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The Early Lead: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

LeBron James: NBA is 'watered down,' needs fewer teams with more stars

Saying the NBA is "watered down," LeBron James thinks that the league's popularity would soar again if there were more stars on each team, a theory he's put into operation with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and fewer...

By Cindy Boren  | December 24, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  LeBron James, NBA  
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Winter Classic conversion begins for Capitals, Penguins at Heinz Field

When the Pittsburgh Steelers' home game Thursday night ended, Heinz Field belonged to Dan Craig. He's the NHL guy in charge of making a stadium morph into an outdoor hockey rink for the annual New Year's Day Winter Classic....

By Cindy Boren  | December 24, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Capitals, Winter Classic  
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Festivus for the rest of us: Airing of the sports grievances

Festivus greetings to you all. In your honor, I've made a generous donation to the Human Fund -- no thanks needed. Now, for the airing of sports grievances, grievances of the general, national variety. (DC grievances are covered by Mike...

By Cindy Boren  | December 23, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Qualcomm Stadium flooding cleared for Navy, San Diego St. in Poinsettia Bowl

Fortunately, Qualcomm Stadium no longer looks this way and the Poinsettia Bowl is on for tonight. (SignonSanDiego.com) The playing field at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is no longer submerged. Some parking areas are another matter, but the Poinsettia...

By Cindy Boren  | December 23, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College football  
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Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor, 4 other players suspended for first 5 games of 2011 season

Terrelle Pryor and four others will miss the first five games of the 2011 season. (Getty Images) Five Ohio State players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, have been suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of the 2011...

By Cindy Boren  | December 23, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  College football  
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Andrew Gordon shows the Capitals a little love

Andrew Gordon was really, really happy about scoring his first NHL goal. It's the kind of thing you never forget. But there's something to be said for ACP (advance celebratory planning)...just so that, when you skate to the bench,...

By Cindy Boren  | December 22, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Capitals  
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Maya Moore, UConn sit atop college basketball with 89-game streak

Their coach says that several sets of players are responsible for the Connecticut Huskies' remarkable and now historic 89-game winning streak, but the player most identified with it will always be Maya Moore. She scored 26 of her career-best...

By Cindy Boren  | December 22, 2010; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  College basketball  
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Alex Ovechkin: Stop wasting your time watching internet videos

CCM's Alex Ovechkin vs. Silly Videos: Kittens from Greg Wyshynski on Vimeo. Alex Ovechkin, in his latest big giant floating head CCM ad, is sooo right. Watching videos, whether they're of laser kitties or cawing coaches, will rob you of...

By Cindy Boren  | December 21, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Capitals  
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Brett Favre makes brief, maybe final, appearance with Minnesota Vikings

Yes, Bears, you've knocked out Brett Favre. (Jeff Wheeler / Star Tribune) He was a surprise starter, going from out to questionable to starting in the time it takes DeSean Jackson (or Dan Connolly, for that matter) to run...

By Cindy Boren  | December 21, 2010; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Brett Favre  
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Shaq turns into Maestro Shamrock with Boston Pops

Shaquille O'Neal ... from cops to Pops. He hung out with law-enforcement types in Florida; now, in Boston, he's Maestro Shamrock, filling in as guest conductor of the Boston Pops for a few songs ("Sleigh Ride," "Can You Feel...

By Cindy Boren  | December 21, 2010; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NBA  
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2010: The year in sports remembered with a quiz

You've paid an inordinate amount of attention to sports this year, but how much of it do you really remember? Test yourself, if you dare. This survey is powered by SurveyGizmo's online survey software. Please take my survey now...

By Cindy Boren  | December 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Giants punter Matt Dodge still has a job after disastrous game

Who can blame Matt Dodge for hoping the turf would swallow him up? (AP photo) Even though his punter did exactly what he was told not to do and punted to DeSean Jackson -- with disastrous results -- New...

By Cindy Boren  | December 20, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Brett Favre upgraded to questionable in snowy, frozen TCF Bank Stadium

As if there weren't enough drama, what with the first outdoor NFL game in Minnesota in 29 years on a snowy, frozen field that punter Chris Kluwe called "unplayable," Brett Favre is back in play. The Minnesota Vikings host...

By Cindy Boren  | December 20, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL  
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DeSean Jackson's punt return was knockout punch to Giants, Jason Avant

DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return was lights out for the New York Giants -- and for Jackson's teammate, Jason Avant. Avant had thrown a key block on Zak DeOssie, helping to spring Jackson for what is believed to be...

By Cindy Boren  | December 20, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Who had the best week in D.C. sports?

Vote for the best and worst in D.C. sports over the past week and watch Cindy Boren and Dan Steinberg discuss it on the Sports-o-meter.

By Washington Post Live Online producers  | December 20, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Sports-o-meter  
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Enjoy Dan Connolly's kickoff return

Dan Connolly's 71-yard kickoff return against the Green Bay Packers is, according to the Elias Sports Bureau gang, the longest by an offensive lineman in NFL history. It's certainly one of the funnest to watch. It begins when Connolly fields...

By Cindy Boren  | December 20, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL  
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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe calls TCF Bank Stadium field 'unplayable'

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe stepped onto the TCF Bank Stadium field on which the Vikings and Chicago Bears will play Monday night and called it "unplayable." Kluwe said in a series of tweets: "Serious time - All respect to...

By Cindy Boren  | December 19, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  NFL  
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NFL Week 15 Live: Sal Alosi, six rookies, Rex Grossman

Thanks to the "trip play" by Jets coach Sal Alosi, sideline activity will get more attention than ever. The NFL reminded teams last week exactly where sideline personnel are allowed to stand during games. Week 15 means it's rookie time....

By Cindy Boren  | December 19, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Rex Grossman, the Redskins, the NFL Draft and ... 5-11

The benching of Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman was a heated topic for the NFL Network's GameDay crew. They expressed some skepticism about Grossman, dismay at the treatment of McNabb and questioned whether perhaps the Redskins are trying...

By Cindy Boren  | December 19, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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