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We should all be in touch with our inner Sugar Plum Fairy this time of year, right? So Page 2's Alysse Minkoff puts on her stunning purple pants and twinkles her toes along with Tony La Russa, Barry Zito, C.C. Sabathia, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and others through the Oakland Ballet's charity performance of "The Nutcracker."
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Page 2's Jeff Merron picks up where he left off on Monday, wrapping up the Year in Sex in Sports with Part II of his series. From underwater streaking to rubber sex doll rafting, from scoring at midfield to leopard-skin thongs in the locker room, it's all here -- including skater Jamie Salé's calendar pose.

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As the semifinal round launches in Page 2's Bowl Cheerleader Series bracket, the Volunteers from Tennessee meet Ohio State, while Southern Cal gets its showdown with LSU. Watch, and then vote!
Santa is overworked, so the Daily Quickie pitches in with his own naughty-and-nice list. And Clement Moore has nothin' on Dan Shanoff, who updates "'Twas the Night . . . ", Page 2-style.

'TIS THE SEASON FOR . . . THE LIST
Page 2's Tim Keown knows a heartwarming holiday story when he sees one, and he sees a humdinger in Darryl Strawberry's spiritual advice to Michael Jackson. Plus, the List's bowl season cheat-sheet.


We've seen some impressive debuts in the past year, on the field and off. Almost too many to choose from in our list of the best rookies of 2003.

10]  Laurence Maroney
Maroney, a freshman running back for the 9-3 Minnesota Gophers, ran for 990 yards (6th in the Big 10), and nine TDs. His average of 6.73 yards per carry was the highest among the top-10 rushers.
9]  Hideki Matsui
We know all about the arguments that Matsui isn't a "true rookie," but we don't have to care about rules for the purposes of this list -- Matsui was an MLB rookie, and, to put it briefly, came through on the biggest stage in the Bronx.
8]  Evans Rutto
We know what you're thinking -- who the heck is he? Rutto, a Kenyan, has become one of the best marathoners in the world. His first marathon in Chicago this year was the fastest first-time marathon of all time.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Rams 10½ Lions 45½
Sunday Bengals 7 Browns 40½
Sunday Vikings 8 Cardinals 45
Sunday Ravens Steelers 38½
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Rose USC Michigan NL
Orange Florida State 2 Miami NL
Sugar Oklahoma 6 LSU NL
Fiesta Kansas St 7 Ohio St NL


 
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What's going on here? Are the members of the Writers' Bloc getting soft? With Christmas approaching, the WB members are reflecting today on their most tender holiday memories.

This display of softness comes one day after Robert Lipsyte penned a moving tribute to Brett Favre and his late father, Irvin.

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    SEX & SPORTS
    In Part One of the Year in Sex in Sports, Page 2 looks back at some of the raciest stories of 2003.

    COLLEGE PROS
    Shaq vs. Yao on Christmas is a nice rush, but Page 2's Brian Murphy prefers the madness of college hoops.

    NFL CHRONICLES
    The Colts are looking good, thanks to Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy.
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