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Leading Off



Gathering in anend zone before the kickoff of the Big 12 championship game last Saturday,Oklahoma players had a quiet moment; then they rolled to a 62--21 victory overMissouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Sooners clinched the No. 1ranking in the BCS poll and a matchup with Florida in the national title game(page 38).

Dared Devil

Purdue fans triedto distract Duke forward Kyle Singler during a free throw attempt on Dec. 2 inWest Lafayette, Ind. Singler nailed the foul shot anyway for one of his 20points in the Blue Devils' 76--60 victory.

Losing Ground

Tight end DelanieWalker (46) of the 49ers shook some end zone out of his face mask as hecelebrated his 28-yard touchdown catch with Bryant Johnson on Sunday in SanFrancisco. The bad news: Walker's grab was negated by a holding penalty. Thegood: The Niners still beat the Jets, 24--14.


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