HOT: SAN FRAN? YES THEY CAN
A league-best 70.8 rushing yards allowed per game, a fifth straight 100-yard effort by Frank Gore and a win over the Skins has the 49ers 7--1 for the first time since 1997, sitting atop the NFC West and no one within five games of them.
NOT: NO SUNSHINE STATE
Florida's flunking college football this season, and not just the regulars (6--3 FSU; 5--4 Miami). USF fell to Rutgers in OT last Saturday after a shanked 27-yarder with two seconds left, and Florida Atlantic lost its 11th in a row, dating to 2010.
HOT: SUPERB SERB
Ana Ivanovic crushed the WTA Tournament of Champions field, defending her title on her birthday, Sunday, by sweeping Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final. Said the confident 24-year-old, "I think I played an impeccable match."
NOT: QUEASY IN D.C.
Since starting 3--1 the Skins have gone 0--4, lost their best RB and WR to injury, and seen one QB, Rex Grossman (who even Mickey Rourke called a "train wreck"), implode and another, John Beck (below), suffer 14 sacks in three starts.
HOT: WHERE THERE'S SMOKE ...
Tony Stewart backed up his challenge to Carl Edwards ("He better be worried," he crowed last week) with a win—his fourth in his last eight races—at the Texas 500, inching thisclose to the points leader with two races remaining.
JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS (GORE)
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SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (IVANOVIC)
NICK WASS/AP (BECK)
CHRIS GRAYTHEN/GETTY IMAGES (STEWART)