoil and disappointing seasons, that's what the Portland Trail Blazers are being called since they now have one of the greatest collections of young talent the NBA has ever seen. With an All-Star guard, a projected All-Star forward, the most heralded rookie since LeBron James, and much more on the roster, the excitement in Portland is reminiscent of the days of Clyde Drexler or Bill Walton.
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Even their pitcher socked a ball into the seats. If Ryan Howard, the Philadelphia Phillies and their frustrated fans needed any more evidence this really might be their year, Joe Blanton gave it to them. Blanton became the first pitcher in 34 years to homer in the World Series, and Howard drove in five runs with two homers as the Phillies blasted the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 on Sunday night to move within one win of their first championship since 1980.
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The bellowing boos said it all. Brett Favre trudged back to the New York Jets' sideline after throwing his third interception, this one returned for a touchdown, and the fans let him have it. After struggling all game, Favre connected with Laveranues Coles for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute left as the Jets escaped with a 28-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
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