Gronkowski tears ACL, MCL
The Patriots are a different (read: worse) team without Rob Gronkowski, so the news that he's out for the season after tearing his ACL and MCL must put a damper on their third consecutive comeback win. Gronkowski was hit in the knee by Browns safety T.J. Ward after catching a pass from Tom Brady, and he had to be carted off the field. The news couldn't be much worse for the Patriots, who've won their past three games only by the slimmest of margins and have already suffered devastating injuries to stalwarts like Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Though Brady thinks the team will adapt, it's hard to see how New England can make another Super Bowl run without their best pass-catcher.
Who should win FIFA's Ballon d'Or award?
The three finalists for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award have been announced. The award is given each year to the soccer player who is considered the best in the world. This year the three-man race will come down to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. Who do you think deserves the award?
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Kobe Bryant rusty in return
Eight months after a ruptured Achilles ended his 2012-13 season, Kobe Bryant made his 2013-14 debut Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. But it wasn't the triumphant return many Los Angeles Lakers die-hards had envisioned. Bryant played 29 minutes, scoring nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, dishing out four assists but committing eight turnovers in a 106-94 Lakers loss (he did grab eight rebounds). Is this a worrying sign, or just rust?
The BCS bowl matchups are set, and there are few -- if any -- surprises in the five games. At the top, Florida State and Auburn will face off as expected, after the Seminoles cruised in the ACC championship game, the Tigers won the SEC and Ohio State lost in the Big Ten title game. Those Buckeyes will head to South Florida to face Clemson; Alabama and Oklahoma will meet in the Sugar Bowl; Big Ten winner Michigan State will take on Pac-12 champion Stanford in the Rose Bowl; and Baylor and UCF will make rare BCS appearances, this one in the Fiesta Bowl.
So ... who ya got?
BCS title game
Florida State was the only unbeaten AQ team this season, but Auburn's SEC has won every title since the 2006 season.
Which team will shake off the disappointment of not playing for the national title they aspired to before the season?
Alabama likely is somewhat disappointed to be here, while Oklahoma fought off a rough start to reach a BCS bowl.
Michigan State hasn't been to the Rose Bowl since 1988; Stanford won last year's.
Baylor hasn't been to a big-time bowl in decades. For UCF? This is a first.