Which team wins -- Pacers or Heat?
Can a mid-December NBA game be a must-win? It just might be, thanks to the stakes involved in the Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat series. While no team has come close to these two in the Eastern Conference, home-court advantage appears to be all-important. And if the Heat don't defend AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), they'll be in an 0-2 head-to-head hole -- and trail the Pacers by three games in the standings. Making things murky: LeBron James (ankle) is a game-time decision.
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Peyton Manning is still on top in Dan Graziano's weekly MVP watch list despite a loss to the Chargers on Thursday night (that just happened to place Philip Rivers on the list as well). Manning is still on pace to break Tom Brady's record of 50 touchdowns in a single season, but is he still worthy of the top spot? Submit your rankings!
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4,049 yards, 23 TDs, 10 INTs, 60.9 CMP%
4,500 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INTs, 68.2 CMP%
246 carries, 1,181 yards, 11 TDs
105 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 3 INTs
81 rec., 1,449 yards, 12 TDs
4,811 yards, 47 TDs, 10 INTs, 67.8 CMP%
269 carries, 1,343 yards, 7 TDs
3,049 yards, 21 TDs, 11 INTs, 62.3 CMP%
4,048 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INTs, 69.9 CMP%
3,077 yards, 24 TDs, 8 INTs, 64.7 CMP%
Every year as the weather gets colder, the seats of many NFL head coaches get hotter. It started this season with Texans coach Gary Kubiak being let go after a 2-11 start despite his team being No. 7 in ESPN.com's preseason power rankings. Numerous other coaches could be playing for their jobs in the final two weeks of the regular season, including Jason Garrett in Dallas and Jim Schwartz in Detroit. Which coaches most deserve to be on the hot seat? Submit your rankings by clicking on the images below.
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Barry Hinson's epic rant
Odds are you weren't aware of who Barry Hinson was before Tuesday night, but his rant after losing to Murray State probably changed that right quick. Hinson called out his players in a lengthy tirade, calling them ''mama's boys'' and criticizing one by name. SIU athletic director Mario Moccia is backing Hinson, but at least one of his players didn't take the rant all that well -- senior forward Davante Drinkard posted (and then deleted) a tweet that said, "I can't believe the little man had the nerve to call us mama's boys. Smh. I guess this is where Our team learns to point the finger."
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